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Kangaroo Island: 2-Hour Dolphin, Seal and Snorkeling Tour

1. Kangaroo Island: 2-Hour Dolphin, Seal and Snorkeling Tour

Benefit from a safety briefing before climbing aboard a boat to go in search of marine life and the chance to swim and snorkel with lovable sea creatures. Listen to an informative live commentary on the 2-hour ocean safari, and avail of the only opportunity in South Australia to swim with long-nosed fur seals. Snorkel along some of Kangaroo Island’s beautiful coastline and swim alongside dolphins or seals in the wild. Alternatively, join as a spectator and keep dry and watch all the action from the boat.  Marvel at seals, dolphins and an abundance of birdlife, including eagles, gulls and cormorants. 

Kangaroo Island: 75-Minute Ocean Safari

2. Kangaroo Island: 75-Minute Ocean Safari

Climb aboard for an exhilarating ride along the beautiful coast of Kangaroo Island and marvel at the pristine waters, stunning coastline and local marine life. Set sail from Christmas Cove and look for dolphins and seals just minutes from the marina. Listen to an informative live commentary from your skipper along the way. Learn more about the local history and hear dozens of interesting wildlife facts. Avail of a must-do wildlife experience that is suitable for all ages and great fun for the whole family!

Kangaroo Island Scenic Trail Tour

3. Kangaroo Island Scenic Trail Tour

This is a private tour for 2-5 people in a luxury 4WD Van. 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, Hanson Bay Koala Walk and Vivonne Bay. Observe 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. Morning/afternoon coffee with biscuits will be organized during the day, and you can stop at the Flinders Chase Cafe for lunch (included). Due to the ongoing fires in Australia, as of January 2020 this will be the activity’s itinerary until further notice: • Pennington Bay: view over the popular surf and fishing spot  • Seal Bay: guided visit to the beach and sea lion colony • Raptor Domain: bird sanctuary show  • Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park • Photo: holding a Koala

Kangaroo Island: All Terrain Quad Adventure

4. Kangaroo Island: All Terrain Quad Adventure

Get more action on this 2-hour quad bike adventure, designed to give you more time on the quad, and experience a wide variety of terrains, including sand and gravel tracks, open grassland, and winding bush trails. All tours begin with a kit and instruction session, followed by practice on the safe operation of the quad bikes. You will then experience the thrill of riding the latest quads from Yamaha, Suzuki, or Honda. Building up to more technical and challenging tracks, your tour will be customised to your ability. Guides will point out and provide information about the local flora and fauna, and you will often spot some of Australia’s enchanting wildlife. Combine this with spectacular views over Vivonne Bay, and you have an all-terrain quad adventure to remember!

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.

Kangaroo Island 3 Hour Extreme Quad Bike Adventure

6. Kangaroo Island 3 Hour Extreme Quad Bike Adventure

Get your adrenaline fix on a 3-hour extreme quad bike adventure on Kangaroo Island. The action all starts at Vivonne Bay, close to one of Australia's best surf beaches. Your guide will set you up with all the safety gear, before some time on the practice track, where you will get a safety briefing and tips on how to operate a quad bike safely. Complete laps of the practice track until you feel confident; and then you're ready to go! Head off through winding trails in native bushland and across open grasslands, then challenge yourself to the extreme rocky trails en route to Cape Kersaint. See spectacular scenery and unforgettable views of Vivonne Bay and the Southern Ocean, from vantage points only accessibe on an ATV.

Kangaroo Island Full Day Experience by Ferry Including Lunch

7. 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.

Kangaroo Island: Gin, Wine, and Wildlife Guided eBike Tour

8. Kangaroo Island: Gin, Wine, and Wildlife Guided eBike Tour

Take some time to explore Kangaroo Island in a fun and adventurous way, by eBike. Mount high-spec bikes and follow your guide through this great wildlife habitat. Take a break and enjoy an elegant bbq lunch before triking all the way to a wine and gin tasting for the afternoon. Find the best way to discover Kangaroo Island's productive Cygnet River valley region on an eco-friendly eBike. Ride the backroads and private trails and pass through the wildlife habitat that Koalas, Kangaroo, Tammar Wallabies, and Short-beaked Echidnas call home. Afterward, take a relaxing break for a delicious BBQ lunch right in the middle of incredible conservation property, Cygnet Park Sanctuary. Enjoy good food in a stunning natural location before starting the afternoon ride. Jump back on the bike and head for the tasting room of a local vineyard. Learn about the wine of the region and try some out for yourself with a tasting. Just a little further up the road, enter into the gin distillery and try a signature cocktail or gin-tasting paddle. Afterward, enjoy a leisure ride back to the base.

