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Includes pick-up and drop-off from your Kangaroo Island accommodation, full day private touring in luxury vehicle, gourmet picnic lunch at a private, exclusive, location with South Australian wine and a local naturalist guide.

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Kangaroo Island Tours

Explore Kangaroo Island with the original and leading Kangaroo Island touring company,  Exceptional Kangaroo Island . Choose from a range of creative and award-winning Kangaroo Island tours.

Since 1986, Exceptional Kangaroo Island has delivered the most bespoke and luxurious small group and private Kangaroo Island tours, featuring:

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Exceptional Kangaroo Island offers a range of Kangaroo Island tours, catering to any interest, including wildlife, food & wine, art, bushwalking, birdwatching, photography and natural history.

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Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours

Private Bespoke Tours of Kangaroo Island

Your own version of perfect.

If privacy is your priority Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours is in a unique position to be able to offer private, exclusive touring in the most luxurious 4WD’s available on the island.

Choose from one of our set itineraries but enjoy it with the benefit of it just being you and your guide. Or if one of our pre-designed tours doesn’t quite cover everything you’d like to see and do on Kangaroo Island, we’re more than happy to create a bespoke touring experience for you and your fellow travellers.

The island is often larger than first time visitors realise with vast expanses of land to cover and lots of things to experience here. At Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours we want your entire stay on our island to be your own version of perfect. Booking an exclusive tour with us will give you greater flexibility in both the destinations you visit and the time enjoyed at each attraction. We can certainly cater for those who wish to have shorter touring days too.

Below are just some of the options that are available in addition to any of the locations on our set-itinerary tours . If you’re not entirely sure what you’d like, we’ll happily talk with you about your interests and hobbies to create something perfect for your time here.

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Kangaroo Island Luxury Adventure

Few places on earth combine so much natural beauty, native wildlife, exceptional cuisine, local charm and lovely accommodation. Kangaroo Island has been the place to visit for those seeking luxury and light adventure off the beaten path but 2020 has not been kind to this idyllic Aussie favourite, making it the perfect paradise to show a little love right now. Get some friends or the family together for an adventure in paradise you won’t ever forget.

*Can be spec’d up or paired back, shortened or stretched to suit

With the option to charter flights directly to Kangaroo Island, enjoy private island tours with a local naturalist guide and stay in stunning private accommodation, this is the perfect place to preserve the charms of isolation. Meet local farmers and makers, tackle a few of the island’s lovely short walks, learn about the unique, endemic wildlife with plenty of time left for doing nothing at all.

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Arrive into Kangaroo Island via ferry, one of the regularly scheduled flights from Adelaide or via private charter from most major Australian cities. Be sure to ask us about charter flights as they can be surprisingly affordable with a group and are incredibly convenient.

Be met at the airstrip or ferry terminal on arrival for a private transfer to your accommodation. We love the Ocean View Eco Villas but there are dozens of wonderful options to suit a range of tastes, group sizes and budgets.

Enjoy a quick look around the area before settling into your accommodation. While we can arrange hampers filled with fresh local produce for self-catering, a private, in-house chef is an excellent option if you really want to relax and make the most of your experience.

Watch the sunset over the Southern Ocean on a short walk along one of the quiet, secluded trails by your lodge before turning in for dinner and a quiet evening with a few glasses of local wine.

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Kick-off after a hot breakfast (prepared by your chef, of course) on a fully tailored and extremely flexible, private Kangaroo Island experience. We suggest getting started fairly early to take advantage of the day but you should do exactly what you want because you deserve it.

Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in Island Life – at a slower pace, a more connected and grounded place. Your host throughout the trip is a passionate and knowledgable island local so expect them to know everyone around the island, all the local secrets and hidden treasures.

Travel out through Wisanger – past salt lakes first exploited by sealers in the 1800s’. Travel through back roads to Emu Bay – seeking out wallabies, kangaroos and other creatures in the bush as we traverse the landscape.

Break for a home-baked morning tea at Emu Bay – a long white sand beach which is the centre of community life through the summer and a welcome slice of solitude in winter.

Travel inland to Cygnet River – the largest drainage basin on the Island which morphs from a dry river bed in summer to a broad flood-out in winter. This region provides habitat for koalas, many parrots and bush birds in a setting first settled in 1819. Learn about the history of the Eucalyptus oil industry – perhaps the most original Australian product.

Visit a private property amongst the redgum forest and enjoy a barbeque lunch. After lunch check out the feeding and breeding habitat of the critically endangered Kangaroo Island glossy black cockatoo before continuing to Seal Bay.

At Seal Bay take a private guided tour into the colony of Australian sea-lions where you can learn about the feeding and breeding behaviour of these photogenic creatures. The experience has been likened to that in the Galapagos, where people and animals enjoy “shared space”.

End the day at D’Estrees Bay where opportunities include looking for osprey or other seabirds, learning about Wreckers’ Beach or taking a walk around the marine lagoon at Wheaton’s Beach.

