1 Day Kangaroo Island Wildlife Discovery from Adelaide

See the wild side of Kangaroo Island on this personalised small-group tour.
Adelaide, Australia
1 day
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
6:45 am to 10:45 pm
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Fitness Level
Fitness Level

What's Included

  • Return transfers from selected Adelaide CBD hotels
  • Return travel to Kangaroo Island by coach & ferry
  • Personalised 4WD touring with expert commentary from your driver/guide
  • Gourmet lunch with South Australian wines
  • Morning or afternoon tea
  • Seal Bay Conservation Park guided beach walk
  • Explore beaches and take walks through majestic native bushland
  • See koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas & birdlife
  • All entrance fees & special permits

Where we visit:

  • Kangaroo Island
  • Cape Jervis
  • Backstairs Passage
  • Penneshaw
  • Seal Bay Conservation Park
  • Heritage-listed natural bush property

What to Expect

Forget the crowds on this small group, 4wd personalised tour of Kangaroo Island. Your guide will take you on an unforgettable island nature experience and show you sights that regular coach tours do not visit. 


Your day starts with collection from your CBD hotel, for the journey down the Fleurieu Peninsula, to Cape Jervis for the ferry journey across to Kangaroo Island. The crossing takes just 45 minutes. You'll pass the beautiful Backstairs Passage and admire the clear waters and white sand of Penneshaw, where the ferry docks. 


On arrival at Penneshaw, you will be met by your guide and your island nature experience begins with an introduction to Kangaroo Island. Tour through several island habitats and see wildlife in its natural environment. Kangaroo Island is a haven for Australian wildlife, which exists in its natural habitat without the threat of introduced predators. Listen to the distinct sounds of the native birdlife as they chorus from the tall eucalyptus trees. Kangaroo Island is home to some 250 species of birds, many of which, through isolation from the mainland, have developed their own subspecies and are therefore unique to Kangaroo Island. As you travel the island keep an eye out for echidnas, wallabies, reptiles and wildflowers.


At the spectacular Seal Bay Conservation Park, your guide will escort you on a memorable walk along the beach. This bay is home to a healthy Australian sea lion colony. Walk among the sea lions as they bask on the beach or among the sand dunes after their extensive fishing expedition. With your guide, you are able to stand at a safe distance to these wonderful endangered creatures and hear them sigh and watch them at play. This is a truly unforgettable experience — one that you will treasure forever.


Enter our exclusive Heritage-listed natural bush property to enjoy a delicious gourmet style picnic lunch with South Australian wine. Follow your lunch with a pleasant bushwalk or beach stroll. Travel through the island’s interior keeping an eye out for koalas and echidnas. Explore the spectacular beaches and enjoy a bushwalk. Listen for Australia’s rarest cockatoo, the Kangaroo Island glossy black cockatoo and watch out for the Tammar wallaby, with its small, fine features, in its natural habitat.


Later in the afternoon, as the day draws to a close, see the kangaroos leave the safety of the bush to begin grazing on the open pastures. Your tour concludes at Penneshaw in time for the return ferry to the mainland and coach transfer to Adelaide.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Your camera or video camera with spare batteries
    • There’s no such thing as bad weather on KI, just inappropriate clothing, so be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes and clothing for outdoor activities, a warm jacket (even in summer, evenings can be cool), a rainproof jacket (essential in cooler months), wide-brimmed hat or cap, sun protection and insect repellent. Umbrellas are unsuitable due to occasional windy conditions.
    • Good sense of adventure and a thirst for knowledge (and the local wines) 
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    Families with children are welcome, although we recommend not bringing children under the age of 7 on an escorted 4x4 tour. If touring with children under 3 years of age, you will be required to book a private charter. 

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    Kangaroo Island is just 110 kilometres south of Adelaide, South Australia’s capital. It is 18 kilometres from the mainland town of Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Kangaroo Island sits at 35°S latitude which is the same latitude as Batemans Bay, NSW (south of Sydney).

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    There are two ferries that operate. Both have air-conditioned lounges, comfortable lounge or cafe-style seating, a licensed cafe serving great cappuccinos and fresh snacks, outdoor viewing decks, wheelchair access, disabled toilets and baby change facilities.

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    The crossing is approximately 45 minutes each way.

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    It takes approximately 2 hours to drive from the central business district (CBD) of Adelaide to Cape Jervis.

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    Terms & Conditions:

    • Itinerary subject to change and some of the inclusions may be replaced temporarily without notice, especially on classified catastrophic fire danger days on Kangaroo Island
    • Please advise any special dietary or allergy information at the time of booking, prior to travelling. Requests once the tour has commenced cannot be catered for

    Cancellation Policy:

    If the tourism experience you have purchased has been cancelled, the tour will offer either:

    • A travel credit to the value of 100% to be spent at a time convenient to you within the next 12 months
    • A full refund in accordance with the cancellation policy (please check the cancellation policy of the tourism product you have purchased)

    By offering a travel credit, you can reschedule your brilliant experience with us when it is safe to do so. If you have an existing booking and you wish to change your travel dates, the tour will waive any amendment fees if you book your travel dates within 12 months of the original booked travel dates. Please note: if any third-party or supplier costs change before the new travel dates, additional costs may be incurred. 

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