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Kangaroo Island Adventure

Kangaroo Island Adventure

From $ 2,055 AUD

Description

This is as real as Australia gets – kangaroos around every corner, towering eucalyptus trees, out of this world wildlife and welcoming locals. Spend five unforgettable days exploring Kangaroo Island with a local guide and group of curious travellers, taking in the best natural and cultural highlights across the island. Hang out with a true blue sheep farmer, surf down sand dunes and discover the natural landmarks of Flinders Chase National Park. Throw in some of Australia’s best beaches and you’re in for an ace adventure.

Trip Name
Kangaroo Island Adventure
Last Updated
2022-07-04
Days
5
Capacity
11
Highlights
  • The island is known for some of Australia’s best beaches – hop your way between the white sands of Emu Bay, the secluded Stokes Bay and the famously stunning Vivonne Bay.
  • Dive into the culture of Kangaroo Island, from learning about the rebuild of a 1803 boat to visiting a true blue sheep farmer and his kelpie dogs.
  • Spend a morning with some of the island’s most delightful creatures, the colony of sea lions that has existed at Seal Bay for thousands of years.
  • You’ll feel like you’re in the deserts of North Africa when you visit Little Sahara, impressing with rolling sand dunes (you can even surf down them if you’re feeling adventurous!).
  • Explore the unique landscapes of Flinders Chase National Park, including the naturally sculpted Remarkable Rocks and the dramatic Admirals Arch.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Adelaide / Kangaroo Island
Welcome to Adelaide, the capital of South Australia and your gateway to the delights of Kangaroo Island. Your adventure begins at our hotel in Adelaide’s CBD. A welcome meeting will take place here at 9am where you’ll link up with your local leader and the other travellers joining you on this adventure. Find out what’s in store over the coming days, then board our private transfer bound for Cape Jervis (approximately 2 hours), from where you’ll jump aboard a ferry and travel to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island (approximately 45 minutes). Be sure to keep an eye out for dolphins swimming alongside the ferry! From the ferry landing it's a short walk to your hotel. Drop your luggage, then perhaps get to know your group over lunch on the island. In the afternoon, get your first taste of the island’s unique nature by joining your leader and heading out onto the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail, positioned in the dunes overlooking Hog’s Bay. Keep an eye out for wildlife! This evening you have the option to visit the Penneshaw Penguin Centre.
Day 2 - Kangaroo Island
Australia’s third-largest island, Kangaroo Island is a veritable paradise for wildlife lovers. It’s not just kangaroos you can find here – wallabies, sea lions and echidnas are all locals too. Evidence suggests Aboriginal life existed on the island as far back as 16,000 years, but it was uninhabited by the time Europeans arrived in the early 19th century. The island is now home to 4000 people, and today will be spent diving into local culture and history. First up, head out onto Dudley Peninsula and get a real taste of Aussie culture when you pay a visit to a sheep farm to see how sheep are shorn and meet the owner’s super sweet kelpie dogs. Stop by the Cape Willoughby Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in South Australia. If you’re feeling extra adventurous today, you’ll have the chance to climb the 500 steps to the top of Prospect Hill, the highest point on Kangaroo Island. Next up are visits to some local producers, such as the family-owned Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery and Clifford's Honey Farm, a third generation family business and home to the only pure strain of Ligurian Bee in the world. Then head to the Kangaroo Island Gallery, a community Gallery specifically for the promotion, encouragement and exposure of artists and craftspeople of Kangaroo Island. Time permitting there may be the option to also visit a local winery and try some of their wines (optional). Finally, head to Kingscote, the largest town on the island, check into your motel and put your feet up.
Day 3 - Kangaroo Island
After breakfast, swing by Salt Lagoon to snap some pictures of this scenic spot, then continue towards Emu Bay beach. If the group fancies, you’ll have the chance to pop into the Emu Bay Lavender Farm to try some curiously delicious lavender scones. Spend some time stretched out on the white sand or paddling in the pristine, clear waters, then beach hop over to the secluded Stokes Bay, a gorgeous spot for a swim. Early 2020 saw bushfires ravage Kangaroo Island, with the Stokes Bay region being particularly badly hit. The Stokes Bay Community Hall served as a centrepiece for the settlement since 1952, but was completely destroyed by the fires. Today the area is in recovery, and the National Trust is working with the local community to restore the hall, as well as natural habitats for wildlife. After an afternoon on the beach, return to Kingscote and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Day 4 - Kangaroo Island
Start the day with a visit to Seal Bay. There are no actual seals here, but there are plenty of sea lions! The sea lion colony you see today has existed at Seal Bay for thousands of years. Join an up close and personal ranger-led wildlife experience which will allow to observe the lives of these endearing creatures as you watch them swim, play and bask in the sun. Continue on to Little Sahara, named for its rippling sand dunes that resemble the North African desert. While here you may have the chance to hire a sandboard and ride your way down the dunes. Next up is something really special – head to Vivonne Bay, which is not only one of the most stunning beaches on Kangaroo Island, but the whole of Australia. Venture into the Flinders Chase National Park and come face to face with the aptly named Remarkable Rocks, made up of naturally sculpted granite boulders. You’ll also check out the impressive Admirals Arch and take some time to explore the park before heading back to Kingscote.
Day 5 - Kangaroo Island / Adelaide
Start the day by heading to American River (not actually a river, or American, but a little town on the northeast coast of the island), where you’ll find a schooner boat first built in 1803 called “Independence”. Learn about the boat’s history and see how it’s being rebuilt, then take a scenic walk through coastal scrub towards the remains of an old fish cannery built at the end of the 19th century, keeping an eye out for the rare and striking glossy-black cockatoos along the way. Get ready to say goodbye to Kangaroo Island as you make the drive back to Penneshaw and catch the ferry back to the mainland. Dock in Cape Jervis and hop on our private transfer back to Adelaide (approximately 2 hours). You can expect to arrive back at our hotel in Adelaide’s CBD at around 4.30pm at which time the tour comes to an end.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
17-09-202221-09-2022AUD $ 2,125-
24-09-202228-09-2022AUD $ 2,065-
22-10-202226-10-2022AUD $ 2,055-
29-10-202202-11-2022AUD $ 2,055-
26-11-202230-11-2022AUD $ 2,095-
17-12-202221-12-2022AUD $ 2,055-
15-01-202319-01-2023AUD $ 2,295-
11-02-202315-02-2023AUD $ 2,295-
04-03-202308-03-2023AUD $ 2,165-
01-04-202305-04-2023AUD $ 2,205-
22-04-202326-04-2023AUD $ 2,165-
20-05-202324-05-2023AUD $ 2,165-
16-09-202320-09-2023AUD $ 2,165-
28-10-202301-11-2023AUD $ 2,165-
23-11-202327-11-2023AUD $ 2,295-
16-12-202320-12-2023AUD $ 2,295-

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night),Motel (3 nights)

Transport

Private vehicle,Ferry

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