Trails

Albany has an amazing array of outdoor trails attractions, ranging from pristine bushwalks, to mountain bike tracks, to aquatic trails and everything in between.

The City has identified an opportunity to capitalise on our enormous potential as a trails destination by consolidating and upgrading existing trails and developing new trails as part of a comprehensive Trails Hub Strategy 2015-2025.

As part of this Strategy the City is also currently looking at updating maps and other information for many of the trails on City managed reserves and on the estate of other organisations such as the Dept. of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions.

Safe Use of Trails

Safety first and always!

Escaping our everyday life for a bushwalk, Mountain Bike ride or kayak/canoe paddle in the natural environment can be enjoyable and health pastime.

However the unique environment around Albany can also be challenging and subject to rapid weather changes. Therefore you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of others in your group (especially children).

Planning and preparing before your trip is a key component to staying safe and having an enjoyable experience. The following are a few tips for planning your trip.

  • Select a walk, ride or paddle suitable to your fitness level and experience.
  • Allow plenty of time for unforeseen difficulties (or to just stop and enjoy the sights)
  • Take spare food, water, spare equipment and tools with you.
  • Check the weather forecast and ensure you take waterproof/warm clothing, hats and sunscreen with you.
  • Ensure you have informed a responsible person of where you are going and when you will return.
  • Carry a first aid kit and mobile phone with you, but please be aware that mobile phone reception is not always reliable in all areas surrounding Albany.

Dual Use – Share the Trails

The majority of trails in Albany are dual use and used by more than one type of recreational user  To ensure everyone can enjoy their time on the trail and remain safe we need to all “Share the Trails”

All Users of the trails are encouraged to follow these guidelines

Share the trails

Trails Hub Strategy 2015-2025

The City of Albany Trails Hub Strategy 2015 – 2025 has been developed to provide strategic guidance to assist the City to become one of Australia’s primary trails destination: A World Class Trail Tourism Hub (TTH) situated around a high quality trail systems, supported by a complete package of hospitality and visitor services.

The City of Albany Trails Hub Strategy 2015 – 2025 includes some broad objectives and a variety of integrated and interdependent trails initiatives which provide a framework to assist the planning of trails and trail related products within the City of Albany for the next 10 years.

The City of Albany Trails Hub Strategy aims to:

  • Improve the quality, type and number of trails in iconic locations,
  • Improve trails maintenance and upkeep through sustainable models of governance,
  • Focus strategic investment and support in facilities and services to optimise access to and use of Albany’s trails, and;
  • Maximise the promotion of Albany’s unique trails and outdoor adventure experiences to a broad visitor market.

Trails Hub Strategy 2015 - 2025: Overview

Trails Hub Strategy 2015 - 2025: Key Findings

Trails Strategy - Volume Info

Trails Hub Strategy 2015 - 2025: Volume 1

Trails Hub Strategy 2015 - 2025: Volume 2

Trails Hub Strategy 2015 - 2025: Volume 3

Trails Hub Strategy 2015 - 2025: Volume 4

Trails Hub Strategy 2015 - 2025: Volume 5

Albany Heritage Park Trail Network - Concept Plan

The first priority project identified from the Strategy was the Albany Heritage Park Trail Network Project.

The project will result in a network of world class walking, mountain biking and interpretive trails that will provide sustainable benefits to the Albany community. The consolidation and rationalisation of existing trails, creation of new high quality trails and links, and the closure and rehabilitation of unsustainable trails, will result in better accessibility and utilisation of the trail network.
The project aims to achieve a cohesive, high quality network of trails that will provide recreation users and visitors with an enjoyable and safe experience.

Albany Heritage Park Trail Network - Concept Plan