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Whale Watching, Albany WA

Whale Watching Tours in Albany, Western Australia
Whale Watching Tours, Albany Australia - Humpback Whale Photo

Whale Watching Tours are a fantastic way to spend the morning or afternoon. These kings of the ocean visit each year between June and October and can be viewed up close on a whale watching tour. Click/tap to find out about the Whales of the Southern Ocean.

Whale Watching in Albany, WA

If you are coming to Albany to watch the Whales, we recommend booking your whale watching tour in advance.

Whale Watching is a fantastic way to spend the morning or afternoon. The King George Sound is a sheltered harbour offering two passages to the Great Southern Ocean.

The whales come and go in these sheltered water and it is unusual to go out and NOT see these humble, giant creatures.

The great Humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometres each year as they migrate between Antarctica and Australia.

Humpback Whale Calf in Albany, Australia

If you are interested in Whale Watching, you can find a Map to the Albany Pier [click here] or scroll down to see the map on this page. This is where you will find the two whale-tour operators. Ample parking and toilets at the pier.

An ideal whale habitat, the sheltered waters around Albany and Denmark are ideal for young whales preparing to take the long journey south to the deep southern ocean around Antarctica.

I'm glad to know our friends of the sea find this area peaceful again. The whales come and go in these sheltered water and it is common to see several of these humble, giant creatures. Both whale-tour operators work from the Albany Pier.

Albany Whale Watching

Whale Watching Tours in Albany, Western Australia

Our whale-watching experiences in Albany, WA have always been fantastic. They are fun for everyone, engaging and refreshing, and the waters of King George Sound are truly beautiful.

Albany Whale Tours - on deck
Whale Watching Tours are Great!
King George Sound, Albany

Heading out of the Princess Royal Harbour into the King George Sound it is easy to see why shipmen rejoyced to see the deep water harbour, offering easy access to land with the deep blue water of the sound emptying into the Southern Ocean.

It is still today one of the worlds best natural deep water channels.

Dolphins and Seals can be seen in the sheltered waters, the seals most often laze in on the warm rocks off of Seal Island (below).

We found "Sail Away" easy and comfortable, the pace most enjoyable in the beautiful sailboat.

John's knowlege of the local wildlife extends back along his years. We have no doubt you'll be delighted.

Sail Away Whale Tours, Albany Australia
Albany Whale Tours

Albany Whale Tours

Safe, stable, educational and friendly to the environment, a voyage aboard Sail-A-Way is an experience not to be missed!

Every aspect of Sail-A-Way has been designed to ensure your enjoyment on board. The boat is wide, low to the water and boasts a clear deck with an uninterrupted view of the surrounds. The crew has 30 years of local experience of Albany's waters and landscape, not only competent sailors, but considerate and friendly carers. Winter offers Whale watching tours June to October 9.30am Daily (Free return if whales are not sighted.) Possible 1.30pm Whale Watching dependant on numbers. Summer offers Coastal wildlife cruise 9.30am - 12.30pm daily. Home cooking, tea and coffee, adding a touch of 'home comfort' to the beautiful sea experience. Seating for 42, BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Our vessel is available for groups and private charter at any time. All cruises are weather dependent.

Telephone: (08) 9845 1068 or 0408 451 068 or 0417 954 554
Address: Vessel moored at Albany Waterfront Marina, Albany, 6330 WA
Baby Hump Back Whale, Albany, Australia
Seals in Albany, WA
King George Sound Whale Watching
Seal Island, King George Sound
Seals on Seal Rock, Albany, Western Australia
Humpback Whale and Calf, Albany

Family Friendly Whale Tours

Each time we visit the whales our entire family participates in the adventure, and everyone enjoys the time on the ocean spotting seals, whales and dolphins.

Australian Whale Tours
Whale Watching in Albany, Australia

Albany Whale Watching

If you're visiting the Rainbow Coast btween June and October be sure to take the opportunity to go on a Whale Watching Tour.  It's a memorable experience!

Whale Tale Photograph
Albany Australia Whale Tours and Whale Watching Guide
Whale Watching Tours in Albany Australia

Albany Pier for Whale Watching

Map of Albany Pier for Whale Watching Cruises. Albany Whale Tours start here!  Tap the markers for information about the locations on the Map below.

