Encounter Marine Park Whale Trail

Explore the Encounter Marine Park Whale Trail and discover the wondrous coastal environment right on our doorstep!

A trail for those of mid-fitness levels, this vibrant walk or bike ride winds from the Waitpinga Cliffs right along the coast boasting spectacular ocean views. The Whale Trail is broken by lookouts from Victor Harbor, Port Elliot & Middleton, coming to an end at Goolwa Beach. Those walking the trail from Mid-May to October may be lucky enough to view our annual visitors the Southern Right Whales as they congregate on our shores to give birth, mate and socialize in our warm shallow waters.

Thinking of following the trail outside of whale season?

The rest of the year boasts far better weather and the Whale Trail still has an abundance of local wildlife on offer. Birds such as the endangered Hooded Plover nestle in the cliffs below your feet. Dolphins and seals leap, dive, hunt and play frequently in the waters the trail shadows. And, lucky trailblazers may even be treated to the occasional Echidna wandering in the scrub nearby.

If you’d like to follow the Whale Trail, Head in to the SA Whale Centre and pick up a copy of our brochure, or you can download a copy here.

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In conjunction with the SA Whale Centre and several local primary schools. This project is the effort of collaboration between the Alexandrina and City of Victor Harbor councils. Together we have developed content that not only highlights how lucky we are to have such a beautiful coastline with amazing and unique wildlife. But, also reiterates the importance of environmental care and protection. The school children involved in this project also created the artwork found on signage along the trail.

The SA Whale Centre would like to extend our thanks to the schools involved with the Whale Trail Project:

Victor Harbor R-7 Encounter Lutheran College  Goolwa Primary School  Investigator College – Port Elliot Primary School