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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.

Port Lincoln: Coffin Bay Seafood, Wine, and Nature Day Trip

2. Port Lincoln: Coffin Bay Seafood, Wine, and Nature Day Trip

Explore Coffin Bay on a guided tour from Port Lincoln. Marvel at the beautiful scenery as you meet local producers on a day trip. Take a cruise to learn about the local seafood industry. Sample world-famous oysters and indulge in a delicious tasting menu before trying some premium wines. Your day begins as it does for most Eyre Peninsula locals, resetting and rejuvenating by the ocean. This tour takes in Coffin Bay National Park, home to a swathe of the Eyre Peninsula's best beaches, including Almonta Beach. Roam secluded, sandy shores without another soul in sight - except for the resident kangaroos and emus - then settle in by the sea for morning tea with panoramic views across the vast landscape. Venture around the coast to our next destination, where world-famous Coffin Bay oysters are primed for tasting. Learn about the Eyre Peninsula's enviable seafood industry as you glide through crystal-clear waters to Experience Coffin Bay's working oyster farm. See oysters plucked straight from the ocean, then sample the briny fruits of your labor. The taste of the ocean on your tongue, vivid waters lapping at your side, and a gentle sea breeze on your cheek – this is a gourmet experience to awaken your senses. After your oyster epiphany, cruise back to shore. You may even be joined by the local pod of dolphins who call these waters home. Your gourmet seafood escape continues back on land. Pull up a seat overlooking the bay at 1802 Oyster Bar & Restaurant, where head chef Andy will introduce you to his favorite local produce sourced from the surrounding sea and land with a delicious tasting menu. Take your time and take it all in before meandering back towards Port Lincoln. The perfect pairing for your seafood feast, local wines and sweeping views await at Boston Bay Wines. Perched above the Southern Ocean, sample a range of premium wine and meet Tony and Sonia, second-generation wine growers and producers. At day's end - cup, belly and soul full – you'll be drop[ed you at your Port Lincoln accommodation between 5 PM and 5.30 PM.

Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

3. 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.

Port Lincoln: Lincoln National Park Sunset Sand Dunes Tour

4. Port Lincoln: Lincoln National Park Sunset Sand Dunes Tour

Head to the sand dunes in Lincoln National Park to watch night fall. Feel the thrill of riding in a modified off-roading vehicle. Explore Stanford beach and take in the sunset at the Wanna Sand Dunes. Be picked up from your accommodation in Port Lincoln. Relax on the drive to Lincoln National Park. Get off the beaten track as your guide uses the 4-wheel-drive to venture off-road. Admire the long stretch of sand at Stanford beach. See how the light plays across the wind-sculpted sand dunes at sunset. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like the Rosenberg's goanna lizard, echidnas, western whipbirds, malleefowls and hooded plovers. 

Kangaroo Island: Full-Day Guided Island Life Tour

5. Kangaroo Island: Full-Day Guided Island Life Tour

This tour takes in a variety of landscapes across Kangaroo Island from the Cygnet River valley to the north coast, across the central plateau and down to the rugged South Coast. Get an introduction to Island life, where things take time. Drivers wave as they go by, or even stop for a chat. Have a cuppa with home-made cakes before a walk down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees where koalas snooze overhead or wake briefly for a feed. See some of the Island’s most productive and diverse farming country, including sheep growing some of the world’s finest wool. Walk quietly through the bush with your guide – what makes that noise, who’s track are those, who left THAT little pile there? Look for wallabies extinct on the mainland, a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island, and learn about some of the unique Island plants. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a private bush setting featuring some of the Island’s fresh produce including local fish, salads and fine wines before continuing to the South Coast. At Seal Bay Conservation Park walk with your guide amongst sea lions on a beautiful sandy beach. Watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see bulls bearing scars from territorial fights, and learn of their unique breeding biology.

Coorong Discovery Cruise

6. Coorong Discovery Cruise

Discover the Coorong National Park on a 3.5-hour experience with lunch included. Cruise past the Murray Mouth and into the park for 1-hour guided walk. Tour departs from the old river port town of Goolwa, located 70 minutes south of Adelaide’s center.  A Ploughmans lunch is served on board as you cruise to the Goolwa Barrage and through the lock. Continue down to the Murray Mouth and into the Coorong National Park. Stop for a guided walk across the peninsula through dune vegetation to a beach on the Southern Ocean. Enjoy afternoon tea on the return journey to Goolwa.

Kangaroo Island Scenic Trail Tour

7. Kangaroo Island Scenic Trail Tour

This is a small group tour for 2-10 people in a mini bus. The itinerary is very flexible and is tailored to suit your needs. Visit the Flinders Chase National Park, with landmarks such as the Remarkable Rocks, Admiral Arch, Weirs Cove and Vivonne Bay. Look out for the many different kinds of wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, fur seals and sometimes the elusive echidna. You can also challenge yourself and try to spot all the different bird species. Places Visited • Seal Bay: guided visit to the beach and sea lion colony • Raptor Domain: bird sanctuary show  • Vivonne Bay • Remarkable Rocks * Admirals Arch * Weirs Cove Lunch is not included. Bottled Water is included.

