Each year Humpback and Southern Right whales make the long journey from Antarctica to the warm pristine waters of the Margaret River region.
The Humpbacks and Southern Right whale migration patterns are to essentially travel to the cold waters around the Antarctic to feed during Summer and Autumn and then return to warmer waters for breeding and giving birth. The massive Blue whales can also be seen in the region as they make their own migration between the Antarctic krill feeding grounds and the warmer tropical waters around Western Australia. Interestingly, the Blue whales’ migration pattern depends on their age and sex, with the pregnant females migrating first and juveniles migrating later. The older ones also travel further up the coast each year than the younger members of the species.
The Margaret River region gives you the ideal vantage point to see these massive creatures frolic and interact in the water. The whale watching season starts in around June when the first of the whales reach Flinders Bay, Augusta, 40 minutes drive south of Margaret River. This is an ideal spot to watch the whales up close, and it is one of the only places where Southern Right and Humpback whales actually interact.
By July/ August the whales are well and truly visible and the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is one of the most popular places to see them. There are some great Margaret River Whale watching tours that offer close-up experiences of the whales, and this is an experience not to miss. In September the place to be is Geographe Bay, Busselton just north of Margaret River, because it has become a world-famous location to experience the unique sight of Blue whales and their calves relaxing and splashing in these protected waters. It is close enough to be a day trip from Margaret River and is well worth the trip for this once in a lifetime experience.
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