The Great Australian Bight and the enclosing Bunda Cliffs of the Nullarbor Plains encompassing the area including the Southern Ocean from Port Lincoln to Esperance form the boundaries of this applicant Whale Heritage Site.


Southern Right Whales use the Bight as a nursery, and Blue Whales, Orca, Sperm Whales and Humpback Whales use it as a passage across the Southern Ocean. Blue Penguins, and Emperor Penguins use coastal caves, whilst dolphins, porpoises and seals are also present.

Motivation for becoming a WHS

Whale Heritage Site status would assist in protecting the Totem of the Mirning tribe, by helping to protect the Southern Right Whale and preserve the pristine conditions of this unique ecosystem.

Lead Applicant:

Bunna Lawrie MIRNING