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Albany's Historic Whaling Station

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Albany's Historic Whaling Station

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Nic wrote a review 13 Apr
Bassendean, Australia25 contributions4 helpful votes
I love the whaling station. I visit every few years. Not a pleasant reminder of our recent past but hopefully a lesson for future generations. This time we visited on an overcast, windy day which added to the experience
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Jeffry b wrote a review 11 Apr
Essendon, Australia7,022 contributions2,273 helpful votes
The Cheynes Bay whaling company operated from the 1950s until 1978, when the last whale in Australia was caught. Humpback and sperm whales were caught; profits were good. The Franchman Bay facility is now a museum, it's quite fascinating. Whale stocks are reviving.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Aroha R wrote a review 3 Apr
Greater Perth, Australia44 contributions1 helpful vote
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Due to covid restrictions and Easter Long weekend the inside of the ship was closed and there were no tours availanle. However well maintained and the documentaries provided plenty of information. Some confronting footage so beware.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Chris L wrote a review Mar 2021
Tallebudgera, Australia256 contributions33 helpful votes
The Whaling Station had a big impact on us all. it is both horrific and amazing on many levels. It is a must see in Albany and you will need to put aside a few hours to see it all. It rained the day we were there but we managed to get from building to building without getting too wet. The pictures of the 60s when they conducted school tours so the children could watch the whales being slaughtered and flensed are truly incredible.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from DiscoveryBayAU, Public Relations Manager at Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Chris Yes! It is a fascinating insight into life in Australia in the post-war years, right through until the late 70s. How much has changed in our society, industries have gone and attitudes have certainly changed since this time and we often hear that a visit through our site has been challenging and thought provoking for many. Thank you for your honesty in your review, as well as the recommendation to allow plenty of time to absorb it all. We do hope these comments help others when planning an itinerary for a visit to Albany, as it was such an important part of our town for decades and we think it is so important that the history is continued to be shared today.
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Calin P wrote a review Mar 2021
Devonport, Tasmania, Australia314 contributions114 helpful votes
Certainly worth a visit but DO NOT GO ON A HOT DAY. There is no air conditioning anywhere and on a hot day it is impossible to visit at least half the site. The audio experience is outside in full sun and the temperature inside the tank cinemas rises to unbearable levels. At the time when we visited it was 30 degrees outside and NOBODY in our group of over 20 was capable of watching more than a couple of minutes of the documentaries before having to walk out. One teenage girl almost fainted about half way through the tour. Even the cafe had no AC. Great to visit but pick a cool day.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from DiscoveryBayAU, Public Relations Manager at Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Calin Thank you for your feedback. I personally remember last weekend as being very warm for three days straight (which is incredibly unusual for Albany even in summer) and appreciate your comments about the theatres. Unfortunately due to the sheer size and shape of the tanks it is not practical to install air-conditioning, and as a not-for-profit organisation this simply is not in our budget. Thankfully, the films are all quite short and we find most visitors manage ok. The audio at the factory runs for 10 minutes and shady spots can be found that still allow visitors to listen and enjoy this, so I am surprised to read that this was also uncomfortable, particularly as the factory is situated right on the ocean's edge? It does still appear that you enjoyed the exhibits, and we do hope the heat wasn't too unbearable for the majority of your visit...it is not a comment we hear often living down south here in Albany, where our weather is better known for being too cold!
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