Things to do in Augusta, Australia

Our most recommended things to do in Augusta, Australia

Whale Watching Cruise from Busselton, Augusta or Dunsborough

1. Whale Watching Cruise from Busselton, Augusta or Dunsborough

Enjoy an exciting and best value whale watching experience in Busselton, Augusta or Dunsborough. Cruise out into the pristine waters to see these lovable marine giants up close. Migrating humpback and southern right whales leave the cold, food rich Antarctic waters and begin arriving around June. Augusta, Busselton and Dunsborough are perfectly placed to view these spectacular wild animals as they make their way past, often stopping off for a rest and play. Geographe Bay, with its usually calm and sheltered waters, means a guided whale watching tour is the best way to see magnificent humpback and southern right whales up-close.

Augusta: Jewel Cave Fully-Guided Tour

2. Augusta: Jewel Cave Fully-Guided Tour

Jewel Cave is the largest cave in Western Australia that is open to public. Enjoy a guided tour of its three massive chambers. Be in awe of the sheer enormity of the first chamber, which is also home to one of the longest straw stalactites found in any tourist cave in Australia. Meet your guide at the reception desk for Jew Cave and begin your underground adventure. Journey into the depths as you view towering crystal formations that have been growing for thousands of years. Admire how they form intricate decorations and crawl like vines across the ceiling. Hear stories of the "Tasmanian tiger" fossils found in the cave. These animals perished in the darkness after falling into the cave thousands of years ago. After exiting the cave, have the option to take a self-guided walk through the towering karri forest. Take the walk and pass by the natural entrance to the cave, which is a small vertical shaft in the forest floor.

From Augusta: Educational Whale Watching Cruise

3. From Augusta: Educational Whale Watching Cruise

Depart from the Augusta Boat Harbor and cruise aboard a purpose-built vessel for a whale watching experience.  On your cruise, spot the magnificent Humpback whale along with dolphins, seals, and migratory birdlife. From mid-July, you may also see the arrival of the rare and endangered Southern Right Whales who use Flinders Bay as their nursery ground. Meet the crew who will provide a live and educational commentary throughout the cruise and answer any questions you may have. An underwater camera and hydrophone allow you to watch and listen to the whales in their natural habitat (weather and whale interaction permitting). A marine mammal behaviorist expert guide will explain the history and incredible life story of these giants of the sea. You can also download professionally-taken photos of your experience after the tour.

Augusta: Whale Watching Tour

4. Augusta: Whale Watching Tour

Step on board and cruise Flinders Bay in style on board the Alison Maree, the sturdiest charter vessel in the South West. Everyone is treated as a VIP on board the vessel with complimentary access available to the Skippers lounge. Listen to old folk stories from Skipper Dundee or Jamie or head down the front of the vessel and learn the history and movements of the whales from the experienced on board Marine Biologist, ask them as many questions as you like. Enjoy a morning or afternoon tea consisting of a hot drink or water and help yourself to some biscuits. With a 99% success sighting rating, you are almost 100% guaranteed to see whales on your tour, if not you can join a tour again for free. The tours are family friendly and suitable for all ages. On average it takes about 7 minutes from departing the Marina until whales are sighted, with over 35000 Humpbacks migrating, binoculars aren't required, there's plenty to see. The cruise goes for approximately 2 hours in the sheltered waters of Flinders Bay, Augusta which is a resting place for the whales whilst on their northern migration. Quite often sighted here is the Southern Right whale - always amazing to see as they were once almost extinct from being hunted back in the whaling days, and due to their gestation period their populations haven't quite recovered as well as the Humpbacks.

Whale Watching VIP Captain's Lounge Experience from Augusta

5. Whale Watching VIP Captain's Lounge Experience from Augusta

Depart Augusta Boat Harbor and cruise in style on the Steep Point, a purpose-built luxury catamaran, for a 2-hour whale-watching cruise and indulge in an exclusive first-class VIP Captain's lounge experience. On your cruise, spot the magnificent Humpback Whale along with seals, dolphins and migratory birdlife from all over the world and come mid-July start to see the rare and endangered Southern Right Whales beginning to arrive in Flinders Bay which will be their nursery grounds for the next few months. Enjoy delicacies from around the great State of Western Australia including the Whale Watch legendary tasting plates complimented with Margaret River Wines, local beers, dessert, tea, coffee and chocolate. Meet Western Australia's Whale Watch family who operates whale watch experiences all year and is onboard every tour to share their knowledge and experience with guests. Experts will provide live commentary throughout the cruise and answer any questions you may have. The Steep Point features 5 viewing decks over 3 levels where you will enjoy amazing uninterrupted views from the water level to the huge open bow, upper grandstand deck, and heated interior saloon with luxury lounge seating. The luxurious and warm Captains Lounge provides a birdseye view as we search for our Dinosaurs of the Deep in this first-class experience. 

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What people are saying about Augusta, Australia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 143 reviews

The crew from the Captain Paul and the deckies ,Lockie and Sherry were very welcoming. We had a very interesting and informative whale watching tour. Seeing both blue and humpback whales. WOW!!! Thanks again would recommend this tour to concerned. Thanks Peter and Shaz

Loved every minute of it. The crew were amazing and friendly. Saw dolphins and humpback whales, 2 mums and their babies. They were playing and put on an awesome display. So happy I finally went along and had the chance to experience the magnificence of the ocean

Crew were great, Lochie is very knowledgeable about the whales we saw, would recommend the trip, thoroughly enjoyed it.

take warm waterproof clothes and soft shoes to maximize your experience

Fantastic experience, could not recommend it enough