Did you know that the Margaret River Region plays host to an estimated 35,000 whales migrating from the Antarctic to our warmer waters between June and December every year?
Humpback, Southern Right, Minke and Blue Whales all make this epic journey during their annual migration along the Western Australian coast, in what is one of the longest whale watching seasons in the world!
Whale watching in Margaret River is exceptional during the Australian winter, but is considered by many to peak during the spring months. Tours from June to September in Flinders Bay in Augusta then September to December in Geographe Bay.
Humpbacks and Southern Right whales are the most common species. Both have slightly different migration patterns but the best place to spot whales between September – December is typically in Geographe Bay and along the Cape to Cape coast, passing Bunbury, Busselton, Dunsborough and Cape Naturaliste.
By this stage the whales have had their young so are often travelling slowly back towards the Antarctic with their calves on the southern migration. Because of this, they tend to stay much closer to the shore than they do when heading north – resting and nursing their young. This is why Spring is a particularly special time for whale watching in the Margaret River region!
So where are the best places for Whale Watching in Margaret River?
You can get up close to these magnificent mammals on a whale watching cruise around Geographe Bay departing from Dunsborough and Busselton during the Spring season.
There are a variety of different tour operators to choose from, all offering expert commentary and years of experience.
Alternatively, there are some breath-taking lookout points along the coast.
Our top recommendations?
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Lookout Platform provide a wonderful vantage point over of the Indian Ocean and beautiful Geographe Bay coastline. The 3km stretch from the Lighthouse to Sugarloaf Rock along the Cape to Cape Track also has stunning cliff-tops views.
Bunker Bay and it’s long stretch of sheltered, sandy beach nestled between the outcrops of Cape Naturaliste is another popular whale spotting location.
And finally, Point Picquet – located between on the stretch between Eagle Bay and Meelup Beach – is a great lookout, it’s relatively deep waters allowing whales to come closer to shore. Monitoring is even carried out here by local conservation groups.