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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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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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+61 8 9844 4021
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$24 per adult
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"whale world"
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"guided tour"
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"blue whale"
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"discovery bay"
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"botanic gardens"
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"australian wildlife"
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"animal park"
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"entry price"
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"wander around"
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"interesting place"
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"interesting history"
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"own pace"
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"souvenir shop"
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"on display"
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"per adult"
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"great place to visit"
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"well worth the visit"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We did the tour of the Whaling Station and our tour guide was very well informed and very pleasant to listen to. We also watched the 3D movie about whales Spoilt ourselves with morning coffee in the cafe. The shell collection was an added bonus

Thank Ellen W
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was our second visit to the Whaling Station with a few years in between. Even having visited previously we still found it fascinating. The highlight is the displays of whale skeletons. Amazing. Well worth a visit if you are staying in or near Albany,...More

Thank chris67699
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Whilst we didnt visit the museum we did have afternoon tea at the cafe. Very friendly staff and food great. Had the scones and they were delicious. Up on our arrival 3 whales were frolicking past the Whaling Station. Quite a treat. Beautiful area.

Thank Trish D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decided to go on the tour and thank goodness we did because if we hadn’t we would have been completely bored and it was overpriced. The signs and things give you a lot of uninteresting information but the tour guide gives you the more interesting...More

Thank wilson2212
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been there for the first time and it absolutely amazing. Got discounted for using student cards, tour guide included (start every hour) and a 3D movie about whales at the end. After that movie we really recommend checkout the lookout (locate on the left when...More

Thank Bryan L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Whaling centre was very interesting but overpriced. $75.00 for a family. The Animal Park that was also included in the price consisted of 5 kangaroos, 1 koala and a couple of other animals. Would not visit again and not recommend people to visit at...More

Thank Anthony H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots to see and do for all ages! Make sure you allow enough time here and get a free guided tour (on the hour, every hour). Our guide - David - was very knowledgeable and friendly. A must see in Albany!

Thank Jessica F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved being able to wander around at my own pace. Has a tour but we didn’t feel the need to go on this as well signed and lots of reading panels. Cold as the rain set in, but added to the character and theatre of...More

Thank AprilViolet36
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was great to be able to wander at your own leisure with the informative personal recorder to provide information. It is well set out an easily accessible. Well worth the visit.

Thank chez-john
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a fascinating place. This whaling station operated from 1952 to 1978 and when it closed down it was turned into a museum with everything intact including a whale chaser boat. It's shocking to think that they killed whales here as recently as 1978, but...More

Thank travelmagpie
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Ozzie2
May 16, 2018|
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Response from DiscoveryBayAU | Property representative |
Hi Ozzie, Yes, the local taxi companies can transport you to the Historic Whaling Station. There are no public transport options. Local tour operator Busy Blue Bus have an Albany Whale tour which includes transport and... More
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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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