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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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81 Whaling Station Rd, Frenchman Bay, Albany, Western Australia 6330, Australia
+61 8 9844 4021
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Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

A factory museum from a time of candles and sea faring monster hunters. Informative and every little trick to captivate the attention of the viewers. The kids enjoyed clambering around the Cheynes IV whale ship. The deck to chop up the whale blubber and head...More

Thank Fitfun F
Reviewed 13 January 2017

We found the Whaling Station very interactive with the films and 3D experience, The restaurant was very nice with great food and veiws. I wouldve given 5 star rating but i dont think the grounds are very wheelchair freindly, as i was pushing my husband...More

Thank vamperkins4261
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Great piece of WA history - two young kids (9&7) and we're still overawed by the place, great trip and well worth the $$.

Thank jon a
Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

What a great place to visit. The views are stunning from here, also lots of history to learn about. I would recommend when visiting you watch the movies, as the 3D movie was very impressive. I was disappointed with the cafe on site, the food...More

Thank SarahGowdy
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

This is well worth a visit it was very interesting but sad and disturbing at the same time!!!! It was full of historic information and I was mesmerised the whole time! It was topped off with a delightful lunch in their cafe!!! Highly recommend!!!!! A...More

Thank Louise L
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

I remember coming here as a child, the smell was something terrible. A lot has changed. An eye opener and a great way to spend the morning, checking out the ship, the old station, and the beautiful shell collection. If you have time the cafe...More

Thank Tam94M
Reviewed 10 January 2017

I'm sure this attraction is worth more than the 2 I've given it however we decided it was just too ridiculously expensive for a family of 5.

Thank Pamela D
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Day two spent exploring this great site. A guided tour is recommended as they fill in all the gaps. You can wander on your own but miss a lot. The attached cafe offered a reasonable lunch and good coffee too.

Thank IvanovichC
Reviewed 8 January 2017

My husband and I visited Albany's Historic Whaling Station yesterday afternoon having done a nice coastal drive to reach there. The area around is quaint, with a few old style workers type cottages, great views and a huge (not replica) whaling ship that was berthed...More

Thank CClifford-Smith
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Had a great day here with teens their grandparents. Went to Botatic Gardens and wildlife park too. Guided tour very interesting, whaling boat great to see. I am a Greenie and still found this place interesting. It was our history, check it out.

Thank Katie S
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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
27 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