Whaling was stopped many years ago now but the Albany Shire saw a tourism opportunity right in front of their eyes, with the result that this place became a major attraction in the region. On the right, all the glass hides a rather nice coffee lounge which is part of a large show room and interpretive centre. For a rather steep entry fee one can then go out into the main area, tour the old whaler that is drawn up on the beach, watch A/V presentations and generally immerse oneself in the atmosphere of the times. On one of my early visits to Albany, in the 1970’s, whaling was still a thriving industry and I can vividly recall the rather horrific sight of a very blooded whale carcass on the slipway. Not pretty!
Albany is some 450 kms south of Perth and the whaling station is more or less at the entrance to the King George Sound, another 25 kms or so further on in the Torndirrup National Park – an area of extreme natural beauty.
Sony Alpha 55V, 16-80 Carl Zeiss lens with nd8 filter, aperture priority (f8) and hand held.