Don't let the cooler weather fool you: throughout the year you’ll find a world of exciting aquatic activities in South Australia. Find out more.
In South Australia, our love of the ocean continues long after the summer sun has faded.
In every season you’ll find exciting aquatic activities all around the state. You don’t need the sweltering sun to explore in a kayak, kick back in a canoe, speed through ocean swells or tackle the ultimate test of bravery – cage dive with great white sharks.
Find some of state’s very best aquatic activities, come rain or shine.
Winter Whale watching
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 from Kangaroo Island, around Victor Harbor - just an hour's drive south of Adelaide - and on the far west coast of Eyre Peninsula,
Learn more about these gentle 90 tonne giants at the South Australia Whale Centre at Victor Harbor and Head of Bight on the Nullarbor Plain coastline.
In winter, the whales come to play in the waters off the South Australian coastline.
Take a tour
Join a whale watching tour for an even closer look at these spectacular animals.
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 in local seafood and set out to sea with Fowlers Bay Eco Tours.
Teague Whale Watching Tours offers a six day tour to Head of Bight during August and September. There's also the chance to view the whales from a luxurious 50ft based at whale central - Fowlers Bay.
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.
Splash out with The Big Duck Boat Tours from Victor Harbor.
Explore our rugged coastal regions
In winter, our island paradise, Kangaroo Island
, transforms into a ruggedly beautiful landscape. Follow the road less travelled and discover unique wildlife, mouth-watering food and wine, breathtaking scenery and a laid-back lifestyle.
Don your hiking boots and follow the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail through Flinders Chase National Park - home to the iconic Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. The 66-kilometre trail gives visitors access to one of the most remote and spectacular coastlines in Australia. This part of Kangaroo Island is renowned for its diverse wildlife, pristine bushland and sweeping coastal views.
Trek the Heysen Trail - or part of the 1,200 kilometre journey - from the south coast at Cape Jervis, Fleurieu Peninsula all the way up to the Flinders Ranges. Pass through bushland within Deep Creek Conservation Park, along the coastline and through wine regions. The trail is open between April and October.
Coastal landscapes, rugged cliffs and sandy beaches are the hallmarks of Innes National Park on the Yorke Peninsula - a three hour drive from Adelaide. In winter months, watch for whales from the cliff tops at Stenhouse Bay or Cape Spencer.
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail highlights the best showcases the best of Flinders Chase National Park.
Take the plunge - dive with great white sharks
Push yourself to the limit on a hair-raising shark cage diving expedition off the coast of Port Lincoln - the only place in Australia where you can come face-to-face with great whites in their natural environment.
Fly to Port Lincoln from Adelaide in under an hour and join a full day charter with Adventure Bay Charters, Calypso Star Charters or Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions.
For those not wanting to get wet, Adventure Bay Charters offers prime viewing of the underwater action from the safety of a glass aqua-sub.
Join a charter and dive with great white sharks off the coast of Port Lincoln.
Grab a paddle and hit the water
Glide across the waters of Port Adelaide’s Garden Island with Adventure Kayaking SA
. Expert kayakers will guide you through the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary
– a permanent home to 30 bottlenose dolphins and playground for around 300 more. Paddle your way through a sprawling 10,000 year-old mangrove forest and 25 historic ships wrecks.
Have fun on the water without getting wet. Don a wetsuit and try to stand - or do yoga on the water - with Stand Up Paddle SA. Based at Seacliff, one of Adelaide's metropolitan beaches, Stand-up Paddle SA rents-out paddle boards and hosts paddle boarding classes including paddle board yoga classes.
Whether for exercise, competition or simply as a great way to enjoy a day on the water, Stand Up Paddle SA is open year-round!