Head back to your accommodation to settle in for another relaxing evening in your own private paradise.

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We’re starting to get into a bit of a rhythm now… a little lay in or maybe a stroll before another hot breakfast and another wonderful day of exploring.

Remember, Localing isn’t touring so you’ve still got all the freedom and flexibility of going it alone, just with an extra mate along for the ride who happens to know everything and loves doing all the driving, arranging and heavy lifting.

The Dudley Peninsula which forms the east end of Kangaroo Island is a microcosm of the rest of the island. The north coast has hills rolling down to the sea and white sand beaches. Roadside vegetation forms an avenue overhead many of the narrow roads. Ice-age dunes and rugged limestone cliffs dominate the south coast, which is indented by high-energy beaches.

Start the day at Pennington Bay situated at the narrowest part of the Island. This Southern Ocean beach is a popular fishing and surf spot. Enjoy home-baked morning tea overlooking extensive wave-cut platforms and contrasting deep aqua water.

Travelling east you have endless views of the serene marine sanctuary which is Pelican Lagoon. Adjacent the lagoon is excellent kangaroo habitat and the tea-tree thickets harbour tammar wallabies sheltering from their constant predator – the wedge-tailed eagle.

The deep alluvial soils of Willson River overlying limestone are perfect for grapevines. The team at False Cape Wines have a newly opened cellar door experience overlooking well-established wines. We will sample their range of wines and then enjoy a local produce picnic overlooking the vines.

Cape Willoughby Lighthouse, established in 1852, stands tall on an exposed headland. Explore the lighthouse precinct and the granite canyon known as “Devil’s Kitchen”. This lighthouse shines a warning for sailors traversing the treacherous Backstair’s Passage. The headland provides protection from ocean swells for Antechamber Bay. Take a walk on the long white sandy beach or seek our birds on the quiet backwaters of the Chapman River estuary.

End the day in Penneshaw which we can access via a 4WD trail known as Binney’s Track. This runs adjacent to Baudin Conservation Park which provides habitat for a range of wildlife including glossy black-cockatoos, kangaroos, wallabies and echidnas.

Head back to your accommodation to settle in for your final evening in paradise.

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Depart after breakfast for your private transfer back to the airstrip or ferry terminal for your onward travel. Let us know if you need help arranging charter flights for your group.

That’s it. One of the best adventures you’ve had and right here in Australia. Brilliant.

COST & INCLUSIONS

$4200 AUD per person including all your meals and 5-star, private accommodation at the Ocean View Eco Villas (based on 4 guests – even less if there are more of you).  That includes the same exceptional local host and luxury touring vehicle for all your transfers and touring on the island and your own in-house chef so it’s a proper holiday.

This trip pairs brilliantly with a Melbourne to Adelaide Road Trip , which can also be done in reverse. Travel between Melbourne or Sydney and Kangaroo Island via private charter to make your travel incredibly safe and convenient.

*If you love the above but would prefer to pair things back a little, there are other places to stay, the option to self cater and to tour in small-groups although with 4 or more travellers private touring is similar in price.

To start planning your Ultimate Kangaroo Island Adventure, get in touch with us now.

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Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park

Private Park Tours

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park

A private, all inclusive park tour with one of our experienced guides

Often described as the highlight of guests visits to not only Kangaroo Island but also their whole trip to Australia. Attracting stars such as Daniel Radcliffe and Chris Hemsworth! This is definitely not one to be missed during your visit to Kangaroo Island.

Highlights in the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park Private Tour

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Marmoset Encounter

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Up-close encounter with a Serval

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Meet the Quokkas

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Meet and orphan  joey  (seasonal)

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Hospital Visit

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Whole Park Tour

$375 Per person over 12

$200 Per person 4-12

*Seasonal activities are weather dependent and may not be included on cooler days. These tours run for a minimum of one and a half hours.

Tours are catered to what you most want to see and every tour is different!

Terms and Conditions

Bookings are essential to avoid clashing tour times. Bookings in advance are preferred but can be made on the morning of the tour if there is staff availability.

Note: Encounters and animal interactions are subject to change with the season and availability on the day. Please inquire for further information at [email protected]

Park entry is included in the private tour cost. You can also visit the park on the day of your tour during our opening hours of 9.30am-5.00pm before or after your tour.

Please note that Koala holding will not be available during hot summer days and days of extreme weather. If booking during summer, early morning tours are recommended to ensure Koala holding will be able to take place. Our general height and age restrictions is 140cm or over 12 years. Even if the child cannot hold the koala themselves they can still touch and interact with them.  These restrictions are at our staffs discretion and can be judged on the day. Due to strict rotation protocol staff cannot guarantee which Koala will be out for any given session. There is a large difference between male and female Koalas and park staff need to be able to determine that the child is confident and willing to hold the Koala for that session of their own accord. The child will not be able to proceed if this cannot be determined.

