The Great Australian Bight
The longest continuous cliff coast line in the Southern Hemisphere
While the Nullarbor Plain borders much of the length of the Bight’s coastline The Great Australian Bight or “The Edge of Australia”, is the longest continuous cliff coast line in the Southern Hemisphere. This is a place that takes our breath away every single time we stop there. Watching passengers experience this for the first time is one of the best things about doing we what do.
Why is it called The Great Australian Bight?
What does The Great Australian Bight mean? Great – large, magnificent, epic. Australian – part of this great big amazing country we call home, Terra Australis. Bight – in nautical terms, a large open bay. Large, as in 1160 km running from Cape Carnot in South Australia to Cape Pasley in Western Australia.
The bight came into existence when Gondwana broke apart and separated Antarctica from Australia around 50 million years ago. The coastline of the Great Australian Bight is characterised by cliff faces (up to 60 metres, or 200 feet, high), surfing beaches and rock platforms, ideal for whale-watching.
The Great Australian Bight Marine Park is one of the best places to see southern right whales in South Australia. And the high cliff tops and viewing platforms at Head of Bight offer the best views of them. We stop here on our tours across the Nullarbor Plain. Our adventures across the Nullarbor are the ultimate road trip! If you jump on one of our Adelaide to Perth tours – or Perth to Adelaide tours – in September or October you’ll have the best chance to see these majestic creatures with us.
Watch whales in Winter 2021
If you want to go soon, our sister company — Xplore Eyre — can take you there! Bookings are almost full but they may have a few last tours available for this season. Click here to find out more about their whale watching tours from Adelaide.