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Perth: Whale Watching Cruise from Hillarys Boat Harbor

1. Perth: Whale Watching Cruise from Hillarys Boat Harbor

Watch the annual migration of humpback whales on a scenic 2-hour whale watching cruise from Hillarys Boat Harbor just north of Perth. Benefit from complimentary pickup by bus from selected locations, or make your own way to the harbor to board the catamaran. Get up close to the magnificent marine mammals aboard the air-conditioned boat, and save precious time over slower vessels. Make use of the three viewing areas to get stunning views of the animals on their migration from September to the end of November. Capture them on your camera from the large open-air deck. Listen to live commentary from a certified guide of The Aquarium of Western Australia. Meet more knowledgeable Aquarium workers with an optional visit to the aquarium after you tour. Avail of the on-board snacks and drinks from the licensed bar. Relax in the knowledge that in the event that no whales are seen, you can take another whale watching cruise the next day at no extra charge.

From Perth: 6-Day Whale Shark Snorkel and Ningaloo Reef Tour

2. From Perth: 6-Day Whale Shark Snorkel and Ningaloo Reef Tour

Discover Western Australia by land and water on a 6-day guided trip from Perth with lodging, entry fees, and most meals included. Explore Nambung National Park, visit the village of Kalbarri, and relax on the beaches of Monkey Mia. Swim and snorkel alongside whale sharks on a glass-bottom cruise. Day 1: Perth to KalbarriAfter pickup, leave Perth and head north along the coast towards Cervantes, the entrance to Nambung National Park. Once there, get plenty of time to explore the area and take some colorful photos of these unique formations. Continue north along the coast past Jurien Bay and Leeman towards Geraldton, the sunniest town in W.A. Cruising along the coastal road, enter the Kalbarri National Park via Port Gregory. Experience some of the most picturesque grazing land and the rough coastline. In the early evening, arrive in the laid-back village of Kalbarri. Day 2: Kalbarri to Monkey MiaAfter breakfast, say farewell to Kalbarri and continue into the Kalbarri National Park with breathtaking views down to the Murchison Gorge. Depending upon the season, drive through the Kalbarri National Park to the World Heritage area of Shark Bay. In the afternoon, arrive in Monkey Mia, home of the well-known dolphins. Enjoy time for relaxing and swimming on the beach. Before dinner, unwind on a catamaran cruise. Experience the silent sensation of sailing and capture a sweeping view of the coastline. Day 3: Monkey Mia to CarnarvonIn the morning, get the chance to come face to face with the famous dolphins. Before the next stop at Shell Beach, pay homage to this World Natural Heritage area with a visit to the Shark Bay Interpretive Centre in Denham. Later, head to Hamelin Pool where the world’s best-known colony of stromatolites can be admired. Get a taste of typical outback Australian impressions on the drive to Carnarvon. Day 4: Carnarvon to Exmouth (Ningaloo Reef)After enjoying breakfast, today’s destination will be beautiful Coral Bay. Encounter the 260-km-long natural wonder of the Ningaloo Reef. Not far from shore, the reef can be readily available to discover with the aid of snorkeling gear and flippers on an outing in a glass-bottom boat. Explore the shallow water of the reef, the homeland of various sea creatures such as corals, unusual sea stars, crustaceans, and over 500 species of different fishes. In the afternoon, continue the journey to Exmouth. Day 5: Exmouth Whale Shark Snorkel TourHead to the jetty, meet the crew, and join a safety briefing before hopping on the vessel and getting fitted for wetsuits and snorkel equipment. The marine adventure begins with an introductory snorkel on the inner Ningaloo Reef. Experience the thrill of swimming and snorkeling close to big, majestic whale sharks. You may also spot manta rays and humpback whales from the boat. Day 6: Exmouth to Airport LearmonthFinish off your trip with a transfer to Learmonth Airport for your flight back to Perth (airfare not included).

Perth: Orca Cruise, Scenic Flight, and Camel Farm 5-Day Tour

3. Perth: Orca Cruise, Scenic Flight, and Camel Farm 5-Day Tour

Discover the wonders of Western Australia on a 5-day adventure from Perth to Esperance, Hyden, and York. Explore the beaches of Cape Le Grand National Park, visit a camel farm, fly over Middle Island, and go whale watching on a Bremer Bay cruise. Day 1Meet your driver outside your Perth hotel to begin your adventure. Drive into the heart of the Wheatbelt of Western Australia to reach Bremer Bay. On the unusually named Pussy Cat Hill, view a memorial to Donald Campbell, who set a new world water speed record across Lake Dumbleyung. Next, enjoy a coffee/tea break with juices, biscuits, muesli bars, nuts, salty snacks, seasonal fruit or vegetables, and dried fruit, including gluten-free options. As you drive to the south coast, refresh yourself with a cold drink. Day 2 After breakfast, embark on an all-day Orca Whale expedition. As the pristine and scenic bays and cliffs of one of the world’s most ancient coastlines slip from your sight, the sparkling turquoise waters change to the deep blue of the Southern Ocean. Spend the day exploring the only place in Australia you can reliably encounter killer whales (orca), the ocean’s undisputed apex predator. Day 3Enjoy a delicious breakfast before heading off on a leisurely drive to Esperance to visit Cape Le Grand National Park. Indulge in the photo-worthy white beaches, the whitest in Australia as certified by Geoscience Australia, and admire the turquoise waters of Lucky Bay. Day 4Have breakfast before taking in sweeping views during a scenic flight over Middle Island and the dazzling pink of Lake Hillier. Keep an eye out for the brilliant white beaches and dense woodland surrounding the lake. Back on land, enjoy a scenic drive along Great Ocean Drive with its many highlights and lookouts. As you leave the Southern Ocean behind, head towards the Wave Rock in Hyden, where you'll spend the night. Day 5After breakfast, visit the famous Wave Rock, also called “breakers wave.” Get plenty of time to explore and learn about the story of this natural wonder. Afterward, drive through the wide-stretched West Australian Wheatbelt to reach York at about lunchtime. A quaint short stroll in the oldest inland settlement of W.A. will take you back to the time of the first settlers. The well-maintained and renovated houses boasting their original facades still give off the atmosphere of the pioneer’s time. Next, head to a camel farm to learn about the history and modern use of the single-humped desert ships here in Australia before returning to Perth for drop-off. 

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 851 reviews

This is a fantastic trip, great value for money

We had a wonderful whale watching experience. The boat was comfortable and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the educational presentation by AQUA. Would definitely recommend this trip.

The whale watching was excellent but trying to find the starting point or the Rottnest Whale Watching tour office was very difficult. There didn’t appear to be any sign posts.

Very well organized tour and a great experience. The whales were in a good mood to jump out of the sea.

The staff were excellent. A pleasant experience with whales too. Thank you.

Magnificent whale very close to the boat, very friendly crew I recommend!