Location: Apex Drive, Albany Heritage Park

Distance: 2.25km loop

Grade: 3

Trail Marker: Very well signed with directional markers

Duration: 1 - 2 hours

Cost: $0, free entry

Toilet Facilities: At Anzac Heritage Park

Dog Friendly: Yes

Date Hiked: 29th May 2019

 

The Mount Adelaide Nature Trail is one of Albany's 10 Great Walks that provides breathtaking views of the King George Sound, Princess Royal Harbour and out to the Stirling Range. Like Mount Clarence, Mount Adelaide is located within the 260 hectare Albany Heritage Park and is home to the National Anzac Centre. The trail begins from the carpark at the corner of Forts Rd and Apex Drive in the Albany Heritage Park descending down and around the base of the mountain. I did find the signage a little confusing at times as there seemed to be trails kind of going everywhere but they all seem to link up in the end. The main trail meanders through natural bush land with lots of beautiful little granite areas and lookouts to admire.

The trail passes by a set of small stairs leading up to the top of Mount Adelaide where visitors are welcome to explore the Coastal Defences Control Bunker, Memorial Gardens and the National Anzac Centre. I have explored there many times already, highly recommend making a day of it but I continued on to a bunker I had not previously explored. This section of the Coastal Defences Control Barker showed the Battery Observation Post, Lewis Gun Pits, Slit Trenches and The Princess Royal Fortress Command Centre. The concrete structure was built in 1942 as part of Albany's fortress defences during the Second World War (1939-45).

The command centre housed the range-finding equipment for the guns and co-ordinated firing of the guns and searchlights located along the shoreline. It was heavily camouflaged, as the southern slope of Mount Adelaide had been cleared. Continuing on via the Naval Discovery Trail which links up to the National Anzac Centre and then out to Forts Rd in front of 'The Forts', where turn left and walk along the road back to the carpark.

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