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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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  • Average9%
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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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"whale world"
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"discovery bay"
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"botanic gardens"
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"animal park"
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"interesting place"
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"wander around"
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"interesting history"
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"on display"
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"great place to visit"
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"visiting albany"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This facility is the fantastic utilisation of a former whale processing factory with much of the equipment used in good working order. The guide and visual aids were very informative. Allow at least two hours to take advantage of all that is there to see...More

Thank Catrin L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A little over-priced but good to see this well laid out museum of the whaling history of this part of Australia. Gift shop and cafe situated perfectly to watch the tide come in over rock formations. Average food, great coffee.

Thank Jo M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were not going to do this but as the weather was rubbish and our day's plan of going to the beach was ruined we thought we would give this a go. At first we were hesitant to pay the $32/adult admission fee but bit...More

Thank Tammy R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting visit. It is a good idea to have the guided tour then you are left to look around at your leisure, so much to see and all very interesting.

Thank Mummsie R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most overpriced attractions in Australia that we have visited. $64 for a couple!!! Just go out for a beautiful dinner in the town instead.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found this to be a pretty interesting - but very expensive, and seems to be suffering from a sever bout of tiredness. Would recommend to see the skeleton of the blue whale alone, but they need to think about their prices

Thank jforadvs
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visted the whaling station kids absolutely loved it so did we, we took a good 2-3 hours to see everything and explore everything including the animal part which was awesome, kids enjoyed exploring the ship, all staff we came across were absolutely lovely, everything...More

Thank charlene91
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must if visiting Albany. A major part of Albany's history, it is quite eerie. You cannot help but feel saddened knowing that so many beautiful whales were slaughtered here and relieved that this terrible industry no longer continues in Australia and most...More

Thank nil068
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I think the idea of creating an attraction reminding us why whaling is wrong is a fantastic idea. Unfortunately this place doesn’t do too much of that. On top of that they charge a lot to look at a grounded whaler and some old vats....More

Thank Glenn D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love the way it's been set up definitely worth the money. The wildlife park was great too a lovely bonus

Thank Regularcampers
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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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