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Free Whale Watching at Victor Harbor

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by Jessica Rudgley (subscribe)
I am undertaking a double degree in Bachelor of Journalism, Bachelor of International Relations while living in Adelaide's Northern Suburbs. I have enjoyed writing and telling others of great things to do in this amazing city!
Published August 29th 2013
It's winter. It's cold, its wet, its rainy and you have no idea what to do with yourself now that summer has gone. Well, why not think about going down to Victor Harbor? Victor Harbor? In the middle of winter? I know, you probably think of it as more of a summer location.

Every year between May and October Victor Harbor gets flooded with visitors, and never mind those that watch them! I'm talking about Southern Right Wales. And I'm talking about taking up the hobby of Whale Watching during the winter months.

Mother whale and calf. Image fro www.sawhalecentre.com/whale_watching.html

Whale watching is a hobby that can be enjoyed by yourself, with your family or even with your friends, and as long as you all love animals it should be a hoot! Some general facts to get you started can be found here.

Victor Harbor is just an hour's drive from Adelaide, a sleepy seaside town with a friendly community. Aside from watching whales in the winter, there are plenty of other things to do but that's for another article. After you've made the trip to Victor, head to the town centre and straight to the aptly named South Australian Whale Centre. The Centre is located at 2 Railway Terrace, Victor Harbor SA 5211.

Now to find out where the whales are and where they've been most recently viewed you have three options:

The first take pot luck, drive around and look for a place where a whale might be hanging out.

The second look at the sightings board outside of the centre. On there you will find the date of the last time the whale was sighted, the location, how many and whether they were an adult, or an adult and a calf. You could also check it out on their website.

The third you're already at the Whale Centre, you may as well just pop inside for some friendly customer service and a bit of a look around. One of the staff can tell you of both confirmed and unconfirmed sightings of the whales, and also any general hotspots. They can give you the most up to date info and even what to look for when trying to spot a whale.

Common behaviours are spy hopping, blowing, deep diving and pec slapping, but for more on all the other things they love to entertain us with click here

Whale Breaching
Whale Breaching, Image Taken from www.sawhalecentre.com/whale_watching.html


When you're ready for lunch (or dinner) there are plenty of places to find food anything from a beautiful bakery in Victor Harbor's main street to KFC, Subway or McDonalds!

It's an excellent day out for the entire family. I think I might head down there this weekend.
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Why? It's free and fun
When: Mid-May until October
Where: Victor Harbor
Cost: Whatever you decide to spend for lunch!
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