All encounters are judged at the keepers discretion and may cease at any given time. All participants must follow all instructions given by the keeper and if they fail to do so may be removed from the tour and not issued a refund.

The Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park does not take responsibility for any injuries that are received during the tours.

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Included tours

We are fortunate to have fantastic local guides in the Sea Dragon team who you will meet and learn from during our fantastic tours. Guests booked on our Experiences will enjoy 1.5 days of small group touring (maximum of 10 Sea Dragon guests) while self-drive guests can also book these tours on request and subject to availability.

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Sea Dragon Kangaroo Island Full-Day Nature Tour

Included for all Experience guests.

Maximum Group Size:  10 Sea Dragon guests

Highlights:

  • Seal Bay Conservation Park
  • Flinders Chase National Park including Remarkable Rocks, Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse, Weirs Cove and Admirals Arch
  • Lunch at the famous Vivonne Bay General Store

Departing from Sea Dragon after breakfast (exact time confirmed upon initial check-in at Sea Dragon), our day of adventure begins travelling west across the island towards the first stop, Seal Bay Conservation Park. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife on the roadsides as you drive through a variety of vegetative areas.

Seal Bay Conservation Park is home to the endangered Australian sea lion. With only an estimated 12,000 sea lions left in the world, Seal Bay is the third largest colony of this species. As our guides hold a special Seal Bay accreditation, they are able to walk you through the striking sand dune system and along the pristine beach for approximately an hour, learning all about these beautiful mammals.

Before Flinders Chase, we’ll enjoy a stop at the Vivonne Bay General Store for one of their famous (and delicious) whiting burgers (a local and very popular fish). There are also options available for those with special dietary needs. From October 1 we will be stopping for lunch at our own exclusive lunch spot on a private property, home to beautiful koalas.

On the way to the famous Flinders Chase National Park keep an eye out for Rosenberg goannas lazing in the sun, where we’ll view the stunning rejuvenation of native bush species from the devastating bushfires of 2019-20. A stop at Remarkable Rocks will give you the first views of the rugged coastline in this diverse national park. The amazing rock formations and distinct red rocks are a photographer’s delight.

The afternoon will be spent at other known attractions in the park including Admirals Arch.

Learn about the early maritime history of this wild environment, all the while spotting other native animal species including long-nosed fur seals at Admirals Arch, echidnas, kangaroos, tammar wallabies and a range of birds and reptiles.

Did you know that Kangaroo Island has its own kangaroo? A sub-species of the western grey kangaroo, the Kangaroo Island sub-species is darker brown in colour, shorter and stockier.

After a nice big dose of fresh ocean air, we return to Sea Dragon in the early evening (exact time depending on season).

Please note that the order of activities may vary depending on group size and seasonality. An itinerary with the order of tours and inclusions during your stay will be provided to you upon check-in at Sea Dragon.

Tour Includes:  Professional tour guide, travel in an air-conditioned vehicle, lunch with drinks, drinking water, (please provide your own bottle), all national park fees and other entry fees.

What You Need to Bring:  Wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, water bottle (1.5 litres), walking shoes, swimwear, towel and camera.

  • The itinerary may change due to seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
  • The Full Day Nature Tour is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
  • Good mobility with moderate fitness is required. The total walking distance is approximately 4km spread over the day. During the Seal Bay visit, guests will walk along a soft-sand beach.
  • Travel Insurance is highly recommended.

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Sea Dragon Kangaroo Island Taste of Kangaroo Island Tour

Included for all Experience guests until 30 September, 2024

  • Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery

Enjoy this small-group tour visiting a diverse range of predominantly small businesses and providores on Kangaroo Island – home to some of Australia’s premium Ligurian honey, beer and spirits.

Departing from (exact time confirmed upon initial check-in at Sea Dragon), we start the day at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery a family-owned business. The only commercial Eucalyptus Oil distillery in South Australia, they produce 100% pure Australian Eucalyptus Essential Oil from the Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee, along with a range of natural products available through their farm gate retail shop and craft gallery. Here we will have morning tea and learn about the distillery’s production.

Our next stop focuses on Kangaroo Island’s remote environment which aids the success of the Ligurian Bee, maintaining the purity of the world’s oldest honey. Learn about the fascinating history of honey production and participate in a unique tour and tasting of a range of honey products including Ligurian Honey, honey mead, honey soft drink and honey wheat ale.

Our final highlight for the day is a visit to Kangaroo Island Spirits, the oldest dedicated Gin Distillery in Australia. Join a guided tour of the distillery and beautifully landscaped garden filled with native botanicals making Kangaroo Island Spirits also the largest whisky distillery in South Australia.

A dedicated staff member will explain the different areas of production, while learning about the many herbs grown on the property and used in flavouring. Afterward sample a gin and mixer paddle and enjoy lunch in the garden while having access to discounts on limited edition distillers range liqueurs and vodkas as well.

