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‘Crazy’ whale season to make a splash in SA this year

Excitement is building in South Australia as early signs point to a whale watching season in 2024 that could set new records.

Excitement is building in South Australia as early signs point to a whale watching season in 2024 that could set new records.

In a Facebook post over the weekend, EP Cruises – Fowlers Bay Whale Tours said that unusual ocean upwellings and a potential shift towards La Niña later in the year could mean a bumper season for whale sightings, offering a much-needed boost after a quieter 2023.

The anticipation is so high that bookings are already rolling in months ahead of schedule.

“We are now starting to see people booking online. This is really early but I am guessing that there is lots of people thinking of whales already,” Rod Keogh said.

“My prediction is positive, and this season will get crazy!”

The anticipation is so high that it is expected that accommodation bookings will roll in months ahead of schedule – meaning now is the time to get organising!

With the community and businesses gearing up, the season is expected to kick off in June, officially running from July 1st to October 1st, depending on when the whales decide to move on.

For those looking to catch a glimpse of these majestic animals, there’s no shortage of places to stay, from cozy holiday flats in Fowlers Bay to the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel. Tour operators like Teague Tours and Australian Coastal Safaris are ready to offer visitors the chance to get up close with the whales in what’s expected to be a spectacular season.

But it’s not all about whale watching.

The Eyre Peninsula is known for its stunning landscapes, delicious local food, and unique experiences. Visitors are encouraged to take their time exploring.

“Spend a few days here. Visit the Head of Bight Whale Watching Centre, have a burger at the Nullarbor Roadhouse, take a scenic flight, and explore the caves. There’s loads to do!” added the operator.

And what’s a day of adventure without some local flavors? Places like Streaky Bay Distillers and Bird In Hand Winery are just a couple of spots where visitors can unwind after a day of whale watching.

EP Cruises runs dedicated whale-watching cruises between July and September. While sightings are never guaranteed, they are the best chance that visitors must not only have the most chance at getting up close with the whales but also bottlenose dolphins, Australian sea lions and long nose fur seals. 

The touring company has also been vigilant in updating its followers on social media with whale activity. In previous years, they have also been going live on Facebook with “Whale TV” keeping eager whale watchers up to date throughout the season.

As the start of the season approaches, now’s the time to plan your visit to Fowlers for what could be the whale watching season of a lifetime.

PLACES TO STAY

Fowlers Bay Accommodation / Holiday Flats
Penong Caravan Park
Nullarbor Roadhouse
Ceduna Foreshore Caravan Park
Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel
Ceduna Shelly Beach Caravan Park
Streaky Bay Motel and Villas
Streaky Bay Islands Caravan Park
Fowlers Bay Caravan Park & Ocean View Cabins
Thirty-Nine Fowlers Bay

TOUR COMPANIES

Teague Tours
The Tailor
EP Bus Charters
Untamed Escapes
Australian Coastal Safaris
Chinta Air – The Outback Air Charter & Scenic Flight Specialists
Outback Beds Tours

For more info, click here.

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