Discover the incredible natural environments around Adelaide with an exploration of Kangaroo Island and the Eyre Peninsula

Packed with activities on offer and abundant wildlife, this adventure gives the perfect slice of South Australian paradise. Catch the ferry over to Kangaroo Island, meet a sea lion colony in Seal Bay, slide a sand board down the dunes of Little Sahara and take a walk around Vivonne Bay in search of wildlife. Look out for koalas in the Hanson Bay wildlife Sanctuary and take in the view of the island’s signature Remarkable Rocks. Head to the other side of the bay and discover the hidden jewel of the Eyre Peninsula, the perfect place for active wildlife adventures. Choose to swim with Great White Sharks and playful sea lions, or hike among the bush and admire the marine landscape on boat trips. Meet some of Australia's famously unique residents, including kangaroos and emus on land, then soak up the serene ocean atmosphere while cruising on a series of catamarans, ferries and boats.


Start
Adelaide, Australia
Finish
Adelaide, Australia
Country
Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Short Breaks
Code
PSNSC-B
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 1, Max 24

Why we love this trip

  • Give sandboarding a crack amid the white sand dunes of Little Sahara

  • Take in the impressive coastal views from Remarkable Rock

  • Koalas are one of Australia’s most iconic creatures – make some new furry friends among the gum trees of Mikkira Station and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Take the chance to head beneath the surface, into the crystal clear waters surrounding the Neptune Islands, and face-off with a Great White Shark

  • Dive at the opportunity to go on a watery play-date with some friendly sea lions, seeing who’s got the better moves in the waters around Hopkins Island

  • Hike through the dense Australian bush and the spot native wildlife that lives in the area

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 February 2017 - 31 March 2018

After an early morning pick up from your accommodation (selected hotels/hostels), travel along the picture-perfect Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis for the 45-minute SeaLink ferry ride to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. While crossing, it's not uncommon to have an escort of local dolphins that can be viewed from the dolphin deck on the boat. Once you disembark, stop in at Rob's Shearing and Sheepdogs to check out how sheep are shorn, then continue to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery – the only commercial eucalyptus distillery in South Australia. Next up is a visit to the Seal Bay Conservation Park, where you'll have the opportunity to see rare Australian sea lions up close in a wild breeding colony. Travel on to the white sand dunes of the Little Sahara, where you’ll get the chance to give sand boarding a shot, then arrive at your exclusive accommodation in Vivonne Bay Lodge. Enjoy some free time to kayak on the Harriet River, go for a self-guided walk along the property’s tracks, head out trail bike riding or swimming, or simply kick back along Vivonne Bay Beach. Accommodation tonight is in eight-person dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms (bed linen provided).

Note: The coach transfer from Adelaide to the ferry is approximately 1.5 hours, with a sailing time of 45 minutes. On the island, you will spend approximately 2 hours in the vehicle with frequent sightseeing. Walking and active time will depend on which optional activities you choose in the afternoon.
Included Activities
  • Rob's shearing and sheepdogs
  • Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery
  • Seal Bay Conservation Park
  • Sandboarding at Little Sahara
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast, pop into the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary for a walk among eucalyptus trees in search of lazing koalas. Next, continue on to Flinders Chase National Park, arriving at the iconic Remarkable Rocks ahead of the crowds. Ramble across the craggy coastline, marvel at the dramatic seascapes, and then stop in at Admirals Arch on Cape Du Couedic to see the resident fur seals frolicking in the ocean or basking on the rocks. If time and weather permits, there might be several stops made en route to Penneshaw, where you can purchase dinner (own expense) before you arrive back in Adelaide.

Note: Driving time whilst on the Island will be the majority of the day, with constant stops for sightseeing. The ferry Journey is approximately 45 minutes back to the mainland with a journey of 1.5 hours back to central Adelaide. Arrival time will be approximately 10:40pm. Walking distances are several hundred metres at each location.
Included Activities
  • Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Flinders Chase National Park
  • Remarkable Rocks
  • Admirals Arch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Kick off early from Adelaide this morning (around 5am) and head north around Spencer Gulf, with your destination the Eyre Peninsula, via Port Augusta and Whyalla. The Eyre Peninsula is one of those great Australian secrets that many people haven’t yet discovered, thanks to the lack of a major airport and too long a drive for most domestic travellers. It’s teeming with some of country’s most amazing and outstanding real wildlife experiences. It’s the kind of place that will give only those that have been a knowing smile, the smile that you've discovered a very special place indeed. After you arrive in Port Lincoln and check into your accommodation, head out to Mikkira Station. The property of this historic homestead is littered with Giant Yakkas and Manna Gum trees. The gums leaves are the favourite food of koalas, so crane your neck on a walk around the property and see if you can spot these furry little guys up in the branches.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mikkira Station
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
You will visit Whalers Way Conservation Park for spectacular rugged coastline, Lincoln National Park walk Stamford Hill (where you’ll hopefully spot some kangaroos and emus), Fishers Bay and swimming in the pristine waters of the Southern Ocean.

We visit Wadlata Cultural Centre and have an interpretive walk through the life of the new frontier pioneers of South Australia.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast this morning, head over to the marina, where you can choose to cruise out to Hopkins Island for one of Australia's most unique wildlife experiences – swimming with Australian sea lions. This memorable activity involves a half-day boat cruise out to Seal Cove at Hopkins Island, where you’ll don a snorkel and dive into the water after a short guideline and safety introduction. Wild but not shy, these new flippered friends will often bound into the water, keen to show you their tricks – they duck, dive, roll, race, somersault and swirl in their efforts to show off. There is nothing that can parallel the feeling of swimming among these inquisitive, gentle creates, communing with the ‘puppy dogs of the sea’. Those preferring to stay on dry land can spend the day in Port Lincoln, perhaps strolling the foreshore or indulging in a seafood lunch. In the afternoon, return to Adelaide where your wildlife adventure wraps up.
Optional Activities
  • Swim with Sea Lions and Dolphins - Port Lincoln - AUD205
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

3 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Minibus, Transfer coach, Ferry

Accommodation

Hostel multishare (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Rob's shearing and sheepdogs
  • Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery
  • Seal Bay Conservation Park
  • Sandboarding at Little Sahara
  • Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Flinders Chase National Park
  • Remarkable Rocks
  • Admirals Arch
  • Mikkira Station

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Important notes

1. Coach transfer from Adelaide to meet the ferry on day 1 departs Adelaide Central Bus Station (85 Franklin Street) at 6:45am. Hotel pick up’s from central Adelaide to the bus station are available on request.
2. Check in at the Central Bus Station will be at the ‘Sealink’ counter.
3. Trip finishes at the Adelaide Central Bus Station at approximately 10:40pm on day two, accommodation on night two is the Adelaide YHA with pick up the following morning at 5:00am.
4. This trip is also available in Original twin share, see code PSNSC-O
5. Optional extra activities can be reserved in advance to secure your place, and paid locally

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