Welcome to Southern Ocean
The southern parts of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans form the fifth ocean of the world, the Southern Ocean. Its wild waters surround Antarctica and isolate it geographically, biologically and climatically from the rest of the world. Scattered around these waters are the islands that early explorers and sealers encountered before they actually found Terra Australis Incognita.Visit the rocky but fecund shores... Read More
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Full-Day Bruny Island Tour from Hobart
Enjoy a full-day Tasmanian tour like no other as you explore the rugged coastline of Bruny Island, off the southeast coast of Tasmania. Sit back and admire the stunning scenery as you travel approximately 45-minutes by coach from Hobart; your driver will provide commentary and highlight the points of interest along the way. Once you reach the coast, it’s a short hop across the water by ferry to Adventure Bay, where you will have a delicious morning tea with freshly baked muffins hot out of the oven.Then get set for an exhilarating adventure as you board the boat for a 3-hour wilderness cruise. The custom-built boat is perfect for viewing the spectacular coastline and wildlife, and the covered open-air seating gives you access to great views and a connection with the environment.Feel your adrenaline pumping as the boat races between the sheer cliff faces, and then drift up close to the amazing ‘Breathing Rock’ and see the point where the treacherous Tasman Sea meets the Southern Ocean. There are plenty of opportunities to encounter the region’s remarkable wildlife -- keep a look out for sea eagles soaring high, pods of dolphins surfing alongside the boat and colonies of fur seals. You may even see a great white shark!After an amazing tour on the water, return to Adventure Bay and warm up with lunch of hot homemade soup and a gourmet roll before boarding the coach for the return trip to Hobart.
McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Peninsula Day Trip by 4WD Including Gourmet Picnic Lunch
Start your full-day tour with morning pickup from either McLaren Vale or Adelaide or its environs. Climb into your comfortable and sturdy 4WD vehicle for the relaxed 40-minute drive to the internationally renowned McLaren Vale wine region. The adventure begins as your guide follows off-road tracks through beautiful landscapes with world-class vineyards and ancient geological sites. After some exploring, pull into an exclusive location for morning refreshments consisting of cheeses served with local white and red wines and handcrafted beers. Enjoy your first tastes of the region’s excellent products while taking in stunning views of the surrounding scenery. Next, pop into a winery where you meet a local winemaker and learn about the winery’s operations, then sample wine fresh from the barrel. Continue south where, if the tides allow, you drive along Gulf St Vincent on Silversands beach. Then your 4WD maneuvers along 4WD tracks through the Willunga Hills into Inman Valley and Second Valley. After a thrilling ride, stop at a spectacular and remote location to savor a gourmet picnic lunch provided by a premium McLaren Vale restaurant.After lunch, continue through gorgeous Deep Creek Conversation Park and learn about the traditional lands of the Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri, the Indigenous Australians of the Fleurieu Peninsula.Arrive at a lookout where you can snap photos of Kangaroo Island, the south coast and the Southern Ocean. Look for local wildlife, including kangaroos, native birds and migrating southern right whales from May to October. While enjoying refreshments including wine or beer, take in some of the Fleurieu Peninsula’s most dramatic views.Take a rugged track through a classic Fleurileu Peninsula landscape before stopping for tea or coffee at Leonards Mill restaurant, located in a gorgeously restored 155-year-old flour mill. Then make the 90-minute return journey to Adelaide to end a memorable day.
Kangaroo Island Quad Bike Tour
On this adventurous ATV tour, discover Kangaroo Island as you navigate a wide variety of terrain within some 500 acres (202 hectares) of open grassland and pristine native bush. It doesn't matter if you're a first-timer or an experienced rider; guides tailor the ride to the conditions and your ability. Even if it’s raining, wet weather gear is provided along with a chance to get a lot of mud and puddle action.As you zip along, hear informative commentary from your guide about the island and enjoy stunning views of the Southern Ocean and wildlife that may include kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, wallabies, goannas, birdlife and more. All tours begin by equipping each person with the provided safety gear followed by a comprehensive safety talk. Next, your guide explains how to operate the ATV safely and watches as each person takes laps on a practice track. After approximately 30 minutes of set up and practice, follow your guide as you set out for your tour, choosing from the options listed in the Itinerary below. With a wide range of bikes suitable for all ages and abilities, riders as young as 6 years old can ride an ATV. No license is required, no previous experience is needed and the tour operator boasts an excellent safety record with the latest reliable and well maintained bikes from Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki.
