Unearth Australia’s third-largest island on an adventure tour from Adelaide. Kangaroo Island, or “nature’s playground” as it is commonly known, is famed for its plentiful wildlife from the land, sea and sky, as well as its untamed landscapes, white sandy beaches, and friendly locals.
Awaken your senses as you experience moments in nature you will never forget. Visit the icons, such as Flinders Chase National Park and Seal Bay, and enjoy unique experiences, such as participating in meaningful conservation work at at a local Wildife Sanctuary to learn about recovery and regeneration after the bushfires. Embark on magical hikes, snorkel in turquoise waters and sleep under the billions of stars of southern skies.
- Adelaide City, Australia
- Adelaide City, Australia
- Kangaroo Island,South Australia
- Swag Camping
- New trips
- Physical rating
- Min 12
- Group size
- Min 12, Max 20
Why you’ll love this trip
- This trip to Kangaroo Island offers a perfect blend of breathtaking landscapes, thrilling adventures, and unforgettable wildlife encounters. From exploring stunning beaches to hiking to the island’s highest point, you’ll get to witness panoramic views that will leave you in awe. The eco-campsite under the stars provides a unique and magical connection to nature.
- In Flinders Chase National Park, you’ll be amazed by awe-inspiring rock formations, pristine beaches, and diverse wildlife.
- The Seal Bay encounter with endangered Australian sea lions is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the conservation efforts to protect these precious creatures will leave a lasting impact. The final bush stroll before bidding farewell to Kangaroo Island will allow you to savour the last moments of this extraordinary journey.
Is this trip right for you?
- This trip to Kangaroo Island is ideal for nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and wildlife lovers. If you enjoy exploring coastlines, hiking to scenic viewpoints, and discovering unique wildlife, this itinerary offers an unforgettable experience. The eco-campsite and nocturnal wildlife-spotting expedition provide a chance to connect with nature on a deeper level.
- The second day in flinders Chase National Park brings opportunities to witness awe-inspiring rock formations, encounter native wildlife, and contribute to conservation efforts at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Overall, if you’re looking for a compact yet immersive journey, filled with breathtaking landscapes and unique wildlife encounters, this trip to Kangaroo Island will leave you with cherished memories with a deeper appreciation for the natural world.
Start your expedition to Kangaroo Island, with an early 6.45am departure from Adelaide CBD aboard a SeaLink bus headed to Cape Jervis ferry port. A 45-minute ferry trip takes you to Penneshaw, where an insightful Guide is waiting.
The journey continues on a comfortable bus travelling towards Pennington Bay, a stunning south coast beach renowned for its imposing surf breakers and inspiring swells. A coastal drive captures the the essence of the coastline.
Climb 500 stairs to reach the pinnacle of Prospect Hill, Kangaroo Island’s loftiest peak. Here, the panoramic views will offer you a mesmerising view of your surroundings.
Our journey then leads to Emu Bay, a genuine gem of the island, with its pristine turquoise waters. Enjoy a relaxed lunch and take a refreshing ocean dip before exploring Stokes Bay. Achieving the title of Australia’s finest beach in 2023, this haven provides ample time for snorkelling through rock pools and the surroundings.
As our first day comes to an end, we get settled in at an eco-campsite near the island’s eastern extremity. Following your dinner, join us for an expedition in nocturnal wildlife spotting – as the island’s natural inhabitants come alive during the night.
Throughout the day, we’ve covered approximately 240 km, exploring the best Kangaroo Island has to offer.
Start your day with breakfast before setting your sights on Flinders Chase National Park, an imperative destination at the island’s northwest corner. This park includes rock formations, immaculate beaches, and home to a diverse wildlife.
Walk along Admirals Arch’s boardwalk, with the possibility of seeing native New Zealand fur seals. A forest hike at Weirs Cove will be followed by a picnic lunch.
The afternoon offers an opportunity to contribute by volunteering at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, a 2,000-hectare refuge teeming with koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, reptiles, possums, and avian life. The sanctuary’s story of resilience, regeneration, and recovery after the 2020 bushfires is inspiring. Season-dependent, our conservation tasks may require seed collection, tree planting, or animal census – all in all contributing to nature’s well-being.
Head to Seal Bay, home to over 800 endangered Australian sea lions—the third-largest colony worldwide. Join a 45-minute guided tour led by National Parks & Wildlife rangers. Follow the boardwalk to the shoreline, where sea lions lay, while understanding the crucial conservation efforts to protect this species.
After a long day, return to the camp for dinner.
Today’s journey is around 295 km.
Wake up for an early start as we leave behind the camp and head to Penneshaw for the 8.30 a.m. boat back to the mainland.
As we arrive at Cape Jervis, the SeaLink bus is waiting to take you back to Adelaide at 11 a.m. Take in the memories of Kangaroo Island’s beauty and wildlife as we journey back to the mainland.
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