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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 17 August 2017 via mobile

I went on a tour, it was super intresting learning about this whole ..'craft'. They try to cater for kids (with a shop to explode and a jungle gym) but I found the kids got bored on the tour. Also, not only is the drive...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Very informative and so much to see, we missed the tour but it was easy to go through at our own pace and see all that was there.

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Reviewed 13 August 2017

You can easily spend the good part of a day here. There is a lovely botanical garden with native wildflowers and wetlands. There is also an Australian Wildlife Park. Finally there is the Historic Whaling Station. All are included in your admission. Be sure to...More

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Can be an expensive outing for a family but well worth a visit to learn the history of the whales and the whaling industry. Very good shell exhibition. There is a whaling boat to explore, a 3D movie, slide and swings, a great day out...More

Thank thewillow
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

A great place to visit the old whaling station. Little costly but when on holiday why not pay little extra to see and hear the history of the area. Good kangaroos in Koala's also have a look at. Had a nice lunch great view from...More

Thank Ian M
Reviewed 18 July 2017 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 18 July 2017 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 14 July 2017

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 14 July 2017 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 13 July 2017

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
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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