We return to Sea Dragon late afternoon (exact time depending on season). Please advise us if you have an afternoon flight or ferry so we can arrange your departure. We currently meet the Qantas 5.00pm flight this day and 5.30pm ferry.

Tour Includes:  Professional tour leader, travel in an air-conditioned vehicle, lunch, drinking water (please provide your own bottle), all entry fees, tasting fees and tour fees.

What you Need to Bring:  Hat, sunscreen, water bottle (1.5 litres), walking shoes, camera and spending money.

Please Note:

  • The itinerary will change due to opening days and times, operational logistics and accessibility to venues
  • The taste of Kangaroo Island tour is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
  • For under-18s and non-drinkers, alternative tasting options will be provided.
  • Other activities many include a visit to the Emu Bay Lavender Farm – a working Lavender Farm with an estimated 7,500 plants and a private perma-culture farm established by two more of our KI locals.

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Sea Dragon Kangaroo Island Activities & Experiences

Included for all Experience guests from 1 October, 2024

Guided by past guests’ desire to spend more time enjoying the beauty of Sea Dragon itself, we have introduced a schedule of activities that will begin from the 1st of October, 2024, to replace the Taste of Kangaroo Island tour currently offered.

Guests will be treated to a selection of optional activities and experiences taking place on-site at Sea Dragon and on the Dudley Peninsula.

Activities will be available on a rotating schedule, depending on seasonal conditions, and guests will be able to choose as many or as few activities as they wish from this schedule, upon arrival. Pre-booking is not necessary or possible.

Guests can partake in activities both before check-in to their room and after check-out, depending on their arrival and departure times.

This new offering provides guests with the most flexibility both with their own itinerary and with booking travel to and from the island. With this inclusion it will no longer be necessary for 2 Night Experience guests to depart in the late afternoon/early evening and therefore can depart the island at any time. This also coincides with arrival days for our 2 Night Experience package moving from four days a week to daily.

The rotating schedule (to be published on our website from August) will feature two to three activities daily. Examples include:

  • Premium gin tasting/cocktail making experience (onsite)
  • Ligurian honey experience (onsite)
  • Visit to a sheep farm with Kelpie dog and sheep shearing demonstration (nearby)
  • Guided walks on the Sea Dragon property and to/from the nearby Cape Willoughby Lighthouse (onsite and nearby)
  • Beach yoga (onsite)
  • Birdwatching tours (onsite and nearby)
  • Antechamber Bay and beach (nearby)
  • Wildlife walks (onsite)
  • Star talks (onsite)

Private tours

For Sea Dragon guests looking for something extra special, we can offer any of our tours on a private basis led by our professional Sea Dragon guides. We offer solo tours right up to larger groups. Our partners around the island are also able to accommodate special tailormade experiences such as cocktail masterclasses or ‘Blend Your Own Gin’ at Kangaroo Island Spirits, as an example. We also help customise private itineraries in line with guests’ interests, with no requirement to follow our advertised itineraries used for our small group tours. Please visit our Rates and Experiences page for private tour supplements. For any further information or questions about tailoring your own private itineraries contact [email protected]

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Cellar door wine tour and lunch

Visit two of Kangaroo Island’s top cellar doors where you’ll taste premium wines, enjoy a delicious lunch and relax overlooking stunning views with a glass in hand.

False Cape Wines cellar door is made from recycled wood, jetty timbers and limestone sourced from their property. An idyllic setting nestled among gum trees and overlooking the vineyards. Here you’ll share a Deluxe Platter for two including wine paddles.

The next stop is Dudley Wines cellar door which offers the iconic, cliff-top ocean view across Backstairs Passage to mainland Australia. They have a range of wool clothing, local produce and KI artwork. Or why not have a swing at the one-hole, one-par golf course while you’re there? A glass of wine is included.

Includes:  shared use of air-conditioned vehicle, professional tour leader, wine paddle, lunch and glass of wine. Duration:  4 hours Departure Time:  11:00am

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Winery transfer and tastings

Enjoy some wine time without having to worry about driving as we transfer you to our neighbouring award-winning winery, False Cape Wines. This Cellar Door is made from recycled wood, jetty timbers and limestone sourced from the property. Relax under the gum trees overlooking the vineyards with a glass in hand

Includes:  shared vehicle (with Sea Dragon guests), professional driver and wine paddle. Duration:  2.5 hours Departure Time:  11:30am *Meals are available and can be purchased directly at the cellar door

Should you be more inclined to bring the wine-tasting to you then Islander Estate wines offer a range of in-room tastings. Our team are able to provide more information on this experience at the time of booking.

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Snorkel with seals and dolphins with Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari - Including Penneshaw Transfer

This tour provides the opportunity to swim with wild dolphins and/or seals and snorkel some of Kangaroo Island’s stunning coastline. It’s an amazing wildlife encounter with a maximum of 12 guests on the vessel.

