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18 Apr 2018

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

There are some spectacular sights along the South Australian coast, but nothing compares to the annual southern right whale migration.

South Australia is one of the best places in Australia to spot our oceans' gentle giants. Find out where to see them on Kangaroo Island, the Fleurieu Peninsula and the Eyre Peninsula

Fleurieu Peninsula

Whale watching at The Bluff, Victor Harbor

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.

Starting at Horseshoe Bay, head across the headland to Knights Beach where you'll find the Harbour Master's walk. Follow a cobblestone path past Lady's Beach, Rocky Bay and Green Bay before reaching Knights Beach. From here, take a trail to Freemans Lookout where you'll experience some of the region's best whale watching.

Another Whale viewing hot spot is Batalang (Basham Beach) Conservation Park which links Middleton and Port Elliot (Fisherman Bay) along the foreshore. 

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.

Kangaroo Island

Nullarbor Plain, Eyre Peninsula

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.

Eyre Peninsula 

Great Australian Bight Right Whale Study, Curtin University

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 Whales and Wheels 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, or hop on board a combined luxury coach tour and cruise with Teague Tours.

Whale logs

Keep up to date with the latest sightings by using the Big Duck's Whale Log and the South Australian Whale Centre's Live Sightings Log.