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.