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Witness the Spectacular Whale Migration in Australia’s South West!

Witness the Spectacular Whale Migration in Australia’s South West!

Australia's South West is not just a stunning destination; it’s also the stage for one of the world’s longest whale watching seasons. From May to early December, these gentle giants traverse the coastal waters, offering a breathtaking natural spectacle that's both thrilling and awe-inspiring. At Tasman Holiday Parks, we’re excited to be your guide through the best spots and times to witness this majestic migration up close.

Australia’s South West is not just a stunning destination; it’s also the stage for one of the world’s longest whale watching seasons. From May to mid-December, these gentle giants traverse the coastal waters, offering a breathtaking natural spectacle that’s both thrilling and awe-inspiring. At Tasman Holiday Parks, we’re excited to be your guide through the best spots and times to witness this majestic migration up close.

Discover the best time to experience whale watching

Each year, from mid-May, whales migrate north from the Antarctic, seeking warmer waters to give birth and rear their young before returning south later in the year. The optimal times to spot these magnificent creatures are:

  • Augusta: Best from mid-May to early October
  • Albany: June to October
  • Busselton & Dunsborough: Prime viewing from September to mid-December

If you’re seeking a more intimate encounter with these magnificent creatures, consider booking a guided boat tour. Several tour companies offer daily excursions, weather permitting, throughout the whale watching season. These tours allow you to get up close with the gentle giants of the deep in a responsible and thrilling way. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience these majestic animals in their natural habitat.

Whales, South West Australia

However, if you don’t fancy taking to the sea’s, the whales often stay close to shore, providing fantastic viewing opportunities without the need for a boat.

Top viewing spots in the South West

  1. Cape Leeuwin & Flinders Bay, Near Augusta: Numerous lookout points dot Leeuwin Road, with the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse providing exceptional views.
  2. Cape to Cape Walk Trail, Margaret River Region: This 140km coastal trail is a haven for spotting migrating whales amidst stunning scenery, best from June to December.
  3. Point D’Entrecasteaux, South of Northcliffe: Meander through walking trails and marvel at the views from dramatic cliff-top lookouts.
  4. Conspicuous Cliffs, East of Walpole: Follow a stunning coastal walk that leads to an ideal whale watching platform atop the cliffs.
  5. Ocean Beach, Denmark: Choose from Wilson Head and Lions Lookout for an intimate view of the whales.
  6. Albany’s Historic Whaling Station: Combine your whale watching with a historical tour, offering panoramic views over King George Sound.
  7. Torndirrup National Park, Near Albany: A brief walk to The Gap and Natural Bridge provides perfect spots for whale watching.

Conservation Efforts

The whale watching industry plays a crucial role in local conservation efforts, providing not only an economic incentive to protect whales but also helping to raise awareness about the marine environment. Operators adhere to strict guidelines to ensure that the whales are not disturbed during their migration. By choosing responsible tour operators, visitors can support these efforts.

Albany lookout

Stay with us

Tasman Holiday Parks provide the perfect base for your whale watching adventures. Conveniently located near all major whale watching points, our parks offer more than just a place to stay—they are your gateway to experiencing the profound beauty of the southern coast.

Book your stay with Tasman Holiday Parks and don’t miss out on the breathtaking migration of whales through one of the most scenic parts of the world. Whether you’re an avid marine life enthusiast or looking for a unique family experience, this is something you won’t want to miss!

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