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Australia has its fair share of weird and wonderful beasts, from crocodiles and dingoes to koalas and kangaroos. But when it comes to experiencing its sea creatures, nothing comes close to spotting a mighty whale—or an entire pod. Here are some options for whale-watching tours from Perth.
When to Go
The west coast of Australia is situated on the aptly nicknamed Humpback Highway, the annual migration path that circumnavigates the globe, and Perth is an ideal base from which to witness the world’s biggest whale migration. The main whale-watching season in Perth is between September and November, when over 35,000 adult whales and calves make their way south to the summer feeding grounds of Antarctica.
How to Go
There are a number of popular viewing areas in and around Perth. Set sail from Hillarys Boat Harbour for a 1.5- or 2-hour whale-watching cruise along the Sunset Coast of Western Australia, where the waters teem with pods of whales. Alternatively enjoy a Swan River cruise from Perth to Fremantle and spot dolphins, pelicans, and black swans.
What You’ll See
Humpback whales and southern right whales inhabit waters all around the Australian coastline. Few animal sightings are as impressive as spotting these gentle giants leaping out of the water and swimming alongside the viewing ships. With humpbacks reaching up to 50 feet (15 meters) in length and weighing up to an incredible 48 tons (43 Imperial tons), this is one photo opportunity you won’t want to miss! Other common sightings include seals, dolphins, and seabirds.
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Enjoy a 2-hour whale-watching cruise on a comfortable vessel with a naturalist guide. Depart from Augusta or Perth and set out on the waters of Geographe Bay in search of humpback whales and southern right whales, in addition to seals, dolphins, and seabirds. As you go, your guide will provide commentary about the whales and their migration along the coast of western Australia. Your spacious boat is equipped with an underwater camera and hydrophone. Upgrade to the VIP Captain's Lounge for exclusive seating, and complimentary snacks and drinks during your tour.
This whale-watching cruise from Hillarys Boat Harbour, just north of Perth, gives you the chance to get out on the Indian Ocean and look for humpback whales during their yearly migration along the coast of Western Australia. When booking, you have the option to enhance your experience at Hillarys with admission to the Aquarium of Western Australia. Or, select the option that includes round-trip transport from Perth, which provides free time at Hillarys to enjoy family-friendly attractions on your own, such as restaurants, shops, bars, a beach and waterslides.
Animal lovers will enjoy this half-day dolphin-watching tour along the Mandurah canals. The area is a natural habitat for bottle-nose dolphins, and there's a good chance of seeing the animals swimming and playing not far from your boat. Learn about the dolphins and the Mandurah area from the on-board commentary. Both kids and adults will love this tour.
Explore Penguin, Seal & Bird islands top snorkeling spots in the ruggedly spectacular, Shoalwater Islands Marine Park to experience the best of the local marine life, above and below the water. The Sea lion Express allows for safety and enjoyment, as you dive in to discover this incredible marine park beneath the surface. Enjoy a gourmet grazing platter, including a delicious array of seafood selections as you cruise. Look out for wild bottlenose dolphins, explore limestone reefs and rocky outcrops, meet the local marine bird life and frolic with the rarest sealions in the world. All equipment is provided and our highly trained and experienced crew will introduce you to snorkeling with an emphasis on safety and environmental awareness, so you can make the most of your wild encounter in wild luxury. Wild dolphins, rare Australian sea lions, pelican rookeries, and birds of prey are regularly sighted and our friendly crew will get you right amongst the action!
Discover the wildlife of Penguin Island and Shoalwater Island Marine Park during a 60-minute cruise with an expert guide. Watch wild dolphins frolicking near your boat, circle small islands to observe Australian sea lions and seabirds, then disembark at Penguin Island, home to the largest colony of little penguins in Western Australia. Observe the ranger-led little penguin feeding at the Discovery Centre, then explore the center and island on your own. Swim, hike, snorkel—the choice is yours. Simply catch the ferry back to Shoalwater when you are done.
Cruise through the Swan River Valley from Perth for a relaxing day on the water that includes a stop at a local winery. Take in views of Perth and the riverfront scenery of the upper Swan River while snacking on morning and afternoon tea, and enjoy wine tastings on board the boat before visiting Sandalford Winery for a behind-the-scenes tour and 2-course lunch with more wine tastings. On the return cruise, listen to live entertainment.
Spend lunch on the water during this Swan River cruise from Perth. As you glide leisurely down the river from the city to Fremantle, a historical port city located where the river meets the Indian Ocean, feast on a buffet hot dishes, salads, fruit and more. While you eat, take in views of Perth’s waterfront suburbs and yacht clubs.
Watch the sunset over the Perth skyline as you float down the Swan River on this evening cruise. Listen to the live commentary as you glide past landmarks like the Crown Casino and Old Swan Brewery, admire the glittering waterfront of Claisebrook Cove, and enjoy a glass of wine as you soak up the views.
Visit Perth’s favorite local getaway destination on a day trip to Rottnest Island, located just offshore in the Indian Ocean. Travel to Rottnest by high-speed ferry from either Perth or Fremantle (your choice), and then embark on a sightseeing tour of the island by coach. While you listen to narration from an informative guide, check out landmarks like the West End and Wadjemup Lighthouse. Then enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore the car-free island at your leisure. You may upgrade when booking to include lunch.
See some of Perth’s top sights from the water on a leisurely Swan River cruise. As you depart the city center, admire Perth riverfront attractions like the Bell Tower and Kings Park, and glide past pretty suburbs to reach Fremantle, located where the river meets the Indian Ocean. Choose a departure time when booking.
Travel from Perth to Fremantle or vice versa on a relaxing Swan River cruise. You’ll glide along the river, admiring the waterfront scenery of Perth’s downtown skyline, upscale suburbs and yacht clubs. Drinks may be purchased from the onboard bar. Plus, choose from multiple departure times to best suit your schedule.
Wildlife lovers will enjoy the chance to spot dolphins, penguins, and sea lions on one easy cruise. You might also see pelicans and other fantastic Australian birds. This hour-long cruise takes you to the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, rich in sea life, and ends at Penguin Island, where you can see a penguin feeding show.
The Western Australian coastline between Perth and Rottnest offers some of the most unique whale watching opportunities in the world - those of the Southern humpback. Within minutes of leaving the harbour, these majestic whales can be sighted enjoying the luke warm waters of the Indian Ocean. As the only Western Australia company to offer on onboard expereinced marine biologists, you are assured of a fascinating and indepth explanation on these unique marine animals.
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What are the best Whale Watching in Perth?
The best Whale Watching in Perth according to Viator travelers are:
- Whale-Watching Tour from Augusta or Perth with Optional Captain's Lounge Upgrade
- Whale-Watching Cruise and Hillarys Boat Harbour Day Trip from Perth
- Half-Day Mandurah Canals & Dolphin Watch Tour
- 3 Island Snorkel, Wildlife & Seafood Lunch Cruise
- Dolphin Penguin & Sea lion Cruise - Wild Luxury Package for 2
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