Whale Watching

June - November

Whale Watching

From June to November


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

552276a Naturaliste Charters – Whale Watching & Eco Tours - WHALE WATCHING -***FREE USB wristband full of photos and video for each booking*** Experience and witness the behaviour of migrating Humpbacks, Southern Right and Blue Whales, in the pristine bays of the spectacular south-west of Western Australia. Join award winning Naturaliste Charters for a whale...
JohnAnneChartera Geographe Maritime Charters - WHALE WATCHING TOURS for a tour with a difference Marine Biologist Crew with nothing but professionalism Geographe Maritime charters is what you are looking for. Geographe Bay has one of the highest concentrations of whales in the world during this period with approximately 40,000 migrating...
111322a Whale Watch Western Australia - AMAZING VIEWS OBSERVE THE GIANTS ABOVE AND BELOW Welcome aboard the Steep Point, the largest and most comfortable in the fleet. This luxurious 25 metre stable vessel provides an excellent platform for whale watching, with 5 viewing decks from which you can sight the magnificent...
522352a Legend Charters Whale Watching & Deep Sea Fishing - We operate from different locations throughout the year: WHALE WATCHING ENCOUNTERS: ** NEWS ** FREE DVD of Legend Charters whale watching photo collection with every whale watching booking Augusta, – June to August, departing Davies Road Boat Ramp (Lot 404), Augusta Busselton, Port Geographe Marina...
794008a All Sea Charters Whale Watching & Deep Sea Fishing - WHALE WATCHING: For Just $75 adults and $50 children +a FREE DVD per booking 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...

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