End of an Era

In Nov 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. Meet the characters from this film and discover their stories.

Visitors to the Historic Whaling Station over the Heritage Festival period will be able to view the newly released End of an Era documentary film located within our Panorama Tower.  Along with the film, this spiralling exhibition space 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.

History comes to life this Heritage Festival as visitors will also be able to meet some of the past whalers who feature in the documentary film.  Join them on Tuesdays 23 and 30 April at 11.30am, and discover their personal insights into this unique chapter of Australia’s history.

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.

Event dates

Event Details

81 Whaling Station Road, Torndirrup, Western Australia

Located 25 minute drive from Albany CBD


9am - 5pm daily
Tuesdays 23 and 30 April, 11.30am - meet a whaler

Entry fees:
Adults $32, Children $12, Concession $29, Family $75
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
Guided Historic Whaling Station tours run on the hour 10am - 3pm daily.