Did you know the whale watching season along the South West Edge is one of the longest in the world, spanning from May to early December?
As you traverse this amazing coastline, you’ll be following the same route that about 35,000 humpbacks, southern right (and sometimes blue) whales take as they migrate past the south west corner of WA. Whether you want to take a boat trip and get out onto the water to see the whales, or enjoy spotting them from the coast, we’ve rounded up the best whale watching spots along The Edge.
1. Rottnest Island and Fremantle
The fact you can go whale watching right off the coast of Perth City demonstrates just how diverse this part of the world is. From September to December you can take a whale watching tour from Fremantle or Hillarys Boat Harbour exploring the whale feeding grounds and spotting these gentle giants. If you’re on Rottnest Island, jump aboard the Rottnest Express Adventure Boat Tour for a 90-minute circumnavigation of the rugged coastline of the beautiful island. If you’re doing The Edge between March and May, Whale Watch Western Australia also offer blue whale tours – the only guaranteed blue whale tour in Australia.
2. Dunsborough and Busselton
Dunsborough and Busselton are the starting point for numerous whale watching tours, so you can head out into Geographe Bay to see the migrating whales. The sheltered waters of Geographe Bay are a favourite spot for resting whales and their calves, so the whole coastline is a potential whale watching location! Whales have even been seen swimming underneath the Busselton Jetty on occasion! Make sure you take your binoculars on your coastal walks and keep an eye out for those blowholes blowing between September and November.