By Jeremy Rochow
Published: Friday, May 31, 2019
Pack a flask with coffee or tea, a picnic blanket and your binoculars and head for the South Australian coast – whale watching season is here.
Every winter from mid-May to October, whales flock to SA from their feeding grounds in Antarctica as part of their annual migration.
We’ve found 7 of the best places to catch a glimpse of these majestic giants as they breach, dive and slap their tails in the water.
1. Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is surrounded by marine life, so it shouldn’t come as surprise that the isolated area sees dozens of whales each year.
About a 30-minute flight from Adelaide or 4-hour drive and ferry trip, Kangaroo Island has a number of locations where you can see them. If you’re lucky enough, you might even see some during the 45-minute ferry trip out to the island.
Visit Hog Bay at Penneshaw, Kingscote, or Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary for the best chance to see the mammals on display.
If you want to get your sea legs, take a Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari. During this experience you’ll witness dolphins, seals and whales in their natural habitat.
Want to extend your stay on KI? Book a night at Emu Bay Stay. You could even catch a glimpse of a whale from the coastal property.