Includes:  Return transfers between Sea Dragon and the boat departure point, wetsuits, mask, towels, snorkel & fins.

Notes:  The cruise and snorkelling are with other non-Sea Dragon guests, while the transfer is provided for Sea Dragon guests only.

Private boat charter price available on request

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One third of Kangaroo Island is either national park, conservation parkland or wilderness protection area. Take to the water in a boat or dive beneath the surface on a marine tour. On land, be guided down off the beaten track to secret wildlife hotspots. Local tour guides rich in knowledge will get you up close and personal with native animals; take-in the striking landscape or dig into locally sourced produce on a food and wine tour.

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  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Tour Type: Small Group/Private
  • Price: AUD$1192.00 per person
  • Departs: Daily (except Christmas Day)
  • Explore Cygnet River, where Koalas snooze in the Eucalyptus trees above
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa with traditional Australian homemade cakes each day
  • Wander through the bush in search for Kangaroos, Wallabies and a range of colourful birds
  • Break for a private barbecue lunch cooked by your guide at a secret bush location each day
  • Join your guide for special access onto the sands of Seal Bay to get up close to a colony of Australian Sea-lions
  • Explore the wild wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park
  • Roam around Remarkable Rocks, massive granite boulders perched on the Southern Ocean
  • Learn about the history of Cape du Couedic lighthouse
  • Visit a large colony of Australian and Long-nosed Fur Seals at Admiral’s Arch

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Full Itinerary

Please note: Day 1 and 2 may be interchanged to suit prior bookings.

Welcome to our 2 day Kangaroo Island In Style tour itinerary.

Day 1 – Island Life

Today, we’ll get a feel for Island Life – where things take time, drivers wave as they go by – or even stop for a chat.

Have a cuppa with some  home-made treats  before taking a walk down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees where koalas snooze overhead or wake briefly for a feed. Listen for the sounds of the bush – brightly coloured honeyeaters and brilliant parrots, cicadas or perhaps just the sound of silence.

Travel through the Island’s most productive country to the north coast. Walk through the bush with your guide – through strangely shaped trees learning what makes that noise, whose tracks are those, and who left THAT little pile there? Look for small wallabies almost extinct on the mainland, a kangaroo found only on  Kangaroo Island  and a variety of other birds, plants and animals.

Break for lunch at a private bush camp and enjoy a delicious meal featuring King George whiting (local sea fish), fresh salads and fine South Australian wines.

At  Seal Bay Conservation  Park take a private tour with your guide among Australian sea-lions on a beautiful sandy beach – an experience similar to that of the Galapagos. Watch pups nursing or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding biology.

Day 2 – Flinders Chase Focus

Begin the day travelling through some of the fire-affected landscapes of Kangaroo Island, which are recovering quickly following generous winter rains. 

Learn about fire ecology and how nature deals with fire. Some of our native flora species only flower following fire!

Travel into  Flinders Chase National Park  and explore the massive shapes of  Remarkable Rocks , a natural sculpture perched impossibly on top a granite dome plunging into the ocean

Break for an elegant picnic lunch in the bush, or if weather permits, on a spectacular clifftop. Lunch features marinated poached chicken, fresh salads, cheeses accompanied by local wine, beer, soft drinks and spring water.

Evidence of the power of the Southern Ocean swell continues at  Admirals Arch  – a coastal grotto which provides a haul out for a large colony of Long-nosed fur seals which swim effortlessly through crashing waves.

  • Two days touring with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Daily homemade traditional Australian cakes with a selection of hot beverages
  • Daily elegant alfresco lunch set in the bush with a choice of local wines, beer, soft drinks and spring water
  • Access to field guides, binoculars and maps
  • All necessary National Parks admission fees

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We pick up from a range of accommodation properties located in Kingscote, Emu Bay, Smith Bay, American River and Haines, including but not limited to:

  • Aurora Ozone Hotel
  • Kangaroo Island Seaview Motel
  • Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge
  • The River/Wanderer’s Rest
  • Stranraer Homestead
  • Providence Guest House

Pick up times

Specific pick-up times will be confirmed the day prior to your tour, but it will generally be between 9 and 10am.

What to bring

  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Appropriate clothing for variable weather conditions
  • Appropriate footwear for light walking
  • Camera/phone to create and capture some great memories

Small Group

Small group tours consist of a maximum of 10 passengers and follow a set itinerary.

Private charter costs can be calculated for a maximum of 10 guests travelling in one 4WD. Larger group and overnight costs are available on request.

Private charter prices start from $2316 AUD per day for 2 guests.

Please make an enquiry for accurate pricing for a private tour.

Please note:

  • If you are travelling with children below the age of 6, you will need to book a private tour.
  • These prices are valid from April 1, 2024 until March 31, 2025.

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Kangaroo Island is a nature lover's paradise, with prolific native wildlife, dramatic coastal sightseeing and bountiful farmlands.

