A JOURNEY TO THE EDGE
Location | Bremer Bay
Nothing will prepare you for the experience of the Bremer Canyon. It is one of the least explored destinations in the world, and there are not many of those left. On the edge of our great southern land and the mighty southern ocean lies the tiny coastal town of Bremer Bay, Western Australia. Surrounded by the UNESCO Fitzgerald Biosphere Reserve, the area is internationally recognised for it’s pristine state and high biological diversity. With many species found nowhere else on earth, pristine beaches, and it’s rugged and spectacularly beautiful coastline, Bremer Bay is a dream destination for nature and adventure lovers alike.
Sixty kilometres offshore lies a less well known ecological treasure. Where the Australian continental shelf plummets to the deep ocean the Bremer Canyon lies. At 200 km long, 70 km wide and over 3.5 km deep, it is more than a kilometre deeper than Australia’s tallest mountain is high, and is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, USA.
Submarine canyons support a much higher diversity of life than the surrounding deep ocean. As cold water moves along the base of a canyon towards the coast, it begins to rise, bringing with it nutrients from the deep ocean. The nutrients are used by phytoplankton, microscopic plants that provide a rich source of food for larger animals.
It is also possible the incredible diversity of life here has assistance from a secret under the sea floor, a fuel deposit laid down in the time of the dinosaurs. A leak from this deposit could release compounds that may also contribute to the oceanic smorgasbord. While our understanding of the dynamics of this incredible deepwater ecosystem is only just beginning, it is beyond doubt that it supports one of the most astonishing aggregations of marine life anywhere in the world.
The canyon deserves it’s growing reputation. It is one of the most amazing places on earth, and the only place you can reliably encounter Killer Whales (Orca), and the largest toothed predator to have ever lived, the Sperm Whale. Orca often approach and surround our vessel in clearly mutual fascination. You may see those same orca hunting, bodies transformed to deadly black and white missiles that rocket through the ocean, while seabirds fill the sky when the hunt is a success.
Watch in awe as a sperm whale breaches, it’s 50 ton body landing in a storm of whitewater, the ultimate bombie! In complete contrast, a maternal herd of sperm whale mothers and calves peacefully may be encountered logging at the surface like a fleet of haphazardly parked buses. Delight in the sight of a family of long-finned pilot whales, a creche of calves tucked safe within the extended family pod. Hear the underwater symphony from our hydrophone, the sounds of vocalising whales or dolphins filling the air on deck. These are just a few of the breathtaking moments captured forever in the minds eye of our guests. You will never be more awed by our amazing blue planet.
Bremer Bay Boat Harbour. Located at the end of Swarbrick Road Bremer Bay, an approximately 5 minute drive from the town centre. From Wellstead Road (the main road into Bremer Bay), turn onto Point Henry Road. Swarbrick Road is the first left hand turn if coming from town.
Bremer Bay Boat Harbour, Lot 115 Swarbrick Rd, WA 6338, Australia
Bremer Bay Accommodation/Dining options
Bremer Bay Caravan Park
Nestled amongst natural bush on the banks of the Wellstead Estuary & near the beaches of the Southern ocean you’ll find this beautiful caravan park, an area known for fishing, wildflowers and whales. Walking distance to the town & 10 min walk to Main Beach. • Large Grassed & Powered Sites • Immaculate Camp Kitchens • Tennis Courts & Playground • Cabins • Chalets (fully self-contained) • Pet Friendly (except Peak Periods) * Free Wifi – View more information on their website.
The perfect place to stay to explore the Fitzgerald River National Park after your whale-watching experience. Escape the crowds on 40 Acres surrounded by the National Park. Visit their website and book direct.
Nestled in a cool peppermint grove, ‘Beaches’ sits at the gateway to Point Henry Peninsula offering easy access to Bremer Bay’s choice of eight pristine beaches and attractions. Accommodation is available to suit any budget ranging from deluxe self-contained chalets through to powered or unpowered campsites. Even camping comes with its luxuries including clean modern bathrooms & laundry, a fully equipped camp kitchen, BBQs, pool, tennis courts and cafe. We are also a pet friendly campground *conditions apply (excluding chalets and cabins). Head to their website for bookings and enquiries.
