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Albany’s Historic Whaling Station has a spring full of activities on offer for wildflower, wildlife and creative enthusiasts.
For children enjoying a break from school, fun activities have been designed to switch on your senses in the Regional Wildflower Garden and Wildlife Park. Grab a chatterbox template at the counter to start discovering. Or, bring the family to one of the ever popular Nocturnal Tours. Timed to occur when the animals are most active, these after dark tours sell out fast so make sure you book now.
Locals and tourists can also meet the head gardener for a Garden Highlights Walk & Talk. Each walk will vary based on what is currently flowering and will provide an understanding of the South Coast region’s unique biodiversity. The walks are held at 12.30pm on Mondays and Thursdays each week this spring, excluding public holidays.
The art gallery will be filled with great local art, plus a Plein Air workshop hosted by local artist Ros Jenke will be held on Thursday 8th October. Through this workshop you are bound to find inspiration in the wildflower garden boasting ocean views and enjoy working on your own masterpiece under guidance from Ros.
September and October are ideal months to enjoy the region’s wildflowers and wildlife, and the events planned will delight visitors and locals alike.
Due to popular demand we have added an extra Nocturnal Tour on Wednesday 7th October!
Meet our amazing Aussie animals and passionate wildlife keepers on this after dark guided tour.
Join our keepers and discover our nocturnal furry, feathered and scaly wildlife in a whole new light!
Tours available on three Friday nights in spring only, so bring your family and friends.
Friday 25th September, 2nd & 9th October only.
6pm to 7pm
Photos (without flash) are encouraged and we’d love for you to share them with us.
Please note this tour is not suitable for children under 4 years of age.
The nocturnal tour will go ahead rain or shine, please dress accordingly and wear closed-in shoes (no hi-vis clothing).
Bookings are essential, as limited spaces available.
Immerse yourself in Albany’s beautiful Regional Wildflower Garden for a day of Plein Air painting while learning the techniques of sketching and painting in the open air. This 4.5 hour tutored workshop is suitable for all skill levels and includes a delicious picnic lunch and refreshments overlooking the King George Sound.
Thursday 8th October 2020
10.30am to 3.00pm
$45 per person
In this workshop you will learn how to:
- find your inspiration
- focus on the scene
- simplify the subject
- compose and paint landscape and native flora
During the workshop Ros will demonstrate how to choose and paint a scene. You will then be able to explore the extensive Wildflower Garden to find your own scene and start your Plein Air masterpiece. Ros will provide you with guidance throughout the session, helping you to develop your plein air practical skills and techniques.
You will also receive a bonus return entry ticket to the Regional Wildflower Garden so you can come back and continue painting on another day this spring.
Ros will be working with watercolour throughout the workshop, but you can bring your preferred art medium and supplies. A suggested supplies list will be forwarded after booking as materials are not provided in the workshop, so please bring along your own preferred art supplies.
A picnic lunch and refreshments are included with the workshop, please advise any dietary request in your booking.
BOOK NOW as space is limited.
We are delighted to welcome back the Albany Outdoor Painters for their third exhibition with us, featuring paintings and sketches of landscapes, seascapes and buildings.
The art exhibition and sale is open daily from Saturday 26th September through to Sunday 11 October in our Gift Shop Gallery.
As part of this exhibition, watercolour artist Ros Jenke will hold a Plein Air workshop, Watercolour & Wildflowers, on Thursday 8th October. For more information on this workshop and to book - Click HERE
Second-Sight, an exhibition of Plein Air paintings by renowned local botanical artist Ellen Hickman will be on display in our gallery from 13th to 30th October.
Ellen's new collection of work was borne about from a double retina detachment and subsequent cataracts leaving her with a blurred view of the world.
This exhibition showcases the resulting impressionist landscape paintings and the story behind the, open 9am to 5pm daily.
Step aboard the old Cheynes IV for a night like no other. Joining one of our passionate and knowledgeable guides, The Night Watch Experience will allow you to explore cabins in the deepest parts of the ship, as well as the galley and eating mess, and to hear what really happened onboard and what the various crew experienced. Being aboard after dark and hearing the stories really brings the history to life.
Included after your 50-minute tour through the Cheynes IV ship is a delicious meal at Whaler's Galley Café, as part of their monthly Friday night dinners.
The Night Watch Experience runs from 6-8pm on the first Friday of the month. Please arrive onsite by 5.45pm.
Spaces are limited, so BOOK your Night Watch Experience today!
The tour is not suitable for children under the age of 8 years.
The tour will go ahead rain or shine, please dress accordingly and wear closed-in flat footwear.
The tour requires participants to use stairs and steep ladders, and a good level of mobility is essential.
As the tour will operate in a low light setting, each participant will be provided a head lamp for the duration of the tour. These have three light settings including flashing
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