Southern Right Whale Watching at Head of Bight

Head of Bight is on the far West Coast of South Australia on the edge of the Nullarbor. It is a famous spot for land based viewing of Southern Right Whales. The whales migrate from Antarctica to the warmer waters of the Bight during winter to breed and give birth to their calves. They can be seen from land between late May and October.

Boardwalks and viewing platforms have been built at Head of Bight providing excellent whale watching opportunities, and also giving magnificent coastal views of the beaches, dunes and the towering Bunda Cliffs dropping into the pounding ocean below. Up to one hundred Southern Right Whales may be seen, some of them coming just a few metres from the 65m Bunda Cliffs. South Australia’s Head of Bight is one of the top spots in the world to watch the annual Southern Right Whale migration. Whales can be seen close up breaching, tail slapping and rolling. Later in the season whale calves can be seen with their mothers. Sometimes Australian Sea lions and Great White Sharks can be seen from the viewing platforms.

Southern Right Whales were almost hunted to extinction in the 19th century; numbers are recovering slowly but only 4000 or so remain, with about 600 -800 visiting Australia. These whales have been protected since 1931.

Head of Bight is situated 12km off the Eyre Highway some 78km west of Yalata and 20km east of the Nullarbor Roadhouse. There is car park and undercover picnic area for visitors. You can obtain Whale Watching Passes from the Interpretative Centre at Head of Bight during the whale watching season between May and October. The centre is open from 8am and 5pm, closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday. The gates are closed during the off season. There is no charge for children under 14.

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