Whale Watching Season in the Margaret River Region

Whale watching in the Margaret River Region offers a remarkable opportunity to witness the majestic migration of whales as they journey north from the Antarctic through the Southern Ocean along the Indian Ocean coast.

These marine giants, numbering around 35,000, provide a captivating spectacle as they frolic and breach in the warm waters, celebrating life near the shore. Here are some key details and additional information about whale watching in this stunning region:

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The Whales’ Journey

The whales’ remarkable journey begins in the icy Antarctic, where an estimated 35,000 of these magnificent creatures set out on a voyage like no other. They follow a well-trodden path, hugging the continental shelf as they travel through the bountiful waters of the Southern Ocean.

As they make this epic journey, they captivate onlookers with their playful behaviour, often breaching the surface, showcasing their water skills, and seemingly celebrating life just offshore.

Their migration takes them northwards along the western coast of Australia as they swim through the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. This journey serves a dual purpose; they are not only embarking on a remarkable odyssey but also heading to their breeding grounds in the northern, more temperate waters. It’s here that they engage in the vital reproduction process, adding another chapter to their extraordinary life cycle.

After fulfilling their breeding duties in the warmer northern waters, these magnificent creatures make the return trip southward in November, venturing back to the colder seas. They continue to grow and mature during this phase, further enriching their awe-inspiring life cycle.

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.

Variety of Vantage Points

There are numerous locations, including hiking tracks, to enjoy whale watching along the coastline. Some of the notable ones include:

  1. Cape Leeuwin & Flinders Bay, Augusta: Enjoy breathtaking views from the top of the lighthouse, with multiple vantage points along Leeuwin Road.
  2. Point D’Entrecasteaux, South of Northcliffe: This area offers various walking trails, a scenic drive, and several spectacular lookout points.
  3. Cape Naturaliste Lookout Platform and Lighthouse: Just 13km from Dunsborough. You can take a 1.3km return walk from the lighthouse car park to enjoy stunning vistas.
  4. Shelley Cove, Bunker Bay: Located 13km from Dunsborough. The walks from the car park to the viewing platform above the limestone cliffs provide excellent viewing opportunities.
  5. Canal Rocks Rotary Lookout: Only 4km south of Yallingup. You can take a 400m walk from the car park to witness these magnificent creatures.
  6. Hamelin Bay: Positioned 18km north of Augusta, this site offers the opportunity to follow a boardwalk to the limestone headland.
  7. Cape to Cape Walk: This remarkable 140km walking trail covers the distance between Cape Naturaliste. Which is near Dunsborough and Cape Leeuwin near Augusta. It offers breathtaking coastal scenery and opportunities to spot migrating whales in June and wildflowers in August.

Whale Watching Cruises

In addition to land-based viewing, the Margaret River Region offers a host of whale-watching cruises that provide a more immersive and up-close experience with these majestic marine creatures. One standout provider is Naturaliste Charters – book direct them and receive an exclusive 10% off when you stay at Amalfi Resort (get the Promo Code when you book).

Their whale-watching cruises are celebrated for being family-friendly, making them an ideal choice for visitors young and young at heart! Operating locally for 30+ years, the crew are knowledgeable about the whales and their behaviour, and adept at ensuring that passengers of all ages have a safe, enjoyable, and educational experience. Families can share the excitement of spotting these incredible animals in their natural habitat, creating lasting memories.


Whale-watching tours can be conveniently booked from Amalfi Resort Reception or directly online when you receive your special discount code. Additionally, the season for whale watching typically concludes in late September, making it essential to secure your stay before the whales depart.

Plan Your Visit: To make the most of your trip, you can also explore other local attractions, breweries, and wineries. As well as restaurants on your way to or from Augusta.


The Margaret River Region is an extraordinary destination. Inviting visitors to join in an unparalleled natural spectacle—the annual migration of whales. This awe-inspiring event is where an estimated 35,000 of these magnificent marine giants journey from the frigid Antarctic through the Southern Ocean. Captivates the senses and lures individuals from around the world.

The appeal lies in the sheer number of whales and their fascinating behaviours. As they playfully breach, flaunt their aquatic prowess, and seemingly revel in life near the picturesque coastline.

Vantage Points

This region becomes a prime vantage point. Allowing enthusiasts to observe this remarkable phenomenon from various land-based locations, making it accessible to many visitors. The panoramic vistas from vantage points. Such as Cape Leeuwin, Point D’Entrecasteaux, Cape Naturaliste, Shelley Cove, Canal Rocks and Rotary Lookout. As well as Hamelin Bay provide numerous opportunities for a memorable whale-watching experience.

Whale-Watching Cruises

Many whale-watching cruises are available for those who desire a more immersive encounter. Whale Watch Western Australia is a standout choice. Their family-friendly approach ensures that parents and children can enjoy the adventure and create cherished memories. Furthermore, their commitment to inclusivity by accommodating those with mobility challenges. Opens the door for a broader audience to engage with these marine marvels.

Best Time to Visit

As the whale-watching season typically concludes in early September, planning your visit to this extraordinary region becomes essential. Moreover, the allure of the Margaret River Region extends beyond whale watching, encompassing a tapestry of attractions, including wineries, breweries, and restaurants that enrich the overall experience.

The picturesque coastline and diverse activities make it an enticing option for nature enthusiasts, families, and anyone seeking a remarkable coastal adventure. The annual migration of whales in the Margaret River Region serves as a testament to the enduring beauty of the natural world. It presents a unique opportunity for all to embrace the wonders of marine life in one of Western Australia’s most breathtaking locations.

Whale Watching Tours can be booked from Amalfi Beach Resort Reception, with exclusive discounts available for our guests.

View our family-friendly Busselton accommodation here.

Contact us on 1800 262 534 or stay@amalfiresort.com.au

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