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Kangaroo Island Adventure

From €1220pp tour-only
Depart From
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Departure Date
Regular departures in spring, autumn & winter
Duration
5 days
Destination
Adelaide & Kangaroo Island, Australia
Price
From €1220pp tour-only
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Explore the gem of South Australia!

This is as real as Australia gets – kangaroos around every corner, towering eucalyptus trees, out of this world wildlife and welcoming locals. Spend five unforgettable days exploring Kangaroo Island with a local guide and group of curious travellers, taking in the best natural and cultural highlights across the island.

Hang out with a true blue sheep farmer, surf down sand dunes and discover the natural landmarks of Flinders Chase National Park. Throw in some of Australia’s best beaches and you’re in for an ace adventure.

The island is known for some of Australia’s best beaches – hop your way between the white sands of Emu Bay, the secluded Stokes Bay and the famously stunning Vivonne Bay.

Dive into the culture of Kangaroo Island, from learning about the rebuild of a 1803 boat to visiting a true blue sheep farmer and his kelpie dogs.

Spend a morning with some of the island’s most delightful creatures, the colony of sea lions that has existed at Seal Bay for thousands of years.

You’ll feel like you’re in the deserts of North Africa when you visit Little Sahara, impressing with rolling sand dunes (you can even surf down them if you’re feeling adventurous!).

Explore the unique landscapes of Flinders Chase National Park, including the naturally sculpted Remarkable Rocks and the dramatic Admirals Arch.

Day 1: Adelaide / Kangaroo Island

Day 2: Kangaroo Island

Day 3: Kangaroo Island

Day 4: Kangaroo Island

Day 5: Kangaroo Island / Adelaide

Day 1: Adelaide / Kangaroo Island

Welcome to Adelaide, the capital of South Australia and your gateway to the delights of Kangaroo Island. Your adventure begins at Adelaide's Central Bus Station. A welcome meeting will take place here at 11am where you’ll link up with your local leader and the other travellers joining you on this adventure.

Find out what’s in store over the coming days, then join your leader for a walk to the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, a centre dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and art. Take some time to explore the gallery, before heading to Victoria Square, also known as Tarntanyangga, and learn about this significant spot where the Aboriginal flag was first flown in Australia. Take a wander around the fresh produce stalls of the Adelaide Central Market, then it’s time to leave Adelaide behind.

Board a bus bound for Cape Jervis (approximately 2 hours), from where you’ll jump aboard a ferry and travel to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island (approximately 45 minutes). Be sure to keep an eye out for dolphins swimming alongside the ferry! From the ferry landing it's a short walk to your hotel. After settling in perhaps get to know your group over dinner on the island.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Adelaide - Adelaide Central Market
  • Adelaide - Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Gallery

Special Information: Today's meeting will take place at 11am at Adelaide's Central Bus Station. Please look out for your leader who will be wearing an Intrepid t-shirt. If you don't want to carry around your luggage you can leave it in lockers at the Central Bus Station (from $6 for 3 hours) while we go on our walking tour. We will return to the bus station in time to take the 3:30pm bus to Cape Jervis.

Day 2: Kangaroo Island

Australia’s third-largest island, Kangaroo Island is a veritable paradise for wildlife lovers. It’s not just kangaroos you can find here – wallabies, sea lions, echidnas and koalas are all locals too. Evidence suggests Aboriginal life existed on the island as far back as 16,000 years, but it was uninhabited by the time Europeans arrived in the early 19th century. The island is now home to 4000 people, and today will be spent diving into local culture and history.

First up, head to American River (not actually a river, or American, but a little town on the northeast coast of the island), where you’ll find a schooner boat first built in 1803 called “Independence”. Learn about the boat’s history and see how it’s being rebuilt, then pop over to an oyster farm to see how this tasty and sustainable seafood is cultivated. Next up, take a scenic walk through coastal scrub towards the remains of an old fish cannery built at the end of the 19th century, keeping an eye out for the rare and striking glossy-black cockatoos along the way.

Head out onto Dudley Peninsula and get a real taste of Aussie culture when you pay a visit to a sheep farm to see how sheep are shorn and meet the owner’s super sweet kelpie dogs. Stop by the Cape Willoughby Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in South Australia. If you’re feeling extra adventurous today, you’ll have the chance to climb the 500 steps to the top of Prospect Hill, the highest point on Kangaroo Island. Finally, head to Kingscote, the largest town on the island, check into your motel and put your feet up.