3-Day Small Group Bruny Island Guided Walk from Hobart
Day 1 Step aboard your group's private boat on the Hobart waterfront and explore the river Derwent as you cruise to Bruny Island - this is the only alternative access to the long queues of the Bruny Island ferry. Enjoy a guided walk on Bruny Island’s east coast (12-kilometer return, 5-6hrs, no pack required). Cool off by wading out into the crystal clear waters of Great Bay and harvesting your own oysters. Sleep in a king size bed in a luxury tent and enjoy a hot shower at camp, set on a secluded 100-acres. Sit back and enjoy a glass of wine as your guides prepare dinner sourced from the island or in the waters surrounding it. Day 2 Guided walk to East Cloudy Head for views of Bruny Island’s rugged South Coast and the Southern Ocean. Drop by neighbour Ross O’Meara’s farm (of Gourmet Farmer fame) and collect some ingredients for the evening’s meal. Have some time to yourself and try to spot some of Bruny Island’s 150 species of birds (including all 12 Tasmanian endemics). Gather round the fire with a glass of pinot from Tasmania’s Southernmost vineyard. As darkness descends on camp, watch as Tasmania’s unique nocturnal wildlife emerges Day 3 Stretch your legs on a short morning rainforest walk and search for white wallabies. Experience a multi-award winning wilderness and wildlife adventure cruise with the chance to see seals, dolphins, whales and albatross. Enjoy lunch and a farewell drink on the deck of The Jetty Cafe. Farewell Bruny Island with a scenic boat return trip back to the Hobart waterfront.
Seal Island Boat Tour from Victor Harbor
Board your vessel - the 'Big Duck'; a 37-foot (11.3-metre) Naiad Rigid Inflatable Boat, purpose built for Southern Ocean conditions. The vessel has full sun protection, comfortable seating for up to 24 passengers and has a toilet on board. There's lots of space to move about the boat to view dolphins, seals and whales and the boat can run quietly on one engine.Departing from the Granite Island Causeway, a 5-minute scenic cruise takes you along the northern side of Granite Island past the Penguin Centre and Horse Tram route and around the breakwater into the open ocean. A further 5-minutes of exhilarating motoring and you are at Seal Rock, where New Zealand Fur seals and Australian Sea Lions can be seen basking in the sun and often swim to the stationary boat to have a good look at the passengers! Seabirds including petrels, shearwaters and cormorants can also be seen on or around Seal Rock. Common and bottlenose dolphins are also often in the vicinity and sometimes race the boat. After about 10-minutes viewing the wildlife and beautiful scenery at Seal Rock, head towards Wright Island. Here you will learn about the areas Whaling past and to search for Bottle Nosed Dolphins, after which the Big Duck returns to the Granite Island Causeway landing.
Wildlife Whale Discovery Tour from Victor Harbor
Board your vessel - the 'Big Duck'; a 37-foot (11.3-metre) Naiad Rigid Inflatable Boat, purpose built for Southern Ocean conditions. The vessel has full sun protection, comfortable seating for up to 24 passengers and has a toilet on board. There's lots of space to move about the boat to view dolphins, seals and whales and the boat can run quietly on one engine.Depart from the Granite Island Causeway and cruise slowly between the mainland and the northern side of Granite Island, affording breathtaking views of both the Victor Harbor shoreline and the island. Once past the breakwater the Big Duck picks up its pace. Seal Rock is the first stop, where New Zealand Fur Seals and Australian Sea Lions bask in the sun between fishing forays and swimming out to the boat for a sticky-beak! Then on past the huge granite boulders of Wright Island and the Bluff, with Shark Alley in between where your Captain talks about the whaling history of the area. Many visitors to Victor Harbor never venture past Petrel Cove on the western side of The Bluff, but this is where you are in for a real treat! West Island is a Conservation Park, complete with a research hut used by the universities and park rangers. From the back of the island another colony of seals and sea lions can often be seen basking on the rocks and swimming in the shallows. Seabirds abound in this remote area and often pods of common and bottlenose dolphins can be spotted playing or feeding. Head further west past the darkly spectacular cliffs of Kings Beach and Waitpinga before turning around and heading back to Granite Island. Should whales be present (June to October) the cruise will revert to a Whale Watching tour and travel to wherever the most recent sighting of whales have occurred. This quite often means heading towards Horseshoe Bay and Bashams Beach a common area to find Southern Right Whales which visit the Encounter Bay area every winter. The females visit these warmer shallow waters from Antarctica to give berth to their calves and to mate.