Tour Description

Kangaroo Island

Five Days: 26th – 30th March 2020

Twin Share: $1995 per person. Sole Use: $2289 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.

 

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 admire the magnificent scenery and unique wildlife of Kangaroo Island.

 

Day One – THURSDAY 26 MARCH 2020

(includes light lunch and three 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. A visit to the Gateway Information Centre provides a great introduction to the Island before we begin our adventure.

Travelling around the harbour we call into Pennington Bay and Muston Lookouts to enjoy 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.  We take a look around this delightful area and enjoy our lunch here.

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 – FRIDAY 27 MARCH 2020

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

We enjoy a delicious breakfast before beginning our exploration of Kangaroo Island. We drive to an area known as the ‘Little Sahara’, an impressive naturally occurring sand dune system. Here, wind-sculpted dunes and shifting white ridgelines stretch out for over 600 acres with the tallest dunes rising over 76 metres above the ocean.

Next we experience one of the highlights of our holiday. 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. 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 birds have plenty of stimulation and freedom.

After this spectacular show we stop at Seal Bay Cottages and Café for our lunch. Situated in a beautiful location on 35 acres of land, it is a tranquil, rural setting nestled among native gum trees and has a winter lagoon.

An extraordinary guided tour at the Seal Bay Conservation Park is our next treat for today.  There is a large sandy beach and dune area where Australian Sea-Lions come to rest and nurse their young.  Guided along the beach by a National Parks Ranger, it is quite an unforgettable experience to wander within metres of the bulls, cows and sea pups as they rest. 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.

We return to Kingscote in the afternoon with time to relax and freshen up before dinner.

Day Three – SATURDAY 28 MARCH 2020

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

After breakfast we head to Emu Bay on the island’s peaceful north Coast. We take a short drive to look around before visiting Emu Bay Lavender Farm. Here 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 their range of products, from lavender jelly to hand cream.

We return to Kingscote to explore the main street before lunch in a local cafe.

This afternoon we journey to South Australia’s only commercial Eucalyptus oil distillery, Emu Ridge Eucalyptus 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 are taken on a guided tour 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. Due to its isolation, Clifford’s 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. Clifford’s produce a variety of delicious honey and are well known on the Island for their delicious honey ice-cream. We tour the farm and enjoy a special ice-cream treat!

We return to the motel at the conclusion of another special day with time to relax before dinner.

Day Four – SUNDAY 29 MARCH 2020

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

Today we travel to the western end of Kangaroo Island to explore. On our drive, we stop at stunning Vivonne Bay which is 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.

We journey further west to Kelly Hill Conservation Park where we have our morning tea before continuing to the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is surrounded by protected area and boasts an abundance of native birds and wildlife. It’s rare not to spot a koala in the wild here, so we’ll take a short walk to see how lucky we are!

No trip to Kangaroo Island is complete without a visit to the iconic Flinders Chase National Park, home to some of the 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, the Gosse Lands in the centre and the former Cape Borda Lightstation reserve.  On arrival we enjoy lunch in the Chase Café and the opportunity to look around the Visitors Centre.

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 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.

Continuing on, we travel to historic Weir’s Cove where we gain an understanding of how isolated the early lighthouse keepers were in this magnificent location. We can see where fresh supplies were offloaded by boat for the lighthouse keepers and their families and there are still remains of the original jetty and store rooms.

Our final visit today is at 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 ready for dinner and our last evening together on tour.

Day Five – MONDAY 30 MARCH 2020

(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)

After breakfast we farewell our hosts at Kingscote and drive east to Penneshaw.  We catch the ferry once more for the return cruise across the stretch of water known as Backstairs Passage to the mainland.

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 for lunch.

A leisurely drive brings us back home to Adelaide, relaxed and inspired by the beauty and wildlife of Kangaroo Island.