Winter Whale Watching departing from Adelaide

 

The Tour departs from Adelaide at Approximately 8:00 am, picking you up from the comfort of an Adelaide CBD hotel.  The bus meanders down through the Adelaide Hills to the Fleurieu Peninsula, eventually to Victor Harbor.  We recommend a quick coffee, a bite to eat or even a Horse Drawn Tram Ride before the tour starts off at 2pm.

During winter Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales migrate from Antarctic waters to the warmer ocean around Australia to feed, mate and give birth. The Big Duck is a licensed whale watching vessel and it is a privilege to enter the Southern Right Whale breeding sanctuary of Encounter Bay and to view these majestic animals from the waterline.

The number of whales seen near Victor Harbor is highly variable year-to-year, and Southern Right Whales are much larger and less active (above the waterline) than Humpback Whales commonly seen on the East Coast of Australia. For this reason, whale sightings cannot be guaranteed on our tours and winter tours may take the Wildlife and Sightseeing Tour route.

When whales are present, our tours head west towards Port Elliot, past swimming and surfing beaches where dolphins can often be seen playing. We stop near Pullen Island to look for New Zealand fur seals as they bask on the rocks. The tour then ventures through Horseshoe Bay towards Bashams Beach where the whales can be seen basking in the warm shallow water which provides the perfect conditions for giving birth to calves. This tour departs from and returns to the Granite Island causeway..

After the tour has finished, the bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel after a day well spent in the township of Victor Harbor

Monday / Wednesday / Saturday / Sunday
(June - September)
90 Minute Cruise
Adult $125 / Child $110.00 (2-15)
See Southern Right Whales
between Victor Harbor and Goolwa
Includes free time in Victor Harbor/Goolwa
Pick up CBD from Adelaide at 8am and returns at 6pm

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Wildlife Tour departing from Adelaide

 

The Tour departs from Adelaide at Approximately 8:00 am, picking you up from the comfort of an Adelaide CBD hotel.  The bus meanders down through the Adelaide Hills to the Fleurieu Peninsula, eventually to Victor Harbor.  We recommend a quick coffee, a bite to eat or even a Horse Drawn Tram Ride before the tour starts off at 2pm.

This breathtaking 90 minute tour departs from the Granite Island Causeway and cruises between the mainland and the northern side of Granite Island, affording spectacular views of both the Victor Harbor shoreline and the island. Once past the breakwater The Big Duck picks up its pace. Seal Rock is the first stop, where New Zealand Fur Seals and Australian Sea Lions bask in the sun between fishing forays and swimming out to the boat for a sticky-beak! Then on past the huge granite boulders of Wright Island and the Bluff, with Shark Alley in between where your guide talks about the whaling history of the area.

Many visitors to Victor Harbor never venture past Petrel Cove on the western side of The Bluff, but this is where passengers on The Big Duck are in for a real treat! West Island is a Conservation Park, complete with a research hut used by the universities and park rangers. From the back of the island another colony of seals and sea lions can be found basking on the rocks and swimming in the shallows. Seabirds abound in this remote area and often pods of Common and Bottlenose Dolphins can be spotted playing or feeding. The Big Duck heads further west past the darkly spectacular cliffs of Kings Beach and Waitpinga before turning around and heading back to Granite Island Causeway

After the tour has finished, the bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel after a day well spent in the township of Victor Harbor

Monday /Wednesday / Saturday / Sunday
90 Minute Cruise
Adult $125 / Child $110.00 (2-15)
See Seal Island, Wright Island,
West Island, Waitpinga Cliffs
plus Sea Lions, Fur Seals and Dolphins
Includes free time in Victor Harbor/Goolwa
Pick up CBD from Adelaide at 8am and returns at 6pm

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Notes:

  • Please look for the bus marked Genesis Tours
  • Passengers need to be outside at scheduled stop 10 minutes prior to departure.  If you're not at the stop at pick up the bus will not wait.
  • The Big Duck Boat Tour routes are dependent on weather conditions and locations of wildlife and are subject to change because of this.
  • During winter months Southern Right and Humpback whales can sometimes be spotted along the coastline. Winter tours take the Whale Watching Tour route when the whales are in the vicinity of Port Elliot.