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Australia has its fair share of weird and wonderful beasts, from crocodiles and dingoes to koalas and kangaroos. But when it comes to experiencing its sea creatures, nothing comes close to spotting a mighty whale—or an entire pod. Here are some options for whale-watching tours from Perth. 

When to Go
The west coast of Australia is situated on the aptly nicknamed Humpback Highway, the annual migration path that circumnavigates the globe, and Perth is an ideal base from which to witness the world’s biggest whale migration. The main whale-watching season in Perth is between September and November, when over 35,000 adult whales and calves make their way south to the summer feeding grounds of Antarctica.

How to Go
There are a number of popular viewing areas in and around Perth. Set sail from Hillarys Boat Harbour for a 1.5- or 2-hour whale-watching cruise along the Sunset Coast of Western Australia, where the waters teem with pods of whales. Alternatively enjoy a Swan River cruise from Perth to Fremantle and spot dolphins, pelicans, and black swans.

What You’ll See
Humpback whales and southern right whales inhabit waters all around the Australian coastline. Few animal sightings are as impressive as spotting these gentle giants leaping out of the water and swimming alongside the viewing ships. With humpbacks reaching up to 50 feet (15 meters) in length and weighing up to an incredible 48 tons (43 Imperial tons), this is one photo opportunity you won’t want to miss! Other common sightings include seals, dolphins, and seabirds.
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Whale-Watching Tour from Augusta or Perth with Optional Captain's Lounge Upgrade

Whale-Watching Tour from Augusta or Perth with Optional Captain's Lounge Upgrade

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Enjoy a 2-hour whale-watching cruise on a comfortable vessel with a naturalist guide. Depart from Augusta or Perth and set out on the waters of Geographe Bay in search of humpback whales and southern right whales, in addition to seals, dolphins, and seabirds. As you go, your guide will provide commentary about the whales and their migration along the coast of western Australia. Your spacious boat is equipped with an underwater camera and hydrophone. Upgrade to the VIP Captain's Lounge for exclusive seating, and complimentary snacks and drinks during your tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.97
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Whale-Watching Cruise and Hillarys Boat Harbour Day Trip from Perth

Whale-Watching Cruise and Hillarys Boat Harbour Day Trip from Perth

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This whale-watching cruise from Hillarys Boat Harbour, just north of Perth, gives you the chance to get out on the Indian Ocean and look for humpback whales during their yearly migration along the coast of Western Australia. When booking, you have the option to enhance your experience at Hillarys with admission to the Aquarium of Western Australia. Or, select the option that includes round-trip transport from Perth, which provides free time at Hillarys to enjoy family-friendly attractions on your own, such as restaurants, shops, bars, a beach and waterslides.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$44.73
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Pinnacles Desert, Koalas and Sandboarding 4WD Day Tour from Perth

Pinnacles Desert, Koalas and Sandboarding 4WD Day Tour from Perth

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Discover the wondrous wildlife and mystical natural attractions of Western Australia on this full-day tour from Perth. Discover kangaroos and koalas at Caversham Wildlife Park, and learn about the local lobster industry with a tour of a lobster plant and fresh seafood lunch in Cervantes. Take a guided walk through the eerie, lunar-like landscape of Pinnacles Desert, and get your heart racing as you speed through the massive dunes of Lancelin on a sandboarding and 4WD adventure.
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  • 11 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$160.27
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Seal Island and Penguin Island or Point Peron Sea Kayak Tour

Seal Island and Penguin Island or Point Peron Sea Kayak Tour

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Embark on a guided full-day sea kayaking adventure from Perth and get up close to the wildlife of Western Australia. Hop on a double kayak; paddle your way around scenic Shoalwater Bay, Seal Island and Penguin Island; and look out for dolphins, Australian Sea Lions, penguins and sea birds. After a delicious picnic lunch (included) by the beachside, enjoy free time to swim, snorkel or hike around the islands before heading back to the city.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$123.25
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Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle

Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle

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Visit Perth’s favorite local getaway destination on a day trip to Rottnest Island, located just offshore in the Indian Ocean. Travel to Rottnest by high-speed ferry from either Perth or Fremantle (your choice), and then embark on a sightseeing tour of the island by coach. While you listen to narration from an informative guide, check out landmarks like the West End and Wadjemup Lighthouse. Then enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore the car-free island at your leisure. You may upgrade when booking to include lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$96.16
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Swan River Scenic Cruise

Swan River Scenic Cruise

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See some of Perth’s top sights from the water on a leisurely Swan River cruise. As you depart the city center, admire Perth riverfront attractions like the Bell Tower and Kings Park, and glide past pretty suburbs to reach Fremantle, located where the river meets the Indian Ocean. Choose a departure time when booking.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Swim with Dolphins Day Trip from Perth

