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Dog Rock


City of Albany

Place Number

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298 Middleton Beach Rd Albany

Location Details

Waggon rocks area opposite Aberdeen st

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Classified by the National Trust Classified {Lscpe} 11 Jun 1973

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 30 Jun 2001 Category B

Category B

• Requires a high level of protection. • Provide maximum encouragement to the owner under the City of Albany Town Planning Scheme to conserve the significance of the place. • A more detailed Heritage Assessment/Impact Statement to be undertaken before approval given for any major redevelopment. • Incentives to promote heritage conservation should be considered.

Statement of Significance

Dog Rock is one of a number off heritage places in Middleton Road and is a natural phenomenon that has both settler and Aboriginal cuktural heritage significance. The Rock has survived a number of attempts of removal and remains a tourist attraction.

Physical Description

Situated at the bend of Middleton Rd
Large granite rock in the shape of a dog's head.
At another site is the tail of the dog.


Dog Rock was nominated by the Albany Aboriginal Corporation as part of a list of seven significant heritage places
endorsed by the local Aboriginal people to be included in the City of Albany Municipal Heritage Inventory. However,
other sites have been recognised and documented and this register is held by the Aboriginal Affairs Department. Under
the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972-1980, all Aboriginal sites in WA are protected whether the Department knows them
or not. Local Aboriginal people call Dog Rock Yakka, meaning wild dog tamed. A wild dog is called a twert. Near the
Roman Catholic Church, St Joseph's rises a sharp rock which was known as Yakknint- dog's tail. Aboriginal people
would not camp near to or beneath the rock but why was never discovered.
Dog Rock is so named owing to it's strong likeness to a bullmastiff dog's head sniffing the breeze. A number of stories have survived about the rock's origin.
The rock has survived a number of proposals for removal. In the 1920s it was proposed that the rock should be blasted
out to allow for road widening. In the 1960s a suggestion was made to transfer Dog Rock to the roundabout junction at
Albany Highway, Chester Pass Rd and Denmark Rd, to become a more central tourist attraction. Radio Station 6VA
manager Ted Furlong proffered the idea that the rock could be relocated by being cut into slices and then reassembled at
the new site.


Modifications: White reflector blocks painted on rock appear as a collar, but help vision on the bend of Middleton Rd at night


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Robert Reynolds representing Albany Aboriginal Corporation
L Johnson; "Town of Albany Heritage Survey". 1994
Heritage TODAY Site visit and Assessment 1999

Place Type

Geological monument


Epoch General Specific
Present Use OTHER Other
Original Use OTHER Other

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Other STONE Granite

Historic Themes

General Specific
OTHER Other Sub-Theme

Creation Date

21 Aug 1995

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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