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Kangaroo Island Full Day Experience by Ferry Including Lunch

1. Kangaroo Island Full Day Experience by Ferry Including Lunch

Explore the highlights of Kangaroo Island on this full-day tour by return ferry and coach from Adelaide. See playful fur seals, the Remarkable Rocks, and Admirals Arch, as well as other native Australian wildlife.  Depart Adelaide and enjoy a scenic coach ride towards the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula south of the city. Admire views of the vineyards, coast, and rolling hills along the way. Upon arrival at Cape Jervis, board the SeaLink ferry for the 45-minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island, where, a local driver/guide will take you on a tour of South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destination. Go to Seal Bay Conservation Park for a beach walk with an experienced guide. Spend time amongst a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Get up close to the wild creatures as they frolic and laze about. Then, enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch.  Spend the afternoon at Flinders Chase National Park, renowned as a sanctuary for native Australian animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and echidnas. Admire the rugged coastline on walks around Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks. Stroll down the Admirals Arch boardwalk to a rugged cliff face that reveals the spectacular rock arch formation, a safe haven for playful long-nosed fur seals. Keep a lookout for more kangaroos and wallabies on your return to Penneshaw or your return ferry back to Adelaide. Arrive at approximately 22:40 and be dropped off at your selected Adelaide CBD accommodation.

Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

2. Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

Go kayaking through Adelaide's Dolphin Sanctuary on this guided tour. Get up close and personal with one of the ocean's most playful and friendly creatures. Upon arrival, demonstrations and all equipment will be provided. Travel at a comfortable pace since you don't need any prior kayaking experience. Start your tour by kayaking your way through 10,000-year-old mangrove-lined creeks, which are the ultimate feeding grounds for dolphins due to the seagrass, saltmarsh, tidal flats, and creeks. See the sanctuary's abundant birdlife and intricate ecosystem. You can also paddle close to shipwrecks that have been abandoned from a bygone era. It's a special experience that simply can't be replicated.

Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

3. Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

Spend your vacation doing something unique and unforgettable on an excursion that takes you out into the waters, and swim alongside wild dolphins. On this 3.5-hour tour, you are guaranteed to see dolphins, which are one of the Earth’s most fascinating and curious creatures. Meet at the Holdfast Shores Marina in Glenelg, a mere 15 minutes outside of Adelaide. From there, board the 'Temptation', a 58-foot colossal sailing catamaran. As the boat cruises, experience the beauty of Australia's southern coastline. Eventually, come to rest in the waters where the wild dolphins will come to greet you and play in the waters. Don your wetsuit, mask, and snorkel, and take the plunge into the waters. Experience the breathtaking moment when you see dolphins underwater for the first time. Watch and listen; their grace and playfulness is stunning and the sounds of their whistles and echo location noises are mesmerizing. Once your adventure comes to an end, you will be taken back to the marina. Spend some time checking out the many restaurants and shops that grace the shoreline.

Adelaide Oval 2-Hour Rooftop Climb Experience

4. Adelaide Oval 2-Hour Rooftop Climb Experience

On this exhilarating 2-hour experience, you will climb along the impressive roofline of Adelaide Oval. Your guide will provide commentary covering a mix of local history, quirky facts and point out significant landmarks around Adelaide and surroundings. The tour begins on an open viewing deck, where you can take in the impressive vista. If you're more adventurous, you can try out the lean out point at 164-feet (50 meters) above the ground. Next you will visit the City View area, where you can take in amazing views of the city below. This tour runs throughout the day, including the early evening when you can take in the gorgeous setting sun and twinkling city lights below. After your rooftop tour, you will be gifted a group photo, a souvenir cap and an achievement certificate.

Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Mangroves Kayak Tour

5. Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Mangroves Kayak Tour

Experience the beauty of the the Dolphin Sanctuary in Adelaide on an eco-friendly kayaking tour. Discover a fascinating array of marine life and birds as your guide leads you in search of spirited Port River Dolphins. Meet your guide and listen to a short safety briefing to ensure that you are confident when kayaking. Put on your life jacket and set off on your hunt for Port River Dolphins. Have the chance to stop to take photos as you make your way through mangrove trees. Listen to stories from you guide and interact with the dolphins is the most environmentally sensitive way. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour

6. Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour

Take a guided 3-hour kayak tour of the Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail. Paddle along sheltered mangrove-lined creeks that are home to a variety of marine life, birds, and also the Port River dolphins. Explore an area that features 20 shipwrecks and interact with the dolphins as well, on an environmentally friendly tour. Paddle at an easy pace with plenty of time for photos and commentary by your guide. When the Port River dolphins come to play it is a memory you will treasure forever. The tour is recommended for adults and children over the age of 10 years, although younger children can come out and have great fun!

Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary 1 or 2-Person Kayak Rental

7. Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary 1 or 2-Person Kayak Rental

Make your way through the mangrove habitat in search of dolphins with this kayak rental in Adelaide's Dolphin Sanctuary. Rent high-quality, one-person or two-person kayaks and create your own adventure. Meet the staff at the tour supplier's office. Listen as they provide you with a safety briefing to ensure that you are comfortable with the kayak. Get some information about the area and a handy map to help you get around. Put on your life jacket and paddle through the mangrove creeks. Search for dolphins with your family or friends. Return your kayak and equipment to the rental office at the end of your two-hour hire.