Accommodation: Motel (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Kangaroo Island - American River ‘Rebuild Independence’ Boathouse Visit
  • Kangaroo Island - American River Bushwalk
  • Kangaroo Island - Full Day Trip to Dudley Peninsula & American River
  • Kangaroo Island - Cape Willoughby Lighthouse
  • Kangaroo Island - Local Producers Visit
  • Kangaroo Island - Sheep Shearing & Sheep Dog Experience

Optional Activities:

  • Kangaroo Island – American River Prospect Hill - Free

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Kangaroo Island

After breakfast, swing by Salt Lagoon to snap some pictures of this scenic spot, then continue towards Emu Bay beach. If the group fancies, you’ll have the chance to pop into the Emu Bay Lavender Farm to try some curiously delicious lavender scones. Spend some time stretched out on the white sand or paddling in the pristine, clear waters, then beach hop over to the secluded Stokes Bay, a gorgeous spot for a swim. Early 2020 saw bushfires ravage Kangaroo Island, with the Stokes Bay region being particularly badly hit. The Stokes Bay Community Hall served as a centrepiece for the settlement since 1952, but was completely destroyed by the fires. Today the area is in recovery, and the National Trust is working with the local community to restore the hall, as well as natural habitats for wildlife. After an afternoon on the beach, return to Kingscote and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Accommodation: Motel (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Kangaroo Island - Full Day Trip to Emu Bay & Stokes Bay

Optional Activities:

  • Kangaroo Island - Emu Bay Lavender Farm - Free

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Kangaroo Island

Start the day with a visit to Seal Bay. There are no actual seals here, but there are plenty of sea lions! The sea lion colony you see today has existed at Seal Bay for thousands of years. Join an up close and personal ranger-led wildlife experience which will allow to observe the lives of these endearing creatures as you watch them swim, play and bask in the sun. Continue on to Little Sahara, named for its rippling sand dunes that resemble the North African desert. While here you may have the chance to hire a sandboard and ride your way down the dunes.

Next up is something really special – head to Vivonne Bay, which is not only one of the most stunning beaches on Kangaroo Island, but the whole of Australia. Venture into the Flinders Chase National Park and come face to face with the aptly named Remarkable Rocks, made up of naturally sculpted granite boulders. You’ll also check out the impressive Admirals Arch and take some time to explore the park before heading back to Kingscote.

Accommodation: Motel (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Kangaroo Island - Flinders Chase NP Incl Remarkable Rocks & Admiral's Arch
  • Kangaroo Island - Seal Bay Wildlife Experience with Local Ranger
  • Kangaroo Island - Vivonne Bay & Little Sahara

Optional Activities

  • Kangaroo Island - Little Sahara Sandboarding - from - AUD37

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Kangaroo Island / Adelaide

Get ready to say goodbye to Kangaroo Island as you make the drive back to Penneshaw and catch the ferry back to the mainland. Dock in Cape Jervis and hop on the bus back to Adelaide (approximately 2 hours). You can expect to arrive back at Adelaide's Central Bus Station at around 11.30am. You may like to join your leader for an optional final lunch at a nearby cafe before your adventure comes to an end.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Special Information: Your adventure comes to an end at Adelaide Central Bus Station on arrival at approximately 11:30am. Please consider this when booking onward travel.

This trip is new to our tour operator's range this year. And while they have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

LIMITED TIME OFFER: BOOK WITH JUST €1 Deposit

Price is per person, based on 2 adults sharing, and includes:

  • 5 day Kangaroo Island Adventure tour
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts
  • Transport: Private vehicle, Ferry, Public bus
  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night), Motel (3 nights)
  • Included activities:
    • Adelaide - Adelaide Central Market
    • Adelaide - Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Gallery
    • Kangaroo Island - American River ‘Rebuild Independence’ Boathouse Visit
    • Kangaroo Island - American River Bushwalk
    • Kangaroo Island - Full Day Trip to Dudley Peninsula & American River
    • Kangaroo Island - Cape Willoughby Lighthouse
    • Kangaroo Island - Local Producers Visit
    • Kangaroo Island - Sheep Shearing & Sheep Dog Experience
    • Kangaroo Island - Full Day Trip to Emu Bay & Stokes Bay
    • Kangaroo Island - Flinders Chase NP Incl Remarkable Rocks & Admiral's Arch
    • Kangaroo Island - Seal Bay Wildlife Experience with Local Ranger
    • Kangaroo Island - Vivonne Bay & Little Sahara

Please ask us about:

  • Flights from Ireland- we'll find the best fare for your chosen travel dates and departure airport
  • Travel insurance 
  • Go solo with a single supplement
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. 

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