ACTIVE EXPLORERS

PRIVATE ONLY | 3D/2N
This three-day two-night private tour aims to get you moving – exploring Kangaroo Island on a multi-mode adventure – four-wheel drive, walking, ocean rafting and fat-tyre cycling. 

The three days incorporate the iconic landscape and wildlife encounters the Island is famous for with daily elegant al fresco lunches with wine. As this is a private package, there are alternate activities which can be substituted, and we recommend setting up the priority activities in advance to ensure availability.

ITINERARY

Day 1

Start the day at Little Sahara – an extensive open dune field on the edge of Seal Bay Conservation Park. Get on your bike – a fat-tyre bike that is – and take a guided ride through the bush keeping an eye out for wildlife and looping back around through the dunes. Leave the bikes and drive to Seal Bay and take a private guided tour of the Australian Sea-lion colony.

Break for a picnic lunch at then take a long beach hike into the Cape Gantheaume wilderness at Bales Bay – along the way we will collect any marine pollution we can manage and remove it from the park. End the day with a visit to D’Estrees Bay and explore the bays, beaches and wildlife habitat on this sweeping coastline.

Day 2

Meet your skipper for an ocean rafting adventure and come prepared for a swim. The team from Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures assist in the dolphin watch programme, and they can share details about the visual recognition system used to track dolphin movement between pods. Depending on weather conditions and the activities of any dolphins we encounter this experience may include a snorkel with the dolphins in the open ocean.

Enjoy a barbecue lunch at a private bush camp in the Cygnet River valley. After lunch, take a walk to explore the surroundings, seeking out bush birds, waterbirds, koalas and colourful cockatoos. Continue to Stokes Bay region for more wildlife encounters and a chance to explore the hidden beach. 

Day 3

Travel to the wild west end – a wilderness of over one hundred thousand hectares guarded against development in a series of conservation parks, a national park and wilderness protection areas. Break for morning tea en-route and learn about a century of conservation activities.

Explore the massive natural shapes of Remarkable Rocks – looking like some dramatic natural sculpture perched impossibly on top of a dome of granite emerging from the ocean.

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 who swim effortlessly through the crashing waves.

Lunch today is a picnic enjoyed on the cliff tops or sheltered in the bush depending on weather and consists of poached chicken, local cheeses, fresh fruit,  a salad prepared on the spot and a choice of fine Kangaroo  Island wines.

After lunch, take a walk down the Rocky River valley to the coast – a two-hour return hike of around four kilometres. Alternatively, we can visit “Grassdale” to experience some pioneer heritage or seek out kangaroos amongst endemic Tate’s grass trees which look like they are inspired by Dr Seuss.

INCLUSIONS

Three days private touring with home-baked morning tea served with traditional Australian treats; alfresco picnic with a choice of local wines, beer, soft drinks and spring water; access to field guides, binoculars and maps; and all necessary National Parks fees. 

ITINERARY FLEXIBILITY

We recommend this programme for those seeking some exercise and physical activity as part of their visit. There is flexibility to alter the itinerary, and the order of events may change due to logistics such as accommodation location, seasonality and weather conditions.

Other activities (which may attract an additional fee) that can be either substituted or scheduled with an additional day of touring include:
  • Quad-biking with Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action
  • “Walk to wine” – an extended hike ending up at Islander Estate Vineyard for a private tasting
  • A full day walk on the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail from Remarkable Rocks to Hanson Bay (13.5 km – 4 hours hiking at 4 km/h)