Encounter Marine Park

Located an hour from Adelaide, is Encounter Marine Park which stretches from the beautiful north-eastern coast of Kangaroo Island through to the Coorong. The area encompasses some of the most beautiful and pristine waters along the South Australian coastline.


Within the Encounter Marine Park is Encounter Sanctuary zone, where Southern Right Whales visit annually with their calves, in readiness for long journey back to the Antarctic waters.

Encounter Marine Park Whale Trail

Rediscover the beauty of nature by exploring the Encounter Marine Park Whale Trail and explore the pristine coastal environment on our doorstep.

This picturesque nature trail winds from the stunning Waitpinga Cliffs along our coastline through Victor Harbor, Port Elliot through to Goolwa. 

The Whale Trail encompasses over a dozen lookouts from Victor Harbor, Port Elliot and Middleton, coming to an end at Goolwa Beach. During Whale season, the trail comes alive with visitors hoping to view Southern Right Whales as they congregate along our shoreline to give birth and strengthen their young ready for the return to Antarctic waters.

Visiting The Trail outside of Whale Season

Outside of whale season, the trail springs to life with an abundance of local wildlife on offer. The endangered Hooded Plovers nestle into their scrapes along the cliffs below your feet. Dolphins and seals frollic in the waters along the trail and the surrounding landscapes change from lush greens to earthy browns. 

Get your copy of Encounter Marine Whale Trail

Visit us at the South Australian Whale Centre to get copy of the Encounter Marine Whale Trail or download here.