Kangaroo Island Safaris & wildlife activities

Our most recommended Kangaroo Island Safaris & wildlife activities

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!

Kingscote: Kangaroo Island Scenic Trail Tour

5. 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: 2 Hour Guided Buggy Tour

6. Kangaroo Island: 2 Hour Guided Buggy Tour

Head through the riverbank bushland and spot koalas hanging out, explore the rugged coastline and take on Little Sahara's sand dunes with a guide-driven buggy tour of Kangaroo Island. Explore wild places totally inaccessible to anyone else. Admire koalas in the 500 year old gum trees along the banks of the Eleanor River. Travel to the edge of the Earth with an experienced guide. Marvel at the beauty of the rugged cliffs, turquoise waters and huge swell at the coast. Discover a pristine remote beach, where there will be nothing between you and Antarctica, besides the vast Southern Ocean. Finish off with a ride through the desert-like landscape of Little Sahara’s epic inland sand dunes. This adventure is sure to be one to remember.

From Adelaide or Glenelg: Kangaroo Island Private Group Tour

7. From Adelaide or Glenelg: Kangaroo Island Private Group Tour

Explore the beauty and wonder of Kangaroo Island on a personal group tour. Explore sites like Remarkable Rocks, Flinders Chase National Park, Admiral's Arch, and more. Drag your eye away from the amazing sites and see if you can spot the New Zealand fur seals, the Australian sea lions, penguins, echidnas, kangaroos, and native birdlife that call the island home.  Get picked up from your hotel in Adelaide or Glenelg, and travel through the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula. Board the ferry at Cape Jervis (keep your eye out for wildlife) and disembark at Penneshaw before making your way onto the rest of your tour. As well as the natural sites, make a stop at a vodka distillery and bar where you'll have the opportunity to buy local products. At the end of the day, you'll be dropped back at your hotel in Adelaide or Glenelg. Please note that bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance due to time and transport requirements.

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What people are saying about Kangaroo Island

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 207 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!

A great way to see all the key sites on the island, and Luz is clearly very knowledgeable and eager to share what he knows. Highly recommended!

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

Nice trip along the island with dolphins, rare birds, seals and good explanations from the friendly and competent crew.