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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 yesterday via mobile

We really enjoyed walking around the Whaling Station museum. Excellent exhibits as well as walking onto the Cheyennes IV Whaling boat. Would definitely recommend going there when in Albany you won't be disappointed. Amazing history of the town and Whaling in Australia.

Thank bmcgahan
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a very interesting experience for young and old especially since it's not really that long ago that whaling was stopped here. The buildings have been utilised as cinemas and museum showing whale skeletons etc.. Be aware that some of the information can be...More

Thank knittedthistle
Reviewed 1 week ago

The old whaling station. Where whaling vessels were anchored to hunt whales as late as the 1960's at Chains beach. Makes one fell so glad the whaling was outlawed back then. A must see.

Thank LaurieJ-1901
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend spending at least 2 hours including the guided tour. Very informative and really well put together- you will get a very good idea of how the whaling industry operated.

Thank Andrew A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here with 2 adults and a child which was quite expensive it's an alright place to look around but not really worth the money you have to pay.

Thank Luke D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The guided tour with recorded sounds was very informative and gave a clear sense of what the working station was like. The conversion of the oil tanks to cinemas and a lookout were very clever. Wandering through the whaling boat was great and the information...More

Thank Lawrie H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a good tour and learnt a lot about the whaling industry. We really enjoy our experience and indeed recommend to anyone visiting Albany.

Thank szuemay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very good informative centre explaining the history of whaling from the Southern Ocean. Great experience to wander round the Whaling ship on site, well worth the drive out from town.

Thank andyryley
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The cost for entry includes a lot of things to do and look at. You could be there all day. We really enjoyed the experience and learning about the history and seeing the historic things. Honestly, this is something everyone needs to experience for all...More

Thank Kantida S
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Although I difficult history, it has been told well by the museum. Unfortunately the tour guide was slightly rapid in communicating knowledge which meant it was rushed. The tour ended with a great film about whales and you are left to explore the site. There...More

Thank Hannah C
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20 September 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
30 April 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
15 January 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