Embark on a whale-watching adventure!


Winter in the Margaret River region is a magical time. While the rest of Australia might be seeking the warmth of the sun, here in the southwest, nature lovers are treated to one of the most awe-inspiring spectacles on Earth: the annual whale migration.

This year, make your whale-watching adventure even more special by booking a houseboat river cruise with Blackwood River Houseboats.

Every year, an estimated 35,000 whales grace the waters of the Margaret River region. From June to early December, you have the unique opportunity to witness Southern Right, Minke, Humpback and Blue whales as they migrate from the cold Antarctic waters to our warmer coastal sanctuary. This migration is a critical time for these majestic creatures as they mate, breed and nurse their calves.


One of the best vantage points to witness these gentle giants is Augusta’s Flinders Bay (10 minutes away from Blackwood River Houseboats), one of the rare places globally where Southern Right Whales and Humpbacks interact early in the season. Imagine the thrill of seeing these enormous creatures up close, their massive tails splashing in unison, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

While whale-watching tours operate daily from June to November, departing from Augusta in winter, combining this incredible experience with a stay on a houseboat adds a layer of tranquillity and adventure. Our houseboats offer a perfect blend of comfort and immersion in nature, allowing you to unwind and absorb the serene beauty of the Blackwood River.

Why choose a houseboat river cruise?

  • Convenience: Stay close to Augusta, the heart of the whale-watching action, with easy access to tours and local attractions.
  • Peace and privacy: Unlike crowded hotels, our houseboats provide a secluded retreat on the river, offering peace and privacy as you prepare for your whale-watching tours.
  • Unique perspective: Experience the river’s natural beauty and diverse wildlife from the comfort of your floating accommodation.
  • Warmth and comfort: Our houseboats are equipped with all the amenities to keep you cosy during the cooler winter months, ensuring a comfortable stay regardless of the weather.

Book your adventure

Whale-watching charters in the Margaret River region are well-equipped and led by experienced teams, ensuring you get the best views and an informative experience. You can book your tours via the Margaret River tourism website, local Visitor Centres in Augusta, Margaret River, Dunsborough and Busselton, or by calling +61 8 9780 5911.

For personalised recommendations and assistance, feel free to chat with Pam or James.

This winter, let Blackwood River Houseboats be your base for an unforgettable whale-watching adventure. Embrace the magic of the whale migration, the tranquillity of the Blackwood River and the comfort of our houseboats.

Book now and create memories that will last a lifetime – https://www.blackwoodriverhouseboats.com.au/bookings/