Whale Watching in Augusta, Western Australia

Discover Majestic Whales with All Sea Charters

Augusta, Western Australia, is one of the greatest places in the world to experience the awe-inspiring sight of whales in their natural habitat. From May to August, the pristine waters of Flinders Bay become a playground for Southern Right and Humpback whales as they migrate along the West Australian coastline. Whether you’re a seasoned whale watcher or a first-timer, Augusta offers an unforgettable experience.

  • Location: Departs from Boat Harbour, Leeuwin Road, Augusta.
    • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.
  • Tour Duration:  Approximately 2 hours.
  • Dates: May to late August with daily departures.
  • Prices: Adult $95, Child ( 3 to 17 years) $55, 2 Adults + 2 Children $275.00, Infants 0-2 Free

Why is Augusta the Premier Whale Watching Location?

aerial view of whale song (vessel) and a mother whale with her calves

Augusta is the best place to see whales right now:

  • Prime Location: Situated at the southwestern tip of Australia, Augusta provides an unobstructed view of whales as they migrate, feed, and play.
  • Spectacular Views: With clear waters and stunning coastal scenery, every whale-watching trip promises breath taking moments.
  • Family-Friendly: Ideal for families, with numerous safe and accessible viewing points aboard Whale Song, our custom-built, 17-meter aluminium catamaran, designed specifically for whale watching.

Whale Watching Tours – An Unforgettable Experience

aerial view of a mother whale and her calf in the ocean

Join one of All Sea Charters’ expert-guided whale-watching tours for the ultimate experience. The experienced crew will ensure no action is missed and share fascinating insights about these magnificent creatures. Passionate about whales, dolphins, and all things ocean, the crew loves sharing their knowledge with guests. 

When can you see whales in Augusta?

Typically, migrating Humpback and Southern Right whales can be spotted as they leave the cold, food-rich Antarctic waters and arrive in Augusta from late May. The Southern Rights often bring their calves close to shore, while the Humpbacks continue their journey north to warmer breeding grounds. Augusta is perfectly placed to view these spectacular wild animals as they make their way past, often stopping off for a rest and play.

Tour Details

people on a whale tour aboard whale song looking at a whale
  • Suitable for the Whole Family: Tours run for approximately 2 hours.
  • Daily Departures
    • Tours depart daily from Augusta Boat Harbour at 10:00am and 1:30pm.
  • Whale watching tours operate May to mid-August.
  • Pricing
    • Adults: $95
    • Children (up to 17 years of age): $55
    • 2 Adults + 2 Children $275.00

Whales Guaranteed: If whales are not seen on your first whale-watching cruise, you can come back for free another time.

What to Expect

 

On these tours, expect to see both Southern Right and Humpback whales as they migrate from the Antarctic’s cold, food-rich waters. The Southern Rights often bring their calves close to shore, while the Humpbacks continue their journey north to warmer breeding grounds. 

Augusta’s prime location offers the perfect vantage point to witness these awe-inspiring creatures as they rest, play, and sometimes even perform spectacular breaches.

Anti nausea bracelets available onboard.

Exclusive Offer: Bring your booking confirmation to the Colour Patch Café Bar and Restaurant Augusta Hotel Restaurant to enjoy 10% off lunch or dinner after your tour.

The Ultimate 360-Degree Viewing Aboard Whale Song

Aerial view of whale song, all sea charters 360 degree viewing of whales

Whale Song, our custom-built, 17-meter aluminium catamaran, is designed specifically for whale watching. Passenger numbers are limited to ensure everyone has an unobstructed view of the whales, with plenty of space on the stern or bow to get up close and personal, or a bird’s eye view from the wheelhouse.

Features of Whale Song:

  • 360-degree viewing and full walk-around deck.
  • Two levels of outside viewing decks.
  • Climate-controlled cabin for comfort in any weather.
  • Stable platform for enhanced comfort and safety on the water.
  • Ample comfortable seating ensures a pleasant journey.
  • Custom sound system to keep you informed and entertained.
  • Full kitchen.
  • Onboard toilets including a disabled-accessible toilet.

Exploring Augusta Before or After a Whale Tour

Things to Do

  • Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse: Visit the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia and enjoy panoramic views.
  • Jewel Cave: Discover one of the longest show caves in Western Australia with stunning formations.
  • Boranup Karri Forest: Take a drive through this enchanting forest of towering karri trees.

Local Cuisine

  • Fresh Seafood: Savour the freshest seafood at one of many local restaurants.
  • Boutique Wineries: Explore the local wineries and taste some of the region’s finest wines.
  • Cafés and Bakeries: Enjoy a relaxed meal or a quick bite at one of Augusta’s charming cafés and bakeries.

