The multi-use pathway from Ellen Cove to Albany Port is one of the best ways to see the famously beautiful coastline of the historic town of Albany in the Great Southern region. This moderate six kilometre return Top Trail passes through Middleton Beach and is great for whale watching.
A mixture of bitumen path and wooden boardwalk, the path clings to the side of the hill and sweeps around with spectacular views of the bays. Commencing at the Ellen Cove trailhead, head up the boardwalk, keeping an eye out for the southern right or rare blue whales during whale season; a far cry from the days of whaling.
There are lookouts, memorials to past leaders and explorers, and interpretive signage along the uphills and descents. As you gaze out to sea imagine the Australian troops heading from here to go and fight in Gallipoli. Near the port there are historic buildings including the lighthouse and bunkers. Once at the Albany Port negotiate some of the roads to head into town, or return the way you came.