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Enjoy a day of maritime delights on this day trip from Perth to Fremantle, a historic port town just south of the city, across the Swan River. Start with a cruise down the river to Fremantle, where you’ll take off on a whale-watching cruise on the Indian Ocean. As you watch for humpback whales during their annual migration, learn about them from a knowledgeable guide. Then return to Fremantle for free time to explore its heritage landmarks and hopping cafe scene before returning to Perth by river cruise.

Highlights

  • Swan River cruise between Perth and Fremantle
  • 2-hour whale-watching cruise on the ocean
  • Witness the largest whale migration in the southern hemisphere
  • Picturesque views of Perth's coastline
  • Expert commentary by knowledgeable guides
  • Large viewing decks and great photo opportunities
  • Free time to explore Fremantle

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What You Can Expect

Whale-Watching Cruise and Fremantle Day Trip from Perth

Whale Watching, Perth

Your day trip starts in central Perth, where you’ll catch your cruise for a lovely trip down the Swan River to Fremantle, located where the river meets the Indian Ocean. Along the way, admire the leafy Perth suburbs and yacht clubs that line the river.

When you reach Freo, as it’s known to locals, hop aboard the custom-built whale-watching boat for your 2-hour cruise along the Humpback Highway, a stretch of the Indian Ocean where more than 35,000 whales and their calves make their migration each year to the Antarctic. Listen to expert narration provided by an onboard guide while you keep watch for the whales from the boat’s viewing decks, and feel free to ask any questions you have.

Your cruise ends with return to Fremantle, where you have most of the afternoon to explore independently. Check out the historical buildings, shops and galleries, waterfront, a brewery and many sidewalk cafes that make up this lively town, a favorite local destination. Then return to Perth the way you came, with the boat ride back up the Swan River.

Whale guarantee: In the unlikely event that whales are not spotted, you are entitled to one free whale-watching tour within the same season.

Itinerary

8:45am: Swan River cruise from Perth to Fremantle
10:30am: 2-hour whale-watching cruise
12:30pm: Arrive Fremantle; time to explore at your leisure
4:30pm: Return cruise from Fremantle to Perth
5:45pm: Arrive Perth, Barrack Street Jetty

Customer Reviews

Mark J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Yet another fabulous day out! Very well organised, great crew, plenty of time spent in Fremantle before our return......a relaxing day with the added bonus of seeing the amazing whales. Would definitely recommend this trip and will definitely be doing it again

Dorothy E O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The trip from Perth to Fremantle was good. A little bit more of actual history along the way would have been nice. The Whale watching tour was excellent. We saw quite a number of whales and some calves. Unfortunately they were not over active no high jumps or big water spurts, but we saw whales. One of the most exciting parts was watching the whales swim under the water very close to the boat. Their white parts were like luminous,just magical.
A very enjoyable day by all.

Rita P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Brilliant, saw a pod of 5 or 6 whales of which 2 jumped out of the water. Lots of people being seasick but I was ok ...

eka Malaysia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

What an amazing trip! My family and I are overwhelmed with the experience! Thank you.

Vern

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2011

Best thing we did in Perth! We were very lucky that day, as a mother and calf came right alongside and swam around and underneath the boat. We were just blown away by it all. The best value day out in Perth by a mile! The girl who talked us through whale behaviour was really enthusiastic, without being annoying. If you only book one trip here, book this! You leave the jetty for a cruise down Swan River, then change at Freemantle for the whale watching. Plenty of time to explore Freemantle too. A whole day out - very good value for money - two very happy people!

michael n United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

Enjoyable tour ,not enough whales but that's not under your control.

Lianhua Z

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

Good trip. The whale watching is near Rottnest,

Cynthia F

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

Very enjoyable. We saw quite a few whales. It was a long day and a shorter stay in Fremantle would have been better

Roger K

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

Great day. Everyone went the extra mile to make sure it was a successful outing!

Rachel Singapore

4 star rating: Recommended November 2013

The whale watching cruise was fantastic but wished they guided us around Fremantle as well.

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