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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 two Friday nights in April only, so bring your family and friends.
Friday 12th & 26th April only.
6pm to 7pm (please arrive by 5.45pm)
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. BOOK NOW
Terms & Conditions
Bookings are essential, as limited spaces available. Concession card must be presented on entry for concession ticket purchase - valid concession cards include pension, seniors or full-time student card. The nocturnal tour will go ahead rain or shine, please dress accordingly and wear closed-in shoes (no hi-vis clothing). Albany's Historic Whaling Station will only offer a refund or exchange of a ticket if a tour is cancelled or rescheduled. Albany's Historic Whaling Station may postpone, cancel, interrupt or stop the tour due to adverse weather, dangerous situations, or any other causes beyond their reasonable control. No refunds to no show participants. No flash photography permitted during the tour, photos without flash are encouraged. Not suitable for children under 4 years of age. Children 4 - 15 years must be supervised by parent or guardian at all times. No food or drinks allowed in the Wildlife Park. Please follow the direction of the wildlife keeper or guide and stay with the group at all times. Not exchangeable for goods. Not redeemable for cash. Purchasers of tickets who are under 18 years of age should seek parental consent before purchasing tickets/merchandises from our website. By transacting on our website, purchaser certifies that purchaser is at least 18 years of age and understands and accepts these conditions of use.
Celebrate of all aspects of Australian culture and history, and discover the stories of diverse and distinctive experiences that make up our communities this Heritage Festival.
In November 1978, the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company closed, ending the era of whaling in Australia. Forty years later, a new documentary film shares personal accounts and reflections on what was to become a defining moment in our history.
Visitors to the Historic Whaling Station during the 2019 Australian Heritage Festival (18th April - 19th May) will be able to view the newly released End of an Era documentary film located within the Panorama Tower, and have the opportunity to meet the characters from this film and hear their stories. Join them onsite at the Historic Whaling Station on Tuesday 23rd and Tuesday 30th April at 11.30am, and discover their personal insights into this unique chapter of Australia’s history.
Along with the film, the Panorama Tower is home to the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company employee name boards, officially opened November 2018 to mark the 40th Anniversary, and an extensive historical information display. The End of an Era documentary film and all whaling exhibits are included with your site admission ticket. Plus, annual passes to Albany’s Historic Whaling Station are also available, providing great value 12 months’ entry.
End of an Era is directed and produced by Michelle Bunting and filmed, edited and graded by Luke Griffiths. This documentary film has been kindly donated to Albany’s Historic Whaling Station by Michelle Bunting and Luke Griffiths.
On the evening of the 21st November 1978, the Cheynes II, III and IV whale chasing ships berthed at the old Albany Town Jetty after their final whale hunt. Signalling the closure of the last shore based whaling station in Australia and the end of over 150 years of whaling in Albany waters.
The late John Bell, spotter pilot for the company recalled “… the last day of whaling I only saw one whale, a huge bull sperm whale. We hadn’t quite taken our quota for the year, but this monster was over 45 feet long. So we left him in peace."
ABC journalist Les Johnson reported "…There was more than a touch of mere nostalgia on the Albany Town Jetty last night, when the three ships of the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company moved into their berths for the last time… I saw tears in the eyes of some men. There was no future for them, except in the mundane ranks of nine-to-fivers or the unemployed.”
40 years on, the anniversary was marked with a whaler's reunion here at the station. Over 60 past whalers, plus invited guests enjoyed a morning tea and first look at the new whaler's name boards. The name boards were officially launched by the Mayor Mr Dennis Wellington during the function.
Images below taken at the Whaler's reunion Wednesday 21st November 2018.
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