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 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
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.
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
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 home owners.
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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.
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.
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 our Facebook page Orcas Coffee Company