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“Wish i was there when it was open” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Discovery Bay Tourism Experience

Discovery Bay Tourism Experience
81 Whaling Station Road | Frenchman Bay, Albany, Western Australia 6330, Australia
+61 8 9844 4021
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Ranked #9 of 49 things to do in Albany
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Discovery Bay near Albany is a truly unique attraction. It is home to Australia's last operating Whaling Station, a stunning Botanic Garden of Australian plants and a display offering visitors a close up experience with friendly Australian Wildlife. You can choose to explore either our whaling history, or the gardens and wildlife, or the entire site to make a real day of it! Pack a picnic or BBQ lunch and spend a day discovering lots you didn't know about the Great Southern region. Situated at the tip of the Flinders Peninsula, the heritage-listed "Whale World" site has undergone dramatic change since 2004. Now maximising its location, Discovery Bay is a showcase of amazing regional bio-diversity, yet still remains true to the original whaling display. Historic Whaling Station guided tours are included with admission, while informative displays are provided to enjoy the gardens and wildlife at your own pace.
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“Wish i was there when it was open”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2009

Had a look through the museum, way bigger than I thought it would be. Loved the movies and Cheynes whaling boat. 3 hours to see it through and I would say it was the best attraction in the city. Good BLT in the cafe as well.

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“Very interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2009

Although a little expensive (~$25), your ticket into whale world basically gives you free access to everything there. You get a guided tour of a lot of the exhibits (e.g., pump room, the area where they treated the whales etc), and the tour guide we had really knew his stuff and was very interesting. The tour ended at a skeleton exhibit, where they had the skeletons of lots of whales including a pygmy blue whale (still enormous, despite being "pygmy"). We later explored one of the old whaling ships (you can essentially wander everywhere on the ship) and some photo exhibits.

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“A Worthwhile Place to Visit in Albany”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2008

Whale World proved to be a place of pleasant surprises. To be honest, it wasn't initially a tourist attraction I wanted to visit, as I am against whaling. However, a rainy day had us looking for somewhere sheltered to go. I am so pleased we did, as it manages to sensitively cover a very controversial topic.

Whale World is situated on the site of the old Cheynes Beach Whaling Station which closed in 1978. You can pretty much wander around the station as it was. You can board and roam about the Cheynes IV whale chaser while a audio re-enactment of a whale hunt plays. There are giant skeletons to appreciate the enormous size of these magnificant creatures. There are several movie theatres, playing short (approx 15 min) films. The topics are sharks and the history of whaling but the best one by far is the animated 3D movie on the behaviour of whales. The unusual Spectra Vision Cabinet gives the whaler's side of the story.

Another pleasant surprise was the very nice lunch in the Whaler's gallery cafe/restaurant. We expected something overpriced and dried up - what we got was quality food and value for money - much better than several restaurants we sampled whilst in Albany. All this and spectacular scenery.

Thankfully the focus of Albany is now on the peaceful past time of whale watching and we left Whale World a lot wiser and determined to being more proactive about the conservation of Cetacea.

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