This weekend Albany will welcome Greenpeace’s flagship will begin its first-ever Australia-Pacific tour. On April 22, the Rainbow Warrior will dock in Albany to celebrate the 45-year anniversary of the end of commercial whaling in Australia and launch Greenpeace’s Australia-Pacific Campaign. The flagship will be open for a boat tour on April 23 where the public will be able to tour the vessel and meet the Greenpeace crew. There will also be activities for children including badge making, face painting and arts and crafts. Greenpeace Australia Pacific CEO David Ritter said Albany was really important to the global history of Greenpeace with Albany’s historic whaling station closing in 1978. “Greenpeace started out in Australia in Albany,” he said. “Around 45 years ago, there was a coalition of people who were working really hard to get commercial whaling ended in Australia, because it was still going. “People were very surprised when they hear this sometimes because we now take for granted whale watching and how magnificent the whales are. “Commercial whaling was still going in Australia in the 1970s. “A group of people from Western Australia and other States came together to campaign to end commercial whaling that was centred in Albany. “Some of those people went on to found Greenpeace . . . so it’s really a birthplace in Australia and the Pacific.” After its stop in Albany, the Rainbow Warrior will continue its voyage up the coast of WA, completing tours in Fremantle before heading north to document WA’s stunning ocean wildlife. Mr Ritter, who grew up in Perth, said WA had some of the most fantastic coastline and wildlife anywhere on earth.