Fly from Adelaide to Ceduna before travelling to the Bunda Cliffs with
views of a remarkable natural spectacle which until recently had not been
seen for nearly a century - dozens of southern right whales [Eubalaena
australis] cavorting in the clear waters below. The southern right whales
- fifty tonne giants that may reach a length of eighteen metres - are
returning to their traditional calving places around the bays and inlets
of southern Australia after being hunted to near extinction in the 19th
and early 20th centuries. Here we'll spend hours watching, photographing
and learning about the Southern Right Whale. Why they return every year
to the Head of the Bight, how to identify them, how to understand what
they are doing and why. Being within 20-50 metres of the whales enables
excellent photography with even the simplest camera and provides a totally
non-invasive whale watching experience.
As the sun dips below the horizon, we'll enjoy a typical Australian
banquet - cooked over an open fire in a camp oven. After dinner we'll
leave the cliffline to look for some of Australia's nocturnal wildlife
before heading to our accommodation for the evening, the Nullarbor Motel.
Cave Exploration and Whale Watching
Today we explore the hidden underside of the Nullarbor Plains. Deep
in the great caves, we observe the use humans have made of
them. Aboriginals used the caves to mine flint as it made
the best tools and also for ritual purposes which are still
evident. We are shown how stone tools were made and learn
to recognise a rock fragment that has been worked by hand.
We visit Abrakurrie Cave which is the largest single chamber
in the southern hemisphere and Weebubbie Cave with water of
unparalleled clarity. It is here we inflate our raft and glide
over the subterranean phenomenon - deep within this spectacular
cave. From here we return to the Bunda Cliffs to resume whale
watching. By mid afternoon we leave the great gentle giants
to begin our return journey. We stop at the Yalata Aboriginal
community to view and possibly purchase art work passing through
Fowlers Bay with its ever changing white sandhills, rustic
jetty and historic buildings before meeting our return flight
to Adelaide at Ceduna.
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