Whale watching is popular south of Perth waters because it is an important rest area for southward migrating humpback whales between September to late November, when they can be seen in the area with great regularity. Southern Right whales are also seen in increasing numbers south of Perth as their populations slowly recover from commercial whaling. There are many whale watching cruises available as well as plenty of land based lookouts with excellent vantage points in Perth and the South West region WA.
Humpback and Southern Right whales starts to migrate in May every year from the food-rich southern ocean to breeding grounds in the warm northern waters. The whales then return south in November to the colder seas to grow and mature. The whales follow the continental shelf, embracing the coast as they travel through the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. They playfully show off their water-skills and celebrating life just off shore.