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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
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Reviewed today

This is a important place to visit, we did a tour that was actually pretty informative. I liked also the fact that they didn’t shy away from the fact that when it closed down it impacted on the families of the whalers that lost their...More

Thank diko65
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It was really good for our kids to experience the history of whaling and this place showed them just that. The guided tour is great and the movie theatres really well organised. The only thing I was say is that it’s hard to hear the...More

1  Thank Ally H
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The whaling centre tour is very interesting. The animal centre and garden are small and not worth the extra cost unless you are trying to show Australian animals without too much travel. All we saw of the koala was it's backside. This seems typical of...More

Thank 630wendy777
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to the whaling station today with my two girls, starting with lunch in the cafe which was a little busy but the food was well worth the wait. Views from the cafe alone were gorgeous. Headed into the museum which was interesting and...More

Thank lozbreemads
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The closure of activities here was good news for whales. It is good news for tourists as well because the tour is excellent as well as the other attractions. An excellent show of some maritime history.

Thank Mike C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a cool and rainy day, so maybe that added to the mood, but I came out impressed with the terrible difficulty of whalers' lives and the terrible impact whaling has had on the whale population of the planet. All in all a...More

1  Thank Padmacara75
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with 2 young children who enjoyed the Whaling station as much as we did. Exploring the boat was amazing and worthwhile to do the tour with a guide. Very expensive but glad we did it. The kids enjoyed the wildlife park next door...More

Thank tan1ste09
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very informative and well laid out! Best to probably tag along on one of the complimentary tours that run every hour as you’d get a fair bit more information this way. Loved the history surrounding this and seeing the uses behind why they were hunting...More

Thank Kailey B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was really amazed at how much I enjoyed this attraction. Like most, I’m so glad we no longer actually participate in whaling but the story you learn as you visit this historic site is an eye opener. You can actually board one of the whaling...More

Thank Lovelystopover
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very concise view of a part of our History, Sad history of the slaughter, but by the same time it was from a time when the world knew no difference. The whole display is as it was on the last day of whaling, with...More

Thank AndrewH161
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lmurcott
September 20, 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
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chc137
April 30, 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
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January 15, 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
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