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The State's oldest settlement is situated on Princess Royal Harbour and King George Sound, a deep protected sound with a fine natural anchorage, ideally situated for the first British settlement and military outpost in Western Australia. Albany's first citizens - 46 people, half of them convicts - arrived on Christmas Day in 1826 on the brig Amity under the command of Major Edmund Lockyer.
Albany today is one of the main ports for the south-west coast of Australia, handling grain and silica sand. The town itself is very picturesque with many impressive stone colonial buildings and Victorian shopfronts. It is one of Western Australia's most popular holiday destinations, well known for its beautiful scenery, excellent fishing and pleasant climate. Both Mount Clarence and Mount Melville, on each side of the town centre, have lookouts with 360 views.