Take to the Ocean

DUNSBOROUGH MARGARET RIVER YALLINGUP EAGLE BAY

Wow! We have spent August rugged up and whale watching. The joy of spotting a whale and seeing it breach gives me a thrill and an afterglow that lasts for hours. The kids love it and if their attention strays, we are always somewhere beautiful where they can get their feet dirty and play in nature. 

Did you know the South-West has one of Australia’s longest whale watching seasons? The whales start their long journey north in July and can still be spotted in early December! From my experience peak viewing is from August thru to October. The feeling of awe it inspires as these gigantic and majestic creatures grace our coast is second to none.

For self-guided experience’s, we love the lookout at Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. You can pay to use the custom-built lookout with incredible uninterrupted views of the Cape. Or adjacent to the Lighthouse is a well-maintained quick walk down a section of the Cape to Cape track that offers excellent views and costs nothing. I regularly do both, often on the same day!

You can also arrange a whale watching tour and head out on a charter boat to check these awesome creatures out up close. We often get asked about tours by visiting friends and family. We love Naturaliste Charters for the years of experience they bring to the table and their eco certification.

When we aren’t spotting whales, we make the most of the beaches. August often means fewer people in the water and awesome waves. My partner surfs and the kids are learning, so the sparse crowds and epic waves are perfect for us to get out and about and rack up some hours in the water. We love Margaret River Surf School for visitors who are looking for a bit of adventure or to pick up a new skill. These guys can help you out at any time of the year.

If you can’t find a wave or reading about surfing is more of your thing, I can’t recommend Aravina Estate more. This is one of our go-tos for delicious wine and food. It also hosts the WA Surf Gallery. In a South-West first, Aravina has paired up with Surfing WA to create a historical look at the story of surfing in the South-West and the strong ties it has to rise of wine making in the region. Check it out!