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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 2 days ago via mobile

Wish we had had more time to fully explore all the exhibits. Very informative. Guides very knowledgeable. Learnt a lot about the whaling industry. Worth a visit.

Thank MaryTTay
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My 4 year old son and I enjoyed a couple of hours walking around the last whaling station in WA. Lots of history to learn here. The tour was great as the tour guide really knew her stuff. The gentleman who works on the last...More

Thank Rory J
Reviewed 5 days ago

It is almost 40 years since the station stopped operating. Walking over the chasing ship you could imagine what it must have been like especially in rough seas!! A guided tour is available with audio commentary also and is a good idea especially if it...More

Thank MaccSLDM
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is good from a historic value and the staff were very enthusiastic in describing what happened. The boat was good for the kids but they did get bored walking the rest of the site. Free walking tours available but we didn’t take these. Such...More

Thank keith G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic museum with great staff able to use common sense and look after visitors properly. The museum is fascinating particularly the the Skeleton Shed. The money is well worth the experience and what you get out of the place. I would like to have spent...More

Thank ShermSSW
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great display of the industry that supported the town of Albany for so many years, with a small but well kept native garden well in bloom and native animals to interest the children

Thank Pam H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can be a little overwhelming in parts but an important place to visit and learn more about the recent past. Makes you glad we don't do this anymore.

Thank Marlene M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place kids enjoyed the boat, and movie theaters and 3D 15minute movie. Has a playground and cafe. As well as a nature reserve and native garden you also have access to.

Thank CrozLoz01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum about the history of the Albany whale factory. Very interesting. Maybe Some better 3D glasses for the whale movie.

Thank Maikel V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You don't often get to see a former whaling station, and here is the perfect opportunity! This tour really held our interest and was a great insight into the life of the men hunting the whales, as well as the flensers, whose difficult and dangerous...More

Thank Lillian_12
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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
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
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