Five Days: 7th – 11th September 2022
Twin Share: $2095 per person. Sole Use: $2395 per person.
- 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.
With more than one third of Kangaroo Island being dedicated to a protected area, it is no surprise that international journalists have called it ‘one of earth’s last unspoilt refuges’. Australia’s third largest island, it is one of natural, rugged beauty, which serves as a sanctuary for our native wildlife. While best known for its pristine wilderness, it also offers an appetising collection of local produce. So join us on this short escape as we explore the magnificent scenery and unique wildlife of Kangaroo Island.
Day One – WEDNESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2022
(includes light lunch and two course dinner)
We have an early start this morning in order to catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island. After completing home pick-ups (limited areas*) we enjoy a scenic drive down the Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis where we board the vessel.
After a relaxing 50 minute crossing we arrive in Penneshaw and enjoy morning tea on the foreshore beside the water before beginning our adventure on Kangaroo Island. Travelling around the harbour, we call into Pennington Bay and Muston Lookouts to admire the spectacular coastal views.
Passing Prospect Hill (formerly Mount Thisby), we head to American River, which is neither American nor does it have a river! The town is named after a group of American sealers who, in 1803 camped here alongside a narrow inlet which they mistook for a river at the time.
Lunch is enjoyed in a local café overlooking the anchorage, where we can watch the birds and may even see a seal or dolphin. We then visit The Rebuild Independence Project where a volunteer group is recreating the 45ft United States Schooner “Independence”, built by American sealers in 1803. This was the first vessel ever built in SA and an interpretive display details the adventures and fate of the boat.
By late afternoon we make our way to Kingscote, the largest town on Kangaroo Island. Dating back to 1836, it was South Australia’s first official European settlement. For the next four nights we will be staying at the Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn (Ph: 08 8553 2707) which overlooks the beautiful Nepean Bay and every room boasts unrestricted sea views.
Day Two – THURSDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2022
(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)
Following breakfast we depart for Emu Bay on the island’s peaceful north coast. A popular area for holiday homes, the beach at Emu Bay is an Island favourite due to its clear waters and long shoreline. We take a short drive to look around before visiting Emu Bay Lavender Farm.
Traditionally a wool and grain farm, the Lavender Farm grew from a dream the owners Tony and Maria had to diversify their property. A small plantation in the garden area in 2001, has expanded to today’s plantation of one hectare with 10 different varieties of lavender. Over 8000 bunches are harvested each year. During our visit, we learn about lavender production, see it in various stages and even taste some goodies made with lavender, such as the popular lavender ice cream. Morning tea is enjoyed in this peaceful setting and those who wish can visit the gift shop to pick up something from the range of products made on site.
From Emu Bay, we take some of the backroads to 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 through to body lotion. We enjoy a guided tour of the distillery, followed by a light lunch and the opportunity to browse in their shop.
Kangaroo Island also has the world’s only pure-bred and disease-free population of Ligurian honey bees. Due to its isolation, Cliffords Honey Farm is a bee sanctuary, as well as a producer of delicious honey. The farm runs over 300 honey-producing hives and is committed to the sustainability of this unique bee population for future generations. Cliffords produce a variety of quality honey and are well known on the Island for their delicious honey ice-cream, which we will get to taste at the end of our tour.
We return to Kingscote and take time to stop and view the silo artwork. Completed in January this year, the silos depict the wildlife and
vegetation of the island, featuring a 25 metre tall Kangaroo on one end, and the endangered glossy black cockatoo on the other. The art is the work of Cam Scale, who has created silo works in various locations around the country. He was assisted by Andrew Davis.
After admiring the work we return our accommodation with time to relax or the opportunity to browse the main street, before sitting down to dinner.
Day Three – FRIDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2022
(includes cooked breakfast, picnic lunch and two course dinner)
Today we journey west from Kingscote to explore part of the south coast of the 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 of its kind in South Australia. We meet an array of birds including a Wedge-tailed Eagle, the friendly Barn Owl, the laughing Kookaburras and many more. Unlike many birds in captivity, these raptors have plenty of stimulation and freedom and are fascinating to watch.
After this spectacular show we stop for picnic lunch before continuing further into Seal Bay Conservation Park. Home to an Australian sea lion colony for thousands of years, these magnificent creatures come to rest and nurse their young on the large sandy beach and dune area of the bay. Unique to SA and WA, this species of sea lion is endangered and the colony at Seal Bay is the third largest colony in existence.
This is also the only place in the world where you can get so close to these animals as we walk on the beach where pups play and mothers suckle their young. We will be treated to this unforgettable experience guided by a National Parks Ranger. For those who don’t wish to do the guided walk, there is a gentle boardwalk to the lookout that overlooks the whole bay and these beautiful animals.
At the conclusion of the tour we have time to look around the visitor centre and gift shop before returning to our accommodation for the evening.
Day Four – SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2022
(includes cooked breakfast, picnic lunch and two course dinner)
Today we travel to the western end of Kangaroo Island to explore. Much of this part of the Island was heavily effected by the January 2020 bushfires and today we will see how nature has recovered.
The first stop on our drive is at stunning Vivonne Bay, characterised by its long, sandy beach and the jetty 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 wishing to disembark on the Island. Vivonne Bay has also been named as one of Australia’s Best Beaches for clarity of water, privacy and cleanliness.
Our journey continues to the iconic Flinders Chase National Park, home to some of the Island’s best known features and geological phenomena. Covering 74,000 hectares, it was the second national park to be declared in South Australia. Flinders Chase consists of three sections; an area of coastal landscapes around Cape du Couedic, the Gosse Lands in the centre and the former Cape Borda Lightstation reserve. The park also adjoins Ravine des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area.
While in the national park, we visit 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. For the more energetic, a further walk takes us to the naturally sculptured Admiral’s Arch. One of Kangaroo Island’s most impressive and unusual natural landmarks, it took thousands of years of erosion to create this distinctive rock bridge.
Another area we visit today is the much photographed Remarkable Rocks, where a cluster of huge, weather-sculptured granite boulders perch on a granite dome that swoops 75 metres to the sea. 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 for our last evening together on tour.
Day Five – SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2022
(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)
After breakfast, we farewell our hosts and return to Penneshaw. We catch the ferry once more for the return cruise across the stretch of water known as Backstairs Passage to the mainland.
Departing Cape Jervis, we take the scenic route, following 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 for lunch.
A leisurely afternoon drive brings us back home to Adelaide, relaxed and inspired by the beauty and wildlife of Kangaroo Island.