As the colder weather kicks in around Adelaide, the list of things most people want to do outside dwindles. But the exciting news is that Whale Watching season has begun!
From May until October Southern Right whales return to the shores around Encounter Bay, Victor Harbor area.
Only an hour’s drive from Adelaide, the southern Fleurieu Peninsula is a whale watcher’s paradise so get some warm clothes, some binoculars and head down for a day’s whale watching with the family.
The first arrivals in Encounter Bay are usually expected in mid-May, and are eagerly awaited by whale watchers who hope to catch a glimpse of the huge beasts from atop the cliffs, beaches and headlands of the area’s stunning coastline.
Thousands of visitors flock to the seaside resort town of Victor Harbor, keeping staff at the SA Whale Centre’s Information Booth very busy fielding their enquiries.
In some years, the whales have attracted up to 400,000 people to the area over the winter months.
The SA Whale Centre has an online Whale Sighting Log giving visitors details of when and where the whales are before they get to the area and the best places to sight them.
They also have some great tips for where to spot whales, how to identify them and what the different whale behaviours mean.
For example, did you know that a whale breaches for a number of reasons which can be to communicate, dislodge parasites, get a higher view, drive off predators or just play. Humpback whales can actually clear their entire body out of the water! Amazing to see!
The Whale Centre’s Information Booth, website and Whale Information Hotline on 1900 WHALES or 1900 942 537 all offer the latest updates on sightings in Encounter Bay and across the state. Whale watchers can also collect a free Whale Information Booklet from the Centre during the season, which includes a detailed map of Encounter Bay to help locate the whales quickly.
2019 Whale Season Launch Party
Saturday 11 May 2019 – 11am to 4pm, Warland Reserve
The 2019 Whale Season Launch Party will be held on Warland Reserve, with live music performed by local artists, along with local food, fun activities for the kids, attractions and a Marine Conservation Expo area with stalls featuring environmental and marine life non-for-profit groups.
Kid’s activities will be available with nature play and an art activity being provided as free activities, with other amusement rides available for people to ride as a “pay per use” activity.
On the day the SA Whale Centre have a special entry fee of $4 with free face painting included with every ticket.