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Whale Watching, Head of Bight

Whale Watching in South Australia

Few sights are as awe-inspiring as the migration of our massive southern right whales. Find out where to see them from May to October each year.

There are some spectacular sights along the South Australian coast, but nothing compares to the annual southern right whale migration. Whales can be seen along the coastline of Kangaroo Island, the Fleurieu Peninsula’s Victor Harbor and on the far west coast of the Eyre Peninsula.

Learn more about these 90 tonne giants at the South Australia Whale Centre at Victor Harbor or the Eyre Peninsula's Head of Bight, then jump in the car and get exploring.

When: Whales can be seen each year, usually from the start of May to the end of October.

Where: Victor Harbor, Fleurieu Peninsula: 60 minutes' drive from Adelaide's CBD. Kangaroo Island: half an hour away from Adelaide by plane or a four-hour drive and ferry trip from Adelaide. Head of Bight, Eyre Peninsula: an hour and a half plane trip from Adelaide or an eight-hour drive from Adelaide.

Fleurieu Peninsula
See them yourself:
The South Australian Whale Centre in Victor Harbor provides hands-on interactive activities as well as whale watching tips

Bring your binoculars and watch mothers and calves at The Bluff and Encounter Bay. Other areas along the coast for whale spotting include Port Elliot and Middleton.

Join a tour: The Big Duck Boat Tours at Victor Harbor, an hour south of Adelaide, offers the Wildlife and Sightseeing Tour or the Seal Island Tour. You'll see whales in winter, along with seals, sea lions and dolphins.

Whale Watching, The Bluff, Victor Harbor

Whale watching at The Bluff, Victor Harbor.

Kangaroo Island
See them yourself:
Whales can be seen all around Kangaroo Island. Top spots include Penneshaw and just outside Kingscote. There are also two marine parks on Kangaroo Island, perfect for whale watching. These can be found on the Kangaroo Island Marine Parks page.

Join a tour: Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari takes you on an awesome 75 minute coastal and wildlife tour visiting places like Dolphin Cove, Kangaroo Head and Snapper Point. See whales set against magnificent ancient coastline from the comfort of a Gemini Waverider that carries up to 12.

Whale Watching, Head of Bight

Whale watching at Nullarbor Plain, Eyre Peninsula.

Eyre Peninsula
See them yourself:
Watch majestic whales as they migrate along the coast at the Head of Bight viewing platform. Although whales have been protected in our waters since 1935, they still remain endangered. Fowlers Bay was once the site of a whaling station. Now it’s a centre for eco-tourism, with operators specialising in whale watching experiences and daily boat cruises.

Further west from Fowlers Bay is the Head of Bight Interpretive Centre at Nullarbor. Take a scenic flight from the Nullarbor Roadhouse. Flights depart on demand.

Join a tour: Chinta Air Wheels and Whales tours will take you driving, boating and flying across South Australia. Journey to the beautiful Head of Bight for an afternoon of whale watching, sink your teeth into local seafood and set out to sea with Fowlers Bay Eco Tours

Great Australian Bight. Pic: Great Australian Bight Right Whale Study, Curtin University

Whale watching at the Great Australian Bight. Photo: Great Australian Bight Right Whale Study, Curtin University.

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