Excursion

Torndirrup National Park & Historic Whaling Station

Become acquainted with a landscape and history influenced by the sea as you venture to Torndirrup National Park, home to spectacular coastal rock formations, and Discovery Bay, where you will learn about Western Australia’s whaling past.

  • Code
    ALH-FW
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Walking Type
    Medium
  • Activity Type
    All
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    Approximately 4 hours

From the pier, enjoy a scenic transfer along Stirling Terrace, passing a number of Albany’s superb Victorian buildings, including the Courthouse, Rotunda and Old Post Office, along the way. Also see Dog Rock, the large granite formation shaped like a dog’s head that dominates Albany’s central business district.

Continue to Discovery Bay, formerly known as Whale World, an award-winning interactive museum housed at the former Cheynes Beach Whaling Company. In its heyday, the station’s chasers took as many as 850 whales a year. Western Australia’s colorful whaling history comes to life as you encounter the museum’s exhibits, state-of-the-art multimedia theaters and restored Cheynes IV whale chaser.

Leaving the historic whaling station, travel to Torndirrup National Park, a wild coastal landscape of sheer cliffs, sandy dunes and incredible natural rock formations. Take the walk to a lookout for views of the formations called The Gap and Natural Bridge. The Gap drops 78 feet to the raging sea below, while the Natural Bridge resembles a huge suspension bridge spanning the torrent. As you admire the vistas from this thrilling vantage point, be sure to remain on the marked paths for your safety.

For more dramatic views, head to Mt. Clarence Lookout, showcasing panoramas of Princess Royal Harbor, King George Sound and the Albany Wind Farm.

A memorable excursion drawing to a close, return to your Crystal ship.

It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and flat, comfortable shoes. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. The order of sights visited may vary.