Winter heralds the arrival of whales in King George Sound and this week, two whales were spotted close to shore at Albany’s Historic Whaling Station.
Every year, Southern Rights and Humpback Whales call Albany and the protected waters of the sound home. They gather in the sound to shelterthemselves from the prevailing currents of the Southern Ocean, to feed and mate, before heading north in September to calve. Albany, once had a thriving whaling industry and was home to Australia’s last whaling station, which closed in the 1970’s. Today, only in Albany can visitors experience the complete ‘whale story’ which celebrates the past, present & future of these magnificent creatures.
This year, Busy Blue Bus, Albany’s leading coach touring company, has released a BRAND NEW TOUR to celebrate Albany’s unique place in Australia’s heritage.
‘Albany’s Whale Story’ is a half day tour taking in the beautiful vistas of Princess Royal Harbour from the summit of Mt Clarence, the site of Australia’s original ANZAC Dawn Service. Heading out to Torndirrup National Park, our tour visits Stony Hill, one of Albany’s most picturesque locations with views across the sound to the Southern Ocean and perfect for whale spotting. The highlight of our tour is a visit to Albany’s Historic Whaling Station at Discovery a Bay Tourism Experience. Recognised as the world’s last remaining accessible whaling station and a heritage icon in Albany, our guests will experience an exclusive tour of the whaling station with a dedicated guide and an inspection of the brand new interpretative display on board the Cheynes IV whale chaser; the only fully restored ship of it’s kind in existence today.
Our love of whales has come a long way through generations and our new tour is truly a celebration of Albany’s unique story. We’ll show you more on a Busy Blue Bus tour!
Tours operate every Wednesday and Friday and start from $89*pp.
To book, visit www.busybluebus.com.au