Local Cuisine & Wineries
Home to some of Western Australia’s finest gourmet foods and most sumptuous wine, the Albany region is rapidly gaining a reputation for providing some of the state’s freshest and most highly regarded local produce.
Popular with locals and tourists alike, there is no better place to sample the best that the region has to offer than the weekly Albany Farmers Market. With produce to suit every taste, these markets feature fantastic produce that is literally handpicked from the Albany area and delivered direct to you.
Albany and the surrounding region are home to some of Western Australia’s most renowned and awarded wineries, boasting quality wines and sophisticated flavours in both red and white varieties.
Those who have witnessed it will testify that the whale watching season in Albany is a truly memorable experience. Guests at Maitraya often comment to us their excitement at watching the whales go by from the residence’s living areas! Every year from June to October the Southern Ocean comes alive with Humpback and Southern Right Whales as they embark on their annual migration.
Albany has become world-famous as a whale watching destination and in 2007, visitors to Albany and the locals were awed by the great numbers of Southern Right and Humpback Whales in and around Albany’s sheltered coves. At Middleton Beach, locals slept to the sound of a mother and calf close to the shore.
With numerous viewing points and tours on offer, this is the perfect chance to encounter one of nature’s most graceful and misunderstood creatures.
Albany offers scuba divers a range of captivating and exotic dive spots that are home to some of the world’s most spectacular marine life. Divers of all skill levels can experience the opportunity to accompany the migratory Whale Sharks as they make their way across the Albany Reef, swim through the depths of the purpose-sunk HMAS Perth or try and catch a glimpse of the 500+ species of marine life that are on display.
Albany’s beaches provide plenty of surfing and bodyboarding options. Both beginners and more experienced surfers can find suitable breaks all along the coast. Close to town, Middleton beach is ideal for kids and beginners. When the swell is up and the wind is from the north, Nanarup and Muttonbird beaches are ideal for those who are more comfortable in bigger surf.
Deep sea fishing
Perfect for experienced fishermen and beginners alike, the various charter operations in Albany offer exciting full day or hourly rate fishing tours. With everything supplied, all you have to bring is your sense of adventure.
For many, nothing quite comes close to testing your skill and nerves over 18 holes. The prestigious Albany Golf Club offers members and visitors alike a quality links-style course that is widely regarded as being one of the best courses in Australia.
Maitraya is situated 30km south east of Albany and approximately 430km from Perth on the Albany Highway. Only a short flight from Perth, Maitraya also boasts a fully sealed private airstrip and conveniently located helipad, making it the ideal destination for VIP guests and aviation retreats.Directions
Idyllically positioned above the picturesque Albany coastline lies Maitraya, one of Australia’s most prestigious luxury retreats.