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16 June 2016 - Whale watching Season has begun.

By Jody

Photos supplied by Mike and Ros Barnett, Nuala Scott, AirPix and Albany Whale Tours. Video supplied by one of our guests, Dwayne.

This year, Whales have been sighted around the coast of Albany, Western Australian since mid-May 2016, though the Whale Watching season officially begins from the 1st of June and continues until the first weeks of October each year. We get quite excited when we hear that the Whales have arrived. Last week we heard that a rare Blue Whale had been spotted off the Albany coastline.

Photo of a Whale breaching in King George Sound, Albany, Western Australia.
Photo by Nuala Scott courtesy of Albany Whale Tours

From Esperance to Augusta, you can see the migration of the Humpback and Southern Right Whales during the Winter months on their way to their breeding grounds in the warmer waters closer to the Equator.

Photo of a Whale approaching the tour boat Sail-A-Way
Photo by Mike and Ros Barnett courtesy of Albany Whale Tours

There are many locations from where Whales can be observed in the Great Southern region, including Middleton Beach, Albany, WA. With the beach in front of us we have spent quite a few hours watching from the grassed area with the Whales frolicking quite close to shore, it is mesmerising and amazing. I just don't want to leave.

Whales come quite close to the beach in the calm waters off Middleton Beach in Albany.

Often when walking along the Boardwalk from Middleton Beach to the Albany Port, you might spot Whales breaching and frolicking. The Rotary Lookout above the Boardwalk provides an elevated platform with views of King George Sound, this is quite a spectacular vantage point for Whale Watching. Other Whale spotting locations close to Albany include The Gap and Natural Bridge, Whale World (now part of Discovery Bay) and Sandpatch.

A Whale frolicking in the water of Ellen Cove in Albany.

During 2015 at Ocean Beach, Denmark a cow and calf were spotted over a few weeks, breaching and frolicking. Conspicuous Cliffs, East of Walpole and the highly recognised, award winning, Bibbulmun Track between Walpole and Albany, also have some brilliant ocean views where Whales have been spotted by walkers.

A splash from a Whale breaching off Middleton Beach in Albany.

We highly recommend you take a Whale Tour, we prefer the morning as the sea breeze can make conditions rougher and colder in the afternoon. We have been on 3 Whale Tours and thoroughly enjoyed each one, make sure you rug up, have a good camera and enjoy the scenery. Celestine Retreat Denmark WA is a 40 minutes’ drive from Albany where we also recommend you take in the National ANZAC Museum, a drive to The Gap and Natural Bridge and perhaps a visit to Discovery Bay to learn more about Whales.

Aerial photo of Albany Whale Tours catamaran Sail-A-Way taken by AirPix
Photo by Airpix courtesy of Albany Whale Tours, vessel Sail-A-Way

In early August 2015 we stopped for afternoon tea and we were treated to a Whale putting on quite a display off Ocean Beach in Denmark, that we enjoyed from the back verandah at Celestine Retreat. We were amazed that we could actually see it but in the photo you can see a small boat on Wilson Inlet that is smaller than the splash that the Whale made on the other side of the Nullaki Peninsula.

From our back veranda we spotted a Whale splashing on the other side of Nullaki Peninsula.

Thank you very much to Dwayne, one of our guests who sent us this 57 second video he took on his phone on 2nd August 2015 from Ocean Beach in Denmark of a Whale breaching 4 times. You can hear some pretty impressed spectators in the background.

For more information see the following web sites.

Albany Whale Tours on their twin hulled vessel Sail-A-Way, kindly provided some information and wonderful photos.

Or Albany Ocean Adventures, Silver Star II.

National ANZAC Centre in Albany, Western Australia.

Discovery Bay

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Updated 20 June 2016