Tour Description

Kangaroo Island

Five Days: February–March 2021

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 explore the magnificent scenery, unique wildlife and see how Kangaroo Island has recovered from the devastating fires of 2019-2020.

 

Day One

(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.

The 50 minute crossing is a relaxing journey and after disembarking in Penneshaw, we enjoy morning tea on the foreshore beside the water.

We begin our adventure on Kangaroo Island by travelling around the harbour, calling into Pennington Bay and Muston Lookouts to admire the spectacular coastal views.

Continuing on, we arrive in 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 at a local café overlooking the anchorage, where we can watch many birds and may even see a seal or dolphin. We then visit The Rebuild Independence Project where a volunteer group is re-creating the United States Schooner “Independence”, built by American sealers in 1803. This was the first vessel ever built in South Australia 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 (to be confirmed) which overlooks the beautiful Nepean Bay and every room boasts unrestricted sea views.

Day Two

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

We enjoy a delicious breakfast before continuing our exploration of Kangaroo Island.

We journey south-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 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 for lunch before travelling into Seal Bay Conservation Park. Seal Bay is home to an Australian sea lion population; the third largest colony of these endangered species.

As we experience a guided tour with a National Parks Ranger, you’ll notice there are no enclosures as we come to the large sandy beach and dune area which is home to the Australian sea lion colony. This is the only place in the world where you can see these animals at close range and enjoy a pristine coastal environment where sea lion pups play and mothers nurse their young. It is a unique and unforgettable experience to be within metres of these wild creatures.

For those who don’t wish to do the guided walk, there is a gentle boardwalk where you can wander at your own pace to the lookout that provides views of the whole bay and the dunes where the sea lion rest and play.

At the conclusion of the tour we have time to look around the visitor centre and gift shop before returning to Kingscote.

Day Three

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

After 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 eventuated from a dream of owners Tony and Maria to diversify the property. A small plantation in the garden area in 2001 grew to todays plantation of one hectare with 10 different varieties of lavender, harvesting over 8000 bunches a 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.

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 through to body lotion. We enjoy 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

(includes cooked breakfast, picnic lunch and two course dinner)

Today we travel to the western end of Kangaroo Island to explore. Much of this end of the Island was heavily effected by the January 2020 bush fires 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.

Our first visit 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. 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.

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

(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)

After breakfast we farewell our hosts in 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.