Albany's Historic Whaling Station

Albany's Historic Whaling Station

Albany's Historic Whaling Station
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Spend a day exploring the world’s only complete whaling station tourism attraction and gain fascinating insight into Albany’s colorful past. 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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Julie B
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Even in the rain it was informative and interesting even though disturbing.
    A reflection on our history, and our past. Quite disturbing and graphic, but it is the truth. Lots of displays and interactive to inform of our past histories and our treatment, these majestic animals. There is a whaling vessel that you can climb all over going and see how the whalers left wing on the boat. Go to very informative and answer any questions. Be warned there are a lot of graphic details but there are warnings on doors just in case. Well worth a visit if in Albany .
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 April 2023
  • Catherine W
    Horsham, Australia66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight of our trip. Spent hours here. Loved it, so informative.
    We spent hours doing the audio tour and then wandering through this place. Videos and staff were fascinating and informative. This gross but true part of history is something worth doing. The boat was great to ge able to go on and we got so many photos. Whale skeletons were terrific and the interactive parts of the place were terrific
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Christine J
    Bargara, Australia397 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recent whaling history
    It's amazing to think that the whaling from here only ceased in 1978. This is a fascinating insight into the industry at the time, the people who worked in it, the difficulties faced, and an appreciation for how far we've come since whaling stopped. You can explore one of the whaling boats used at the time, stories of individuals, the whaling process, see scrimshaw and whale skeletons. When you've finished going through the exhibition you can stop at the cafe for a drink or a bite to eat overlooking the picturesque bay.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 30 May 2023
  • Kelly F
    Melbourne, Australia43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Whaling history
    We learnt so much from our visit here today. Very interesting to see how the old whaling station was run . We all loved seeing the whale bones and watching the movies about whales and sharks. We had lunch at the cafe - it was ok. Definitely the highlight was the station! Thanks Albany for sharing your history with us.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 June 2023
  • Beetrootears
    Balmoral Ridge, Australia473 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A snapshot of how attitudes have changed in the last 50-70 years.
    A little bit wary due to the subject of whaling but so glad I went. It was a blustery day with rain squalls -so glad of my rain jacket and beanie. So much information about the impact of the whaling business on the town of Albany and the families who relied on this income. I was fascinated by photos of school kids at the station during its hey day. I love whales and am glad we no longer hunt them but this was truth telling history unsanitised.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Teacake_Taster
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom1,067 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a whale of a time…
    “Albany’s Historic Whaling Station was the last operating station in Australia and provides a fascinating insight into Albany’s colourful past. Recognised as a heritage site, the whaling station is an engaging and educational tourism attraction for all ages to enjoy.” Spent most of the day at the Whaling Historic Centre which is in a great position, especially the cafe. It’s a fascinating but challenging experience and well worth the visit. There’s an Australian Wildlife Centre there as well and we saw a couple of wombats as well as other animals and birds.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 October 2023
  • Tayporttony
    Newton Stewart, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out and great value
    Fantastic day out, with way more to see than we expected. The whaling museum includes the last whaling ship in Australia, there were three cinemas including a 3D movie and then there was a wildlife park and botanical garden. We could have spent even longer there if we had time. The staff were incredibly pleasant and helpful and the whole day was ridiculously good value for money. We’ll be back whenever we get chance to come to Australia again.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 November 2023
  • Amanda K
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family day out
    Great places for families of all ages. The toddlers enjoyed the playground, the tweens enjoyed climbing on the boat, the 3d movie about whales and the skeletons and everyone enjoyed the shell room. Animal park was a nice bonus. A little more expensive than other places perhaps but could spend a whole day easily with a great variety of things to see. The scrimmage room was a personal favourite. The volunteer on the boat was really friendly as well. What an amazing place. Recommend to other families.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 January 2024
  • Soraia
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands1,028 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Confronting yet interesting stop
    Wow! We didn’t expect this. First of all we arrived at 4PM and the lady behind the counter told us that it would take 4 hours to see everything but we could come back for the next day. Great service. This place is very interesting to learn more about the history of Albany. Yes it is confronting at times, but in a good way, to learn. A big bonus is the location and surrounding views.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 February 2024
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Bronwyn T
Adelaide, Australia338 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A very interesting self guided tour of the last surviving whaling ship out of Albany together with the buildings, film of the whaling industry when in operation, skeletons of whales and other outbuildings. Worth the visit.
Written 27 February 2024
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Mary P
Ballymena, UK102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
From the minute you arrive the sea and it’s creatures are on display. From a stunning collection of shells to the video stories, the opportunity to board a whaling vessel and follow the process through to its quite gory conclusion. A whole way of life for the people of Albany was gone in a few short months.
The entry fee also entitles you to explore the gardens and wildlife park.
The gift shop and cafe are both worth stopping by.
Written 17 February 2024
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Soraia
Rotterdam, The Netherlands1,028 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Wow! We didn’t expect this.

