Welcome to Flinders Chase National Park
Occupying the western end of the island, Flinders Chase National Park is one of SA's top national parks. Much of the park is mallee scrub, and there are also some beautiful, tall sugar-gum forests, particularly around Rocky River and the Ravine des Casoars, 5km south of Cape Borda. Sadly, around 100,000 acres of bush were burned out by bushfires in 2007, but the park is making a steady recovery. Kooky rock... Read More
Top experiences in Flinders Chase National Park
Flinders Chase National Park activities
Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide
After early morning pickup from your Adelaide or Glenelg hotel, meet your guide and relax aboard a comfortable air-conditioned coach on the scenic 90-minute journey over the Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis. Then enjoy a 45-minute ferry ride across the Backstairs Passage to Kangaroo Island where you transfer to a luxury coach for your island tour. If you choose to fly to Kangaroo Island, your coach meets you at the Kingscote Airport.Take in the scenery as you drive to Seal Bay Conservation Park where Australian sea lions sunbathe and frolic on a stunning beach. Meet a National Parks Ranger for a guided walk on the beach and get a close look at the sea lion colony. Leave the sea lions and head to gorgeous Vivonne Bay for a delicious 2-course lunch at Vivonne Bay Bistro. Large windows and a sun deck allow you to look for critters like kangaroos and koalas in the native bush that surrounds the building. See more wildlife after lunch when you stop at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Koalas lounge in the eucalyptus groves and echidnas, kangaroos and wallabies roam free on the large predator-free property. Then continue to the rugged southern coast of Flinders Chase National Park for a walk among the giant granite boulders called Remarkable Rocks. Snap photos of a natural rock archway named Admirals Arch, gaze over the Cape Du Couedic coastline and observe the antics of long-nosed fur seals as they play and laze about on the rocks. Throughout the day, your expert guide shares facts about the wildlife and history of the island. After a day exploring the natural beauty of Kangaroo Island, return to Penneshaw or Kingscote Airport, keeping your eyes peeled for more kangaroo and wallaby sightings. Then travel by air or ferry and coach back to Adelaide where your tour ends.
5-Day Adelaide and Kangaroo Island
Please see the Itinerary below for details on accommodation and each day's activities.
Overnight Kangaroo Island Wildlife Adventure from Adelaide
From your comfortable minibus you’ll appreciate the fantastic coastal views as you head towards Kangaroo Island along the Fleurieu Peninsula. After driving for 90 minutes, hop aboard the massive ferry for the 45-minute cruise to the picturesque beachside village of Penneshaw, where you can stock up on supplies.The first stop is Prospect Hill, where a moderately easy climb offers magnificent 360-degree views of Australia’s third-largest island.The highlight for many is the guided tour along the pure-white beach of Seal Bay, where you can walk within metres of countless Australian Sea Lions snoozing on the sand or frolicking in the surf. Or maybe your favorite part will be the Flinders Chase National Park in the far west of the island, which hosts two extraordinary geological features: the Remarkable Rocks and the Admirals Arch, which is also home to a colony of New Zealand Fur Seals.The dormitory style accommodation is located within a farm on the edge of the national park. After a huge Aussie barbecue dinner, we sit around the campfire swapping stories, playing didgeridoos and maybe, spotting wildlife, such as kangaroos and possums.After breakfast on day 2, your wildlife adventure continues! In the cooler morning weather, you can hike one of the many walking trails on the island where you can watch kangaroos hopping about the bush, koalas nesting in their favorite gum trees and possibly, spot a shy echidna shuffling past. In the summer months, spend some time swimming and snorkeling in search of the elusive leafy sea dragon which resides off the coast. You can laze about Vivonne Bay, Hanson Bay, Stokes Bay or one of the other superb beach spots with their pristine sand and clear water, or alternatively you can follow the nearby trail along the beach and river to search for more wildlife.The action packed afternoon starts with sand-boarding down the Little Sahara dunes. Enjoy a leisurely paddle in kayaks along the Harriet River, but if you do crave something more adventurous, quad-biking along rocky paths through dense scrub is an optional extra.From Penneshaw, take the ferry to Cape Jervis for the short drive back to Adelaide to arrive at around 8:30pm.
