Enjoying a glimpse of magnificent whales migrating north up the coast of Western Australia is definitely one for your bucket list! Each year, thousands of Baleen Whales migrate from the cold Antarctic waters in April to warmer waters further north to raise their young and return south a little later in the year. The Whales return south from around September, closer to Perth’s coast, which allows for spectacular sightings off the coastline (you will get the best view and photos from a boat tour).
Which Whales Will I See?
Humpback Whales, Southern Right Whales, Minke Whales and Blue Whales all make this amazing journey.
Where to Go Whale Watching in Western Australia
There are many vantage points along the WA coastline to get a glimpse of these magnificent creatures as they head north. However, there a few recommendations on where to get the best sightings:
- Augusta, Western Australia
From June to August, catch a glimpse of these almighty creatures along the Cape to Cape Track or from the top of one of the lighthouses. Whale watching cruises also depart from Augusta, Dunsborough and Busselton throughout the season and allow you to get much closer to the action.
- Margaret River Region & Dunsborough
For Humpback and Southern Right Whales, get down to this region between September and December as the Whales return south For Blue Whales, aim for November and December.
Catch sight of the Whales as they pass the Perth coastline each year between August and December.
- Coral Coast
On the Coral Coast, found at the southern end of the Ningaloo Reef, enjoy sightings of migrating humpback whales from June to November.
The easiest way to Whale Watch is from the comfort of a Whale watching cruise – they even offer courtesy coach pickups from locations in the city and up the sunset coast.