Days
5
Price from
$995AUD

Get to know the wildlife and incredible landscapes of South Australia

We might be a bit biased, but we think Australia’s got the greatest wildlife collection in the world – this South Australia trip will show you why. From Adelaide, head to the pristine natural environment of Kangaroo Island – look out for dolphins and sea lions as you slide down the island’s sand dunes, kayak its rivers, walk or bike its trails, swim its waters or bask on its beaches. Spot koalas in the Hanson Bay wildlife Sanctuary and take in the view of the island’s signature Remarkable Rocks. Cross to the other side of the bay and the Eyre Peninsula, a little known gem that’s full of beautiful scenery and has heaps of native animals and exciting activities on offer. If you're feeling adventurous you can choose to dive with Great White Sharks (don’t worry, there’s a cage) and swim about with sea lions. If you’re looking to stay dry, then enjoy secluded bush walks and train your eyes to spot the wildlife around you. You can meet some of Australia’s most famous, unique residents – like kangaroos and emus – and spot marine life when cruising around on catamarans, ferries and boats. Go wild in South Australia.


Start
Adelaide, Australia
Finish
Adelaide, Australia
Destination
South Australia, Kangaroo Island, Southern Ocean
Style
Basix
Theme
Short Breaks
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 1, Max 24
Code
PSNSC-B

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

Adelaide’s one of those cities that has a little bit of something for everyone: award-winning gardens, 19th century churches, fresh seafood and enough good wines and wine bars to send a sommelier giddy. Think about arriving in town a day or two before kick-off to see everything Adelaide has to offer. We’ve got an early start this morning from your accommodation (selected hotels/hostels), before travelling along the picture-perfect Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis for the 45-minute SeaLink ferry ride to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. While crossing the water, look out over the side of the boat – it’s not unusual to be joined by a few dolphins along for the ride. Touch down on the island, then make your first stop at Rob's Shearing and Sheepdogs to see firsthand a very Aussie occupation – sheep shearing. Continue on to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery – the only commercial distillery of the infinitely useful eucalyptus oil in South Australia. Next up is the Seal Bay Conservation Park, where you’ll have the chance to see rare Australian sea lions up close in a wild breeding colony. From the sea to the desert – head to the white sand dunes of the Little Sahara and give sand boarding a shot, before arriving at our exclusive accommodation in Vivonne Bay Lodge. You’ll then have a spot of free time for kayaking on the Harriet River, taking a walk along one of the property’s tracks, hopping on a bike, dipping in for a swim, or just kicking back on Vivonne Bay beach. You’ll spend the night 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.
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast, pop into the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and search for koalas lazing in the eucalyptus trees. Next up it’s Flinders Chase National Park, where you’ll find a collection of boulders that really live up to their name – the Remarkable Rocks. You’ll arrive ahead of the crowds that come to see this signature sight of giant weathered stones that guard the view over Kirkpatrick Point. Ramble across the rocky coastline, admire the seascapes, 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. Depending on the time and weather, make a few stops en route to Penneshaw, where you can purchase dinner (own expense) before our arrival 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.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
We’ve got another early start today, leaving Adelaide at 7am for the drive to the Eyre Peninsula via Port Augusta and Whyalla. We’ll be honest – there’s not a whole lot to see on the drive (unless endless horizons and scrubby bushland float your boat), so load up the Kindle or charge up the iPod for some digital entertainment. After arriving in Port Lincoln and checking into our accommodation, head to Mikkira Station for a wander around the grounds in search of koalas and native Port Lincoln parrots.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mikkira Station
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Enjoy a free day taking advantage of the range of activities on offer in Port Lincoln. Landlubbers may choose to walk the ten-kilometre trail from North Shields to Port Lincoln (or the shorter Parnkalla Trail along the coastline), while thrill-seekers might prefer cruising out to the Neptune Islands to go cage diving and come face-to-face with a Great White shark (at own expense). FYI, the sharks here mean business: so much so that the producers of JAWS shot various scenes on the nearby (and classically Aussie-named) Dangerous Reef. You’ll be thanking your lucky stars for that cage. You’ll board at the Marina Hotel pontoon to the smell of hot coffee made fresh on-board. After an introduction and safety briefing from the skipper of the day, we throw off the ropes and set off for the Neptune Islands. Breakfast is served shortly after departure. Sit back, relax and enjoy your journey we have a 2.5 hour cruise and we are often accompanied by pods of dolphins and even the odd whale, in season. During the trip, the friendly crew will provide you with information about the fishing industries, the ‘local area’ and the marine life. Take in the spectacular coastal scenery of lower Spencer Gulf and the islands of Thorny Passage. In season, you can try your luck at catching a Southern Bluefin Tuna.

On arrival at the Islands the skipper gets the boat up as close to the land as he can so you can get the best views and the best photos of the New Zealand Fur Seal colony. The exact dive location for the day is chosen and it’s time to drop anchor. The ocean surrounding the Neptune Islands is crystal clear which makes for ideal viewing of the Great White Sharks. Groups enter our new spacious cage 6 at a time. This way you get some welcome human company and you still get plenty of room for prime shark viewing. Once the sharks arrive, each group will have the opportunity to spend about 45 minutes in the cage, face to face with the amazing Great White Shark. Please note that time in the cage can vary and will depend on shark activity and weather on the day. Even when you’re not in the water, you don’t miss out — the action from the very spacious upper and lower decks is fantastic so make sure you keep your camera ready for that once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity. We have our own cameras mounted on the shark cage so you can also sit in the comfort of our saloon and watch the underwater action live-streaming.

Those not wishing to be quite so extreme, have a choice of free activities to choose from. Walk the Investigator trail from North Shields back to Port Lincoln 10km, Parnkalla trail from Billy lights back to Makybe Diva statue on the fore shore (5 km), Railway museum (open 2-4pm) or the Art gallery at the Nautilus Theatre.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Great White Shark Cage Dive - AUD495
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
From creatures of the deep to puppies of the sea. Today you have the option of cruising out to Hopkins Island and taking part in one of Australia’s many unique wildlife experiences: swimming with sea lions. This half-day adventure takes us to a friendly community of sea lions where you can swim, snorkel, paddle and splash about in the company of these inquisitive animals. 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

  • 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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