Don’t expect to find all of South Australia’s diverse wildlife in hibernation during your winter visit, in fact from ocean to outback winter is the time for the state’s amazing wildlife to come out to play. If you’re looking for a winter wildlife experience, check out our pick of the top animal encounters and where to find them.
Head to the Eyre Peninsula for a toothy encounter with one of the world’s most notorious predators. Many are surprised when they hear that this adventurous experience is available in South Australia with most associating great white shark cage diving with the coast of Africa. But, lucky for you adrenaline junkies Port Lincoln is the only place in the whole of Australia where you can come face-to-face with great whites in their natural environment.
A full day boat charter will take you an hour offshore where you can jump into the ocean with the great whites, all from the protection of a glass aqua-sub that offers price viewing of all the underwater action.
As the only place in the world where visitors can enter a wild colony of approximately 1,000 Australian sea lions – one of the rarest species in the world – Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island offers a unique experience perfect for photographers and wildlife lovers. Get up close to these beautiful endangered creatures with guided walking tours available that will take you along the dunes while learning about the behaviour and way of life of the sea lions.
South Australia’s annual southern white whale migration takes place between May and October, with whales spotted along the coastline from Kangaroo Island and off the Fleurieu Peninsula around Victor Harbour. But it’s the Eyre Peninsula that has become the most popular place to spot these gentle 90-tonne giants, with clifftop viewing platforms at the Head of Bight. Just don’t forget your binoculars!
Winter is the ideal time to see the rare yellow-footed rock wallaby, with its black, orange and yellow striped tail, basking in the sunlight at the Elder Range, Wilpena Pound and Brachina Gorge. The cooler climate also brings plenty of western grey kangaroos, common wallaroos and red kangaroos out into the wide open spaces to graze.
Squeeze into a wetsuit and plunge into the aquamarine waters of Victor Harbor – just an hour’s drive from Adelaide. It’s here that you can swim with southern bluefin tuna, also known as the Ferraris of the sea because of their exceptional speed, with some being able to reach speeds of up to 43mph.
An experience at Victor Harbor will bring you face-to-face with the tuna as well as a diverse range of other fish species.
For more winter wildlife experiences in SA visit southaustralia.com. Images courtesy of the South Australian Tourism Commission
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