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Albany's Historic Whaling Station

81 Whaling Station Rd, 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, Frenchman Bay, Albany, Western Australia 6330, Australia
+61 8 9844 4021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bit expensive. Interesting history of whaling. The guided tour is excellent. The ability to explore ship is great. The whale skeletons a must see. Lunch in cafe excellent.

Thank IanandLis S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must do when in Albany for the first time or a long time between trips. Very informative and entertaining. A miserable day for our trip but still made the most of it.

Thank Travelingout
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting tour of the old whaling station with an insight into the process and working conditions. It was fun an interesting to explore the whaling ship and get some appreciation of what it might have been like during those times. However, the "3D"...More

Thank peterallen2004
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Historical facts and moments are covered in a interesting and interactive way. The whaling boat is a walk through to help give you a idea of life at sea. We didn't take a guided tour and don't feel like we missed out on any aspect,so...More

Thank Brodie P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This facility has been kept more or less as it was on the last days of it's operation right down to the saws used to cut off the whales head! A reflection at the babarity of whale hunting that must of seamed right at the...More

Thank Andrew C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a really interesting and really opened my eyes to this aspect of Australia's history. The guide was very animated. Worth a visit.

Thank Jennie1963
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Full credit to all who have been and are involved in ensuring this part of our history is not lost. Our tour guide shared her extensive knowledge of the whaling industry very well. Very well done.

Thank Pam M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We first visited this venue shortly after it opened to the tourist. It was fairly basic back then but we have seen the improvements with each successive visit. It really is a local gem and great tourist attraction for the City of Albany. Guided tours...More

Thank Dan L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A huge Australian industry that is now completely relegated to history but so interesting to see. Climb all over the last whaling vessel Cheynes IV. Get a tour which is included in the admission price and see the whole processing works. See photos of crew...More

Thank Jibby9
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great historical place to go and visit. We went on a rainy (pouring) day and it just added to the atmosphere.

Thank QuibKat
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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
April 27, 2016|
Response from DiscoveryBayAU | Property representative |
Hi greywolfSydney, yes our site is almost completely wheelchair and pram accessible. The only part of the site which is not is inside the Cheynes IV Whalechaser, which has stairs and ladders for access as it is an original... More