Discovery Bay Albany
When the Cheynes Beach Whaling Station ceased operations in November 1978, few could have guessed that the formerly gore-covered decks would eventually be covered in tourists discovering the area’s bleakly fascinating story. An attached museum screens films about sharks and whales, and displays giant skeletons, harpoons, whaleboat models and scrimshaw (etchings on whalebone). Outside there’s the rusting Cheynes IV whale chaser and station equipment to inspect. Free guided tours depart on the hour from 10am to 3pm.
Part of the wider Discovery Bay complex is a new Australian wildlife park and botanic garden (adult/child $15/8) with plants endemic to the area. There are good ocean views from the elevated sight, but the fledgeling gardens need a few years to develop more, and the animals – including koala, pademelons and wallaroos – are cared for in fairly compact areas.
The only experience of its kind in the world! Home to an intact whale processing factory and whalechaser, fully restored and ready for you to explore Albany’s whaling history. The last whaling company to cease operations in Australia, closing in 1978 and opening as “Whale World” in 1980, now home to a interactive museum on whales and whaling. Join a tour of the whaling factory with our friendly guides as a fantastic overview of the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company’s operations and then discover the exhibits at your own pace. Allow at least 3 hours to enjoy all there is to see and do.