Home' Trade Holiday Planner : South Australian Holiday Planner 2013 Contents 146 Experiences and Special Interest
Head of Bight, on South Australia's remote
Nullarbor Plain, and the deep Southern
Ocean waters off the Fleurieu Peninsula
coast are two of the world's biggest
maritime nurseries for Southern Right
whales from May to October each year.
On the Nullarbor Plain, visitors can watch
just metres from the action on viewing
platforms built above the towering 60 metre-
high (197 feet) Bunda Cliffs at Head of
Bight. On the Fleurieu Peninsula, the mighty
mammals can be seen from land-based
vantage points around Encounter Bay. Visit
the SA Whale Centre at Victor Harbor to
learn more about the Southern Right whale.
To discover the true beauty of the Murray
River and to observe its huge variety of bird
and animal life, visitors need to get out of
the car and onto the water by kayak, dinghy,
paddle-steamer or houseboat.
One of the most popular ways to relax on
the river is to hire a houseboat and travel
the reaches of the Murray or moor on the
riverbank. Houseboat holidays offer beautiful
scenery, nature walks in conservation parks
and visits to historic towns. See page 125
Wildlife is abundant, with more than
300 species of birdlife living along the
river's course, as well as kangaroos,
wombats, emus and echidnas.
Fishing and Aquaculture
South Australia provides a great range of
fishing experiences along the coastline and
The Eyre, Yorke and Fleurieu Peninsulas,
Murray River, Kangaroo Island and the
Limestone Coast are anglers' favourite
Regulations apply to fishing tackle and the
size of fish that can be kept.
The website www.pir.sa.gov.au is a great
resource for recreational fishers.
The acclaimed Seafood Trail stretches from
Whyalla to Streaky Bay on Eyre Peninsula.
The self-drive tour provides a fascinating
insight into the region's international
aquaculture industry. Highlights include the
mighty tuna fishing facilities and oyster and
Southern Ocean Cruising is a great way
to see some of South Australia's most
beautiful natural areas by sea including
Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Limestone Coast,
Fleurieu Peninsula and Eyre Peninsula.
Arriving in Adelaide on a Cruise Ship
The Port Adelaide passenger terminal is
21 kilometres (13 miles) from the heart
of the city. The South Australian Tourism
Commission provides a popular 'meet and
greet' welcome to cruise ships arriving at the
terminal, including a visitor information team,
a bush band and a retail village. The Outer
Harbor train station is 150 metres from the
terminal providing easy access to the city.
Murray River Cruising
PS Murray Princess is Australia's largest
paddle-wheeler offering regular three, four
and seven-night cruises. The Princess has
60 ensuite cabins, two spas and saunas,
bars, lounges, a dining saloon, gift shop and
library. Cruises depart from Mannum and
coach transfers are available from Adelaide.
The Princess also offers side tours to various
attractions within the region. See page 125.
For a special encounter with nature, Proud
Mary Cruises offers two, three or five-night
cruises, all with a strong ecotourism flavour.
These tours are a great way to learn more
about the river environment and include
side-trips to secluded lagoons, national
parks and Indigenous sites -- guided by an
ecologist. The vessel has 18 ensuite cabins,
a bar and lounge. See page 125.
A combination of river cruising and historic
pub accommodation is offered on the Spirit
of the Murray for its "Murray River Run". Spirit
of the Murray travels 560 kilometres from
Wellington to Border Cliffs. See page 125.
With one of the largest river systems in
the world South Australia is home to more
than 150 houseboats, with many luxuriously
appointed and fully equipped. See listings on
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