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It’s Whale Watching Season in Western Australia!

It’s Whale Watching Season in Western Australia!

The height of whale watching season has just begun in Western Australia. The Indian Ocean and Southern Ocean coastlines of Western Australia are home to one of of the longest whale watching seasons in the world. These are also some of the most isolated coastlines, which gives you an amazing opportunity to see these magnificent creatures of the deep up close and personal. The height of whale watching season in Western Australia is from May through September. However, something unique to Western Australia is that if you know where to look (and most of the expert whale watching charter companies do), then you can seek out and find different whales on year long; more on that later.

Whale Watching Season in Western Australia Photo Credit: WesternAustralia.com

Whale Watching Season in Western Australia Photo Credit: WesternAustralia.com

Whale Watching Map Photo Credit: WesternAustralia.com

Humpback Whale Breaching Photo Credit: MargaretRiver.com

Let’s focus on the main event in whale watching for Western Australia, the humpback whales’ and southern right whales’ migration from the Southern Ocean north along the Indian Ocean coastline to the warmer waters of their breeding grounds. They stay close to the continental shelf along the coast. With binoculars, you can even see them from some vantage points. Of course, a whale watching cruise is also a fun and exciting adventure. The best time to catching them breaching, spy-hopping and tail-slapping is at midday when the sun is directly overhead. When you are on a whale watching cruise, they come up so close, as if they are just as curious about us as we feel about them!

Whale Watching on the Southern Coast of Western Australia

Whales off the coast of Point Ann Photo Credit: FitzgeraldCoast.com.au

Point Ann in Fitzgerald National Park Photo Credit: parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

Point Ann in Fitzgerald National Park Photo Credit: parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

From June to September you can see the southern right and humpback whales right off of the coast.. There are plenty of vantage points and lookouts in Fitzgerald River National Park which is located between Albany and Esperance. Or you can also see them frolicking right of the coast in the calm waters of the bay where the cows give birth to their young. During their long migration, the whales often gather together to play and rest close to the shores. Tours are available all along the coast in cities like Dunsborough and Busselton.

Whale Watching in Margaret River

Whale Watching in Flinders Bay near Augusta Photo Credit: WesternAustralia.com

Southern Right Whale Photo Credit: MargaretRiver.com

Humpback Whale Photo Credit: MargaretRiver.com

Whale Watching Cruise Photo Credit: MargaretRiver.com

The Margaret River Region of Western Australia is located on the southern end of the west coast. It is one of the premiere whale watching areas and is a mecca for tourists and holiday-goers. The combination of beautiful beaches, wine country, and national parks makes it a great destination that has something for everyone. The whale watching season in Margaret River runs from June to early December. You can see minke and blue whales in addition to humpback and southern right whales.

Whale Watching near Perth

Southern Right Whale Photo Credit: WesternAustralia.com

If you want to take a whale watching expedition boat from Perth, there are several tour locations in the region that leave from Perth, Geographe Bay, Rottnest Island, Fremantle, or Hillarys. Humpback whale watching is in this area between September and December when they make their return journey south for the summer. You can also find blue whales here from March to May.

Whale Watching in the Coral Coast and North West of Western Australia

Tail of the Whale Photo Credit: WhaleWatchWesternAustralia.com

As the whales head north for the winter, you can do the same and catch some amazing vantage points or excursions for whale watching in Kalbarri, Exmouth, Coral Bay, and Broome. Kalbarri has some scenic lookouts at Natural Bridge, Eagle Gorge, and Red Bluff. If you head even further north into the remote Kimberley region, coastal lookouts include Camden Sound and Pender Bay.

Whale Sharks in Ningaloo Reef

Whale shark in Ningaloo Reef Photo Credit: VisitNingaloo.com.au

Swimming with Whale Sharks Photo Credit: AustraliasCoralCoast.com

If you are up for an entirely different kind of whale watching, then head to Ningaloo Bay off the coast of Exmouth where you will find the world’s largest fringing reef and from April to July, the largest fish in the sea, whale sharks. You can swim right alongside these gentle giants. It’s definitely the event of a lifetime and an extraordinary experience that you will never forget.

