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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 24 February 2017 via mobile

My friends and I went to see the Australian Wildlife Display as we had already visited Whale World before but there is no ticket for this and the botanical gardens, it's all inclusive and there is no reasonable value in $32 dollars to see an...More

Thank Liam A
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Offered a variety of exhibits, the entry fee gets you access to all exhibits & is a day pass at $27 per person on concessional rates & $30+ normal rates The Whaling Station tours go on the hour every hour & after that there are...More

Thank Rosco49
Reviewed 18 February 2017

It is well worth drive if you are around the Albany area very well set out and easy access for elderly. The views over the bay are fantastic and the little Cafe is a great place for a coffee and something to eat not over...More

Thank fremantle32
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Very good site for those interested in the history of whaling off Western Australia. Nice outlook and worth a visit.

Thank Perth717
Reviewed 16 February 2017

It was a fitting end to our visit to this sad place that we learned of the beaching of hundreds of whales on the NZ coast. An unpleasant reminder of the slaughter of many mammals with equally graphic pictures and relics of their demise. The...More

Thank sharonne43
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Highly recommended. Very interesting. Take the time to wander around and learn about Albany and the history of the whaling station. Join the guided tour if you can, well worth hearing all the facts from one of the locals.

Thank the_curious_observer
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Fascinating - well presented with plenty of information about the recent history of whaling - im glad that the hsles are now protected

Thank missy b
Reviewed 13 February 2017

At $29 for seniors entry it is just too expensive for what is offered.You need to review your fees as I had similar comments from a number of like visitors to Albany.

Thank deewubleu
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We knew nothing about whaling before our visit but having spent the afternoon there we came away with a good idea of how it all worked. We did the forty minute guided tour which gave us an idea about the process involved. The three different...More

Thank 11JAN51
Reviewed 12 February 2017

this is an interesting place to visit and see how the whaling was preformed back 50 years ago the old Whale wild tanks nor converted into exhibition and movie displays Worth doing is the tour of on of the last whale catchers but several ladders...More

Thank Ross S
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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