Travel via air from Adelaide Airport to Kingscote Airport. On arrival, you will be met by your guide and your Kangaroo Island experience begins. Get an introduction to Island life – where things take time. Where drivers wave as they go by – or even stop for a chat. Have a cuppa with some home-made cakes before taking a walk down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees where koalas snooze overhead, or perhaps wake briefly for a feed. Travel through some of the Island’s best farming country to the north coast. At Lathami Conservation Park walk quietly through the bush with your guide – what makes that noise, whose tracks are those, and who left that little pile there? Look for wallabies which are almost extinct on the mainland, and a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island. Break for lunch and enjoy a delicious meal featuring King George whiting (local sea fish), fresh salads and fine South Australian wines at a private bush location. At Seal Bay Conservation Park walk with your guide among Australian sealions on a beautiful sandy beach. Watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding biology. The remainder of the afternoon is spent exploring more of the south-east region of the Island with destinations and experiences chosen to reflect seasonal opportunities.
This full day share tour explores some of Kangaroo Island’s highlights and lesser known backtracks of Flinders Chase National Park – a wilderness covering nearly 200,000 acres. It is home to a wide array of wildlife species such as kangaroos, wallabies, possums, goannas, echidnas, koalas, platypus and many birds including rare Cape Barren Geese. In addition to the wildlife habitat the park also protects important geological features and cultural heritage sites.
The drive down to Cape du Couedic takes in some dramatic dune country with a complex fire history and an interesting range of vegetation types. The road alignment follows the original horse trail between the ranger station and the lighthouse settlement on the tip of the peninsula.
At Cape du Couedic visit a fur seal colony which now number over 50,000 after being decimated by hunting in the early 1800’s. These animals can be observed at rest on the rocks or frolicking in the surf under Admirals Arch – a spectacular coastal grotto. On the headland above is a beautiful stone lighthouse where three light keepers and their families lived, maintaining a warning for ships. With no road access until 1940 life was tough – supplies came by sea only every 3 months.
Another impressive stone structure had a different architect. The Remarkable Rocks, huge natural granite sculptures, have been carved by relentless winds, rain and salt from the Southern Ocean. The end result looks like a meeting of the minds of Henri Moore and Salvador Dali!
Good wines and local produce features highly in our picnic lunch which we can enjoy out in the bush before exploring more of the Island. Depending upon the season, the afternoon might include a visit to “Grassdale” in the heart of Kelly Hill Conservation Park, the secluded pools of the Rocky River or a rugged South Coast cove.
Explore the remote north-west corner of the Island where the wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park converges with some of Australia’s tallest cliffs. Explore the lighthouse settlement including a tour through the precinct and the small cemetery, Scott’s Cove, Harvey’s Return and the backtracks of Western River Cove. Enjoy being off the beaten track, take in the vast expanse of scenery. Your tour concludes at Kingscote Airport for your return flight to Adelaide.
|Cost:||Adult/Pension $2316.00pp Single supp $320.00pp|
|Includes:||Personalised small group touring, dinner, bed and breakfast, lunches, return airfares|
|Departs:||8.45am daily (flight times to be confirmed) (except 25 Dec)|