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Wild Islands & Walks of South Australia – Adelaide – Adelaide

Wild Islands & Walks of South Australia – Adelaide – Adelaide

From AUD $6,390

Description

This voyage offers the opportunity to explore and hike South Australia’s wild islands, where forested National Parks give way to sheer wave-carved cliffs and sweeping white-sand beaches.

A highlight of the itinerary is a series of guides trekking excursions through coastal nature trails and to rugged island outlooks where guests will be rewarded with sweeping ocean vistas. Hosted by expert guides, including Kangaroo Island resident and well-known writer and photographer Quentin Chester, learn about the flora, fauna, and history of this remote habitat. Cool down with an invigorating ocean swim or enjoy kayaking in the beautiful turquoise waters at destinations such as Antechamber Bay on Kangaroo Island. Less-visited islands, such as Hopkins Island and Wedge Island, offer the opportunity to encounter charismatic native wildlife – inquisitive Australian sea lions, bettong, fairy penguins, rock wallabies, and many more. Along the way, enjoy the tastes of South Australian and indulge in fresh regional seafood and hand selected local wines.

Guest Lecturer Quentin Chester: Quentin is a writer, photographer and outdoor guide who has led treks from the Himalayas to the Flinders Ranges. A resident of Kangaroo Island, Quentin’s deep knowledge of the region is shared through conservation projects and guiding roles.

Trip Name
Wild Islands & Walks of South Australia - Adelaide - Adelaide
Days
11
Overview
Vessel Type: Expedition Ship Length: 93.4 meters Passenger Capacity: 120 (60 staterooms) Built: 2019 Designed and built to be the most modern tropical expedition ship afloat, Coral Adventurer debuted in April 2019. She features comfortable Australian interiors, Xplorer tender mechanism, intimate guest experience, and personalized service. EXPEDITION CAPABILITIES > Two trademark Xplorer tenders seat all passengers for shore excursions > Six zodiacs for more intrepid exploration > Lecture lounge with multimedia for daily expedition briefings and presentations > Small on-board Library > Shallow draft and advanced navigation and propulsion systems MARINE IMMERSION > Navigator lounge in the bridge giving a vantage point of ship operations > Over 1000 sq m of open deck space including a wrap-around promenade deck with panoramic views > Engine room tours and high level of crew interaction with guests > Barralong Room for hosting scientific research or exhibitions FOOD AND WINE FEATURES > Communal ‘wine table’ > Galley viewing window > Multiple indoor and outdoor bars, including our Explorer bar on the Vista Deck > Curated wine cellar featuring boutique wines and exceptional vintage Australian reds. GUEST COMFORT > All outside-facing guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms; majority have private balcony > Active stabilisers > Gym > Passenger elevator > Wi-Fi available in all guest areas

