PRIVATE ONLY | 3D/2N
This three-day, two-night private tour is packed full of family-friendly activities – experiencing Kangaroo Island focused on learning, tasting, exploring and seeking out some cool critters.
The three days incorporate the iconic landscape and wildlife encounters the Island is famous for with daily elegant al fresco lunches with wine for the parents 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 Little Sahara where we can explore the open dune fields – a perfect place to burn off some energy. 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.
Break for a barbecue lunch at a private bush lunch site and then 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 you can take a swim in the natural rock pool.
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 inland to meet Dr Peggy Rismiller who is the world expert on one of the world’s strangest mammals – the egg-laying Short-beaked Echidna. Peggy will share “A day in the life of a wildlife biologist”, and we can learn many of the things she has discovered in 30 years working with animals in the wild.
Take a walk nearby in the Cygnet River valley looking for koalas, cockatoos and the Laughing Kookaburra as well as some of the birds which live in the wetlands. We end the day on a sweet note – tasting some delicious honey flavours, and we might even try some honey ice cream.
Meet a local wood turner who uses Eucalyptus wood to create beautiful items on a lathe and continue 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. 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. In the peat bogs across Black Swamp thousands of bones have been discovered – of creatures like the Diprotodon – think of a wombat the size of a rhino!
Explore the massive natural shapes of Remarkable Rocks – this is our best natural playground with caves to explore, rocks to crawl under and lots of great photo opportunities.
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, visit “Grassdale” to experience some pioneer history and seek out kangaroos amongst Tate’s grass trees which look like they are inspired by Dr Seuss.
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 either substituted or scheduled with an additional day of touring include:
- Quad-biking with Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action – there are ATVs for little ones who are not able to ride a quad bike on their own
- “A Bug’s Life” – visiting Dr Richard Glatz who has a collection of over 45,000 insects
- Lightkeepers Peepers – visiting Cape Willoughby lighthouse with a chance to climb up the tower and learn about the lighthouse keepers and their families.