We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

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
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Albany's Historic Whaling Station Admission Ticket
More Info
and up
Half-Day Tour of Discovery Bay in Albany
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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).
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“whale world” (124 reviews)
“guided tour” (117 reviews)
“discovery bay” (29 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
81 Whaling Station Rd | Torndirrup, Great Southern Region, Western Australia, Frenchman Bay, Albany, Western Australia 6330, Australia
81 Whaling Station Rd | Torndirrup, Great Southern Region, Western Australia, Frenchman Bay, Albany, Western Australia 6330, Australia
+61 8 9844 4021
Write a ReviewReviews (826)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 821 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

Took the kids and my Niece and Nephew from Melbourne while staying in Albany. Some of the exhibits are very sad, but it is important to not forget our history or white wash it. The skeleton of the juvenile Pygmy Blue Whale shown in the...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

As it was one of the main attractions in Albany, we thought we would go and check it out. It was ok, however, extremely over priced. I felt very ripped off at around $75 for the family (2 adults 2 kids). $30 Would be a...More

Thank Pete H
Reviewed 6 days ago

The gorgeous location and exploring the whaling ship was probably the best thing about this place - we also enjoyed the way that the oil tanks had been converted to cinemas/theatres. However, the films showing were somewhat boring in my opinion and could use modernisation...More

Thank its_hot_in_WA
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Albany Historic Whaling Station thinking we'd get to see a few pics of the whaling industry which once dominated the town's industry, but this museum far surpassed our expectations. The entry cost is about $30 for each adult and for that you...More

Thank Carla_Rachel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to this 'tourist attraction' whilst visiting Albany, how sad to think how barbaric this industry was, and was only stopped in the 1970's, whilst the centre has been converted for the tourist there is still the overwhelming smell of whale oil in the tanks...More

Thank Hollymount26
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tourist site has paid inspection of the facility included with a guided tour. There is also the option to just inspect the gift shop/story boards, but I recommend paying for the tour. Where else can you and the kids go through the whole shop...More

Thank Jon D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fabulous site tour guide. I had no prior knowledge of Australian whaling so was really interested to learn about the sites by so distant history. My kids were interested for 2+ hours and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the old whaling ship

Thank Sarah B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved this. Spent the whole day walking round the museum and visiting the animals. Had a lovely lunch here too. Great day out!

Thank piecroft
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With the whaling museum, native wildlife section and botanic garden you could easily spend all day here. We were here for around 4 hours and didn’t see everything. The museum while slightly depressing was interesting and the whole site is incredibly well preserved. The guided...More

Thank Chino1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Offers a slightly grisly but mostly well-balanced history of this emotive subject. Great exhibits and our tour guide (Katelyn) was excellent. Go early as it gets busy by midday. Included in the price is a walk-through marsupial and reptile enclosure where you can sit with...More

Thank Naomi G
Nearby HotelsSee all Frenchman Bay Hotels
Norfolk Sands/Bay Merchants
1 review
5.49 miles away
Park Avenue Holiday Units
68 reviews
5.62 miles away
Foreshore Apartments
26 reviews
6.19 miles away
Best Western Albany Motel & Apartments
342 reviews
6.28 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Gourmandise & Co
335 reviews
6.27 miles away
Dylans on the Terrace
569 reviews
6.30 miles away
Hooked on Middleton Beach Fish & Chips
120 reviews
5.51 miles away
Ocean and Paddock
171 reviews
5.99 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Frenchman Bay
18 reviews
.61 miles away
Misery Beach
16 reviews
.17 miles away
Bald Head Walk Trail
16 reviews
.49 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
September 20, 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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
April 30, 2017|
AnswerShow all 12 answers
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
January 15, 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
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