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Rottnest Whale Watching

Rottnest Express

Come see the Whales!

Cruise a major whale migration route that runs near Perth shores, Whale watching is a fascinating experience.

Each year around April, the humpbacks leave rich feeding grounds in Antarctica to calf and raise their young in warmer waters, off the Kimberley. This lane of the highway is far off-shore from Perth. The return trip in September through December brings the whales and their newborn calves much closer to the coast - the perfect time to seek an encounter.

It’s part of an ancient system of ocean paths that circle the planet, vastly pre-dating any road travelled by man. Whale experts call it the Humpback Highway! A highway not marked on any map but the experienced and knowledgeable guides can take you there just off the coast of Fremantle and around Rottnest Island.

The migration is the largest in the southern hemisphere with approximately 35,000 individuals including 3,000 calves. Of all the great baleen whales, the humpback is the most surface active displaying behaviour that will not only inspire you but leave you in awe, so let us take you on-board the Sea Eagle Express with its large viewing platforms offering passengers front row seats during your memorable whale encounter.


Things to do

Whale Watching

Whale Watching is seasonal, September to late November. Enjoy a Two Hour Whale Watching Adventure on board Perth’s premier Whale watching vessel Expert commentary by REX Host Interpretive whale fact sheets Swan River Cruise with full commentary on board (Perth departures only)

Ticket Information

Pass Option

Ticket Type


Rottnest Whale Watching

Rottnest Whale Watching Adult (B Shed, Fremantle)


Rottnest Whale Watching Adult (Barrack St, Perth)


Rottnest Whale Watching Child (B Shed, Fremantle)


Rottnest Whale Watching Child (Barrack St, Perth)


Visitor Information

Operating Hours

Phone lines from 0730am – 0500pm

BShed office from 0700am – 0500pm (subject to change during Winter hours)

Barrack St Perth from 0730am – 0400pm (subject to change during Winter hours)

Northport North Fremantle from 0800am – 0500pm


B Shed, Victoria Quay, Fremantle WA 6160
Pier 2, Barrack Street Jetty, Perth WA 6000

Additional Information

Rottnest Express reserves the rights to alter tour itineraries as deemed necessary. Whale watching tours operate subject to weather conditions. A minimum number of passengers are required for tours to operate. Rottnest Express shall not be held liable for any accident, injury, delay, irregularity, loss or any damage caused by or resulting from any provision of or failure to provide any such services.

Whale Watching is seasonal, September to late November.