First of all we arrived at 4PM and the lady behind the counter told us that it would take 4 hours to see everything but we could come back for the next day. Great service.

This place is very interesting to learn more about the history of Albany. Yes it is confronting at times, but in a good way, to learn.

A big bonus is the location and surrounding views.
Written 16 February 2024
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MoreTravel278
Melbourne, Australia126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A fascinating look at how whaling was such an important part of Albany. You’ll be captivated about how the industry worked…. Expect to spend more time than you might initially plan. We spent around 4 hours. There’s a cafe on site which serves good food and with a great view out to the bay.
Written 3 February 2024
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Amanda K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Great places for families of all ages. The toddlers enjoyed the playground, the tweens enjoyed climbing on the boat, the 3d movie about whales and the skeletons and everyone enjoyed the shell room. Animal park was a nice bonus. A little more expensive than other places perhaps but could spend a whole day easily with a great variety of things to see. The scrimmage room was a personal favourite.
The volunteer on the boat was really friendly as well. What an amazing place. Recommend to other families.
Written 23 January 2024
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Tayporttony
Newton Stewart, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Fantastic day out, with way more to see than we expected. The whaling museum includes the last whaling ship in Australia, there were three cinemas including a 3D movie and then there was a wildlife park and botanical garden. We could have spent even longer there if we had time. The staff were incredibly pleasant and helpful and the whole day was ridiculously good value for money. We’ll be back whenever we get chance to come to Australia again.
Written 29 November 2023
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Typical-60plus
Calgary, Canada109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The museum was extremely well done and we spent more time than we thought. There was a good combination of self-guided, video and tours. I would highly recommend it.

It was a 30 minute drive from Albany so good to have some snacks or lunch with you. We had lunch at the restaurant which was very good but the restaurant could get backed up on a busy day.
Written 18 November 2023
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mrc49
Le Plessis-Robinson, France60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This is the only complete land whaling station that is left on the planet. A monument to the ignorance and cruelty of mankind. There have always been whalers , probably as long as there have been boats but until the 18C whaling was not an industry. It is hard to believe with the last 50 years research results and social media reports and photos that these beautiful, intelligent and peaceful giants were just seen as products.
There is a whaling chaser that can be visited as well as a museum. A must visit if you are in the Albany area.
Written 6 November 2023
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Teacake_Taster
Chesterfield, UK1,067 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
“Albany’s Historic Whaling Station was the last operating station in Australia and provides a fascinating insight into Albany’s colourful past. Recognised as a heritage site, the whaling station is an engaging and educational tourism attraction for all ages to enjoy.”

Spent most of the day at the Whaling Historic Centre which is in a great position, especially the cafe. It’s a fascinating but challenging experience and well worth the visit. There’s an Australian Wildlife Centre there as well and we saw a couple of wombats as well as other animals and birds.
Written 30 October 2023
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GandR183
Mornington16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
With much to offer, and providing an insight to our ‘whaling past’ this museum and wildlife park is definitely interesting, but overpriced!

Whilst informative, the information provided at the whaling station certainly needs a refurb/ refresh/ update.

The cafe on site was handy, and we enjoyed a cuppa and delicious scone before moving on to view the spectacular natural attractions that Albany has to offer.

Albany is awesome, we didn’t stay here long enough!
Written 11 October 2023
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