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Our most recommended South Australia Safaris & Wildlife Activities

Kangaroo Island: 75-Minute Ocean Safari

1. 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!

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.

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

3. 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: 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!

Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

5. 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.

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: Nocturnal Animal 4WD Experience

7. Kangaroo Island: Nocturnal Animal 4WD Experience

Embark on this nocturnal 4 wheel drive adventure and start off with a pickup from your accommodation in Kingscote.  Meet your experienced guides who live locally and know the area, you’ll love experiencing the sights and sounds of Kangaroo Island's wildlife after dark. The drop in air temperature and light means the island buzzes with activity as day gives way to the night. See how this 155 km long island transforms as the sun goes down and the 'local nightlife' warms up. While we explore the island by 4x4 your guide might point out some of the following native Australian animals including Stone Curlews, Boobook Owls, Brush-tailed Possums, and maybe even an Echidna.  Spot Western Grey Kangaroos eating in open grasslands, or discover Tammar Wallabies hiding in the shrublands or amongst the island's undergrowth. This 3-hour 4x4 tour ends with the expert guides dropping you off back where you started with a deeper understanding of the creature you share this unique island with.

Port Lincoln: Wildlife and Sightseeing Full-Day 4WD Tour

8. Port Lincoln: Wildlife and Sightseeing Full-Day 4WD Tour

Explore Lincoln National Park on a 4WD adventure and have a great chance of seeing local wildlife. Savor a seafood lunch, then visit Whalers Way in the afternoon and enjoy the scenic views. After pickup from your accommodation in Port Lincoln, make your way first to Winter Hill Lookout for a bird’s-eye view of Port Lincoln and Boston Bay. After that, head toward Lincoln National Park. Once there, discover a few quiet beaches and sand dunes. Keep your eyes peeled for the plentiful local wildlife, such as kangaroos, wedge-tail eagles, emus, and blue-tongued lizards. Next, travel to the Wanna sand dunes and undertake the Sleaford to Wanna 4WD off-road experience. Enjoy one of the best sand dune tracks on offer in South Australia before returning to Port Lincoln for a seafood lunch. In the afternoon, head to Whalers Way, a private property with exclusive views that even top those in the national parks. Marvel at the curved limestone coastline, magnificent caves, and long-nosed fur seals. The tour concludes with drop-off at your accommodation.

Cleland Wildlife Park Experience with Mount Lofty Summit

9. Cleland Wildlife Park Experience with Mount Lofty Summit

A day with Australia's wonderful animals awaits. Before arriving at the wildlife park, you will take a short stop at Mount Lofty Summit to enjoy the magnificent panorama over Adelaide. At approximately 710m, the summit is the highest point in the Adelaide Hills with uninterrupted views to the Gulf St. Vincent and as far as the eye can see north and south. The Cleland Wildlife Park is set in 35 hectares of natural bush and provides a unique open space environment with very few enclosures. It is home to over 130 species of native animals and is one of only a few places in the world where you can hold a koala. Cleland Wildlife Park is well known for its management and care in the health and wellbeing of the animals. As you explore the park and follow the self-guided discovery trails, find an abundance of native wildlife and walk among the free roaming animals in their natural environment. Explore the lively wetlands where the pelicans, cormorants and water birds live. See kangaroos, emus, dingoes, wallabies, Tasmanian devils and many more! Get up close to Australia’s iconic Koala! Your entry fee includes the ‘close-up’ experience where you can meet, touch and photograph one of the park’s cutest inhabitants while listening to the keepers who care for them. For an additional fee (no pre-booking), you have a unique opportunity to hold a koala and have a professional photo taken at the same time. Engaging with the park’s friendliest inhabitants provides a truly immersive experience. The best way to get up close to the kangaroos, wallabies and potoroos is by hand feeding them with the animal food provided. Don’t forget to save some for the emus and waterfowl as you make your way around the park. The Ocean to Outback Interpretive Centre provides an opportunity to learn about South Australia’s diverse ecosystems whilst viewing the nocturnal animals, small mammals and reptiles – you may even choose the reptile hold experience!

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

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 280 reviews

It was such an amazing and unique experience. Staff was very helpful and made us comfortable. They gave important information and answered all questions clearly. It was not bumpy at all so it was a pleasant sailing. Nevertheless, you may consider taking ginger pills 30mins before the trip. Dolphins tended to swim near to the front deck most of the time. If you have a large group of people on board, you will get 1-2 chances at max to swim under the front deck. If you love sea life as me, this won’t be enough for you. On the other hand, I am fully satisfied what I’ve experienced. Thanks.

The staff were informative, easy to talk to and really helpful! The experience was fantastic and we can’t wait to do it again! Also excellent value for money

The tour was great! We saw a lot and tour guide Ben has a lot of knowledge to provide. Definitely recommend!

Our guide was informed, interesting and helpful. He showed us all the wildlife that we wanted to see.

Amazing experience swimming with the dolphins up close