Ocean & Outback Whale Watching Tour – Hassie’s Blog
Winter might be upon us in South Australia but that makes me excited because it means one of my favourite wildlife experiences is about to begin – the migration of hundreds of Southern Right Whales and their young into the Great Australian Bight Marine Park. Even better, it happens at my favourite place on earth, the magnificent Head of the Bight on the far west coast of the Eyre Peninsula. “My backyard.”
The Head of Bight & Nullarbor National Park
The Head of Bight has an epic coastal lookout over the Bunda Cliffs which go right across the top of the Great Australian Bight. These magnificent limestone cliffs are 90 metres high and extend 100km along the Great Australian Bight. They were formed when Australia broke away from Antarctica 65 million years ago. It literally is the “Edge of Australia” and on the other side of the cliffs you have huge, white, powdery sand dunes. The contrast in colour and landscapes is breathtaking.
Together with the adjacent Nullarbor National Park, the experience people have in the pristine wilderness here is always far beyond any expectations they ever had. They feel truly connected with nature with so much more than just outback on offer.
I love watching the reaction of people when I take them to Head of Bight. I let them take their photos and then I ask them to put their cameras away and bring them into the moment. I tell them to close their eyes, breathe it, smell it, and really feel it. There’s something so special about this place and in the winter months it becomes even more special with the abundant whales. This really just adds another level of ‘wow ‘to their experience. And the best thing is there is usually no one else there. Pristine wilderness all to yourself. And the whales of course.
Our Unique Whale Watching Tour
I wanted other people to be able to experience this as well so we created a 3 Day Ocean & Outback Whale Watching Tour, and not only will you see the incredible and diverse scenery of this part of Australia, you’ll come up close and personal to native wildlife, you’ll experience local hospitality and you’ll be feasting on delicious seafood straight out of the ocean. Oysters, prawns, tuna you name it, all washed down with local wines and boutique beers.
Included in the tour is a fantastic Whale Watching and Wildlife cruise off Point Fowler where you will commonly see Southern Right and Humpback Whales, Dolphins, Australian Sea Lions, NZ Fur Seals, Little Penguins and some rare species of Albatross. This 2-hour cruise is set among the stunning beauty of rugged cliffs and sand dunes. Whale watching in Eyre Peninsula will show everything there is to offer on this incredible coastline, as well as front row seats for the main event!
You also have the option to take to the skies on a 45-minute scenic flight which gives you a whole other perspective of the region! We’ll do some 4WD’ing, explore stunning National Parks, discover an iconic outback roadhouse and you can even try your hand at surf fishing. I always take the time at the start of the tour to see what people are most interested in and can tailor the itinerary to suit. That’s the beauty of travelling with a small family owned company like Xplore Eyre.
So what do I recommend you do this winter in Australia? Join me in my executive 4WD and allow me to show you my spectacular backyard.
Author – Hassie (Owner of Xplore Eyre)