For such a small town in such a large country, Albany has a rich history. Perhaps the most interesting chapter of Albany's history is the role it played in the South West's whaling industry. Today, we understand the importance whales play in our eco system and do our best to protect them. But 200 years ago, it was about a mixture of survival and economics as Western Australia's first industry. At Albany's Historic Whaling Station (formerly known as Whale World), you can learn all about the trials and tribulations of this tragic industry, with hands-on experiences and touching stories.
Explore the last whalehunting vessel in Australia
What makes this museum truly unique is the genuine exhibits, left as they are after the final whale was killed in Albany in 1978. You will be genuinely moved as you explore the last whale chaser vessel in Australia, stand underneath the skeleton of the last whale harpooned in Albany, and view the tools of the trade still in place 39 years later. You will learn about why the whales were killed and what they were used for, about the men who took on this perilous job to feed their families, and about the transformation of Albany from a whale hunting community, to a whale watching attraction. Entrance to the complex also includes a guided tour of the processing factory and decks.
Some of the whale-sized tools involved in the process
Albany's Historic Whaling Station is located on Whaling Station Road, Frenchman Bay, Albany. There is a wonderful cafe, and the gift shop contains some great historical accounts and souvenirs. Part of the Discovery Bay tourism area, the entire area is well worth exploring for its natural beauty. The museum is open from 9am to 5pm every day of the year except Christmas Day. I recommend at least three hours to enjoy the array of exhibits and artefacts. To book online, you can check out the Discovery Bay tourism website here
The whaling station is located on beautiful Discovery Bay