Whale Watching Season in the Margaret River Region
Whale watching - one of the best 'to do' activities whilst visiting the South West during the Winter & Spring months.
The season officially kicked off at the beginning of June, with Naturaliste Charters (just 20 minutes south of Busselton) capturing a very awesome breach by a humpback just off the coast of Augusta (check out the very cool video >>here<<)
It's estimated that 35,000 whales migrate north from the icey Antarctic via the food-rich Southern Ocean. The whales follow the continental shelf, hugging the coast as they travel through the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, playfully breaching and showing off their water-skills and celebrating life just off shore. They then continue onto the breeding ground in the warm northern waters before returning south in November to the colder seas to grow and mature.
You don’t have to go far out to sea to see these gigantic mammals and you can often see them frolicking close to the shore.
See if you can spot some on one of the great walks below.
Cape Leeuwin & Flinders Bay, Augusta. Numerous vantage points are along Leeuwin Road and enjoy fantastic views from the top of the lighthouse.
Point D’Entrecasteaux South of Northcliffe. This area offers a range of walking trails, a scenic drive and several spectacular lookout points.
Cape Naturaliste Lookout Platform and Lighthouse 13km from Dunsborough take the 1.3km return-walk from the lighthouse car park.
Shelley Cove, part of Bunker Bay 13km from Dunsborough walk from the car park to the viewing platform above the limestone cliffs.
Canal Rocks Rotary Lookout 4km south of Yallingup take the 400m walk from the car park.
Hamelin Bay 18km north of Augusta, south of the boat ramp, follow the boardwalk up to the limestone headland.
Cape to Cape Walk This walk covers 140km between the lighthouses in Cape Naturaliste near Dunsborough and Cape Leeuwin near Augusta. It offers breathtaking coastal scenery, with opportunities to spot migrating whales from June and wildflowers from August. The start of the walk has been fully sealed for the first 2.2km, allowing easy access for wheelchairs and prams. This section of the walk provides views across the Indian Ocean and Sugarloaf Rock, which also offers tropical bird-watching opportunities. At the southern end of the track, there are excellent opportunities to spot whales especially from the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse at the end of the track.
There are also many whale-watching cruises available and we highly recommend the crew at Whale Watch Western Australia with a fully decked out boat perfectly suited to families with small children and those with restricted mobility/wheelchairs.
Whale Watching Tours can be booked from Amalfi Resort Reception, with exclusive discounts available for our guests.
We can also give you a few ideas of different attractions, breweries, wineries, restaurants and more to call into on your way to or from Augusta.
The whale season finishes early September, so be sure to book your stay with us before the whales head away!
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