Kangaroo Island, 13km (8mi) off the coast of South Australia, is one of the best places in Australia to see wild animals like koalas, kangaroos, sea lions and seals. Throw in jaw-dropping geology and a hyper-local food and beverage scene, and Kangaroo Island is a destination that will leave you inspired.

Kangaroo Island is a 30-minute flight from Adelaide Airport. Alternatively, drive 1.5 hours from Adelaide to Cape Jervis and catch the 45-minute vehicle and passenger ferry to the island.

  • Rex and Qantas Link fly direct from Adelaide Airport (ADL) to Kangaroo Island Kingscote Airport (KGC)
  • Car hire is available from Adelaide or from Penneshaw; be sure to book well in advance

There are no public transport or taxis on the island, so the best way to explore is to hire a car or join a tour. If you hire a car from the mainland, check that your provider allows their vehicles to be driven on Kangaroo Island, as some hire companies may have policies against it.

The climate on Kangaroo Island is best during autumn as the days are warm enough to explore the island, and the nights are cool enough to cosy up with a glass of local red wine. 

If you want to avoid the crowds, winter is ideal. It also marks the start of whale watching season so you won’t be short on unforgettable experiences, even in the cooler months.

  • High season: Autumn (March to May)
  • Low season: Winter (June to August)
  • Don’t miss: The chance to see sea lions pups playing and exploring at Seal Bay (late May to August).

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T O BORROW from the poet Mary Oliver, what will you do with your few wild and precious vacation days? Now’s the time for figuring that out—and after looking at the latest travel trends, notable openings and immersive itineraries, we’ve got ideas. On this list of the 10 places we’re most excited about visiting this year, you’ll find spots still refreshingly free of tourist crowds but also new reasons to love the blockbuster destinations you thought you already knew. Whatever your preferred style of travel—from island-hopping by canoe in the Land of 10,000 Lakes to following your stomach around one of South America’s most exciting culinary hubs—we’re confident something here will unlock an urge to pack up and go.

The pandemic might have brought Belmond’s swanky Eastern & Oriental Express train to a temporary halt, but the luxury travel company used the downtime to refresh the train’s wood-paneled cabins with wickerwork and Malaysian embroidery, and brought Taiwanese chef André Chiang on board to steer restaurants that will feature a fusion of Southeast Asian cuisines. The train’s new routes, which launch in February, spotlight Malaysia’s wildly diverse landscapes. Excursions include Vespa tours around historic George Town, beach breaks on jungle-cloaked Langkawi island and treks in the rainforests of Taman Negara to spot hornbills, tapirs, and—for the very lucky—Malayan tigers. Fresh hotel openings in Kuala Lumpur, a food-mad city that just launched its first Michelin guide, make for an excellent excuse to linger before heading to the train station. Homegrown brand Else Retreats opened its first boutique hotel in the 1930s Lee Rubber Building in Chinatown, and the Park Hyatt will soon take over the top floors of Merdeka 118, the second-tallest tower in the world.

Lamu, Kenya

Kenya’s wildlife-rich safari parks remain its main draw, but new developments in Lamu, a palm-tufted island just off the country’s northeastern coast, offer sunseekers a pleasingly culture-packed and hushed alternative to the big-ticket resorts of Mombasa and Zanzibar. Global highfliers weathered the pandemic in the whitewashed luxury villas of Lamu’s ritzy Shela village, but the new Jannah Lamu, a scattered collection of suites by Kenya-raised designer Anna Trzebinski, makes the cobblestoned Old Town, East Africa’s oldest Swahili settlement, newly enticing. The recently launched NaiSabah, a traditional Omani dhow boat with three staterooms and a breezy deck decorated with intricate woodwork, offers multi-night itineraries around the Lamu archipelago, promising days packed with beach picnics, diving expeditions and nature walks. Finally, the Lamu Museum, which reopened last October after a year-long refurbishment, delivers a dose of cultural and historical context to this fascinating one-time trading hub—and a welcome respite from all that sunshine.

Kangaroo Island, Australia

The “Black Summer” bush fires of 2019-2020 destroyed half of its wildlife habitat, but in the years since, Kangaroo Island—9 miles off Australia’s southern coast—has bounced back. Nicknamed Australia’s Galápagos, this 1,700-square-mile speck of land is once again one of the best places to encounter wild koalas and kangaroos, along with penguins, whales, platypuses and wallabies. Two new lodges come staffed with seasoned guides who take the guesswork out of finding these creatures. Sea Dragon, a boutique hotel planted atop 250 acres of sea-facing land, reopened in 2023 with stargazing and bird-watching walks as well as new safari-style expeditions. Southern Ocean Lodge, which burned down entirely, reopened in December in a lair-like seacliff aerie, offering sunrise run-ins with wild sea lions and sunset sessions fueled by local wines and forest truffles. New trails on the island include a wheelchair-friendly boardwalk to the aptly named seaside granite formations of Remarkable Rocks and the first sections of the planned 23-mile-long Dudley Peninsula Trail, beginning at the historic Cape Willoughby Lighthouse.