2-Day Kangaroo Island 4WD Small-Group Tour from Adelaide
With two days to explore Kangaroo Island on a small-group tour, you’ll travel across this beautiful island by 4WD. You’ll stay the night in a sea-view room at the Ozone Aurora Hotel on Kangaroo Island.Itinerary:Day 1: Adelaide -- Kangaroo Island (L)After an early morning pickup from your Adelaide or Glenelg hotel, relax on a scenic coach ride from Adelaide to Cape Jervis on the vineyard-covered Fleurieu Peninsula, where you’ll make the 45-minute ferry crossing to Kangaroo Island. If you choose to fly, you'll be picked up from your Adelaide hotel and transferred to the airport for your 30-minute flight.Your wildlife guide will meet you at the port at Penneshaw, and provide an overview of Kangaroo Island’s history and environment. Your drive by 4WD across the island takes you through several habitats, including eucalyptus forests home to echidnas, wallabies and a huge variety of birdlife. You’ll discover that many species are unique to the island.You’ll also visit the Seal Bay Conservation Park to see the park’s colony of Australian sea lions basking on the beach and sand dunes. As you admire the sea lions’ playful antics, your small-group guide will provide essential information on the lives of these spectacular marine animals.After a gourmet picnic lunch with wine at a heritage-listed bush property, take a guided bushwalk or stroll on the beach. Then go for a 4WD drive through the island’s interior, keeping watch for koalas and cockatoos. Take a bushwalk on Kangaroo Island’s north coast, where you might see the area’s endemic Tamar wallaby. As the day draws to an end, you’ll see kangaroos leave their daytime bush retreats to graze the open pastures at dusk, before being taken to your accommodation for your overnight stay.Accommodation: Aurora Ozone Hotel (or similar) Day 2: Kangaroo Island -- Adelaide (B, L)Begin the second day of your Kangaroo Island adventure with a visit to Flinders Chase National Park on the island’s west coast. You’ll have a great opportunity to see kangaroos, wallabies and birdlife in their natural habitat, and see a colony of long-nosed fur seals basking in the sun at Cape du Couedic.Stroll beside Remarkable Rocks balancing on the cliff edge, and along the Admiral’s Arch boardwalk to spy seals swimming in the waves beneath. After enjoying a gourmet lunch with wine in a lovely bush setting that’s home to koalas sleeping in the treetops, you’ll see kangaroos and other wildlife at the Kelly Hill Conservation Park.Your small-group two-day 4WD tour of Kangaroo Island ends with a drive to Kingscote Airport for your 30-minute flight to Adelaide if you’ve chosen the flight option, or to Penneshaw to catch the ferry back to Cape Jervis and coach transfer to Adelaide.
Small Group Half Day Kangaroo Island 4WD Tour
You guide will collect you from your Kangaroo Island accommodation at the start of the day.Today you will visit the magnificent Dudley Peninsula and Pennington Bay. Famous for its surfing, it is an ideal place to enjoy a swim and ample spectacular photo opportunities. Depending on the time of year, you may even get to see native dolphins or whales in the sea.Next, you will have the chance to sample some of Kangaroo Island's local produce at the Eucalyptus Distillery and Honey Farm. The group will also stop to visit a winery or two if interested, Kangaroo Island wines are known for their strong varietal fruit flavors and intense colors. A temperate climate ensures a long, slow ripening of the grapes.Morning or afternoon tea, including coffee with biscuits will be included for you during the day. Kangaroo Island is a big island and if you are looking to visit Seal Bay National Park and/or Flinders Chase National Park, you would be best to opt for at least a full day of touring to fully appreciate the island experience.