We don’t need to tell you this, but we live in a pretty amazing state. We just scooped up Lonely planet’s top three coolest Aussie Neighbourhood awards and we’re about to head into one of the best festival seasons across the world! But we are also lucky to be home to some of the Earth’s most amazing wildlife, a feat that travellers come from all over the world to experience.
We decided to put together our top 5 wildlife experiences we have in our own backyard and some of the great short trips you can embark on to experience them.
- Kangaroos, koalas, penguins and more on Kangaroo Island
Home to an abundance of Australian wildlife, Kangaroo Island is the place to go to see it all! Nature and wildlife lovers will enjoy the tranquil serenity of this beautiful South Australian destination. Experience the diverse wildlife of Kangaroo Island and fit in the iconic destinations along the Great Ocean Road including, Remarkable Rocks, The Grampians, the Twelve Apostles and more on this 4 day Kangaroo Island and the Great Ocean Road adventure.
- Swim with Sea Lions
If you haven’t had the chance to swim with Sea Lions before, we highly recommend it! It’s the experience of a lifetime and one we are fortunate to be able to participate in not too far from home. There’s a good reason why these playful creatures are nicknamed ‘puppy dogs of the sea’ and after a while snorkelling with them at Seal Cove at Hopkins Island you’ll completely see why. You’ll have the opportunity to experience this incredible activity on this 6 day overland adventure.
- Whale watching
There’s nothing more majestic than watching these grand creatures gracefully breaching out of the ocean and floating along the coast. Victor Harbour, the Fleurieu Peninsula and the wet side of the Eyre Peninsula offer fantastic opportunities for people to witness these delightful animals. Depending on the time of the year you visit, you may be lucky enough to spot some whales on the spectacular Eyre Peninsula coastline.
- Camp with Koalas
Mikkira Station is a private campground close to Port Lincoln where sightings of this furry Australian icon are pretty much guaranteed! Home to one of the only wild koala colonies on the Eyre Peninsula, you can set up your tent under the stars and wake up to these guys in the trees above. This true Aussie adventure involves swag camping for 6 days and has the perfect mix of land and ocean along the Eyre Peninsula.
- Spot yellow-footed rock wallabies in Flinders Ranges National Park
The beautiful Flinders Ranges National Park is home to one of the strongest populations of the very adorable (and endangered) yellow-footed rock wallaby. You can take off on an epic road trip from Adelaide to the Red Centre, camping at the iconic Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges where you’ll have the opportunity to witness these creatures and other Australian wildlife first hand. The 7 day Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland adventure is perfect for trying to spot these magnificent creatures!
We know many South Aussies like to embark on these trips on their own, as a road trip or a long weekend away – however a group tour is great for those that want to fit everything in to a short time or would like all the fuss of transport and accommodation arrangements done for them!
Contact us if you’d like to find out more about visiting iconic South Australian or Australian wildlife adventures.