Goolwa Journals

Whale Watching and Other Things.

A September 2000 trip to Goolwa by ggcahill

Quote: Goolwa in south Australia is a great place to visit during the whale season, from May to October. We went during the spring school holidays of 2000, and the whales cooperated!

Whale Watching and Other Things.

Overview

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Take the Steam Ranger Cockle Train to Victor Harbour. Ride the horse drawn train across the causeway to Granite Island. See the penguins.

Quick Tips:

Go between May and October when the whales are calving. They seem to like this part of the coast (particularly now the whaling station is closed!) and there are many vantage points along the coast between Goolwa and Victor Harbour. There also seems to be a good "network" that tells people when and where the whales can be seen.

Best Way To Get Around:

You really need a car to enjoy this area, although one of the best activities was riding the Cockle Train to Victor Harbour.

Marine Cove Resort

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Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:Barrages and Mouth of the Murray.Best Things About the Resort:Modern well equipped units. Resort provides canoes for use on the lake opposite (Lake Alexandrina).Resort Experience:The resort units are reasonably modern and well furnished with a full kitchen. Although the tap water is probably drinkable, it is not very tasty and the resort provides a rain water tank for guest use. While it may not be as convenient as turning on a tap, the trip to the water tank is worth the effort. Crystal clear rain water! The resort has an indoor heated pool and has a video hire service. We always managed to find something else to do, though, and have never ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 5, 2004

Marine Cove Resort
27 Barrage Road
Goolwa, Australia

Whale watching

Attraction

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We visiting Goolwa in the spring school holidays and heard that the whales were offshore in nearby Middleton. We grabbed the binoculars and headed for the cliff above Middleton beach. The whales were clearly visible, not more than 200-300 metres offshore. They were jumping out of the water and generally putting on a good display for the visitors. The binoculars were not needed because they were so close!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 5, 2004

Whale watching
Middleton Beach
Goolwa, Australia

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On our first visit to Goolwa, we took the resort's tour to Granite Island to see the penguins. The resort manager was the guide and he provided the only light. The next time we came, penguins had hit the big time. A building dedicated to extracting money from tourists was built and the park rangers provided the tour. Still, the penguins were just as cute and just as plentiful and the rangers were making sure that viewing did not put the penguins at risk. But I was happier when it looked less like Phillip Island's penguin parade!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 5, 2004

Granite Island Nature Park and Penguin Colony
Granite Island, 2 Ocean Street
Victor Harbor, Australia 5211
61 (0)8 8552 7555

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We have had a couple of trips on the Cockle Train because once is not enough when you are talking steam engines, coastal dunes, and ocean views. This train has got to have one of the most scenic routes and for $23 return for adults, the price is right. We took the first train from Goolwa and returned on the last train, giving us a fair amount of time in Victor harbour. We also had a chance to try out the horse train across the bridge to Granite Island, a unique attraction, although one must be careful not to step in the "exhaust" when walking back!

Murray Mouth

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Story/Tip

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If you have your own four-wheel drive vehicle, a trip along the beach to the Murray Mouth is a must. Take care though, as the amount of vehicle remaining is inversely proportional to the amount of salt water collected. Actually, with a four-wheel drive vehicle and some care, you can negotiate the beach without getting the tyres wet. At one point, the track leaves the beach and goes through the dunes towards Lake Alexandrina before rejoining the beach near the Murray Mouth. Care needs to be taken when driving onto the beach through the loose dry sand and again when leaving. Those experienced in beach driving will know how much air to let out of the tyres to aid progress. It is a good place to practice ...Read More