Your Guide To The Best Whale Watching Spots In SA!

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Whale watching season is upon us once again! There’s something awe-inspiring about watching those huge creatures migrating over our beautiful oceans—and we want to help you witness the glorious sight for yourself. Here are the best places to catch a glimpse of the ocean giants (which are mammals, not fish)!

Fleurieu Peninsula’s Victor Harbour

Only an hour drive from Adelaide, Victor Harbour is one of the most convenient and lovely places to see the whales.

Make your first stop at the South Australian Whale Centre to learn more about the whales themselves and get some whale watching tips to make the most of your trip. Then head on down to The Bluff or Encounter Bay to see the whales, along with seals, sea lions and dolphins! You can also try watching from Port Elliot and Middleton.

Need a little guidance? The Big Duck Boat Tours offer a Winter Whale Watching tour and will take you past all the good watching spots, saving you the hard work.

Kangaroo Island

One of South Australia’s prettiest holiday spots also happens to be home to some of the best whale watching areas! Visit Penneshaw, the outskirts of Kingscote, or Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary to catch a glimpse.

Kangaroo Island is half an hour away from Adelaide by plane or a four-hour drive and ferry trip from Adelaide (maybe you’ll even spot whales on the way there?).

You can also join a tour hosted by Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari that’ll take you to the best whale watching places while you sit back and relax!

Eyre Peninsula

Keen for a road trip? The Eyre Peninsula is an hour and a half plane trip from Adelaide or (even better) an eight-hour drive from Adelaide. You could even stop along the way and check out some of the largest, most amazing silo arts in South Australia on your way there!

Once you arrive, your first stop should be the Head of Blight viewing platform, where you can watch a variety of whales migrate along the coast. Gorgeous!

Looking for something even more spectacular? Consider taking a scentic flight with Chinta Air—the views are sure to blow you away, so hold on tight!

The Great Australian Bight and Nullarbor area of @eyrepeninsula is one of the most contrasting, dramatic and isolated parts of Australia. It’s also home to the country’s largest natural crèche – where Southern Right Whales gather at Head of Bight and Fowlers Bay to mate and give birth during the Winter months (Jun-Oct). With a stiff sea breeze and the sounds of the ocean below, @kat_down_under snapped this beauty on her trip here a couple of seasons back, and word has it, the first three whales have already been sighted here this week in a great sign for the coming season! Get a spectacular window seat to the whales, cliffs and coastline with @chintaair on their 2 day Whale & Wheels tour, departing Adelaide from 1st July – 30th September! 🐳🐳🐳 [📍Location: 1hr 30 minute flight to Ceduna from #Adelaide in #SouthAustralia and 4hrs drive to the whale viewing area ]

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