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Whale Watching at Middleton

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by Glenys Veilgaard (subscribe)
Freelance writer and photographer.
Published May 20th 2015
A whale encounter at Middleton
Now is the time to head to Middleton on the Fleurieu Peninsula for the whale watching season. Whales can be spotted between April and July in these sheltered waters and a great way to see them is by walking along the Encounter Bikeway, between Basham Beach Port Elliot and Middleton Point.

Encounter Bikeway Middleton
Views of Middleton from the Encounter Bikeway.


Car parks can be found at the Basham Beach end of the path or at the junction of Surf Street and Ocean Parade at Middleton. There are bench seats along the way and signs can be found at the best vantage points, explaining what to look for.

Encounter Bikeway Middleton
Look for sign posts for whale watchers.


It pays to stop and get accustomed to watching the water and working out where reef and rocks are and what could be a whale. At a quick glance a whale can look like a dark line on the surface of the water until you see a telltale spray of water from its blowhole.

whale at Middleton
Whale spotted.


Make sure to rug up for the weather conditions and with patience you may be rewarded with a display of tail lobs or slaps and breaching, as adult whales and calves cruise along this part of the coast.

whale breaching at Middleton
Breaching Whale.


When you do spot a whale, it's tempting to take plenty of photos of these huge creatures, but take time to just watch them for a while to marvel at their sheer size and grace in the water.

Whale fin at Middleton


whale fin Middleton
A huge fin cuts through the water.


If you're not lucky enough to see a whale, you won't be disappointed as the scenery along this picturesque bikeway is worth getting outdoors for in winter.

Middleton Rainbow
A perfect wintery day walk.
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When: Winter months
Where: Middleton
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Great article! We are so lucky to have the whales visit us. Welcome to WN!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3308) 1518 days ago
Great article Glenys. Welcome to WeekendNotes.
by Steve Hudson (score: 3|1245) 1519 days ago
Cool article. Love the whale pics
by Rota (score: 2|708) 1519 days ago
Love your article, and the great photos!
by Nattacia (score: 1|19) 1517 days ago
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