Swim with Dolphins Day Trip from Perth

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Get up close and personal with wild dolphins off the coast of Australia on this exciting tour from Perth. Cruise around small islands and into sheltered bays from Rockingham to interact with dolphins in their natural habitat. Snorkeling equipment is provided, and enjoy the experience with a knowledgeable crew that has befriended more than 200 local dolphins over many years. Their familiarity provides you with a very memorable day on the Indian Ocean.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Swan Valley River Cruise and Wine Tasting Day Trip from Perth

Swan Valley River Cruise and Wine Tasting Day Trip from Perth

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Discover Western Australia's oldest wine region on this full-day tour of the Swan Valley from Perth, including lunch. Indulge in a decadent morning tea, followed by wine and cheese tasting, as you cruise down the Swan River and admire views of the Perth skyline. Then, set out on a coach tour of the Swan Valley vineyards, stopping to enjoy wine tastings, tour a brewery, enjoy a set menu lunch, and indulge your sweet tooth with a visit to the Margaret River Chocolate Company.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Pinnacles Desert Sunset Stargazing Tour

Pinnacles Desert Sunset Stargazing Tour

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The otherworldly landscapes of the Pinnacles Desert are one of Western Australia’s most impressive natural wonders, found just north of Perth in the Nambung National Park. On this tour, admire the Pinnacles at their most magical during a sunset visit, enjoy a sunset dinner in the desert, and stay after-dark for a thrilling stargazing experience. Along the way, stop to try sandboarding at the famous Lancelin Sand Dunes, take a guided walk along the banks of Moore River where your tour guide will show plants used by the Aborigines for food and medicine.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Ultimate Swan Valley Food and Wine Day Trip from Perth

Ultimate Swan Valley Food and Wine Day Trip from Perth

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Indulge in some of the best wines and foods produced in the Swan Valley on a day trip from Perth. Head into this lush wine region just north of the city, and hop from winery to winery to taste some acclaimed varietals. Visit local wineries for tastings, break for a gourmet winery lunch, and enjoy chocolate, liqueur, cheese, and beer tastings on top. Air-conditioned transport and specified tastings included.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Half-Day Mandurah Canals & Dolphin Watch Tour

Half-Day Mandurah Canals & Dolphin Watch Tour

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Animal lovers will enjoy this half-day dolphin-watching tour along the Mandurah canals. The area is a natural habitat for bottle-nose dolphins, and there's a good chance of seeing the animals swimming and playing not far from your boat. Learn about the dolphins and the Mandurah area from the on-board commentary. Both kids and adults will love this tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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What people are saying about Whale Watching in Perth

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Whale-Watching Tour from Augusta or Perth with Optional Captain's Lounge Upgrade
"Perfect trip great weather crew were fantastic and the whales were playing we sat at the front as we headed out to sea and enjoyed the breeze"..."
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Whale-Watching Cruise and Hillarys Boat Harbour Day Trip from Perth
"I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, I found the crew was very helpful and informative about the whales"..."
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Pinnacles Desert, Koalas and Sandboarding 4WD Day Tour from Perth
"Great fun sandboarding and driving over the dunes. The Pinnacles are an amazing sight that need to see and experience."..."
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Seal Island and Penguin Island or Point Peron Sea Kayak Tour
"1) I am very impressed with the guides Emily and P. Emily is very knowledgeable and seeks to value add our experience with her knowledge of wildlife. 2) Rivergod has very good and prompt service which I strongly recommend. I have done with a bit of research on which company to do this sea kayak adventure with. Rivergod is competitively priced with quality guides and service. 3) We were pleasantly surprised that my Husband and I were the only ones on the tour but yet, they did not cancel but proceeded with the tour. Most other tour agencies would have cancelled if the numbers are not to the maximum. For these three reasons, you guys are exceptional!! *send me the pictures from the tour!😄"..."
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Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle
"Seeing the Quokka’s up so close. They are so cute. It was an awesome day the staff were fabulous and very helpful"..."
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Swan River Scenic Cruise
"Great cruise, great crew and delicious lunch. The weather was not fantastic but it was still a wonderful time and great way to see all along the Swan River between Perth and Fremantle"..."
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Swim with Dolphins Day Trip from Perth
"We did the swim with wild dolphins This is simply the best experience in Perth We had the most amazing day with great friendly staff you truly get what you pay for Rockingham wild encounters is the true gem of WA thank you guys!"..."
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Swan Valley River Cruise and Wine Tasting Day Trip from Perth
"A beautiful cruise up the swan lots of wine & cheese, lunch & wine at mandoon and onto various wineries with Peter our Driver well worth the money will definitely do it again"..."
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Pinnacles Desert Sunset Stargazing Tour
"Highlight was seeing the pinnacles at sunset and sandboarding on the dunes- a great experience not far outside Perth. The guide was knowledgeable, friendly and approachable and the pace was appropriate for the places that we saw. Highly recommend"..."
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Ultimate Swan Valley Food and Wine Day Trip from Perth
"We had a fabby day! Our host Breanna was awesome! Full of very interesting information and history of the vineyards Defo use again"..."

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