Plan Your Trip

  • Accommodation: From cosy B&Bs to luxurious beachfront resorts, Augusta offers a range of accommodations to suit every budget.
  • Getting There: Augusta is a scenic 3.5-hour drive south of Perth. Car rentals and bus services are available.

Testimonials

“Great experience watching whales here! Got to see numerous whales and enjoy a nice morning on the water with a courteous and helpful crew. Book here for a splendid time!” Nathan B [Google Review]

“Friendly & informative. Not only did we see the whales but we were also able to see quite a few dolphins.” Reece M [Google Review]

“Really enjoyed the experience, staff were fantastic and very professional. Would highly recommend. We were very excited to see lots of whales and got some great photos.” Maria S [Trip Advisor]

“The whale watching tour was amazing. So many whales came up to the boat. Saw heaps of dolphins as well. Staff were fabulous – informative and super friendly. I’ve done a lot of tours in my life and this is up there with the best. Highly recommend this tour operator.” wbaker3 [Trip Advisor]

Contact Us

For more information and to book your whale-watching tour, contact

All Sea Charters:

Phone: 0417 794 008

Email: allseacharters@gmail.com

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Take a journey of a lifetime and witness the majestic whales in Augusta. Book your tour now and create memories that will last forever!

Meet the Owners

captain paul zippy aboard whale song

The one and only Captain Paul (Zippy) has over 15 years’ experience in the whale watching industry as a skipper and mentor to many. There is not many you’ll meet that are as humble and knowledgeable as him. Come meet him for yourself on an Augusta Whale Watching Tour.

Captain Paul has a lifelong love for the ocean, bringing an extensive knowledge and expertise to every tour. Deanna manages the operations and ensures that every detail of the experience is perfect, from booking to the moment guests step off the boat.

Their commitment to marine conservation and education shines through in every aspect of their business. Together, they aim to create not just a tour, but an unforgettable encounter with nature that inspires a love and respect for the marine environment.

As a family-owned and operated business, All Sea Charters is passionate about sharing the incredible experience of whale watching with visitors from around the world. Their mission is to provide a memorable, educational, and exhilarating adventure for all guests, while creating a deep appreciation for these magnificent marine mammals.

All Sea Charters looks forward to welcoming guests aboard Whale Song!

Frequently Asked Questions 

Whale watching is an exhilarating activity where you can observe whales in their natural habitat. It offers a unique opportunity to see these magnificent marine mammals up close as they swim, feed, and sometimes even breach the water. Whale watching tours are guided by experienced professionals who provide insights into whale behaviour, biology, and the importance of marine conservation.

In Augusta, Western Australia, whale watching primarily focuses on observing Southern Right and Humpback whales as they migrate through the pristine waters of Flinders Bay. The tours not only allow for the observation of whales but also often include sightings of other marine life such as dolphins and seabirds, making it a comprehensive and educational wildlife experience.

The best time of year to go whale watching in Augusta, Western Australia, is from May to late August. During this period, the pristine waters of Flinders Bay become a temporary home to Southern Right and Humpback whales as they migrate along the West Australian coastline.

From late May, migrating Humpback and Southern Right whales leave the cold, food-rich waters of the Antarctic and begin to arrive in Augusta. This timing aligns with their natural migration patterns, where Southern Right whales often bring their calves close to shore, providing exceptional viewing opportunities from both land and sea. These whales use the relatively calm and sheltered waters of Flinders Bay as a resting and calving area, making them more visible and accessible to whale watchers.

Humpback whales, known for their acrobatic displays, also migrate through Augusta during this period. They continue their journey north to warmer breeding grounds, often pausing in the waters of Augusta. This makes the mid-year months an ideal time to witness their spectacular breaches, tail slaps, and other surface behaviours.

During this peak season, All Sea Charters offers daily departures to maximise your chances of encountering these majestic animals. The tours, which run twice daily at 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM, ensure that you have ample opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring sight of Southern Right and Humpback whales in their natural habitat.

In Augusta, whale watching season typically runs from May to late August, coinciding with the migration of Southern Right and Humpback whales along the West Australian coastline. During this time, the waters of Flinders Bay become a temporary home to these majestic marine mammals, providing unforgettable viewing opportunities for visitors.

Whale watching in Augusta offers the chance to observe two main types of whales: Southern Right whales and Humpback whales.

