Experience Whale Watching in Victor Harbor 2019


Dust off the cable knits and pack that thermos, it’s Whale Watching time of year again!

As the colder weather kicks in around Adelaide, the list of things most people want to do outside dwindles and it is way too easy to end up hibernating! However, this is the time of year that our sub-Antarctic visitors come to visit us here at the Southern Fleurieu, in all their splendor! From May until October Southern Right Whales return to the safety of our shores to give birth and raise their young and the first arrivals have already been sighted in Encounter Bay.

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Whale Photo courtesy: SA Whale Centre

Only an hour’s drive from Adelaide, the southern Fleurieu Peninsula is not only a whale watcher’s paradise but this spectacle is a wonderful and memorable experience for the entire family. Whale watching is a great ‘screen free’ learning activity for the kids also and with the exception of the boat tours, it’s also completely dog friendly too!

From beaches up to cliff tops to professional boat tours specifically designed to get up close and personal to the impressive but gentle giants. There are many different ways to spot whales. 400,000 people annually who come to catch a glimpse, certainly appreciate how lucky we are to be able to view these majestic creatures so closely and in our own backyard.

Want to make a weekend of it? Create some wonderfully unique family memories? Maybe snap that perfect photo, worthy of Instagram envy? Well, we have the perfect accommodation for your Whale Watching Weekend get-away and would be happy to help you choose the ideal home for your needs in the best area for whale watching.

This video was taken by our very own Mel, from the Bluff at Encounter Bay. 3 stunning Southern Right Whales, relaxing in the sparkling waters of Encounter Bay.


The SA Whale Centre located in the heart of Victor Harbor is a great place to start your whale watching journey. The staff there is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the who, what, when, why and how of whales! The Whale Centre also 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 go to sight them. They also have some great tips for how to identify them, what their different whale behaviours mean and lots other interesting facts.

For example, Have you ever wondered why these whales are called ‘The Southern Right’? Unfortunately, these now protected gentle creatures have had a devastating history and it is all explained in the name. The Southern Right whales got their name as they were deemed to be the “right” whales to hunt. They produced lots of oil, where slow moving and floated when they were killed. After being hunted to near extinction, they are now on Australia’s list of endangered species along with the world’s rarest sea lion, the Australian Sea Lion and Little Penguin – all of which you can see at Victor Harbor and Granite Island.

It is very fortunate for us and future generations that these beautiful whales have, despite their history, returned to our coastline as a sign of trust that we will no longer harm them.

The Whale Centre 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.

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Photo courtesy : SA Whale Centre


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