Head of the Bight


Head of the Bight Lookout for Whale Watching Head of the Bight Lookout for Whale Watching.

Whale Watching Experience

One of the most spectacular whale watching sites in South Australia (or indeed, the world) is the Head of the Bight, near the Nullarbor Plain in the State's Far West coast.

At this unique geographical spot, a mini-desert of towering sand dunes meets a sheer line of 90m limestone cliffs. In the sheltered waters of the adjacent bay, Southern Right whales congregate en masse to give birth to calves.

Whales at the at the Head of the Bight take up 'residence' for an entire 5 month period between June and October and generally remain within a 15km long section of coast.

Interpretive Centre at Head of the Bight

 

 

The high cliff line provides fantastic views for the land-based whale watchers, and boardwalks are available to take visitors to two main viewing areas, one to the east and one to the west of the main pathway. The boardwalk ramps are sloped for wheel chair access.

 

The modern visitor centre is located 12 kilometres from the Eyre Highway and accessed by a good quality sealed road. This visitor precinct includes toilets, shelters, interpretive display, local Indigenous culture and car parking.

 

 

 

Head of the Bight interpretive CentreWhale Watching Season

  • Mid May to late October
  • Whales with calves tend to stay 'in residence' at the site all season
  • You are guaranteed to see a whale from June to September
  • At the height of the season (July/August), over 100 whales can be in the area at one time

Species of Whale

  • Southern Right whale
  • Humpback whales sometimes pass through the area
  • Pods of dolphins are often seen

Other Animals to See

  • Aside from other whales/dolphins, you might see White Pointers, many sea birds, Australian sea lions in the sanctuary waters.
  • On land, you might see dingoes, wombats, many sleepy/shingled lizards, snakes (beware!) and wild camels.

Adult Southern Right Whale
Whale Watching Location

Distance from Adelaide (by car):  Approximately 12 hours.      Nearest Rural Centre:  Ceduna, SA (3-4 hours away)

Head of the Bight whale viewing platformHow to get there from Adelaide

  • Travel north west, through Pt. Augusta and across the Eyre Peninsula to Ceduna. (Approximately a 9 hour drive from Adelaide to Ceduna.)
  • From Ceduna, travel west along the Eyre Highway towards the Western Australian Border.
  • The total driving time from Ceduna to the viewing area is approximately 3.5 to 4 hours (over 12 hours total from Adelaide).
  • The viewing area is sign-posted along the highway.

Nearest Accommodation

  • Nullarbor Roadhouse (08 8625 6271) approximately 15 km WEST of highway turn-off
  • Border Village – approximately 200km WEST of highway turn-off, in WA
  • Camping in Nullarbor National Park (no facilities; contact Ceduna National Parks and Wildlife Service)

Whale breaching two thids out of waterOpening Times

  • Whale Season: 1 June to 30 October
  • Off Season: 1 November to 31 May

The Head of the Bight Visitor Centre and facilities will be open to the public during the whale watch season on a seven (7) day a week basis from:

  • 8am to 5pm on Monday to Friday (inclusive)
  • 8am to 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays

And on the off season from:

  • 8.30am to 4pm on Monday to Friday (inclusive)
  • 8.30am to 4pm on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays

Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.


Visitor Fees

Whale Season Adult $15

No entry permit is required however the site is located on Aboriginal Lands and there is a strict no alcohol regulation in force in regards to public drinking.

Limited food and drinks are available however there is a wide range of merchandise and memorabilia for purchase.

The Head of Bight Interpretive Centre can be reached on telephone 8625 6201 and later through a dedicated website that is currently being developed.

  Seniors Card Holders $12
  Child $6
  Family $35
Off Season Adult $7
  Seniors Card Holders $5
  Child $nil
  Family $14

Head of the Bight Cliffs with whale below Head of the Bight Cliffs with whale below.


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