Southern Right whales are large baleen whales, easily recognisable by their broad backs without a dorsal fin and the distinctive callosities on their heads. These whales often bring their calves close to shore, providing frequent and intimate sightings near the coastline. Known for their curious and interactive nature, Southern Right whales sometimes approach boats, offering spectacular viewing opportunities. They migrate from the cold, nutrient-rich waters of the Antarctic to the warmer waters off the coast of Australia for breeding and calving.

Humpback whales, on the other hand, are easily identified by their distinctive body shape, long pectoral fins, and knobbly head. Famous for their acrobatic breaches and complex songs, Humpbacks are known for their active surface behaviours, including breaching, tail slapping, and spy-hopping. Their playful and energetic displays are a highlight of whale watching tours. Humpback whales migrate from the Antarctic feeding grounds to warmer tropical waters, where they mate and give birth. During their migration, they pass through the waters of Augusta, offering excellent viewing opportunities.

While there are many wonderful locations for whale watching, we might be a bit biased when we say that Augusta, Western Australia, stands out as the ultimate destination for this incredible experience.

Nestled at the southwestern tip of Australia, Augusta offers unparalleled opportunities to witness the majestic Southern Right and Humpback whales as they migrate along the West Australian coastline. From May to late August, the pristine waters of Augusta’s Flinders Bay become a bustling playground for these magnificent marine mammals, ensuring an unparalleled spectacle of nature’s grandeur.

Compared to other locations, Augusta boasts a staggering concentration of whales, providing visitors with an immersive and unforgettable encounter with these gentle giants. While we may be biased in our opinion, the abundance of sightings and breath-taking moments experienced by our guests supports our claim.

When preparing for a whale watching tour, it’s best to dress appropriately and bring a few key items to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Here are some recommendations:

Clothing:

  • Layered Clothing: The weather on the water can be unpredictable, so dressing in layers is advisable.
  • Windbreaker or Waterproof Jacket: Even on sunny days, the ocean breeze can be chilly, and there’s always the possibility of sea spray. A windbreaker or waterproof jacket will help protect you from the wind and keep you dry.
  • Comfortable Pants: Wear comfortable pants that provide warmth and allow for ease of movement. Jeans or quick-drying hiking pants are good options.
  • Footwear: Choose sturdy, non-slip shoes that can handle wet conditions. Sneakers or waterproof boots are ideal. Avoid open-toed shoes or sandals as they offer little protection from the elements.

Accessories:

  • Hat and Sunglasses: Protect yourself from the sun’s glare off the water by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and polarized sunglasses. This will also make it easier to spot whales without being impacted by the sun.
  • Sunscreen: Even on cloudy days, UV rays can be strong on the open water. Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin to prevent sunburn.
  • Binoculars: While the boat will get you close to the whales, binoculars can enhance your viewing experience by allowing you to see details from a distance.
  • Camera: Bring a camera with a zoom lens to capture those unforgettable moments. Ensure it’s secured with a strap to prevent accidental drops into the water.

Additional Items:

  • Water and Snacks: Although the tour is only about two hours long, it’s a good idea to bring a bottle of water and some snacks to keep you hydrated and energised.
  • Anti-Nausea Medication: If you are prone to seasickness, consider taking anti-nausea medication before the trip. All Sea Charters also offers anti-nausea bracelets onboard for added comfort.
  • Small Backpack: Carry a small backpack to store your extra layers, sunscreen, snacks, and any other personal items.

By dressing in layers, protecting yourself from the elements, and bringing a few essential items, you can ensure a comfortable and enjoyable whale watching experience. Remember to be prepared for changing weather conditions and to prioritise comfort and protection.

Whale watching is a safe activity, especially when conducted by experienced operators like All Sea Charters who have a 100% safety record.

  • All Sea Charters employs a team of professional and highly experienced crew members who are well-trained in both whale watching and maritime safety. The crew includes knowledgeable guides who provide insights into whale behaviour and ensure that the tour is educational and engaging while prioritising safety.
  • Stable and Well-Equipped Vessel: Whale Song, All Sea Charters’ custom-built, 17-meter aluminium catamaran, is specifically designed for whale watching. This vessel features a stable platform, which minimises the risk of seasickness and provides a safe environment for all passengers. The boat is equipped with modern safety equipment, including life jackets, first aid kits, and emergency communication devices.
  • Weather Monitoring: The crew closely monitors weather conditions to ensure that tours are conducted in safe and suitable conditions.
  • Seasickness Prevention: For those concerned about seasickness, All Sea Charters offers anti-nausea bracelets onboard. Additionally, the stable design of the Whale Song helps to reduce the likelihood of seasickness, ensuring a more comfortable experience for passengers who may be sensitive to motion.

