PRIVATE ONLY | 3D/2N
This three-day, two-night private tour is aimed at couples travelling to celebrate a special event – an anniversary, honeymoon or just the chance to explore a beautiful place together.
The three days incorporate the iconic landscape and wildlife encounters the Island is famous for and include daily elegant al fresco lunches with a choice of local wines, beer and soft drinks and some great local ingredients to taste. 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.
Start your adventure at Lathami Conservation Park where we take a walk through the bush with your guide – learning what makes that noise, whose tracks are those, and who left THAT little pile there? Look for wallabies almost extinct on the mainland, a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island and learn about some strange Australian birds, plants and animals. Stokes Bay is our next location where you access a beautiful hidden beach where, weather-dependant, you can take a swim.
Break for a barbecue lunch at a private bush lunch site featuring King George whiting, grilled halloumi, fresh salads and a choice of local wines. Continue by road to Seal Bay and take a private tour into the Australian Sea-lion colony with your guide – look out for pups nursing from their mother, young males practising their wrestling and big bulls staking out their territory.
A visit to the private studio of celebrated assemblage artist, Janine MacIntosh is next, where you can learn about the natural object mandalas she creates and get some insight into her craft and design. End the day on a sweet note with a visit to Clifford’s Honey Farm where you can taste a range of honey types, foraged by Ligurian bees across the Island.
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 (they might be busy fishing!), this experience may include a snorkel with the dolphins in the open ocean.
Back on shore we can have a picnic on the beach and then head into the “Capital” of Kangaroo Island, Kingscote. Here we can explore a showcase of beautifully curated Island art and get some sense of the diversity of an visual arts community which now comprises over 10 per cent of the Island population.
Visit one of Australia’s first boutique gin distilleries at Kangaroo Island Spirits and take part in a gin-blending masterclass to learn what sits behind all of the fabulous tastes and aromas of contemporary gins. End the day with a tasting at Islander Estate Vineyard where Bordeaux Vigneron Jacques Lurton blends French wine-making heritage with Kangaroo Island fruit to create elegant wines.
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.
Explore the massive natural shapes of Remarkable Rocks, where the abstract forms look like a meeting of the minds of Henry Moore and Salvador Dali. Perched on the cliffs with panoramic views, this location offers plenty of great photo opportunities. A short drive away, a long boardwalk leads down to 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. We can see the seals swimming in the rockpools and resting on the smooth rock ledges.
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 around the Black Swamp and learn about the Australian megafauna – just like in Ice Age enormous animals were stomping around 40,000 years ago but, being Australia, ours were marsupials. Continue on to Roo Lagoon Gallery to see some more local craft and end the day at one of the secluded north coast beaches.
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.
We recommend this programme for those travelling with young children. 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 scheduled include:
- An extended hike – either Rocky River Mouth (2 hours and 4 km return) or walk the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail from Remarkable Rocks to Hanson Bay (13.5 km – 4 hours hiking at 4 km/h)
- A couple’s spa session at Southern Spa, Southern Ocean Lodge (subject to seasonal restrictions for guests not staying in-house)
- A private session with Dr Peggy Rismiller – the world expert on the Short-beaked Echidna