A Fantastic Two Day Tour of Kangaroo Island
My Kangaroo Island tour is definitely one of the highlights of my trip so far! Definitely a must see in South Australia. Nature lovers will be in heaven here, so much to see, coupled with beautiful views in a fairly quiet island. If you are the adventurous type you can also try sand boarding, go kayaking and quad biking.
After much deliberation I decided to go with a tour company rather than on my own since the price was around about the same and this way I could meet others too and not have to do my own research. I went with Groovy Grape who are more tailored to backpackers, received good reviews and had the best price.
Day One – Spectacular Views, Seals, Surfing and Quad Biking
Luke, our guide, picked me up at 6.15am from my YHA hostel in Adelaide and we made a couple of other pick-ups before heading down the coast via the Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis for the ferry. It turned out that there were only 5 people on the tour! It could have been 21 so now it was almost a private tour! After 45 minutes on the ferry crossing we headed south for Prospect Hill, the Ben Nevis of Kangaroo Island (or KI as its affectionately known) at a staggering 307 m (1,000 ft!). It made for an amazing view back to the east.
After a quick lunch on the barbie we headed to Seal Bay for a ranger tour. Definitely glad I went with the tour at this point as we got up very close to the endangered Australian sea lions, we were only around 10 ft away.
Just as we were leaving this little guy was near the exit, calling out for his mum. More like a shriek.
Next we headed to Little Sahara to try out sand boarding; that was cool and I just managed to stay up!
The others headed off to kayak and I went for one of the optional extras – quad biking!! I love quads plus I had use of a kayak on the farm. What made it extra special was it was a dusk tour. I remember one point we slowed down for an echidna (like a hedgehog) crossing out path, we went through the gate and then stopped again as it crossed again; wish I could have gotten a picture then! We headed out into the open and it was breath-taking to see the kangaroos spread out across the open land, running nearby as we passed through with the sun setting in the background, such an amazing experience.
After meeting back up with the group it was time to camp, we stayed and the very comfortable and friendly Flinders Chase Farm.
Day 2 – Kangaroos, Wallabies, Parrots, Remarkable Rocks and More Seals
We woke up to an amazing view over the farm with alpacas roaming around and after a huge breakfast selection we headed off to Hanson Bay.
Here you can spot the koalas, get up close with the kangaroos and wallabies (if you’re quick) and spot colourful parrots flying by.
Back in the bus we headed to the remarkable rocks (you may notice a pattern emerging in the naming of things here in OZ!). Granite formed here after a volcanic eruption 200 million years ago, since then the rocks have naturally eroded to produce these remarkable rocks.
Another short drive and we saw the remarkable rocks and Admirals Arch, this time New Zealand fur seals. These seals have a thicker coat so can spend a lot longer at sea. This was technically meant to be the end of our tour however since there were only five of us Luke kept up the same pace which gave us time to fit in a couple of other sights. He took us to the north coast to the beautiful but hidden stokes bay. You first arrive and think “why has he taken us here!?” then you see the beach sign nailed to a rock and once through the narrow path I could see why, beautiful beach if a little overcast on our day, it was nice to have a swim. We finished the tour with a wine tasting at Sunset Winery. Nice end to an absolutely fantastic tour, very memorable.
If you will be in Adelaide or will be passing through definitely don’t miss a trip to KI and I’d highly recommend Groovy Grape, I was well looked after by Luke, an interesting and knowledgeable guide.