Whale Watching

June - early December


Whale Watching

June - early December


Nothing is more amazing than the enormity and grace of a whale, and to then encounter these creatures in considerable numbers is astounding.

Almost hunted to extinction, the population has recovered to such a level that an estimated 35,000 whales migrate from the Antarctic to our warmer waters. With a 6-month season, from June to early December, Your Margaret River Region is one of the best places to whale watch in Australia.

Humpback, southern right, minke and blue whales all make the epic journey. Their first port of call is Flinders Bay in Augusta, where the best time to see them is June to August. Augusta is one of the few places where you’ll see the southern right and humpback whales interact. Humpbacks, renowned for their agility, gather in groups of males and engage in breaching, spy-hopping, lob-tailing and tail-slapping. Acrobatics play out during courtship. Southern right whales will often calve in the bay and sometimes can be seen doing so in the shallows.

The humpback whales then head directly up north, where the pregnant females who mated last year have their calves (babies). They then return to Geographe Bay near Busselton and Dunsborough where they rest and nurse their young from September to early December.

You can watch the action unfold on the horizon from the shore or get up close on a whale watching cruise that departs from Augusta, Dunsborough and Busselton.

An estimated 35,000 migrate past the coastline of Your Margaret River Region each year – that’s twice as many as off the east coast of Australia!

(Image: Naturaliste Charters Whale Watching & Eco Tours)

Whale Watching Tours

The only way to really gauge the size and agility of the gigantic whales is to encounter them up close on a whale watching cruise. You’ll be in awe as you witness a small part of their magnificent journey and their antics along the way!

As no day on the ocean is ever the same, the experience of the captain and crew at reading whale behaviour will put you in the best position to have the most amazing view.

Cruise in comfort. On your way out to the whales decide whether to relax inside on the comfy chairs or go out on deck and enjoy the sea breeze in your hair. Choose from luxurious charters to purpose-built whale watching vessels. All serve on-board refreshments, offer expert commentary and years of experience on our seas. A number of the whale watching charters are fitted with hydrophones so you can listen to the haunting sounds of whale song.

Whale watching tours June to August depart from Augusta, and September to December they depart from Dunsborough and Busselton. If you have mobility requirements, it’s best to ask for detailed information from the individual tour operators.

(Images: Legend Charters (top); Whale Watching Western Australia (bottom))

Cruise in comfort on a whale watching tour – no day out on the ocean is ever the same!

(Image: All Sea Charters Whale Watching & Deep Sea Fishing)

Southern Right or Humpback?

The Southern Right Whale

  • Conservation Status: ‘Least Concern’
  • Description: Southern Right whales are grey in colour and can grow up to 17 metres in length. The whales are baleen whales with a bow-shaped lower jaw and a head that is up to one quarter of its body length. Southern right whales were named so because they were considered the “right” whale to hunt because they float when dead, yielded many barrels of oil, and had long baleen plates.

The Humpback Whale

  • Conservation Status: ‘Least Concern’
  • Description: The humpback whale is black or grey with a white, grooved underbelly. Humpbacks are well known for their playful behaviour and can often be seen jumping out of the water in magnificent displays of breaching. Scientists are unsure why humpbacks breach, but believe it may be related to courtship or play activity. Humpback whales weigh up to 65 tonnes and the female is larger than the male. The humpback whale is capable of living up to 95 years.

(Images: (c) Dave & Fiona Harvey)

Your Margaret River Region Whale Watching Tours

Augusta Boat Harbour - This new world-class, landmark facility provides recreational and commercial boaties with appropriate infrastructure to service the region’s tourism and commercial fleet – with the 2.8 hectares of sheltered water and 5 hectares of land for service facilities including: • a four-lane boat launching facility with...
Whale Watch Western Australia - Discover the Dinosaurs of the Deep & Learn the Language of the Whales Welcome aboard Whale Watch Western Australia, the only dedicated whale watching operator sighting whales all year round! Join Our Pod and Learn the Language of the Whales via our live onboard expert...
All Sea Charters Whale Watching - WHALE WATCHING #1 Tripadvisor For Just $80 adults and $50 children you can experience some of Western Australia’s best whale watching. We are expected to see 35,000 whales migrate past our beautiful coastline from Augusta to Busselton. Species include Humpback whales, Southern Right whales, Minke...
Naturaliste Charters – Whale Watching & Eco Tours - Naturaliste Charters offer tours all year! WHALE WATCHING: Experience and witness the behaviour of migrating Humpbacks, Southern Right and Blue Whales, in the pristine bays of the spectacular Southwest of Western Australia, from late-May to early-December. Join award winning Naturaliste Charters for a whale watching...
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse - Visitors to the top balcony of the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse are rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, Cape Naturaliste, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and the beautiful Geographe Bay coastline. Easier than most lighthouses to climb, the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse is one of the...
Canal Rocks - Thousands of years of the Indian Ocean surging and crashing against this section of granite coastline has chiselled out a narrow channel between the granite rocks. A narrow timber walkway allows for easy access and great views of the rushing ocean beneath. It is always...
Meelup Reserve Trail - A walk along this trail will take you to isolated petite bays and coves through to the famous and popular bays and beaches that have facilities such as picnic areas, barbecues, showers and toilets. The trail starts just off Hurford Street in Old Dunsborough where...
Legend Charters Whale Watching & Deep Sea Fishing - #1 on TRIPADVISOR – your local Whale Watching tour operator – family run and operated, our skipper has been working the Capes’ waters for 50 years. Our open deck system offers the best whale watching in the South West and we are renowned for our...
Flinders Bay - There is a dog exercise area from the surfer’s lookout, Albany Terrace, south to the point where Albany Terrace turns west.
Geographe Maritime Whale Watching/Private Charters - WHALE WATCHING TOURS- Our Crew members will give you an accurate & educational commentary on the Whales of the region and anything else Marine! Geographe Bay has one of the highest concentrations of Whales in Australia. We will have you up close and personal to...
Jet Adventures - JET ADVENTURES offer a totally unique ocean adventure on the South West coast Jet Adventures gives you an absolutely unique opportunity to experience a one of kind ride on the ocean, whether that is on a thrilling, high speed jet boat ride on the fastest...
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse - The historic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse at Augusta is situated at the tip of a spectacular peninsula where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet – the most south-westerly point of Australia. Take a trip through maritime history and learn how this famous landmark was constructed from...

Insiders’ Information

Make the most of your holiday with our tips and tools


Choose from hotels, resorts, farmstays, guesthouses and self-contained apartments for the perfect place to stay.

Walking and Hiking

Immerse yourself in natural beauty on the region’s many tracks and trails.


With over 95 cellar doors are open for tastings, start planning which ones you’ll visit with our Margaret River wineries list.


Contact Your Margaret River Region experts 7 days per week. Email or call (08) 9780 5911.