Tour Description

Easter on Kangaroo Island

Five Days: 19th – 23rd April 2019

Twin Share: $2295 per person. Sole Use: $2595 per person.

Included in the tour:
  • Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
  • Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
  • All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
  • Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.

 

Lying just off the mainland of SA is Australia’s third largest island and one of natural, rugged beauty which serves as a sanctuary for our native wildlife. With more than one third of Kangaroo Island being dedicated to a National or Conservation Park, it is no surprise that it has been called ‘one of earth’s last unspoilt refuges’ by the UK Sunday Telegraph. While best known for its pristine wilderness, the Island also offers an appetising collection of local produce, particularly a unique variety of honey that we can try. Kangaroo Island offers the perfect short escape for Easter, amongst some of South Australia’s most magnificent scenery and unique wildlife.

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Day One – FRIDAY 19 APRIL 2019

(includes light lunch and three course dinner)

This morning after completing home pick-ups (limited areas), we drive down to Cape Jervis ready to catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island.  We make the easy 50 minute crossing to Penneshaw, arriving in time for lunch.

Refreshed we travel around the harbour to Pennington Bay and on to Muston Lookout, which provides panoramic views of Pelican Lagoon and spectacular coastal views.

Passing Prospect Hill (formerly Mount Thisby), we head for American River, named when a group of American sealers camped here in 1803 alongside a narrow inlet which they thought was a river at the time!  At Independence Point on the coast are the remains of Muston Wharf and evidence of the only railway that has ever operated on Kangaroo Island. It is also the site of the launch of the first recorded ship built in South Australia, a 35 ton Schooner named “Independence” by whalers and sealers in 1804.  Also be sure to look out for the endangered glossy black cockatoos.

By late afternoon we make our way to our accommodation for the next four nights in Kingscote. It is the largest town on Kangaroo Island, which dates back to before the proclamation of South Australia and was the first official settlement in the new colony.

We arrive at the  Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn (Ph. 08 8553 2707) with time to settle in before dinner. The Seaside Inn overlooks the beautiful Nepean Bay and every room boasts unrestricted sea views.

 

Day Two – SATURDAY 20 APRIL 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

This morning we head to Emu Bay on the islands peaceful north coast. We take a short drive to look around before journeying to Emu Bay Lavender. At this picturesque farm we learn about lavender production, see it in various stages throughout the season and even taste some goodies made with plant. We will enjoy morning tea whilst here and you may also like to browse the gift shop.

We return to Kingscote for lunch before travelling south, to the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, South Australia’s only commercial eucalyptus oil distillery. Here, they use traditional methods in the production of Eucalyptus oil, as well as making a wide range of associated products, from confectionary to body lotion. We tour the distillery and have the opportunity to make a purchase or two!

Kangaroo Island has the world’s only pure-bred and disease-free population of Ligurian honey bees and acts as a sanctuary, due to its isolation. Clifford’s Honey Farm runs over 300 honey producing hives and is committed to the sustainability of this unique bee population for future generations. Clifford’s produce a variety of delicious honey, as well as bees was products and are well known on the Island for their delicious honey ice-cream. We have a tour of the farm and enjoy a special ice-cream treat!

On the conclusion of our visit we return to Kingscote for a three course dinner before retiring to our rooms for a relaxing evening.

 

Day Three – SUNDAY 21 APRIL 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

Happy Easter!

We journey west today for two of the must-see attractions for any visitors to Kangaroo Island. The Raptor Domain is an environmental and educational rehabilitation centre for injured and orphaned birds that are not able to be released back into the wild. After our morning tea, we will be treated to an exceptional “In-Flight” Birds of Prey display—the only one in South Australia—where we will meet an array of birds including a wedge-tailed eagle, barn owl and laughing Kookaburras.  Unlike many birds in captivity, these birds have plenty of stimulation and freedom.

Travelling a short distance north to Seddon, we stop at Seal Bay Cottages and Café for our lunch, situated in a beautiful  tranquil setting amongst native gum trees.

Next we take an extraordinary tour at the Seal Bay Conservation Park, which has a large sandy beach and dune area where Australian Sea-Lions rest and nurse their young. Guided along the beach by a National Parks Ranger, we enjoy an unforgettable experience as we wander within metres of the bulls, cows and sea pups as they rest. For those who don’t wish to do the walk, there is a gentle boardwalk to the lookout that overlooks the whole Bay. There will be some free time following the tour to take in the beauty of this coastal haven before returning to Kingscote for dinner.

 

 Day Four – MONDAY 22 APRIL 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

Today we explore the western side of Kangaroo Island, where much of the land falls into protected area. As we drive along the south coast, we stop at stunning Vivonne Bay, characterised by its long, sandy beach and the jetty which is used extensively by cray fishermen for off-loading their catch. The middle portion of the jetty was removed during WWII as a deterrent to enemy ships. Vivonne Bay was named as one of Australia’s Best Beaches for clarity of water, privacy and cleanliness.

We continue west before arriving at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Here, it is rare not to spot a koala in the wild! We enjoy morning tea before taking a brief walk through the sanctuary, for an opportunity to add to our list of animal sightings.

Just a short distance on, we enter Flinders Chase National Park, a haven for endangered species and home to some of Kangaroo Island’s best known features and geological phenomena. It was the second national park to be declared in South Australia.  Covering 74,000 hectares, the park consists of three sections; an area of coastal landscapes around Cape du Couedic in the south west, the Gosse Lands in the centre and the former Cape Borda Lightstation reserve in the north west corner. The waters surrounding much of the park are also protected by Marine Park. We call into the Visitors Centre to view the display and enjoy lunch, before exploring the park.

Our first visit this afternoon is to Cape du Couedic, with its lighthouse constructed in 1909. A short board walk takes us to a lookout where we can watch a colony of New Zealand Fur Seals at play and for the more energetic, a further walk takes us down to the naturally sculptured Admiral’s Arch.

We call into Weirs Cove where we enjoy more scenic views, before travelling the short distance to the much photographed Remarkable Rocks — a cluster of huge, weather-sculptured granite boulders perched on a huge granite dome. It is an awesome sight and a highlight of any tour to Kangaroo Island.

By late afternoon it is time to head back to Kingscote ready for dinner and our last evening together on tour.

 

Day Five – TUESDAY 23 APRIL 2019

(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)

This morning we farewell our hosts at Kingscote for the drive east to Penneshaw. We catch the ferry for the return cruise across the stretch of water known as Backstairs Passage to Cape Jervis on the mainland and have time to enjoy morning tea on board.

From here we take the scenic route, following along Range Road through the farming areas of Parawa and Waitpinga. With magnificent views east and west, we pass through Victor Harbor and make our way to Middleton where our two course hot lunch will be waiting for us.

An easy drive home brings us back to Adelaide in the mid-afternoon, making a relaxed end to a wonderful Easter holiday on Kangaroo Island.