Killer Whales of Bremer Bay Canyon

Orca in Bremer Bay Photo Credit: WhaleWatchWesternAustralia.com

Sperm Whale Photo Credit: WhaleWatchWesternAustralia.com

Although not whales at all, Killer Whales, or Orcas, are also another type of marine life that you can see 60 km off of the coast of Western Australia. The largest pod of killer whales in the Southern Hemisphere makes their home there along with plenty of other marine life like dolphins, sperm whales, and a great deal of sea birds too. You can find them here on charter expeditions from Jan through April.

Hiring a Car in Perth, Margaret River, or Albany

Perth Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

There are plenty ofcar rental locations in Perthwhere you can hire a car so you will find a Budget car hire location that is convenient for wherever your travels are taking you. When you hire a car, you can find the best places to visit and the best deals for your holiday. If you are in Perth City, then you can hire a car  there. Other Perth car hire locations include thePerth Airport car rentalor thePerth South car hire location near Fremantle  or inBurswood. Then, there is Bunbury, a city in between Perth and the Margaret River Region. If you are coming to Margaret River from the south, you can also hire a car in Albany. When you are hiring a car, be sure to share your travel plans with the car rental agent so that they can give you the guidelines, roadmaps, safety restrictions, and holiday travel tips. This will ensure your best car rental experience in Western Australia. Click on any of the links to get a great rate quote for hiring a car or 4WD vehicle that will be the best one for getting around Western Australia’s rugged terrain. While exploring this region, check out some of our previous blog posts for ideas on what to do here:

Wine, Waves, and Caves of the Margaret River Region

Make it an Amazing Holiday in Awesome Albany, Western Australia

Esperance and the Southern Coast of Western Australia

The Pinnacles and Nambung National Park

Perth Road Trips: Rottnest Island and Lancelin

Visiting Perth on Holiday

Free Things to do on Holiday in Perth

Holiday Getaways near Perth and Surrounds

Korung National Park in the Perth Hills

Your Taste Buds will Enjoy the Margaret River Gourmet Escape

National Parks near Perth Part One

National Parks near Perth Part Two

National Parks near Perth Part Three

Nature Park Excursions near Perth Part Four – Regional Parks

Nature Park Excursions near Perth Part Five – Regional Parks

Nature Park Excursions near Perth Part Six – Marine Parks

Nature Park Excursions near Perth Part Seven – Nature Reserves

Best Foodie Destinations in Australia

Upcoming Festivals in Western Australia

Top Autumn Destinations in Australia

Western Australia Car Hire Locations Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

If you are planning to go whale watching in Exmouth or the northern coast of Western Australia, you have two locations where you can hire a truck or 4WD vehicle. You can hire a car near Ningaloo at Budget Exmouth  or you can hire a vehicle at the Exmouth Airport. You can also  hire a car at the Broome Airport, orrent a car and the Broome Downtown location  if you are starting your trip from Broome and making your way down to Exmouth.  Most of this region can only be accessed with a four wheel drive vehicle, so be sure to have the proper vehicle and emergency supplies when driving through this area. Keep in mind that since this is remote and rugged terrain, safety guidelines must be taken very seriously. Check with your car rental agent to get important guidelines, safety information, and driving maps. Click on any of the links to quickly and easily get a car hire rate quote. Here are some other adventurous ideas in Western Australia from our blog:

The Savannah Way Part One: Daintree Rainforest to Karumba, Queensland

The Savannah Way Part Two: Normanton to Katherine

The Savannah Way Part Three: Katherine to Broome

The Gibb River Road Part One

The Gibb River Road Part Two

Most Picturesque Spots in the Kimberley

8 National Parks in the Kimberley

Mitchell River National Park

Rivers of the Kimberley in Western Australia

Shark Bay

Kalbarri National Park

Broome Western Australia

Swimming Experience of a Lifetime at Ningaloo Reef

Coral Coast Road Trip

Glamping in Western Australia

Karijini National Park

Western Australia’s Warlu Way Part One

Western Australia’s Warlu Way Part Two

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