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“A Lot of Potential” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Princess Royal Fortress

Princess Royal Fortress
Forts Road | Great Southern Region, Albany, Western Australia 6330, Australia
+61 8 9841 9369
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Ranked #14 of 53 things to do in Albany
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“A Lot of Potential”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

First, it is cute. Albany became a major site during World War II for Australian forces leaving the country and for US forces/submarines, when the Japanese were threatening. This is a fortress that is being restored/developed by volunteers, using the money they get from admissions to the area.

Static displays include two old fortress guns that were put in place to defend Albany, but never fired in anger, and an ammunition bunker. There are several displays of military uniforms ranging from the Australian Light Calvary to current Australian military uniforms. There are gun turrets and anti aircraft mounts from several navy ships and a variety of torpedoes, a torpedo launcher, and a surface to air missile and ship to underwater missile.

The volunteers guides are knowledgable and enthusiastic.

Visited April 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Great place for war & history buffs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

A wonderful day's outing. Something of interest for all, not just the fans of tanks & artillery. See the location where our WWI soldiers left our shores for battle in the Northern Hemisphere.

Visited March 2013
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“More of the amazing history of Albany”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Another exhibit well worth a visit in Albany. Much of the military equipment has been left in their original placements dotted around the mountainside and there are pathways to follow with surprises around every corner. The views are also wonderful. There are also extensive military exhibits inside the various historical buildings on the site.

Visited March 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“Great place to spend a day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This is a great place in which to spend some time, if not a whole day. there is so much to see, from the displays near the entrance, to some of the original gun placements as you walk around the hill. There is also a lot of historical information on the military side of the fortress which is fantastic. The views from here are also simply breathtaking. At the end of your tour, or in the middle of it, there is a tearoom there for refreshments and some very fine food.

Visited April 2013
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“Fascinating history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I am not at all a military history buff, but this was really fascinating and such a great hands on experience for my children. They loved sitting in and operating the guns and climbing through the tunnels and military bunkers. We are seriously considering returning on 1 Nov 2014 for the ANZAC celebrations and the re-enactment of the departure of the first convoy of naval ships for Gallipoli. Definitely not to be missed.

Visited April 2013
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