Best Whale Watching Sites Along Western Australia’s South Coast

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Western Australia’s south coast offers some of the best whale watching in the country.

Every winter, humpback whales, southern rights and blue whales travel along the coast.

The whales make their way along the WA coast, heading north to breeding and feeding grounds in warmer waters from May, before returning south to Antarctic waters in October.

Tourist rocks, Cheynes beach

The area off Cheynes Beach is known as the “humpback road”.

Tourist Rocks offers some of the best whale watching activities on the coast.

Humpback whales off Tourist Rocks at Cheynes Beach.(Provided: Tania Meuzelaar)

The cliff, just a minute from downtown, faces east across the massive bay where humpback and southern rightwing whales often rest and play.

The deep water near the shore brings the whales closer together.

A whale watcher recorded 20 humpback whales in the area for an hour over the weekend.

Cheynes Beach is a good place to watch breaches, tail slaps and pods in action.

Point Ann, Bremer Bay

Nestled in Fitzgerald River National Park, about an hour’s drive east of Bremer Bay, Point Ann is renowned for its whale watching.

A photo of a person swimming close to a whale at Point Ann on the south coast of Western Australia
A person swims near a whale in Point Ann.(Provided: Alice Reddington)

Even without whales, the area offers great views of the coast and nearby West Mount Barren.

It is also popular with other marine species such as dolphins and birds.

Vents, Albany

While it’s a great place to watch the power of the ocean as water gushes through naturally formed vents, it’s also a majestic setting to watch whales move along the coast.

A group of whales
A pod of whales off the south coast of WA.(Provided: Josh Smith)

The area offers stunning 180 degree views of the coast from Peak Head to The Gap.

The deep drop off means that whales often approach within a few meters of the coast.

McGeary’s Rock, Denmark

Nestled just past the popular tourist spot of Ocean Beach in Denmark, the gravel lookout juts out into the Southern Ocean.

Nearby Black Hole Rock is another place to look out for.

Whales, sharks and dolphins are often seen from this vantage point.

Marine Drive, Albany

A well-known spot for those in Albany, Marine Drive and the Middleton Beach boardwalk are some of the best whale-watching spots in WA.

A drone shot of Mount Adelaide in Albany with King George Sounds in the background
King George Sound is known as Memang Koort, which means whale heart.(ABC Great Southern: Tom Edwards)

The area overlooks King George Sound, known to the Menang as Memang Koort which translates to “heart of the whale”.

Humpback, southern right and blue whales visit the strait every winter, often near Middleton Beach.

The port has a brutal history with whaling dominating until its end in 1978.

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