Hilda Hotker Collection

In 2014 the Hilda Hotker Shell Collection display was opened at the Whaling Museum in Discovery Bay, Albany. Local Albany resident Hilda has spent her life collecting shells and other wonderful marine specimens from beaches all around Australia.

A lovely collection well displayed and lit.

A Bit of Geology

The Natural Bridge is a granite formation that looks just like a giant rock bridge! This ‘bridge’ is caused by the gradual wearing away of the granite rock by the Great Southern Ocean. 

The natural bridge formation is a reminder of the power of the ocean. It is incredible to watch the waves roll across the ocean, crashing into the granite cliffside and rushing under the bridge.

1,600,000,000 year old rock formations.
There are 2 distinctive rock types here that resemble granite, a common rock on the south coast- granodiorite and gneiss. The former is an igneous rock that is rich in silica while the latter is a metamorphic or changed rock, and pronounced as ‘nice’.
Waves breaking in the Gap
Mirnang People

Albany and Around

Albany from the Lookout at Mount Melville.
Caution shared trail.

Albany is a city at the southern tip of Western Australia. It’s known for its beaches, such as popular Middleton Beach. East of the city, Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve is home to secluded Little Beach.

CHEYNES IV is a whaling vessel built in Norway in 1948. It came to Australia in 1970 and worked from Albany until whaling in Australia was halted in 1978. CHEYNES IV is now located at Whale World in Albany WA and is Australia’s only sea-going whaling vessel on display. It represents the final chapter in Australia’s commercial whaling industry.

Albany’s Historic Whaling Station, a former whale processing plant, now houses a museum.

Migrating whales pass off the coast at Torndirrup National Park, where steep cliffs give way to dramatic rock formations

Fish and Chips at the Whaler’s Galley Café
Humpback (left) and pygmy blue whale skeletons.
Binnacle and wheel. Cheynes IV
Steering gear on Cheynes IV the whale chaser.
Sunbathers! possibly King’s skinks. (Egernia kingii)
Rust with spider silk