Whaling Station (Ruins) - WA

Point of Interest 


DEG: -22.591663 113.672501
DMS: 22º 35' 29.99" S 113º 40' 21" E
UTM: 49 K 7499219mN 774770mE
Altitude: 3.79m


Place Type

Recreation - Point of Interest


61.91kms North of Coral Bay - Driving 72.1 km (1 hour 36 mins)
85.9kms SouthWest of Exmouth - Driving 141 km (2 hours 39 mins)
182.28kms SouthWest of Onslow - Driving 370 km (5 hours 10 mins)

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Ningaloo WA
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The Norwegian Bay Whaling Station ruins are located at the remote Norwegian Bay and are a dominant landmark on the site, visible from the ocean and the dune ridge on the mainland. The station was probably the most successful bay whaling station to ever operate in WA when it operated from 1915 to 1957. Its success led to the establishment of several other shore stations around Australia. The whaling station is important for its association with Norwegian and other Scandinavian whaling men, three of whom are buried in the dunes near the site.

If you go into the whaling station and are very experienced with driving in sand and have a well setup 4WD then you can continue southwards from the whaling station into the sand dunes. Keep within 1km of the coast line whilst in the dunes and you will pick up a track that takes you back to the Yardie creek-Ningaloo station main road. If you come to the channel markers on the hill then you are about 1km too far, go back and take the nearest track inland. It's much quicker leaving the whaling station this way, rather than doubling back and going out the way you came in from the North. BE WARNED - this route is not often travelled, go in convoy and walk ahead in the dunes if at all unsure. It's a great adventure though and well worth it if you can.

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Closest Weather Station

Learmonth at 16/10:30am WST
Distance from Whaling Station (Ruins) 58.49km NE
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Closest Climatic Station

Learmonth Airport
Distance from Whaling Station (Ruins) 58.49km NE
Mean Max. °C37.937.536.433.228.624.924.226.329.332.634.536.8
Mean Min. °C23.024.122.920.416.213.111.412.213.816.318.420.8
Mean Rain mm32.442.938.515.440.842.522.312.

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