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Albany's Historic Whaling Station

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Address: 81 Whaling Station Rd, Frenchman Bay, Albany, Western Australia 6330, Australia
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+61 8 9844 4021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Discovery Bay near Albany is a truly unique attraction.

It is home to...

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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Insight into the whaling industry

Great tour of the now closed whaling facilities, showing the hardship & severity of the industry. Well done, enjoyed the audio coverage which immersed you in a day in the life of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great tour of the now closed whaling facilities, showing the hardship & severity of the industry. Well done, enjoyed the audio coverage which immersed you in a day in the life of a whaler.

Thank DiParsons
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One great outing for a family! it was well designed, informative and the kids had a ball. Amazing place.

Thank xanhology
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A view of a modern whaling station with a balanced report from the people who had been employed there. Very interesting to see how whaling evolved from the (more common display) Captain Ahab days. The centre offers good information and a special point of view. There is also a nice small zoo (with petting zoo) and garden included in the... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Must visit. Lots to look at silos are very very smelly. I couldn't stay and watch the shows in them. amazing though

Thank Marrianne m
Townsville, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really well done, restored to give us a true idea of what went on when this was an active whaling station.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Cafe with nice view of water. Shop with nicnacs to buy Whaling ship to wander around on and explore Whaling station to explain process Skeletons of types of whales It's a good setup and well worth the visit.

Thank TravelQld
Turners Beach, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Overpriced for what you get - although it would be much better value if you visited the botanical gardens and wildlife park, which are included in the price. We found the story of whaling in Albany very interesting, the guide gave great detailed information about the facility (although he seemed to "recite" the whole story). The factory is basically intact... More 

Thank Paul F
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Good displays and shop selling souvenirs. Great cafe with a good view. Historical displays well set out and some interesting local art works.

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting and thought provoking experience. Attitudes to whaling have changed over the years. This experience provides a brilliant incite into the former world of whaling in Australia.

Thank TonyWanderer
Sydney Australia
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It seems to me that the Whaling Station is geared to visiting groups from all- inclusive cruise ships. How an average family could afford it is beyond me! As Seniors we were granted the grand concession of just $3 off a full adult fee of $32. Having been to other whaling stations before, we gave it a miss. However, tucked... More 

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