From menacing crocodiles, deadly redback spiders and wild dingoes, to fluffy koalas and hopping kangaroos; Australia has its fair share of weird and wonderful beasts, but when it comes to sea creatures, nothing comes close to the mighty whale. Humpback and Southern right whales inhabit waters all around the Australian coastline and few animal sightings are as impressive as spotting the gentle giants leaping out of the waters and swimming along beside the viewing ships. With humpbacks reaching up to 50 feet in length and weighing up to an incredible 48 tons, this is one photo opportunity you won’t want to miss out on.
The west coast of Australia is situated on the aptly nicknamed Humpback Highway, the whale migration path that circumnavigates the globe, and Perth is an ideal spot from which to view the world’s biggest whale migration, as the whales and whale calves head to the summer feeding grounds of Antarctica.
The best time to spot the humpback whales is between September and November, when over 35,000 whales and their calves make their way south to the Antarctic and there are a number of popular viewing areas in and around Perth. Take a whale watching cruise down the Swan River from Perth to Fremantle or head north to Hillary’s Boat Harbour for a cruise along the Sunset Coast, where the waters will be teeming with pods of whales.