Eyre Peninsula Whale Watching

Front row seat

Come whale watching at the edge of the world. Stand on the Eyre Peninsula’s Head of Bight viewing platform, jutting out from the mainland with the crashing waves of the Southern Ocean below.

The towering Bunda Cliffs stretch towards Western Australia on one side. Rippled, white sand dunes lead to the beach at the other. There is no better land view of the southern right whales.

Whale watching, Head of Bight, South Australia

The only way to get closer is by air or boat charter. Both are available. Whales journey to the Eyre Peninsula in early winter, giving birth in the warm water. They laze around, emerging  to breathe and slap their tails on the surface.

Watch whale calves at play

The calves grow and copy their mothers, breaching (leaping out of the water) and playing.

You may be lucky enough to spot a sea lion or sea eagle. The eagles scoop fish from the water, returning to their nests to feed their young.

Occasionally, a great white shark lurks in the area and the southern right whale mothers pull close to their calves to protect them from the danger.

Return to the Antarctic

As the calves grow and gain strength, the whales prepare for the long journey back to the waters near Antarctica. Most leave by the end of October. They are slow swimmers, so travelling takes them some time. This is one of the reasons they were so popular with whalers in the past two centuries.

Return to the Antarctic

As the calves grow and gain strength, the whales prepare for the long journey back to the waters near Antarctica. Most leave by the end of October. They are slow swimmers, so travelling takes them some time. This is one of the reasons they were so popular with whalers in the past two centuries.

The staff at the interpretation centre will tell you that although they have been protected in our waters since 1935, they still remain endangered.

Nearby 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.

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