Whale Watching Perth Tours resume September each year. Because it is a whale migration (north to south), the whale watching season in Perth can only start and continue in the months whales are passing Perth (usually mid-September, October, November, early December – it all depends on the whales!).
Enjoy an informative, interesting and exciting Whale Watching narrative given by Whale Watching crew aboard one of our Perth whale watching boats as you view these magnificent mammals making their yearly migration through Perth’s Indian Ocean coastal waters!!
Not only can you watch these magnificent whales, you can also listen to whales communicate with other whales (conditions permitting) with our under water microphone – ask for a charter service with the hydrophone facility so you can hear the whales too!
Some operators also offer a return trip for free if you are not able to see any whales on first attempt.
There are generally three types of baleen whales to watch off the coast of Western Australia.
Humpback Whale watching (so named because it arches its back as it prepares to dive so creating the shape of a hump)
The Southern Right Whale watching (so named because in the old days of whaling, whalers considered this whale the right one to hunt as it swam very slowly and was therefore easy to catch and because its body was so rich in oil, it floated on the surface after it had been killed)
Blue Whale whale watching which is colored a steely grey on the surface but when seen from below is a beautiful turquoise blue. It is the largest of the Whales, reaching up to 100 feet in length and 130 tonnes in weight.
The blue whale is the loudest animal on Earth! This endangered mammal is also the largest animal that ever lived on Earth; it is larger than any of the giant dinosaurs were.
Most operators are located within a 20 minute drive of Perth CBD.
Facilities on board include:
On-board male and female toilets.
Whale Watching Boats depart from Hillarys Boat Harbour at the jetty in front of the Aquarium of Western Australia – AQWA. Office and meeting point located next to the departure jetty.
- Whale Watching Cruises also depart from Barrack Street, East Street Jetty and other coastal locations including Mandurah and Mindarie.
Perth whale watching tours departures Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays at 9:00 am during the season, and some afternoons from 1:30pm where required.
Talk to boatcharterperth.com about the best whale watch cruise to suit you based on your location and time restraints.