Busselton, Western Australia
Plan Your Whale Watching Adventure Now

Plan Your Whale Watching Adventure Now

June 9, 2021

The start of winter brings with it the beginning of the whale migration here in the Margaret River region, as the world’s largest population of humpback whales leave Antarctica and begin their long journey north to warmer waters for calving.

The Margaret River Region’s whale watching season is generally divided into two halves – from May to August migrating Humpback whales and Southern Right Whales pass through Flinders Bay, Augusta for a rest and a play before continuing their journey north. From September to December, they pass through Geographe Bay, where you will often see a large number of mothers and calves.

You can witness this epic migration from the land and by sea just by finding the perfect vantage point and keeping your eyes peeled.

Whale Watching from Land

While a lucky few get to spot whales from the beach directly opposite the resort, there are many great places to spot whales from shore not too far from Mandalay - so why not grab your binoculars and a picnic and head out on a whale watching excursion to one of these vantage points:

Point piquet Viewing Platform – approximately 30 minutes from Mandalay Holiday Resort

From September to December, it is possible to see whales breaching and tail slapping from the purpose-built viewing platform only a short walk or drive from the iconic Meelup Beach. There is seating available to observe the whales and toilet facilities nearby.

Whale Watching from Mandalay

Cape Naturaliste Light House Viewing Deck – approximately 35 minutes from Mandalay Holiday Resort

Head to the brand-new Cape Naturaliste Light House Viewing Deck to enjoy sweeping views of whales in the Indian Ocean and Geographe Bay – where you’ll often spot mother whales nursing their young before the journey south from August to December. You can also do a tour of the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse or enjoy coffee, delicious cakes or a gourmet lunch at The Little Goose Lighthouse Café.

Augusta and the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse – approximately 60 minutes form Mandalay Holiday Resort

Whales can be seen from shore in Augusta from May through until September. The best viewing areas here are from the many small carparks along the road From Augusta township to the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. You can stop just before the harbour to watch the whale watching boats departing. By watching where the boats stop when out to sea you can get an idea of where the whales are. The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is a must-see attraction of it’s own and is well worth a day trip to Augusta to enjoy the full experience.

Whale Watching from Sea

Keen to see these majestic creatures up close in the ocean? We recommend the following tour operators;

Naturaliste Charters – Whale Watching & Eco Tours

All Sea Charters Whale Watching

Legend Charters Whale Watching

Jet Adventures (departures from Dunsborough August – December)

You can book your Whale Watching adventure by visiting the Tour Bookings section of our website.