Tour Description

Whales at the Head of the Bight

Five Days: 8th – 12th August 2020

Twin Share: $1649 per person. Sole Use: $1859 per person.

Included in the tour:
  • Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
  • Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
  • All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
  • Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.

 

South Australia’s spectacular west coast becomes an ideal place for whale spotting during winter months. Bring your binoculars as we travel to the Head of the Bight to see the magnificent Southern Right Whales and explore the surrounding region. We make the most of our time on the coast, with two opportunities for whale spotting, once in the late afternoon of the second day of our journey and again the following morning. On this tour, we change accommodation each night to be able to stay closer to the Head of the Bight and avoid extremely long travelling days. This makes for a more relaxing tour that we are sure you will enjoy.

 

Day One – SATURDAY 8 AUGUST 2020

(includes light lunch and two course dinner)

Our journey begins after completing home pick ups (limited areas*), travelling through Port Wakefield and past the Hummocks, Snowtown, Crystal Brook and Port Pirie. We stop and enjoy lunch in Port Augusta, at the top of the Spencer Gulf.

During the afternoon we travel west across the Eyre Peninsula, passing Iron Knob and Kimba.  We take the opportunity to see Waddikee Rocks and Darke’s Memorial at Koongawa before travelling on through Kyancutta.

Our final destination today is the Gawler Ranges Motel (Ph: 08 8680 2090) at Wudinna. We arrive with time to freshen up before dinner tonight.

Day Two – SUNDAY 9 AUGUST 2020

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

Today we travel to the head of the Great Australian Bight for our first opportunity to view the spectacular Southern Right Whales this afternoon.

After departing Wudinna we travel along the Eyre Highway, passing through Minnipa, Poochera and Wirrulla with a stop for morning tea along the way. After travelling through Ceduna, it’s not long before we arrive in Penong for our light lunch.

From here our afternoon travel takes us through Yalata and Nundroo to the Head of the Bight. This is where the white sand-dunes and beaches meet the Bunda Cliffs of the Nullarbor. Up to 100 whales, including calves, congregate in the seas adjacent to the cliffs between June and October on their annual breeding migration.

The cliff-top viewing areas in Nullarbor National Park provide the perfect location to watch these beautiful creatures and enjoy the spectacular vistas of the towering cliffs dropping sheer into the pounding Southern Ocean. To allow us more opportunities to see these majestic animals, we are staying just a short distance away at the Nullarbor Hotel Motel (Ph. 08 8625 6271).

Day Three – MONDAY 10 AUGUST 2020

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

After a hearty cooked breakfast we make the short trip back to the Head of the Bight, where we have another opportunity to see the whales. It is also the perfect location for our morning tea, allowing us to make the most of  this unique experience.

We leave these awesome creatures and return to the Eyre Highway, turning east to travel to Nundroo where we stop for lunch.

The early afternoon takes us back to the town of Ceduna, set on the shore of Murat Bay. Ceduna is very much the last easterly stop before the inhospitable wilderness of the Nullarbor Plain. The town’s name originated from an Aboriginal word ‘Chedoona’ meaning ‘resting place’, so appropriately we call in here for a rest stop and the opportunity to look around. Once an important fishing port and railway hub during settlement, Ceduna is now primarily known for its aquaculture and tourism industries.

Following the Flinders Highway along the coast, we bypass Smoky Bay and continue to Streaky Bay. ‘Streaky’, as it is referred to by the locals, is a picturesque coastal resort. It was named by Matthew Flinders, because of the streaks that can be seen through the water in the bay, caused by the reflection of light and seaweed. Streaky Bay also acts as a service centre for the surrounding rural community.

We check into our accommodation at the Streaky Bay Hotel Motel (Ph. 08 8626 1008), where we enjoy a relaxing evening before continuing our exploration of the Eyre Peninsula tomorrow.

Day Four – TUESDAY 11 AUGUST 2020

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

Our first stop this morning is the Streaky Bay National Trust Museum. Here we meet our local guide, who takes us for a tour around Streaky Bay and its attractions. We experience some inspiring views and learn about Streaky Bay’s importance in South Australian history.

After morning tea we travel a little further south to Murphy’s Haystacks. Purported to be over 1500 million years old, these ancient wind-worn granite inselbergs occur in several places on the peninsula.  Murphy’s Haystacks are easily accessible and we have a guided tour around this unique outcrop of pink granite boulders.

Further south along the coast, we make our way to Elliston where a local guide boards our bus to show us around their town and share stories of the history and culture of the area. At the conclusion of our tour our guide takes us to the Elliston Community Club where we enjoy a lovely lunch, prepared for us by some of the locals.

After lunch, we leave the coast and head inland, travelling through Kyancutta on our way back to Wudinna.  We check in to our accommodation again at the Gawler Ranges Motel (Ph. 08 8680 2090) for out last night on tour. 

 Day Five – WEDNESDAY 12 AUGUST 2020

(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)

This morning we turn east to travel back across the remainder of the Eyre Peninsula. Our first stop is at Kimba, for morning tea. While here, we look at the town’s spectacular silo art mural completed in 2017 by Melbourne artist, Cam Scale. The mural stretches over five and a half Silos, over 60m wide and 25m high, making it one of the biggest canvases in the world. It took the artist 26 days to complete this magnificent work.

We continue to Port Augusta for our delicious two course lunch, before commencing our afternoon drive.

Travelling alongside the Southern Flinders Ranges, past Port Pirie and continuing on Highway One towards Port Wakefield, it’s not long before we sight the Gulf of St Vincent once more.

The scenery becomes more familiar as we near Adelaide’s northern suburbs. We make our way home after this special experience seeing the magnificent Southern Right Whales and the wonderful coastline along the Great Australian Bight and Eyre Peninsula.

Please note: As it can get quite windy and cold at the Head of the Bight, we strongly recommend bringing a warm coat, hat and gloves so you can enjoy this wonderful experience in comfort.