The Australian coastline offers many opportunities to observe a range of whale species as they migrate past the continent. Whale watching companies located on both the east and west coasts give enthusiasts the chance to enjoy watching whale behaviour. This happens twice a year as the mammals travel from Antarctica and back while feasting on fish, plankton and krill.
At the end of summer whales begin their journey north to warmer waters where they mate and breed. They stay in these waters until the calves that have been birthed develop enough blubber to withstand the southern ocean’s winter temperature. Between the months of May and November southern right whales journey to the waters off South Australia and Victoria. Humpback whales continue their journey north to the Great Barrier reef and the Kimberley and Orcas can also be seen off the southern coast of Western Australia.