Kyushu, Japan

Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands, has long drawn in-the-know visitors from mainland Asia. But lately a supersize dose of new tourism projects has made its night markets, temples and onsen (hot springs) more widely accessible. Last year saw the opening of Hoshino Resorts’ budget-friendly OMO5 in the buzzy city of Kumamoto, as well as the glass-wrapped Ritz-Carlton Fukuoka. This year, Hotel Indigo Nagasaki opens in a former orphanage for atomic bomb survivors, and indie upstart Takasaki Stay allows for more-comfortable visits to the nearby, laid-back Goto Islands. Kyushu’s Tourism Organization also launches four new itineraries focusing on local cuisine, ceramics and nature. Densha otaku (train geeks) will celebrate a new 5-hour sightseeing route launching in spring and serving seasonal bento boxes alongside views of the hissing volcanoes and rocky coastlines between Fukuoka’s Hakata Station and Beppu, Japan’s seaside onsen hub.

Kansas City, Mo.

Given the zeitgeist, it would be understandable to think Kansas City made this list because of Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce. But the city was set to deliver the goods long before it became a fixture of gossip columns. CPKC Stadium, one of the few soccer stadiums in the world built for a top-division women’s team, the Kansas City Current, will open in March, doubling as a venue for concerts, festivals and farmers markets. In other athletic firsts, KC will host pickleball’s inaugural PickleCon in August, with 100 courts devoted to the unstoppable sporting fad. Rock Island Bridge, a waterfront highline, will soon connect Kansas and Missouri with a string of bars and cafes. The outdoors-oriented will also be able to canoe or kayak in the Kansas River below. Pennway Point, a downtown entertainment district opening this spring, will feature a beer garden, a BBQ joint, live music and a Ferris wheel. Those looking for the city’s famous smoked meat and jazz can rest easy that even under the celebrity spotlight, the soul of the city remains intact.

Prague, Czech Republic

“Prague never lets you go. This dear little mother has sharp claws,” wrote Franz Kafka. And, judging by the tourist numbers, those claws have reach. This year ushers in a new reason, however, to visit the much-loved city. Kafka’s hometown is marking the 100th anniversary of the Czech-born, German-speaking Jewish writer’s death with events across the city. Beginning in March, Prague City Tourism will offer literary walking tours, and a vintage tram will carry bibliophiles to sites where the author lived and worked. In May, the Museum of Czech Literature unveils a new exhibition featuring multimedia installations, letters written by the author and early editions of his books. All summer, the Jewish Museum will host Kafka-focused film screenings in Josefov, Prague’s historic Jewish quarter, while a mobile app called “Searching for Odradek,” a reference to a Kafka protagonist, will help re-create the Prague Kafka knew. Finally, the Goethe-Institut, a German cultural center, will be putting on a string of readings and theatrical productions. And when the Kafkaesque existential dread gets to be too much, the city’s legendary pubs await.

Quintana Roo, Mexico

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula may be dismissed by some as a haven for spring breakers, but this year brings proof that there’s much more to the state of Quintana Roo than all-inclusive resorts. SHA Wellness Clinic, known for specialized longevity treatments, opens a branch this month in the town of Costa Mujeres. Architect Fabiano Continanza designed the slopes and spirals of the retreat’s building as a nod to the shape of the DNA molecule. An hour south, the Riviera Maya Edition hotel at Kanai just opened in a 620-acre nature reserve, its neutral-hued décor suggesting a sense of urban cool teleported deep into the jungle. Last month’s ribbon-cutting of a new airport in Tulum adds more fuel to that town’s decadeslong boom, but its quiet side still thrives at new boutique sites like XELA Tulum, a once-private villa renovated into a minimalist hotel. Near the border with Belize sits Bacalar, a diminutive town hugging a 26-mile-long translucent lagoon. Big chains like Banyan Tree have announced plans to move in soon, so get there before they do and check in to the new Boca de Agua hotel, crafted by Frida Escobedo, who was recently tapped to design a forthcoming contemporary art wing at New York’s MoMA.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

In Buenos Aires, an often-lauded culinary scene is shining brighter than ever. The neighborhood of Belgrano presents a handy introduction to two core elements of daily life in Argentina: fútbol and meat. After a match at El Monumental, South America’s largest stadium, dine at Corte Comedor’s modern parrilla (or grill) with hard-to-find cuts of beef, succulent veggies and charcuterie from sister spot Corte Charcuteria. In the art-gallery-packed neighborhood of Villa Crespo, head to Chuí, which offers a surprisingly varied plant-based menu, or Julia, a 22-seater specializing in colorful French-leaning fare. In Chacarita, try the newcomer Ácido, which takes inspiration for its menu—plus its delightfully kitschy china—from grandmothers everywhere. At MN Santa Inés, in the low-key barrio of La Paternal, chef Jazmín Marturet plays with recipes developed during trips to Asia and Latin America. And for travelers who follow the stars, the grand finale awaits at the art-on-a-plate adventure on offer at Aramburu, granted two Michelin stars in November. Buen provecho.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minn.

