Top whale watching spots along Western Australia’s south coast

Western Australia’s southern coastline offers some of the country’s best whale-watching vantage points.

Each winter humpbacks, 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 highway”.

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

Whales in the water.
Humpback whales off Tourist Rocks at Cheynes Beach.(Supplied: Tania Meuzelaar)

The cliff, just a minute from the town’s centre, faces east across the massive bay where humpbacks and southern rights often rest and play.

Deep water close to shore brings the whales in close.

One whale spotter recorded 20 humpbacks in the area over an hour at the weekend.

Cheynes Beach is a good spot to watch breaching, tail slapping and pods in action.

Point Ann, Bremer Bay

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

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

Even without whales, the area offers stunning vistas of the coastline and nearby West Mount Barren.

It’s also popular with other marine life such as dolphins and birds.

Blowholes, Albany

While it’s a great place to witness the ocean’s power as water fires through the naturally formed blowholes, it’s also a majestic setting to watch whales as they move along the coast.

A pod of whales
A pod of whales off WA’s south coast.(Supplied: Josh Smith)

The area offers an expansive 180-degree view of the coastline from Peak Head to The Gap.

The deep drop-off means whales often come within metres 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 spot to watch.

Whales, sharks and dolphins are often spotted 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 spotting sites in WA.

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

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

Humpbacks, southern rights and blue whales visit the sound each winter, often close to Middleton Beach.

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

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