Whale watching in Gosnells

Free and cheap ways to spot these amazing creatures

Each year, nature’s majestic whales make their migration through Western Australia’s coastal waters.

In May, they begin their journey along the Humpback Highway to the warmer waters of their northern breeding grounds, returning south from August through to December.

Don’t miss your chance to witness the whales frolicking off the coast near Gosnells.

Here’s our guide to some of the best spots for whale watching near Gosnells

For the best whale watching near Gosnells, Armadale, Kelmscott and Maddington, it’s hard to beat Rottnest Island.

Hike to the hilltops

  • One thing’s for sure when it comes to whale watching near Gosnells from land. The higher the vantage point, the better!
  • Find a clifftop spot with an unobstructed view of the ocean.

Hit the beach

  • Of course, cruising across to Rottnest Island or hitting the hills isn’t the only way to go whale spotting.
  • While you’re best to take your binoculars along, there’s lots of opportunities to see whales from the Perth shoreline.
  • Find a nice high vantage point, and aim for the middle of a clear, sunny day.
  • Whales have been spotted off beaches around Gosnells and Perth, including at North Cottesloe and Floreat Beach.

Get social

  • Whale Watching Perth is a great Facebook group to follow for great pics and videos of recent whale sightings.

Be app-solutely sure of where to spot them!

  • The free Whale Sightings WA lets you and any other keen whale watchers to upload and share details of your whale sightings off the Western Australian coast.
  • This helps us all to understand more about their movement patterns.

Be prepared

  • Wherever you choose to go whale watching, to make the most of your day follow these handy tips:
    • Wait for clear, clam weather. Rain and cloud makes whales harder to see.
    • Take some binoculars with you. If you don’t own a pair, put the word out and borrow some from a friend.
    • Keep your day cheap by packing snacks and drinks from home.
    • We know it’s not summer – but don’t forget to slip, slop, slap with the sunscreen.
    • Settle in and get comfy! Whales can hold their breath for up to 20 minutes before resurfacing, so you’ll need to be patient.