Dock Rock, Albany

Dock Rock, AlbanyNeil McKnight668 x 380 px. 63.5 Kb.

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Dog Rock

Dog Rock is a large, natural granite form­­ation in the shape of a dog's head, loca­ted near the centre of Albany on Middle­ton Road.

Being a natural rock form­­ation, Dock Rock is certa­in­ly anci­ent and therefore known to the local aborig­inal popul­ation since their arrival in the re­g­ion.

An in­terpret­ive sign nearby de­tails a legend associa­ted with the rock.

Acc­ord­ing to one story, "Yacka", mean­ing "wild dog tamed", was dec­apita­ted by an angry Wargal in anci­ent times. The story adds that local aborigines would not camp nearby or shelter under it.

An in­terpret­ive sign nearby de­tails another legend associa­ted with the rock. A smaller granite rock "Yacka Nint", the dogs tail, can also be found nearby.

Dog Rock is easi­ly acc­ess­ible and frequ­ent­ly photo­graphed by hundreds of visitors every year. It was noted in the diary of Charles Darw­in on his visit to Albany in 1836.

In 1927, the rock was thought to be in the way of roadworks for Middle­ton Road, so a re­ferendum was called to keep or de­stroy the rock. Thankful­ly the people of Albany voted to keep the icon and in­stead moved the road.

Due to its loca­tion on the edge of busy Middle­ton Road, a pain­ted "collar" was added in 1938 of black and re­flect­ive paint to help pre­v­ent traffic acc­id­ents at night.

Dock Rock is an easy walk­ing dist­­ance from the city centre, clear­ly visible when travell­ing towards Middle­ton Beach and Emu point.

Article updated 02/09/2015.