Booking a whale watching tour with All Sea Charters is a straightforward and convenient process. To secure your spot on one of these exciting tours, you have several options:

  • Online Booking: The easiest and most efficient way to book your whale watching tour is via our bookings page. There, you can select your preferred date and time for the tour, choose the number of tickets you need, and complete the payment process online. This method ensures you can secure your reservation quickly and receive an instant confirmation. 
  • Phone Booking: If you prefer to speak directly with us, you can book your tour by calling All Sea Charters at 0417 794 008. We will assist you in selecting the best date and time for your tour and can answer any questions you might have about the experience.
  • Email Booking: You can also book your tour by sending an email to allseacharters@gmail.com. Include your preferred tour date, time, and the number of participants in your email. We will respond promptly to confirm your booking and provide any additional information you might need.

Booking in advance is highly recommended to book your tour in advance, especially during the peak whale watching season from May to late August. This ensures you secure your preferred date and time, as tours can fill up quickly due to high demand.

Whale watching tours with All Sea Charters are priced affordably, offering an enriching experience for all.

Ticket prices typically range from $95 for adults to $55 for children aged 3 to 17 years. Moreover, special discounts are available for group bookings, making it an ideal outing for families and friends.

For those desiring a more personalised adventure, private charters are also an option.

For further details on pricing or to inquire about group discounts and private charters, feel free to reach out to All Sea Charters directly. You can contact them via phone (0417 794 008) or email (allseacharters@gmail.com) to discuss your specific requirements and preferences.

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be delighted to assist you in planning the perfect whale watching excursion tailored to your needs.

Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a booking confirmation via email. Be sure to bring this confirmation with you on the day of your tour. Additionally, showing your booking confirmation at the Colour Patch Café Bar and Restaurant or Augusta Hotel Restaurant entitles you to a 10% discount on lunch or dinner.

Yes, All Sea Charters offers both group and private tours for whale watching. Whether you’re planning a trip with family, friends, colleagues, or a special event like a birthday celebration or corporate outing, you have the option to customise your whale watching experience to suit your preferences.

To inquire about group or private tours, please contact All Sea Charters directly via phone at 0417 794 008 or email at allseacharters@gmail.com. Provide all relevant information, including the number of people in your group, preferred date and time, and any special requirements or requests you may have. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at All Sea Charters will assist you in planning the perfect whale watching experience tailored to your needs.

During whale watching tours with All Sea Charters, passengers can expect to observe the majestic marine mammals while maintaining a safe and respectful distance. The crew prioritises the well-being of the whales to minimise disturbance to their natural behaviours. While every effort is made to provide passengers with optimal viewing opportunities.

Passengers are encouraged to bring binoculars or cameras with zoom lenses to enhance their viewing experience.

Throughout the tour, the experienced crew provides informative commentary on whale behaviour, biology, and conservation, enriching the experience with educational insights. Whether witnessing a Southern Right whale nurturing its calf or marvelling at the acrobatic displays of Humpback whales, the whale watching tours offer unforgettable encounters with these remarkable creatures.

Whale watching boats typically use a combination of methods to locate whales. These may include:

  • Spotting Techniques: Experienced crew members and guides scan the horizon with binoculars to search for signs of whale activity such as spouts, breaching, or fluke dives.
  • Marine Wildlife Observations: Whales are often found near other marine wildlife, such as seabirds or dolphins. Crew members may look for these indicators to narrow down potential whale sightings.
  • Hydrophone Technology: Some boats use hydrophones, which are underwater microphones, to listen for the sounds of whale vocalisations. This method can help locate whales that are not visible at the surface.
  • Local Knowledge and Communication: Whale watching operators often have extensive local knowledge of whale migration patterns and feeding grounds. 

Augusta, Western Australia, is located approximately 320 kilometres south of Perth.

The most common way to reach Augusta is by car, with the journey taking around 3.5 to 4 hours via the Bussell Highway and Augusta Busselton Tourist Road.

Alternatively, there are bus services available from Perth to Augusta, as well as nearby airports in Busselton and Margaret River for those traveling by air.

While Perth provides convenient access to whale watching, the sheer abundance of whale sightings in Augusta sets it apart as the ultimate destination for this extraordinary experience.

Augusta offers unrivalled opportunities to witness the majestic Southern Right and Humpback whales as they migrate along the West Australian coastline. From May to late August, the pristine waters of Augusta’s Flinders Bay become a bustling playground for these magnificent marine mammals, ensuring an unparalleled spectacle of nature’s grandeur.

Compared to Perth, where sightings may be sporadic during migration season, Augusta boasts a staggering concentration of whales, providing visitors with an immersive and unforgettable encounter with these gentle giants.

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