Kangaroo Island Nature & adventure

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Kangaroo Island: 2-Hour Dolphin, Seal and Snorkeling Tour

1. Kangaroo Island: 2-Hour Dolphin, Seal and Snorkeling Tour

Benefit from a safety briefing before climbing aboard a boat to go in search of marine life and the chance to swim and snorkel with lovable sea creatures. Listen to an informative live commentary on the 2-hour ocean safari, and avail of the only opportunity in South Australia to swim with long-nosed fur seals. Snorkel along some of Kangaroo Island’s beautiful coastline and swim alongside dolphins or seals in the wild. Alternatively, join as a spectator and keep dry and watch all the action from the boat.  Marvel at seals, dolphins and an abundance of birdlife, including eagles, gulls and cormorants. 

Kangaroo Island Full Day Experience by Ferry Including Lunch

2. Kangaroo Island Full Day Experience by Ferry Including Lunch

Explore the highlights of Kangaroo Island on this full-day tour by return ferry and coach from Adelaide. See playful fur seals, the Remarkable Rocks, and Admirals Arch, as well as other native Australian wildlife.  Depart Adelaide and enjoy a scenic coach ride towards the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula south of the city. Admire views of the vineyards, coast, and rolling hills along the way. Upon arrival at Cape Jervis, board the SeaLink ferry for the 45-minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island, where, a local driver/guide will take you on a tour of South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destination. Go to Seal Bay Conservation Park for a beach walk with an experienced guide. Spend time amongst a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Get up close to the wild creatures as they frolic and laze about. Then, enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch.  Spend the afternoon at Flinders Chase National Park, renowned as a sanctuary for native Australian animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and echidnas. Admire the rugged coastline on walks around Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks. Stroll down the Admirals Arch boardwalk to a rugged cliff face that reveals the spectacular rock arch formation, a safe haven for playful long-nosed fur seals. Keep a lookout for more kangaroos and wallabies on your return to Penneshaw or your return ferry back to Adelaide. Arrive at approximately 22:40 and be dropped off at your selected Adelaide CBD accommodation.

Kangaroo Island: 75-Minute Ocean Safari

3. Kangaroo Island: 75-Minute Ocean Safari

Climb aboard for an exhilarating ride along the beautiful coast of Kangaroo Island and marvel at the pristine waters, stunning coastline and local marine life. Set sail from Christmas Cove and look for dolphins and seals just minutes from the marina. Listen to an informative live commentary from your skipper along the way. Learn more about the local history and hear dozens of interesting wildlife facts. Avail of a must-do wildlife experience that is suitable for all ages and great fun for the whole family!

Kangaroo Island: All Terrain Quad Adventure

4. Kangaroo Island: All Terrain Quad Adventure

Get more action on this 2-hour quad bike adventure, designed to give you more time on the quad, and experience a wide variety of terrains, including sand and gravel tracks, open grassland, and winding bush trails. All tours begin with a kit and instruction session, followed by practice on the safe operation of the quad bikes. You will then experience the thrill of riding the latest quads from Yamaha, Suzuki, or Honda. Building up to more technical and challenging tracks, your tour will be customised to your ability. Guides will point out and provide information about the local flora and fauna, and you will often spot some of Australia’s enchanting wildlife. Combine this with spectacular views over Vivonne Bay, and you have an all-terrain quad adventure to remember!

Kangaroo Island: Electric Fat Bike Tour

5. Kangaroo Island: Electric Fat Bike Tour

Journey into wild places, through otherwise inaccessible parts of Kangaroo Island on an unforgettable tour. Explore this nature-based destination on an electric fat bike. Leave with an experience you can talk about for many years to come. Ride along riverbanks listening to birds and spotting koalas in the massive gum trees that around 500 years old. Learn about the native bush foods, flora and fauna from your guide. Then, finish off cruising through the incredible landscape of Little Sahara’s sand dunes. With a combination of 7 gears and electric assistance, climb up hills, gain speed, and float across soft sand. With extra-wide tires on low-inflated 80mm-100mm wide rims, you will have no trouble going through the toughest riding terrains. Pedal up huge sand dunes effortlessly on these bikes. Take the time to capture photos of the amazing landscapes and native Australian wildlife that you see along the way. Go home with long-lasting memories and a sense of achievement.