From Adelaide: Kangaroo Island Wine and Dine Day Trip

8. From Adelaide: Kangaroo Island Wine and Dine Day Trip

Discover the nature, wildlife, and wine and spirits of Kangaroo Island on a full-day bus and ferry tour from Adelaide that includes a 2-course lunch. Be introduced to some of the island’s leading distilleries and taste some local Kangaroo Island produce. Begin early in the morning and travel to Cape Jervis taking in the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula with its vineyards, coastal views, and rolling hills.  Board the SeaLink ferry for the 45-minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Once on the island, board your luxury bus and let your local driver/guide take you on a ‘tasting’ tour of Kangaroo Island’s popular tourism attractions. Stop at the fascinating Birds of Prey Display at Raptor Domain for an educational, interactive, and inspiring experience. View the only “In-Flight” Birds of Prey display in South Australia, Next, go to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery for a delicious 2-course lunch followed by a guided tour of the distillery. Finish off with some free time in the souvenir shop to buy eucalyptus oil products. Continue to the Clifford’s Honey Farm shop, home of the famous island homemade honey ice-cream. See a working beehive, taste different varieties of pure Kangaroo Island Ligurian honey, and sample and buy honey beauty products to take home as a memento. Lastly, take part in a structured wine tasting with peaceful views of the surrounding vineyard at the False Cape Wines cellar, which was built from recycled wood, jetty timbers, and limestone sourced on the property.  End the tour at the Penneshaw Hotel where you have ample time to have dinner (at your own expense) before returning to the Penneshaw Ferry Terminal for your ferry and coach transfer back to Adelaide.

Melbourne to Adelaide: 2-Day Overland Explorer Tour

9. Melbourne to Adelaide: 2-Day Overland Explorer Tour

Day 1 - (L) Say farewell to Melbourne as you drive over the Westgate Bridge bound for Adelaide. Start at the beginning of The Great Ocean Road and twist along this iconic road with awe inspiring views the entire day. Stop for morning tea briefly before pulling over for a photo under Memorial Arch (The Great Ocean Road Sign). Continue through several seaside towns along the way, including Kennett River where your guide will help you find koalas in the wild and native birds amongst the eucalyptus trees, before your lunch stop in Apollo Bay. Relax on the main beach, walk the main street or taste some local ice-cream treats! After the lunch stop, the Great Ocean Road winds into the ancient Otway rainforest as you say goodbye to the coastline for a while. Stretch your legs in the fresh air as you're guided through the crisp wonderland of Maits Rest. Continuing the journey you'll join the ocean again at the Shipwreck Coast. Hear the stories of shipwrecks and marvel at the limestone cliffs and structures that span the coastline. View the 12 Apostles in all their glory as they defy hundreds of years of erosion. Walk down onto the sands of the isolated and remote Loch Ard Gorge. Hear the story of how London Bridge fell down as you view the archway that remains, before making your way into the Grampians National Park for your bed for the night.  Day 2 - (B) Wake up in the heart of the Grampians; Halls Gap. Early morning is the best time as kangaroos bounce, kookaburras laugh, and magpies and currawongs call to the rising sun. After breakfast, drive into the multiple mountain ranges of the Grampians National Park. Captivating panoramic vistas greet you at every break in the trees on your way to Borkoa Lookout. Look down over Halls Gap and Victoria's western plains. Take a walk to the Balconies, a geological icon of the Grampians with views over the Victoria Valley. Step down a series of 250+ stairs to the bottom of the remote Mackenzie Falls. Relax as the waters of the Wartook River cascade over the edge, before making the journey to Brambuk Cultural Center to learn about Jarwadjali and Djab Wurrung tribes that have called the Grampians (Gariwerd) home for thousands of years. Back to Halls Gap for lunch before beginning the drive through the broadacre farmland of Western Victoria. Crossing the border into South Australia, the drive continues all the way through to Adelaide for an arrival to the CBD at approx. 7.00 pm.

Barossa Valley: Hot Air Balloon Flight

10. Barossa Valley: Hot Air Balloon Flight

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Barossa Valley on this hot air balloon tour from Nuriootpa. Watch the sunrise as you soar over the valley and end your experience with a mouth-watering breakfast on the ground. Meet your pilot and crew approximately 2 hours before sunrise at the reception center in Nuriootpa. Once everybody is assembled and signed in, your pilot will give you a briefing before you board a comfortable all terrain vehicle for the drive to the launch site. Drive through the Barossa Valley which is famous for having some of the most gorgeous landscapes in all of Adelaide. Once you arrive at the launch site, your pilot and crew will inflate the balloon ready for take-off. Have the option to join in with the balloon preparation. This whole process takes about 30-40 minutes. Jump on board, and after one last briefing and then it’s up, up, and away. Wave goodbye to the crew who will follow on the ground and meet you when you land. Relax and take in the amazing 360⁰ views. Experience the peace and beauty of floating over the countryside as the sun is rising. Fly for about 1 hour before landing somewhere downwind. Once you have landed your crew will meet you and it’s time to pack the balloon away. Hop back in the comfy vehicle and head back to the reception center for breakfast. The morning ends with a delicious Barossa breakfast back at the reception center with a view over Penfolds Stonewell vineyards. Chat with your fellow passengers and pilot about the morning's events, while sipping sparkling wine and indulging in the best Barossa produce.

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What people are saying about Adelaide

A great day. Guides had lots of interesting stories of the area. For first timers it not too strenuous & was very safe. Very well organized. Highly recommend.

An excellent trip and the coach driver/guide on the island was so knowledgeable. Loved getting up close to sea lions at Seal Bay

Fiona was a great guide- saw dolphins, wrecks and paddled through the mangroves. Great way to spend half a day.

Loved everything about it ,excellent guide ,excellent photos a great way to spend a couple of hours

Had a really good time Fiona was a great instructor.