Kangaroo Island: Guided Kayak Tour on Harriet River

9. Kangaroo Island: Guided Kayak Tour on Harriet River

Experience the peace and serenity of Kangaroo Island as you glide and explore the abundant banks of the Harriet River situated just behind Vivonne Bay. Begin the activity with instructions on how to correctly wear your lifejacket and adjust your backrest, along with the correct technique for paddling on the river. Learn how to identify hazards, safely enter the water, and how to paddle forward, backward, turn, and stop. When ready, follow your guide, who is a local, experienced and qualified kayak expert. Enjoy spotting an abundance of wildlife. Identify local flora, look for koalas in the trees, spot a variety of birds, and watch the bream jump out of the river as you paddle past.

Kangaroo Island: Food and Wine Guided Day Tour

10. Kangaroo Island: Food and Wine Guided Day Tour

Begin the day in the pristine farming region of Cygnet River, which produces a range of primary food sources including barley, wheat, canola, oats, lamb and beef. Learn about the agricultural history of Kangaroo Island and pass by Kangaroo Island Pure Grain, which is ‘GM-free’ and offers consumers farm-gate traceability and complete production history. Our first stop is Kangaroo Island Olives, where father and son duo, Michael and Dom, produce olives from a grove of 5000 trees. This enterprise reflects both our Mediterranean climate and the rich immigrant history of South Australia. Our tailgate tasting includes both table olives and some of the delicious oils they produce. On our way to the coastal town of American River, we pass Fryar’s Kangaroo Island Free Range Eggs and learn about the fascinating egg farm. The hens are free to roam wherever they like foraging in the pastures under the careful protection of Maremma guardian dogs. American River is home to the Kangaroo Island Oyster Farm Shop, which produces delicious Pacific Oysters in the calm waters of Eastern Cove. Depending on the season, we will either sample some oysters in the shop or at a secluded picnic spot. Our alfresco lunch features smoked meats, fresh salad and a selection of local beer and wines. After lunch, we head inland to visit Clifford’s Honey Farm. Since 1973, the Clifford family have specialised in producing honey from Kangaroo Island’s Ligurian Bee. Here we will gain an insight into the production of honey, including a tasting of a range of honey plus Jenny’s famous Honey Ice Cream! The Islander Estate Vineyards are one of Kangaroo Island’s premium wineries, producing a range of stunning red and white varieties. We visit their tasting room and will sample a selection of their wines whilst hearing about some of the creative winemaking techniques used by owner and winemaker, Jacques Lurton, from Bourdeaux, France. End the day with a tasting at Kangaroo Island Spirits, who have won numerous awards globally (including New York and London) for their range of beautiful gins and liqueurs.

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What people are saying about Kangaroo Island

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 139 reviews

Our guide Elijah was great explaining everything well. Fantastic experience with a seal claiming my daughter and I by repeatedly swimming around and beneath us and looking us in the eyes. Absolutely surreal ! Many seals watching us from the rocks and 1 sea lion lazing there too. Our boat captured the attention of a pod of dolphins that circled, jumped and dived under at close range.

The PERFECT activity for our family! A great mix of adventure, history and local knowledge. Our guide was amazing, from the safety talk at the beginning through to showing us were we rode on the map. Mostly beginner riders (ages 10, 14 & 16) we felt safe and well looked after. Well worth the investment, highly recommend!

A magnificent experience. Sometimes something strong for people without motorcycle experience…. But if you are looking for adrenaline, this is your activity

Very good guide with lots of information very helpful turning the boat around so all could see the Dolphins played lovely in front of use

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