Winter is the perfect time to don your warmest beanie and embark on a mission to witness the migration of our ocean’s gentlest giants.
South Australia is one of the best places in the country to go whale watching and there are a number of excellent lookouts to view from, as well as a variety of tours that ensure you’ll have a whale of a time! BYO binoculars.
The perfect place to begin your whale watching journey is the South Australian Whale Centre in Victor Harbor, which offers whale watching tips alongside a selection of interactive activities.
If you have faith in your whale spotting abilities head to The Bluff and Encounter Bay—you might even be lucky enough to spot some mothers and calves on their annual pilgrimage.
Alternatively, some of the best whale watching in the state can be found at Freemans lookout along the Harbours Masters walk at Horseshoe Bay. Batalang Conservation Park is also a prime location.
If you want to hand it over to the experts, The Big Duck Boat Tours at Victor Harbor will give you the opportunity to not only spot whales but also seals, sea lions and dolphins!
Kangaroo Island has a lot more to offer in Winter than Australia’s fuzzy favourite. Almost anywhere on the island can be a whale watching location. However, Penneshaw and the two marine parks on the island are your best bet for a guaranteed sighting.
Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari also provides a 12-person tour that runs for 75 minutes and promises a spectacular view of the ancient coastline as a bonus.
A good start for spotting a whale on the Eyre Peninsula is definitely the popular Head of Bight viewing platform.
The Nullarbor Roadhouse offer scenic flights on demand whilst Chinta Air Whales and Wheels tours let you choose which way you want to seek out the majestic creatures with options ranging from driving to boating and flying. Fowlers Bay Eco Tours even complement their tours with a local seafood feast.
If you are planning on doing your very own DIY whale watching trip, then a quick look at Big Duck’s Whale Log and the South Australian Whale Centre’s Live Sighting Logs are the most beneficial of resources, letting you track other sightings in real time.