Kangaroo Island 3 Hour Extreme Quad Bike Adventure

6. Kangaroo Island 3 Hour Extreme Quad Bike Adventure

Get your adrenaline fix on a 3-hour extreme quad bike adventure on Kangaroo Island. The action all starts at Vivonne Bay, close to one of Australia's best surf beaches. Your guide will set you up with all the safety gear, before some time on the practice track, where you will get a safety briefing and tips on how to operate a quad bike safely. Complete laps of the practice track until you feel confident; and then you're ready to go! Head off through winding trails in native bushland and across open grasslands, then challenge yourself to the extreme rocky trails en route to Cape Kersaint. See spectacular scenery and unforgettable views of Vivonne Bay and the Southern Ocean, from vantage points only accessibe on an ATV.

Kingscote: Kangaroo Island Scenic Trail Tour

7. Kingscote: Kangaroo Island Scenic Trail Tour

The itinerary is very flexible and is tailored to suit your needs. Visit the Flinders Chase National Park, with landmarks such as the Remarkable Rocks, Admiral Arch, Weirs Cove and Vivonne Bay. Look out for the many different kinds of wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, fur seals and sometimes the elusive echidna. You can also challenge yourself and try to spot all the different bird species. Places Visited • Seal Bay: guided visit to the beach and sea lion colony • Vivonne Bay • Remarkable Rocks • Admirals Arch • Weirs Cove

Kangaroo Island: Guided Kayak Tour on Harriet River

8. Kangaroo Island: Guided Kayak Tour on Harriet River

Experience the peace and serenity of Kangaroo Island as you glide and explore the abundant banks of the Harriet River situated just behind Vivonne Bay. Begin the activity with instructions on how to correctly wear your lifejacket and adjust your backrest, along with the correct technique for paddling on the river. Learn how to identify hazards, safely enter the water, and how to paddle forward, backward, turn, and stop. When ready, follow your guide, who is a local, experienced and qualified kayak expert. Enjoy spotting an abundance of wildlife. Identify local flora, look for koalas in the trees, spot a variety of birds, and watch the bream jump out of the river as you paddle past.

Kangaroo Island Food & Wine Tour

9. Kangaroo Island Food & Wine Tour

The tour will commence with a drive to Pennington Bay, taking in spectacular views of the Penneshaw coastline. Arrive at a stunning beach where dolphins and whales can often be spotted frolicking in the water, and stop for a photo opportunity.  Visit Emu Ridge Eucalyptus, where you can learn how a traditional Australian Bush Product is made at South Australia's only commercial Eucalyptus Oil Distillery. Emu Ridge is an excellent retail outlet that offers an extensive range of local products as well as tastings for Kangaroo Island Ciders. Take a guided tour and learn how the distillation process takes place. Enjoy a wine tasting at Bay of Shoals Wines, before taking a scenic drive into Kingscote where you will stop at a cafe for lunch at your own expense (optional). Visit Clifford's Honey and learn about the Ligurian Bee, taste the various flavors of honey and have a look around in the gift shop. Visit Kangaroo Island Spirits, enjoy the gin, vodka and liqueur tastings. Finally, make your way to the island's Lavender Farm. Enjoy lavender scones and a drink of tea or coffee before making your way back to your hotel.

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4.6 / 5

based on 219 reviews

My parents and I went on the 75 Minute Ocean Safari and it was the perfect way to 'dip your toes' when you arrive on the Island (great for all ages too). Clem and Elijah were fantastic, offering some interesting information about the history of the island as we passed some significant landmarks. We had ample time to watch the gorgeous (and very cheeky) fur seals and spotted lots of birdlife too. Sadly, as Clem put it, "The Dolphins didn't get the memo." However, this is obviously out of anyone's control and it certainly didn't make the trip any less enjoyable! I really appreciated that they added some more excitement to the trip, taking the boat over the wake from the ferry and adding a little surprise at the end of the trip too!

Brilliant Dolphin cruise with a sensational skipper, Illija! He was great with his enthusiastic and informative commentary, and took us straight to a pod of 30 Bottle Nosed Dolphins with babies which came up right to the boat! Then he took us to watch some NZ Fur Seals sun baking and also found 2 nests with Wedge Tailed Eagles in them. The weather was superb and the cruise even better!

It was thrilling! Rode a quad bike for the very first time and over different terrain. Thank you Lee and Sanne for a wonderful experience and very informative tour of the island's native plants/vegetation and animals.

Well organised day with very helpful and informative guides and great to visit the third generation farms and businesses

Great day out. Plenty to see and experience. Our driver Chris was terrific and very knowledgeable