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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 today

We were able to get onto a guided tour and it was great. The facility is basically as it was left and gives a wonderful insight into those days of old.

Thank Jon W
Reviewed yesterday

The guided tour is totally worth it and it allows you to know more about the whaling history in Albany and how whale oil is prepared! Get to see the biggest whale bone and also photo of giant squid found in one of the sperm...More

Thank HannyChew
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great drive to the whaling station and well worth it. The attraction is suitable for all ages. Cafe there and the meals are extremely priced and generous size. Lovely views and friendly staff only too happy to help with any questions.

Thank wandering2017
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed this. There was a good 3D movie and the station is a real eye opener. Don't eat at the cafe though. Such a pity of such a great view, unfortunately the menu is greasy, dull and chips galore. The chef should be...More

Thank REan118
Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly recommend asking for a guide who will explain the 26 year whaling industry & the different stations from when the whale is hauled into the dock and extracting the blubber. Flensing the whale was definitely a very tough job and imagine the smell of...More

Thank RickFun35
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Full of history, and a unique experience. Small whaling station, but lots of history still intact. Would love to go back, plan on an early tour if possible

Thank Karenne M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really recommend visiting this museum! I learned a lot about the whaler business, that fortunately doesn't exist anymore in Australia... I got into a real whale chaser ship and understood how the whales were processed to get all the resulting products, used for different...More

Thank Simone L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To tell you the truth, I wasn't looking forward to visit the whaling station but I'm glad that I went, I found it really interesting, learning about the station's history, fisherman liveliihood and the conservation of whales. Overall it was a positive experience.

Thank Gaire
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our visit coincided with the open day June long weekend that included free entry. A family entry fee is normally about $75. Our kids enjoyed looking around and so did we. It's been a few years since we last visited and there's definitely been some...More

Thank Stuart C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved everything about the day we spent here at the whaling station. I hadn't been since I was a kid and wanted to have a look at it now. I was sort of expecting it to be a bit boring really but I was so...More

Thank leahcar17
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Any entrance fee?
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
How long do you need to visit please?
16 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
Is the experience substantially wheelchair accessible?
28 April 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