You can still drink straight from many of the 1,200 lakes in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, the million-acre liquid maze just shy of the Canadian border. Often navigated via multiday canoe camping trips, this boreal wilderness grants its 250,000 annual visitors time on solid ground, too, in rustic lodges and on extensive island hiking trails. With mining interests eyeing the region, every tourist visit this year plays a pivotal role in the area’s conservation. Start yours with a drive along the Gunflint Trail, a 57-mile national scenic byway leading to the Boundary Waters. At midpoint, grab a cardamom roll from Loon’s Nest Coffee, opened in the fall of 2023, before joining a guided paddle with one of the many locally run outfitters. Come nightfall, check in to the freshly updated Gunflint Lodge, or upgrade your campsite with a mobile sauna delivered to your patch of woods by spa operators Sisu + Löyly. In the morning, wake up with the loons—and dunk your cup straight into the deep-blue water to hydrate.

Balearic Islands, Spain

Spain’s Balearic Islands are ditching their dance-all-night rep for something more Zen. Think fewer foam parties, more meditation circles. Ibiza, once synonymous with shot-slinging nights, now appeals to mindfulness mavens, a metamorphosis on full display at the Mirador de Dalt Vila, a Relais & Châteaux hotel aimed squarely at relaxers, not ravers. In Mallorca, Richard Branson’s new Son Bunyola hotel ditches the island’s DJ parties in favor of scenic cycling and languorous afternoons in the 92-foot-long pool. Rafael Nadal’s ZEL hotel beckons with a restaurant serving Mediterranean and Basque fare and a pro-approved gym. On the island of Minorca, protected status keeps a short leash on development, so newcomers focus on renewing existing properties rather than bulldozing and building. Take the island’s latest outpost, Son Vell, an 18th-century Venetian-style manor turned into a 34-room hotel featuring yoga classes, al fresco movie screenings and, best of all, not a thumping bass line within earshot.

Contributors: Kiera Carter (Kansas City), David Farley (Prague), Adam H. Graham (Kangaroo Island and Kyushu), Jacqueline Kehoe (Boundary Waters), Jordi-Lippe-McGraw (Balearic Islands), Suchi Rudra (Buenos Aires), Chris Schalkx (Malaysia and Lamu) and Michaela Trimble (Quintana Roo)

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    Private charter prices start from $2316 AUD per day for 2 guests. Please make an enquiry for accurate pricing for a private tour. Please note: If you are travelling with children below the age of 6, you will need to book a private tour. These prices are valid from April 1, 2024 until March 31, 2025. View Tour.

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    The Flinders Chase National Park lies along the western tip of Kangaroo Island and is home to some of the island's most memorable landmarks. On this full-day tour, visit the sea lion colony of Cape du Couedic, admire views of the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, enjoy a delicious picnic lunch, and look out for wild kangaroos in the Kelly Hill Conservation Park.

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  20. Kangaroo Island Wildlife Tours

    That's why, since 1986, we have specialised in Kangaroo Island wildlife tours. Specifically, wildlife in the wild. Our expert guides at Exceptional Kangaroo Island know when and where we can give you the most memorable and genuine Australian wildlife encounter, observing Kangaroo Island's iconic mammals, marsupials, monotremes, reptiles and ...

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    One third of Kangaroo Island is either national park, conservation parkland or wilderness protection area. Take to the water in a boat or dive beneath the surface on a marine tour. On land, be guided down off the beaten track to secret wildlife hotspots. Local tour guides rich in knowledge will get you up close and personal with native animals ...

  22. One Day Kangaroo Island Tours

    1 Day. Small Group/Private. Our full day Flinders Chase Focus tour explores the wilderness of the west end of Kangaroo Island, including fire ecology, an elegant picnic lunch and the iconic landscapes of Flinders Chase National Park, including Remarkable Rocks, Cape du Couedic and Admiral's Arch. View Tour.

  23. Kangaroo Island In Style

    Private charter prices start from $2316 AUD per day for 2 guests. Please make an enquiry for accurate pricing for a private tour. Please note: If you are travelling with children below the age of 6, you will need to book a private tour. These prices are valid from April 1, 2024 until March 31, 2025. View Tour.

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    Kangaroo Island is a nature lover's paradise, with prolific native wildlife, dramatic coastal sightseeing and bountiful farmlands. Kangaroo Island, 13km (8mi) off the coast of South Australia, is one of the best places in Australia to see wild animals like koalas, kangaroos, sea lions and seals.

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