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The Head of Bight

One of the most spectacular whale watching sites in South Australia (or indeed, the world) is the HEAD OF BIGHT, near the Nullarbor Plain in the State’s Far West coast.

Together with the adjacent Nullarbor National Park and Regional Reserve plus the Great Australian Bight Marine Park the precinct contributes to a sense of isolation and discovery in this near wilderness location.

The Aboriginal Lands Trust is established pursuant to the Aboriginal Lands Trust Act 1966 and now operates under the Aboriginal Lands Trust Act 2013 which was proclaimed by South Australian Parliament on 1 July 2014.

The Aboriginal Lands Trust Act 1966 was the first in Australia to ensure that titles to existing Aboriginal Reserves were held in trust on behalf of all Aboriginal people in South Australia.

The Aboriginal Lands Trust (ALT) holds title to 65 properties comprising approximately 500,000 hectares of land for economic and cultural benefit.  It is made up of former Reserves and some crown land that was transferred to the Trust.  Other properties have either been bequeathed or otherwise acquired.

The Head of Bight Tourist/Whale Watching Centre is managed by the ALT and is situated on land commonly known as Yalata Lands.

The Head of Bight is recognised as South Australia’s signature destination for tourism and visitors.  At this unique geographical spot, a mini-desert of towering sand dunes meets a sheer line of 90m limestone cliffs.  In the sheltered waters of the bay below, Southern Right whales congregate en masse to give birth to calves.

Combining accessible viewing platforms with the spectacular backdrop of the Bunda Cliffs and superb pristine beaches, the facility offers travellers an unparalleled opportunity to view the large numbers of Southern Right Whales.

Approach to the centre is via a sealed road and attached to the car park is a comfortable undercover picnic area for travellers.

Photos courtesy of the Aboriginal Lands Trust: Bunda cliffs and Boardwalk with Southern Right whales

Enquiries to Kerry Colbung, CEO, Aboriginal Lands Trust 08 8169 1500