Itinerary



Day 1 - DEPART ADELAIDE
Board Coral Adventurer at 4:00pm and depart Adelaide at 5:00 pm, en route to Kangaroo Island. Settle into your cabin before the Captain’s Welcome Drinks at sunset.
Day 2 - YORKE PENINSULA - TROUBRIDGE ISLAND
Today we arrive at Yorke Peninsula’s Troubridge Island, where we will snorkel, swim, kayak and stroll along the white sandy beaches.Troubridge Island is part of Troubridge Shoals which extend across to York Peninsula and constitutes a hazard to shipping. Troubridge Shoals has been the cause of over 33 wrecks and groundings. The islands Conservation Park is an important breeding area for birds and is home to a large colony of little penguins, black-faced cormorants, and crested terns – an ideal environment for bird enthusiasts.Visit the site of an operating lighthouse from 1856 until 2002 – the second lighthouse to be built in South Australia. Despite earthquake, fire and constant erosion of this island that continually moves and reshapes itself, the Troubridge Island Lighthouse has survived this far. As the erosion continues to eat towards the foundations of the tower, it is very much under threat.
Day 3 - KANGAROO ISLAND – ANTECHAMBER BAY
Antechamber Bay, located on the north coast of the Dudley Peninsula, is one of Kangaroo Island’s finest coastal havens. At one end of the bay, Lashmar Conservation Park, watered by the Chapman River, is known for its lush bushland and native wildlife. Here, we can enjoy beach walks along the bay, or swim in the turquoise water. Choose to kayak up the Chapman River, or a walk along the river to discover historic gravesites and Memorial to Aboriginal Women who were brought to Kangaroo Island from the Fleurieu Peninsula to assist the sealers to survive on the island.At the other end of the bay, Cape Willoughby juts into the ‘Backstairs Passage’ – the narrow strait between Kangaroo Island and the Fleurieu Peninsula that was named by Matthew Flinders as the ‘private entrance’ to the two gulfs. Lighting this 14km wide strait is the Cape Willoughby Light Station. We may spend time hiking the bold rocky headland to the Lighthouse, circled by crashing waves, and also tour the Lighthouse Keeper’s cottage.Walks:> Antechamber Bay Walk – 4.2km one way> Cape Willoughby Light Station Heritage hike (1 hour, 1.9km – moderate hike)
Day 4 - WESTERN RIVER COVE
Today, land at isolated Western River Cove to visit the beautiful historic homestead, and observe the effects of the recent bushfires and subsequent recovery. There may be an opportunity to meet thehomestead owners and hear their stories. A walk along the ridge reveals spectacular views of the valley, and the beach offers excellent snorkelling or swimming. Weather permitting, visit beautifulKangaroo Beach. Later, cruise past the sea cliffs at Cape Borda for wonderful views.
Day 5 - LINCOLN NATIONAL PARK – MEMORY COVE & HOPKINS ISLAND
On the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula, the Jussieu Peninsula juts into Spencer Gulf. Protected as the Lincoln National Park, this region is covered in windswept eucalypt and she-oak forests and is home to many bird species, including the rare western whipbird. Rocky headlands, battered by the waves, give way to wide pure-white beaches.Here, we will enjoy walks to coastal lookouts. Stroll through dense bushland and emerge atop the cliffs to enjoy spectacular views of the Southern Ocean and the islands scattered throughout the Spencer Gulf.Later, at Hopkins Island, we will witness the friendly Australian sea lions. Getting close to these inquisitive creatures as they frolic around in the water is sure to be a bucket-list experience.
Day 6 - COFFIN BAY
Bordered by sea and National Parks, Coffin Bay is a stunning destination. The pristine waters of the bays in this area are home to numerous pods of dolphins, sea lions, seals and many seabirds. Emus and kangaroos roam and the natural beauty of turquoise sea, white sand dunes, and bright blue sky is a wonderful backdrop to our day’s adventures.Here we will hike through the Coffin Bay National Park to get an understanding of the forests and environment – enjoy interpretation of the heathlands, mallee forest and she-oak woodlands. Discover the tranquil bays, protected from the might of the Southern Ocean, and snorkel or kayak with the chance to spot some of the marine life.There is also the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable wild cuisine experience – hop into some waterproof waders and take a seat the Saltwater Pavilion to shuck and taste your own delicious Coffin Bay Oysters.
Day 7 - FLINDERS ISLAND
Located around 35kms from the Eyre Peninsula Coast, Flinders Island has a long history of sealing, whaling, and farming. Owned by the Woolford family since 1979, they run an established sheep farm, abalone harvesting business and are working to establish a Safe Haven for vulnerable native species. Meet the Woolford family to learn about the history and conservation projects on the island.Visit the Kapara shipwreck at Bryant’s Bay, and stroll through the shearing sheds at the farm. Taste fresh abalone and other local seafood at Eyrewoolf Abalone. This evening, cruise past protected Pearson Island in the light of the setting sun.
Day 8 - THISTLE ISLAND
Located in the Spencer Gulf, Thistle Island has a fascinating sealing and whaling history. Here, we will take leisurely walks to spot birds and relax on the beach.
Day 9 - CAPE DONINGTON & REEVESBY ISLAND
A headland at the most northerly part of the Jussieu Peninsula on the east coast of Eyre Peninsula, Cape Donington is a great spot to enjoy refreshing sea views and rocky coastline. Take a dip at Cape Donington Beach before heading along the 2km trail over to September Beach. Keep an eye out for western grey kangaroos, emus or goannas near the Cape Donington lighthouse, or head out to the rocks in the hope of seeing some long-nosed fur seals or Australian sea lions.Later we head to Reevesby Island, part of the Sir Joseph Banks Group; an archipelago on the eastern coast of the Eyre Peninsula. Accessible only by boat, this island is one of the largest of the group. Women played a major role in the island’s history, especially in the early days leading up to the Great Depression. Take a hike around this important seabird breeding site and visit the homestead and machinery sheds. This beautiful chain of islands offers a range of sheltered bays, golden sand beaches and reefs teeming with marine life.Walks:> Walk Donington Beach to September Beach – 2km, 1hour return Donington Loop Walk – 6.2km, 2hour return> Stamford Hill Hike (Hard/ One of the Great South Australia short walks) Steep 2km – 1hour return> Stamford Loop Hike (Hard) – 6km -2hour return
Day 10 - WEDGE ISLAND
Visit Wedge Island, located within the island group known as the Gambier Islands. With history connected to WWII, this island was used as a radar station by the RAAF and was one of the top-secret radar stations in South Australia. There are remains of an RAAF village from 1944-45 here.Another highlight of Wedge Island is the unique Australian fauna – try to spot some rare and endangered Bettong, Fairy Penguins, Rock Wallabies, Emus, Wombats, and a large variety of bird species. Wedge Island boasts rugged landscapes and pristine beaches and is renowned for its wonderful marine life and known for one of the best fishing spots in Australia.To end the day, we cruise by Althorpe Island Lighthouse after dinner, one of a group of lighthouses that represented the inter-colonial agreement by the State in 1873, which sought the necessity of lighthouses.
Day 11 - ARRIVE ADELAIDE
This morning we arrive into Adelaide at 7:30am for an 8:30am disembarkation.
Day 12 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
10-02-202120-02-2021AUD $6,390CORAL DECK STATEROOM
10-02-202120-02-2021AUD $7,490PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM
10-02-202120-02-2021AUD $9,290EXPLORER DECK BALCONY STATEROOM
10-02-202120-02-2021AUD $9,585CORAL DECK STATEROOM SOLE
10-02-202120-02-2021AUD $9,890BRIDGE DECK BALCONY STATEROOM
10-02-202120-02-2021AUD $11,235PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM SOLE
10-02-202120-02-2021AUD $13,190BRIDGE DECK BALCONY SUITE
10-02-202120-02-2021AUD $13,935EXPLORER DECK BALCONY STATEROOM SOLE

Inclusions

    • Spend time at Antechamber Bay and Western River Cove to explore Kangaroo Island’s north coast, and the wonderful beaches, history and wildlife
    • Learn how to shuck your own fresh oysters at Coffin Bay
    • Be rewarded with striking views and peaceful native forest environs on the great South Australian walking trails
    • Discover the forgotten history of Wedge Island and its secret radar station
    • Encounter the inquisitive sea lions at Hopkins Island
    • Visit Eyrewoolf Abalone on Flinders Island to taste freshly caught abalone and seafood, and learn the history of this island from the Woolford family
    • Enjoy sunset cruises past the stunning coastal formations of Cape Jervis, Kangaroo Island, Neptune Island and Pearson Island and Whaler’s Way
    • Spot little penguins at Troubridge Island

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