Share in the spectacular experience of the Southern Right Whale.
The waters of Fowlers Bay, as well as nearby Scott Bay and Mexican Hat, are well-known for their great fishing and variety of recreational fishing options, including jetty, boat, rock and surf. Located within Fowlers Bay Conservation Park, the Bay was once the home of a whaling station with the last recorded operations around 1843. It still bears the remnants of its brutal history. To the south of the township the old whaling station can be found displaying some of the old whale bones, and also an information sign on the history of the area.
Today, Fowlers Bay is a place of peace and tranquillity; the Southern Right Whales that were hunted to the point of near extinction are now returning in large numbers and Fowlers Bay provides a unique opportunity for a close encounter with these giants of the sea. Whales can also be viewed from the cliffs at the Head of Bight.
Fowlers Bay is also home to amazing sand hills, a seaside caravan park, kiosk (selling diesel fuel only) and holiday units.
Named by Matthew Flinders in 1802, in honour of his First Lieutenant Robert Fowler, the site was later used by explorer Edward John Eyre as a base camp for his historic overland journey to Albany. In 1860 William Swan and Robert Barr-Smith took up pastoral leases to form Yalata Station. The ruins of their once prosperous property (at one stage the Fowlers Bay Run extended from Head of Bight to Streaky Bay) can be explored just a few kilometres from the township.
Whale Watching Cruise
Two hour whale watching cruises give you the opportunity to share in the spectacular experience of the Southern Right Whale - the gentle giants of the ocean.
Each year between late May and early October, Fowlers Bay lights up in winter with the magical presence of the Southern Right Whale. These beautiful creatures return to the bay year after year in their search for warmer waters to breed, give birth and nurse their young. Southern Right Whale calves are born with very little insulating blubber, so Fowlers Bay provides the perfect temperature, and undisturbed protection that the mothers need as their calves suckle on their thick, rich milk, gaining about 90kg per day. Come spring, they are ready for their long journey with their mother’s guidance back to the sub-Antarctic feeding grounds.