Wellstead Museum and Cafe
The Wellstead Museum & Cafe Open 6 days (closed Wed) Breakfast 9:00-11:00am / Lunch 11.30-2.30pm / Saturday night wood fired pizzas 5.30-7.30pm. Check out their Facebook page for the most up to date information.
Lejano Bremer Bay
Lejano Bremer Bay offers luxury oceanfront accommodation for up to 6 guests. Located on the beautiful Pt Henry Peninsula, Lejano enjoys panoramic views across Dillon Bay and has direct access to the foreshore. Indulge in a unique abode with a distinct Spanish flavour that draws on strong Moorish influence typical of Southern Spain and Mediterranean Africa. Accommodation consists of three queen size bedrooms, two with private bathroom, and can be split into two self-contained residences. Close to Bremer Bay (10km), with easy access to the adjacent Fitzgerald River National Park, Lejano offers a perfect base for your Orca expedition with Naturaliste Charters. Far away but difficult to leave, please enjoy the unspoilt beauty of this special place. Rates start from just $175 per night. Visit www.lejanobremerbay.com.au for full details and to book online.
Bremer Bay Break Aways
The only locally owned and run short term holiday home accommodation management company in Bremer Bay. They provide a diverse range of accommodation options and strive to provide a personal and professional experience while keeping a relaxed feel for clients and homeowners. Check out their options here.
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Relax and unwind in our modern, recently built dwelling nestled amongst 7 acres of native south coast bushland on the Point Henry peninsula. The secluded location offers panoramic ocean views across Bremer Bay to the Fitzgerald River National Park and Barrens’ Ranges.
Only a short drive from town and less than 5 minutes to Short Beach and Fisherys’ Boat Harbour with many more only minutes away, Newbey Haven is the perfect place to base yourself during your stay, whatever your motivation may be. Book online.
Blossoms Earth Retreat
Blossoms is an eclectic and earth style house, seclusively located on 9 acres in the picturesque town of Bremer Bay. The casual family retreat is situated among the coastal heath in the Point Henry Peninsula dune system and overlooks the beautiful Blossoms beach. This house is the perfect place for a small or large group of people wishing to enjoy Bremer Bay- and is particularly suited to families as the house provides an abundance of activities to enjoy. Book online.
Orcas Coffee Company
Orcas Coffee Co is a local seasonal coffee specialist located within Bremer Bay. Our sole focus is no compromise world class coffee also serving related drinks and scoop icecream. We are incessant in our attention to detail, maintaining a high consistency and being up to date with the highest coffee
standards. For more information head to their Facebook page Orcas Coffee Company.
Bremer Bay Bed & Breakfast
Bremer Bay Bed and Breakfast is a friendly, comfortable home away from home. Newly built, stylish and modern. Amazing views of the ocean from your room. Visit their website for more information.
Tozer’s Bush Camp
Tozer’s Bush Camp has 48 unpowered bays surrounded by native bushland. There is a country kitchen which has cooking and entertainment areas. Located 16kms West of Bremer Bay and close to the Fitzgerald River National Park. Centrally located to local beaches including Point Ann, where whales can be sighted from one of the observation decks from July through to October. View more information on their Facebook page.
Bremer Bay Resort
The Bremer Bay Resort features a modern fully equipped bar with a wide variety of drinks and local wines available. The Mount Barren Restaurant offers a spectacular menu and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Enjoy quality food and breath-taking views in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The Resort has 21 apartments available, including a deluxe spa apartment, fully self-contained family villa and motel-style rooms. Book direct through their website.
Many of the locals have made their beautiful homes available for holiday use in the Bremer Bay region, visit the Airbnb site to search availability.
Accommodation Options – Surrounding Bremer Bay
Four Mile Campground – Hopetoun 275km
A popular camping area near beautiful Four Mile Beach with picnic tables, gas barbecues and fifteen camp sites of various sizes accommodating regular caravans and/or tents. – Book Online.
Cheynes Beach Caravan Park – Cheynes Beach 156km
Cheynes Beach Caravan Park is a well shaded, grassed park with fully serviced caravan and camping sites, cabins, modern amenities, camp kitchens, playgrounds and communal gas BBQs. There is a shop that caters for all the necessities including fuel and liquor. And Takeaway open 7 days a week. Visit their website for more information.