What's on the map? These are the locations plotted above:

Albany Pier (Cruises & Whale Watching) Albany Pier (Cruises & Whale Watching)
Albany Pier for embarking on a whale watching tour. Visit Albany Pier (Cruises & Whale Watching)

When to see the Whales along the Coast - June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct

We saw our first whale off the Torndirrup Peninsula near the Blowholes, since then we have sighted dozens of whales from both the shore and Whale Tours. It was beautiful to watch the humpback whales glide and splash, spouting water into the sky every so often. Majestic and magical creatures these are... Read more detailed information on the Whales of the Southern Ocean along the Rainbow Coast.

Whaling? Still?

There is an attraction in Albany called Whaleworld which once was once a whaling-station (Ick!) and is now a historical monument to our carelessness. Call the tourist information for details. We find it not very appealing to discuss, except to point out its brief history and to oppose those still 'hunting' whales in the open ocean. Really! Ick. Leave them alone!

JAPAN STILL WHALING DESPITE SANCTUARY:
The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary was established by the IWC in 1994 with 5 countries supporting the agreement and Japan opposing it. The status of the Southern Ocean Sanctuary is reviewed and open to change by the IWC every 10 years. During the 2004 meeting a proposal was made by Japan to remove the sanctuary, but it failed to reach the 75% majority required (it received 25 votes in favour and 30 votes against with two abstentions).

As sanctuaries only apply to commercial whaling, Japan has continued to hunt whales inside the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary because its whaling is done in accordance with a provision in the IWC charter permitting whaling for the purposes of . Japan also lodged a formal objection to the sanctuary with regard to minke whales, meaning that under IWC rules, the terms of the sanctuary do not apply to Japan with respect to minkes. The catch of the 2005 season (Dec 05-Mar 06) inside the sanctuary included 856 minke whales and ten of the endangered Fin whale. In 2007 - 2008 Japan planned to take 935 minke whales and 50 fin whales.

(*source Wikipedia Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary)

History of Whaling in WA

Whaling in Western Australia was one of the first viable industries established in the Swan River Colony following the arrival of British settlers in 1829. The industry had numerous ups and downs until the last whaling station closed in Albany in 1978.

There are two main species of whales (order Cetacea) which form aggregations along the Western Australian coastline: the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis), and the Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). The Southern Rights are slow swimmers and their carcases tend to float due to the high concentration of oil in the blubber - hence the name "right" as it made the task of the whale chasers easier. Its conservation status is now listed as "endangered" as result of more than 150 years of hunting.

Both species migrated along the north-south coastline stopping in bays such as Geographe Bay (east of Cape Naturaliste) and Flinders Bay (east of Cape Leeuwin) for mating and breeding. Other species occasionally caught were Sperm Whales and Blue Whales, although these tended to be seen mainly along the southern coast of Western Australia.

(*An entire history of the Western Australian Whaling 'Industry' can be found on wikipedia: Whaling in Western Australia)

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Additional resources for visiting the Rainbow Coast:

Rainbows Rainbows
The coast is perfectly placed to see Rainbows! And perfectly named. Green trees, mountains, forests beaches, and winter rainbows. Visit Rainbows
Seasons of the Coast Seasons of the Coast
You will find a Seasons Calendar with Wildflower and a Whales to help you plan your visit to the South Coast - The Rainbow Coast! Visit Seasons of the Coast
South Coast Beaches Map South Coast Beaches Map
South Coast Beaches from west of Walpole to East of Albany all on one map! Visit South Coast Beaches Map
South Coast Weather South Coast Weather
The climate of the Rainbow Coast is considered to be "the best in the world," according to those who live here. Visit South Coast Weather

Rainbow Coast Regions:

Albany Region Albany Region
The Albany Region of Western Australia is a land of mountains and waterways. An amazing region to explore. Visit Albany Region
Denmark Region Denmark Region
The Denmark Region is gorgeous. Trees, hills, beaches, rocks, wildlife around the river and the inlet. Visit Denmark Region
Walpole Region Walpole Region
Walpole is the western end of the Rainbow Coast and is surrounded by National Park and forested wilderness. Visit Walpole Region

Main Attractions on the Coast:

