Eve of a new era for visitor centre image

8 March 2018

Visitors to The Amazing South Coast region will be immersed in a new interactive visitor service experience when Albany Visitor Centre completes its transition this month.

Visitor Services Project Leader Hamish Fell said the new Visitor Centre would implement a range of new technologies.

“We want the Visitor Centre to be an attraction in its own right, something that will be promoted by word-of-mouth and encourage people to come and experience the centre and learn more about the region, what it has to offer and hopefully stay a little longer,” Mr Fell said.

“We have reimagined how visitor servicing should be done by using touch screen technology and implementing some virtual reality which will allow you to see Albany in ways you’ve never seen it before.

“We’ve also done something pretty special with the windows at night, so there will definitely be some surprises for people when it opens.”

Relocation of the Visitor Centre from Proudlove Parade to its new home on York Street will begin this weekend, with the current centre closing from Sunday, March 11 and the new visitor opening on Good Friday.

During the move, a pop-up information service will be available from Albany Public Library from 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week from Monday, March 12 to Sunday, March 25.

From Monday, March 26 to Thursday, March 29, a pop-up information stand will be available from the sea container in Town Square.

The new Visitor Centre has been funded by a combination of Australian Government funding from the National Stronger Regions Fund through Regional Development Australia, the Tourism Demand Driven Infrastructure Fund and the State Government’s Regional Visitor’s Centre Sustainability Fund through Tourism Western Australia, with additional support from Great Southern Development Commission.