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Albany's Historic Whaling Station

81 Whaling Station Rd | Torndirrup, Great Southern Region, Western Australia, Frenchman Bay, Albany, Western Australia 6330, Australia
+61 8 9844 4021
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Spend a day exploring the world’s only complete whaling station tourism attraction and gain fascinating insight into Albany’s colorful past. Join a 40-minute guided tour (operating on the hour from 10am to 3pm daily) or follow informative trails to learn the stories of the men and women whose livelihood depended on Australia’s whaling industry. There are a variety of activities to experience and see such as short films within the converted whale oil tanks, a giant blue whale skeleton display, precious scrimshaw art, and a world-renowned marine animal art collection. You may even climb aboard the Cheynes IV, the world’s only preserved Whalechaser ship. Afterwards, relax in a cafe overlooking one of Albany’s most picturesque bays and enjoy free BBQ facilities in a beautiful Regional Wildflower Garden. Last entry 4.15pm daily. Open 7 days, only closed Christmas Day (25th Dec).
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81 Whaling Station Rd | Torndirrup, Great Southern Region, Western Australia, Frenchman Bay, Albany, Western Australia 6330, Australia
+61 8 9844 4021
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Albany whaling museum and discovery centre is a great visit. To see the history of such a barbaric old practise is a great reminder of why it stopped. You can easily spend half a day in the whole discovery centre.

Thank mcb10247
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wanted to see just the whaling station to compare it with Grytviken on South Georgia. Got there to be faced with a one price ticket for the whaling station, the animal experienced and the botanical garden. No choice of a lower price ticket just for...More

Thank janesm2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Whaling Station is an interesting museum to wonder through, for young and old. They have 3D movie which is very informative. It has a great restaurant with awesome water views to "die" for and an animal park next door. It's also near some lovely...More

Thank Vessy2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The day was very overcast but that did not dampen my enthusiasm when visiting this Whaling Station. Our tour guide was very informative and told our group things about Whaling we had no idea about. The killing of them I did not care to see...More

Thank Wendy M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here early one morning while having our tourist day in Albany. We thought the entry price was a bit steep, after 5+ hours of entertainment we all agreed we had our monies worth from the visit. We met the watch of the whale...More

Thank iamacup
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recently visited with a group of year 5 students, and the tour guide provided a very educational and instructional experience for the students. We then explored some of the other exhibits in groups, and found them all to be very educational, and the children...More

Thank mmmmt1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A visit to the whaling center also includes entry to the botanical garden and a small animal park so give yourself plenty of time. The free guided tour which takes about 40 minutes gives a good insight into this historic place, luckily the smell which...More

Thank Martyn S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived early for the 10am tour of the whaling station.This was so informative of the early happenings here.You walk around the site and your guide explains each processing section that is involved with the whaling at Albany.The 3D movie was enjoyable too. They have...More

Thank Savage714
Reviewed 7 November 2017

A forgotten activity very much brought to life, with everything just as is would have been when in full production.

Thank Wally139
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

We took our time looking at everything here, had read reviews about the place and the cost but were quite happy with what we got for our money. Interesting place lots to see and the little wildlife park was lovely.

Thank valarie2016
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20 September 2017|
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Response from Dan L | Reviewed this property |
I have never seen pets inside the complex. I'm not sure if they are not allowed or that people simply do not bring them. Personally, I would not consider the area as suitable for pets. You can phone the Whaling Station... More
30 April 2017|
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Response from DiscoveryBayAU | Property representative |
Hi chc137, yes there is an entrance fee to explore our site, please visit our website for full list of entry pricing. Most guests spend 2 - 3 hours exploring the Historic Whaling Station, plus another 45 minutes to 1 hour in... More
16 January 2017|
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Response from DiscoveryBayAU | Property representative |
Most guests spend 2 - 3 hours exploring the Historic Whaling Station. We run guided tours on the hour from 10am to 3pm each day and run for 40 minutes. The majority of the site is self-guided with four movie theatres, many... More