Coffin Bay National Park: Highlights and Off-Road Jeep Tour

8. Coffin Bay National Park: Highlights and Off-Road Jeep Tour

Discover one of South Australia's most popular yet exclusive national parks, Coffin Bay National Park, on a 4WD Jeep tour. Head off-road, roaring up sand dunes, see dramatic limestone cliffs and pristine bays, and keep an eye out for local wildlife, including emus and kangaroos. Take out the stress of organizing a rental car and enjoy a hotel pickup from Port Lincoln township. Kick-start your adventure with a relaxing 30-minute drive to Coffin Bay, enjoying the typical Australian country view along your route. Once at Coffin Bay National Park, head down the sealed road to marvel at the remarkable limestone coastline. Fine white sand beaches, dramatic cliffs, and pristine water are the highlights in this park. As you drive along, keep a sharp eye out for the local wildlife commonly sighted during the trip, such as emus, kangaroos, and blue-tongue lizards. Then, kick up the adrenaline with a drive down Gunyah Beach's sand dunes. The beach is one of the best beaches in all of Eyre Peninsula but isn't easily reached by car because of the soft sand. Luckily for you, your 4WD allows you to visit this untouched piece of paradise.

Melbourne to Adelaide: 3-Day Great Ocean Road Grampian Tour

9. Melbourne to Adelaide: 3-Day Great Ocean Road Grampian Tour

Discover Great Ocean Road Grampians National Park on a tour from Melbourne to Adelaide. Visit stunning landmarks including the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Mackenzie Falls, Halls Gap and some other magnificent sights throughout the region. Day 1: Melbourne - Great Ocean Road - 12 Apostles Start your 3-day adventure by exploring the world-famous Great Ocean Road with its stunning ocean views and surf beaches. Spot wild koalas and take a guided rainforest walk before visiting the limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles and other wonders of the Shipwreck Coast. Overnight in Warrnambool. Meals: N/A. Driving Distance: 360km. Day 2: Warrnambool - Tower Hill Port Campbell - Halls Gap On the second day, visit the Tower Hill Conservation Reserve, an extinct volcano, rich in Aboriginal history and an abundance of wildlife. Later hike up to the iconic Pinnacle lookout with an amazing view over the Grampians. Finish the day with a traditional Aussie BBQ and overnight stay in Halls Gap. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner. Driving Distance: 190km. Hike Distance: 4.5km. Day 3: Halls Gap - Grampians National Park - Adelaide On the last day of the journey, hike to the base of Mackenzie Falls, then check out some other famed sights such as Boroka Lookout and The Balconies. Then, travel across the western plains of Victoria into South Australia arriving in Adelaide around 7:30 PM. Meals: Breakfast. Driving Distance: 510km. Hike Distance: 2km.

5-Day Flinders Ranges & Outback Eco Tour from Adelaide

10. 5-Day Flinders Ranges & Outback Eco Tour from Adelaide

Join a small-group eco safari to discover the Flinders Ranges. See an abundance of wildlife, wilderness, local aboriginal artworks, and culture. Day 1: Adelaide to Flinders Ranges (L, D) Depart Adelaide at 7:30 am to journey north. Enjoy a picnic lunch and an optional bush walk with your guide. See Pichi Richi Pass, Quorn, Warrens Gorge Conservation Park, and Willochra Plain. Enjoy a delicious Aussie barbecue for dinner. Sit around the campfire under the unforgettable desert sky in the authentic Australian outback. Optional extras: Night Sky Observatory. Day 2: Flinders Ranges to Arkaroola (B, L, D) Travel along Moralana Scenic Drive to see unsurpassed scenery and Australian wildlife. Visit Stokes Hill Lookout for views of Wilpena Pound. Enjoy lunch at and a tour of the old copper mining town of Blinman. See Gammon Ranges National Park and Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Optional extras: Scenic flight over Arkaroola and the outback and/or astronomy night. Stay overnight at the Arkaroola Wilderness Resort. Day 3: Arkaroola (B, L, D) Take on the 4WD Ridge Top Tour (approx. 4-hour return trip). Journey from Arkaroola through the incredible scenery of the Gammon Ranges. Enjoy dramatic landscapes and dramatic changing colors as you travel through the outback to the historic Beltana Homestead. Savor a country-cooked roast lamb dinner with all the trimmings. End the day with a spot of stargazing. Optional extras: Arkaroola Scenic Flights. Day 4: Beltana Homestead to Rawnsley Park Station (B, L, D) This morning travel through some of the most amazing countries there is to offer. Meet the locals at the Iga Warta aboriginal community with their collection of local artifacts. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch at the old Copley Bakery. See Brachina Gorge and enjoy a bushwalk into Wilpena Pound itself. Or, relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the Flinders Ranges. The itinerary is dependent on availability. Optional extra: 30-minute scenic flight over Wilpena Pound. Day 5: Flinders Ranges to Adelaide (B, L, D) Join an early morning bush walk to see the rock art of the Adnyamathanha peoples. Head back through the Southern Flinders Ranges to see Red Gum forests. See the beautiful wine region of Clare Valley and if time permits try a tasting. Returns to Adelaide approximately 7:00 pm.

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4.8 / 5

based on 232 reviews

A lovely environment and our guide was delightful and very knowledgeable about the wetland flora and fauna. We were served morning tea of scones and coffee in one of the hides, very welcome. After the walk and talk, we tasted some of the Banrock wines on the deck overlooking the beautiful scenery. A walk suitable for most and not too taxing. Highly recommend.

This was such an amazing experience. We went from looking at shipwrecks, seeing dolphins right beside our kayak to paddling through a mangrove lake

A great way to see all the key sites on the island, and Luz is clearly very knowledgeable and eager to share what he knows. Highly recommended!

Great crossing of the island allowing you to admire magnificent landscapes while observing the animals of the island Superb excursion

An excellent trip - nice relaxed pace but very enjoyable