We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Dolphins and whales near Margaret River

Level Contributor
50 posts
14 reviews
Save Topic
Dolphins and whales near Margaret River

Is there anywhere near Margaret River where we can get up close to dolphins (decided Monkey Mia was just too far away for our trip). I believe there is a centre in Busselton but is there anything closer to M.River? Also, in October (beginning) where is the best place to see whales?

Destination Expert
for Western Australia
Level Contributor
3,435 posts
290 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Dolphins and whales near Margaret River

Some info on whale watching in WA:


And dolphins:


rural West Aussie
Destination Expert
for Perth
Level Contributor
21,516 posts
69 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Dolphins and whales near Margaret River

There's also a spot on the coast at Dunsborough where you can see sea lions. There's a park with a longish (2km or so) made path hugging the coastline you have to walk along to get to the rocks where they sunbathe. Ask at the Tourist Bureau for directions.

Western Australia
Level Contributor
198 posts
26 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Dolphins and whales near Margaret River

Bunbury (1 hour drive from Margaret River) has a Dolphin Discovery Centre. If you are lucky in the morning, you will see them come up to the shore.

If you go to Augusta and watch from the Colourpatch Cafe, you may see dolphins in the Blackwood River.

I was at Bunker Bay Resort for lunch last week and saw whales.

Have a look at the local tourist bureau's and see if there are still whale watching tours.

Margaret River
Level Contributor
45 posts
95 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Dolphins and whales near Margaret River

There are Whale Watching tours that operate from Augusta and Dunsborough, you can find details at www.margaretriver.com or


We have often seen pods of Dolphins in the Blackwood River but they are wild and follow their own instincts.

Personally I would rather stay in Margaret River which is central to the wineries and has plenty of restaurants which open 7 days a week.

Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
296 posts
34 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Dolphins and whales near Margaret River

We did a walk around Cape Naturaliste (near the lighthouse out from Dunsborough) on the look-out trails on the weekend and 5 humpbacks went past in 1 hour., including a couple of calves Take the binoculars to really enjoy the breaching, tail slapping, general whale fun. The New Zealand fur seals are on the rocks below, you'll hear them as you approach from the cliff above, noisy fellows. BTW, the wildflowers are gorgeous here now.

6. Re: Dolphins and whales near Margaret River

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 23 October 2012, 16:17