Albany Wind Farm Albany Wind Farm
Beautiful and productive green energy from the wind of the Torndirrup, just outside Albany City towards Frenchman Bay. Visit Albany Wind Farm
Ancient Empires Walk Ancient Empires Walk
The Ancient Empires Walk takes you through the forest at the base of the Giant Tingle Trees at the Treetop Walk. Visit Ancient Empires Walk
Bibbulmun Track Bibbulmun Track
The Bibbulmun Track stretches from Kalamunda in the Perth hills to Albany, through many locations in the heart of the Rainbow Coast. Visit Bibbulmun Track
Brig Amity Replica Brig Amity Replica
Experience the first settlers arrival in Albany, the first settlement in Western Australia, from onboard a replica of the Amity. Visit Brig Amity Replica
Denmark Wineries Denmark Wineries
Denmark Wineries and Vineyards to visit while on holiday along the Rainbow Coast. Wineries with restaurants, music, cellar doors and more! Visit Denmark Wineries
Elephant Rocks Elephant Rocks
Giant rocks shaped like elephants stand together facing into the waves of the Great Southern Ocean Visit Elephant Rocks
Ellen Cove Ellen Cove
Ellen Cove, Ellen Cove Boardwalk and Ellen Cove Pier are at the far southern end of Middleton Beach, Albany. Visit Ellen Cove
Frenchman Bay Frenchman Bay
Located on the southern side of the King George Sound this is a beautiful setting with picnic area and barbecues and a boat launch. Ideal for relaxing, eating, and having quiet day out. Visit Frenchman Bay
Giant Tingle Tree Giant Tingle Tree
This Giant Tingle Tree is special because it the oldest living eucalypt in the world. It is an 800 metre walk from the car park to the Giant Tingle and back. Visit Giant Tingle Tree
Greens Pool Greens Pool
Almost completely sheltered from the waves of the Great Southern Ocean, Greens Pool is a paradise. Visit Greens Pool
Lights Beach Lights Beach
Inspiring lookout and beach offering spectacular views of William Bay from the east. A favourite local beach. Visit Lights Beach
Little Beach Little Beach
This gorgeous beach is approximately 25 kilometres north east of Albany in Two Peoples Bay National Park. Visit Little Beach
Mandalay Beach Mandalay Beach
Spectacular views to Chatham Island, gorgeous white sandy beach it is a must-see... sometimes the shipwreck is visible too. Visit Mandalay Beach
Middleton Beach Middleton Beach
The most popular beach in Albany. Swim or relax under the trees. Cafes and amenities. Visit Middleton Beach
Monkey Rock Monkey Rock
Spectacular elevated views over William Bay Nat. Park, Ratcliffe Bay, Ocean Beach and the Nullaki Peninsula. Visit Monkey Rock
Mount Frankland Mount Frankland
Starting in the karri trees you wind up and through towards the summit of Mt Frankland way above the tree top canopy. Visit Mount Frankland
Natural Bridge Natural Bridge
The Natural Bridge is a granite formation caused by the gradual wearing away of the rock by the Great Southern Ocean. Visit Natural Bridge
Ocean Beach Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach is set between the Wilson Inlet and the Great Southern Ocean, and is the closest beach to Denmark Town. A popular surfing spot and lookout.. Visit Ocean Beach
Princess Royal Fortress Princess Royal Fortress
One of the best outdoor military museums in Australia. The Fortress is within the Albany Heritage Park, atop Mount Adelaide. Visit Princess Royal Fortress
Rainbows Rainbows
The coast is perfectly placed to see Rainbows! And perfectly named. Green trees, mountains, forests beaches, and winter rainbows. Visit Rainbows
Shelley Beach Shelley Beach
Turquoise waters, verdant surrounds and ocean breeze make this beach a popular yet remote destination. Visit Shelley Beach
South Coast Beaches Map South Coast Beaches Map
South Coast Beaches from west of Walpole to East of Albany all on one map! Visit South Coast Beaches Map
The Gap The Gap
An impressive rugged granite channel carved by the waves of the Great Southern Ocean crashing against the granite coastline forming a spectacular sheer drop of almost twenty five metres. Visit The Gap
Two Peoples Bay NP Two Peoples Bay NP
Located approximately 25 kilometres north-east of Albany. Rediscovery of the presumed extinct noisy scrub-bird. Visit Two Peoples Bay NP
Valley of the Giants Valley of the Giants
The Valley of the Giants Wilderness Discovery Centre at the Treetop Walk is the most visited place on the Rainbow Coast. Visit Valley of the Giants
West Cape Howe National Park West Cape Howe National Park
Containing the southernmost point of Western Australia this national park is astounding. Visit West Cape Howe National Park