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Albany, Georgia is located in the southwestern part of this south eastern Atlantic seaboard, US state. Roughly 165,000 people inhabit the greater metropolitan area. Approximately 65% of the inhabitants are white and 33% of African American descent. The remaining residents are of other origins. This city is on the east bank of the Flint River. There is a basic system of city buses as well as a taxi company for local transport.
 
In recent years, the city has been developing the river front area. Several museums are found here as are a number of historic sites. There are performing arts groups including the Chorale Society, Symphony Orchestra, a ballet company and a live theatre troupe. A local college has an arts programme which boosts the local cultural menu.
 
There are 4 RV Resorts and campgrounds within Albany as well as at least 9 hotels offering accommodations. Several dozen eateries are here offering barbecue, seafood, Mexican, Chinese and other fare. There are golf courses and numerous parks here. Bird watching and quail hunting are both popular sports.
 
Evidence indicates that this area has been inhabited for at least 10,000 years. The Creeks people were living along the river when the Spanish first arrived in 1560. During the Civil War, in the late 19th Century, the abundant plantations here were instrumental in feeding the southern Confederate Army. In 1961, local African Americans organized several protests here as part of the call for civil rights. In 2008, a Civil Rights Museum opened here commemorating the local participation in the recent African American struggle for justice. There is also a plaza dedicated to the musician Ray Charles, a son of this small southern city.
 
Since 2008, the historic bridge house is home to a Welcome Center providing information to visitors along a scenic section of the Flint River. It is a short ride from other places of interest such as Plains, GA, home to the 39th US President, Jimmy Carter. The closest large city is Tallahassee, Florida, which is 129 km away.
 

 

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Sasser, GA, which is just outside of Albany is home each October to the Annual FleaGrass Festival. This 3-day event is filled with bluegrass and country music. Arts and crafts are on sale here at the Saasser Flea market just north of Albany. A one-hour ride on a 1950s passenger train is available here as part of the festivities. (http://www.southwestgeorgia.net/festivals/)
 
Albany State University celebrates National Engineers’ Week with its Southwest Georgia Regional Model Bridge Building Contest. As many as 45 teams of students have been known to participate in this February competition. (http://www.asurams.edu/coshp/naturalsciences/engineering/bridge/Bridge%20%2709/Announcement.htm)
 
Since 2005, late November has been the date for an amateur football (soccer) competition, the Flint River Fall Finale. It is sponsored by the Albany Area YMCA attracting top teams from Georgia and parts of Alabama and Florida. (http://www.eteamz.com/albanyymca/index.cfm?subsite=5134422)
 
The Quail Unlimited Annual Celebrity event is held each January. This quail hunt raises funds for wildlife conservation. (http://www.quconservationevent.com/)

 

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Delta's shortest estimated travel time from Sydney (SYD) to this location (ABY) is 26 hours with 2 layovers. The nearest consular services for Australians to this location are provided by the Australian Consulate-General in Atlanta, Georgia. (http://www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/ContactsUS.html)
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