Explore Kangaroo Island’s natural beauty and wildlife on this 2-day, off-the-beaten-track tour that includes one night at Vivonne Bay Lodge for comfortable budget accommodation in either a dorm room or private twin room Bathrooms are shared, and the lodge features a kitchen, provided coffee and tea, table tennis, bike rentals, billiards, hammocks and more. If you wish, you can check out the nearby hiking trails and beach.
Bed linen is included; you must bring your own towel. In keeping with the adventurous spirit of this group tour, everyone works together with the guide to prepare meals and clean up. Provided meals include two lunches, one breakfast and one dinner.
Day 1: Adelaide – Kangaroo Island
After pickup at select Adelaide and Glenelg hotels, the small group travels by coach on a scenic 1.5-hour route through Fleurieu Peninsula to catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island. Once on the island, meet up with the friendly local guide to visit Rob’s Shearing, a farm just outside Penneshaw. Watch in amazement as the expertly trained dogs round up the sheep, and then check out a sheep-shearing demo that only takes a couple of minutes. Learn about farming life, dog training, shearing technique and wool handling during the fascinating demonstration.
Next stop is Pennington Bay. It is on your way to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery. Eucalyptus oil was once a major industry on Kangaroo Island, but today Emu Ridge is the only commercial eucalyptus distillery in South Australia. Learn about the history of this family-owned operation and how they make their fine oils.
En route, you’ll also make a stop at Seal Bay to take a closer look at a colony of Australian sea lions, and visit the towering sand dunes at Little Sahara to try out sandboarding. It’s like surfing on sand dunes.
After an active day, head to Vivonne Bay Lodge for the rest of the night. Before and after a barbecue dinner, which you help prepare, take some free time to explore the large property. A stunning beach, 6 miles (10 km) of walking and biking trails, and a table tennis area are among the places you can spend some free time. If you just want to wind down from the day, lounge in hammocks or find a quiet nook.
Overnight: dorm or private room, Vivonne Bay Lodge, Kangaroo Island
Day 2: Kangaroo Island – Adelaide
After breakfast, travel to Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary to see wild koalas and kangaroos. Walk through eucalyptus groves where koalas sit in the branches while kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and other critters roam free on the large protected property. Continue to Flinders Chase National Park to see huge wind-sculpted boulders nicknamed the “Remarkable Rocks.” Take in spectacular views of the coastline at Cape Du Couedic, and stop at Admirals Arch to watch long-nosed fur seals along the water. After a full morning, tuck into a tasty barbecue lunch at Flinders Chase Visitor Centre.
After your meal, visit a secluded beach at Stokes Bay, and if time permits, take a walk at Ironstone Hill to admire spectacular views of the mainland. Start your return journey to the ferry, stopping as time and weather allows you to visit other scenic spots. Your group takes a break at a restaurant where you can purchase dinner before the return journey to Adelaide. Alternatively, opt for the optional upgrade to return by airplane from Kingscote Airport to Adelaide.
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