WA's Humpback Highway experiences the largest whale migration in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Humpback Highway is part of an ancient system of ocean paths that circle the planet, vastly pre-dating any road travelled by man. In April each year, around 35,000 whales leave the rich feeding grounds of Antartica to raise their young in the warmer waters of the Kimberley in WA's north west. Their return journey trip from September - December brings them much closer to Perth's coast, providing the perfect opportunity for an encounter on an thrilling whale watching cruise.
Watch the whales
A pod of female humpback whales teach their calves the Language of the Whale™ - seen from aboard a Whale Watch WA tour.
Whale watching tours in Perth
The following operators offer whale watching tours from Perth from mid-August to November each year
Tours operate: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, from 5 September - 12 November & daily during the WA School Holidays (23 September - 8 October)
Join Rottnest Express on the Sea Eagle and experience the joy of getting up close and personal with the incredible Humpback Whales as they make their way down the West Australian coastline. Two-hour whale watching tours include informative commentary and fact sheets and viewing platforms and front row seats. Book now.
Rottnest Fast Ferries
Tours operate: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, from 26 August - mid-November & daily during the WA School Holidays (23 September - 8 October)
Join Rottnest Fast Ferries on a 2 hour Whale Watching Cruise onboard Voyager, with live commentary from a certified guide from AQWA - the Aquarium of Western Australia! Take advantage of 3 separate viewing platforms for an up-close and personal experience with the majestic Humpback Whales on their annual migration along the Western Australian coastline. Book now.
Whale Watch Western Australia
Tours operate: daily, from 1 September - 30 November
Whale Watch Western Australia offer a 5 star whale watch experience departing from Fremantle. Learn the Language of the Whales™ via the live onboard commentary as they communicate with each other both visually and by sound. Not only do you see the whales but you will also be educated in why they have grown from near extinction in 1962 to over 35,000 today, the largest humpback family in the world, right here in Perth, Augusta, Busselton and Margaret River, Western Australia. Book now.
Tours operate: daily, from September - December
Mills Charters operate whale watching cruises aboard the Aussie Warrior vessel. With a capacity of 64 people this vessel allows us to give you a sensational viewing platform with the large open deck (complete with sun coverage) and the large bow area to the front. Enjoy great commentary and fun, quirky facts about whales and listen to them talk with the hydrophone. Book now.
Tours operate: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, from 2 September - 12 November
Westcoast Jet run Whale Watching departing The Boardwalk at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour. The Okiedokie is a perfect boat for whale watching as we can get to the grounds quicker, have a 360° view, no windows or other obstacles to block your view, limited seats and an open air environment. So don't forget your camera. Season runs September - November. Book now.
Whale Watching with AQWA
Tours operate: August - December
AQWA partners with two of Perth's premiere charter companies, Rottnest Fast Ferries and Mills Charters to host a unique whale watching experience right out of Hillarys Boat Harbour. On all AQWA hosted whale watching tours you'll enjoy an exclusive on-board Ocean Guide sharing expert local knowledge and interpretation of whale behaviours! Tours depart most days from August to December. Find out more.
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