• Kangaroo Island Coastline

Itinerary Summary

Duration
15 Days
Price
£17330
When
Oct - May
Destination
Australia
Type
Tailor-Made
Duration Price When Destination Type
15 Days £17330 Oct - May Australia Tailor-Made
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Southern Australia Safari

Travel through Southern Australia seeking out the best wildlife experience, including wildlife spotting and safari drives at the Arkaba Conservancy in the Flinders Ranges, a myriad of diverse wildlife at Gawler Rangers Safari, and a visit to the exceptional Kangaroo Island.

Start off by escaping to the Arkaba Homestead and feel like you are staying with friends in the country. Field guides are there to help wildlife spot and get maximum viewing. Embark on game drives through the picturesque high ranges, plateaus, gorge, and valleys, as well as visiting The Hide, a reliable water point for wildlife and an ideal spot to listen to the sounds of the Australian bush.

Adventure to South Australia’s outback, all the way from the ocean and beyond. Walk along the surface of the incredible salt pan Lake Gardiner and be surrounded by stunning red dunes and plenty of wildlife. Then, spend a day swimming with sea lions in Baird Bay.

Finally experience the unforgettable icons and hidden gems of Kangaroo Island, Australia's third-largest island, spotting kangaroos, tammar wallabies, short-beaked echidna, koalas, and possum.

 

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Stay at Arkaba Homestead for a real outback experience
  • Explore the spectacular Lake Gairdner and Lake Strut
  • Experience the iconic Kangaroo Island, full of unique plant and animal species

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A 15-day journey full of wildlife in Tasmania and Victoria
from $22,096 per person, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive in Sydney

Welcome to Sydney! You will be met and privately transferred to your hotel. Check-in and have the afternoon at your own leisure.

Overnight Accommodation: The Langham, Sydney

Day 2

Sydney - Hawker (Arkaba)

This morning you will be privately transferred to Sydney Domestic Terminal for your flight onwards. You will fly from Sydney to Adelaide, before connecting from Adelaide to Hawker. After you land you will be privately transferred to the Arkaba Homestead where you will check-in and have the rest of the afternoon at your own leisure.

Overnight Accommodation: Arkaba, Homestead Guestroom

Days 3-4

Arkaba

During your stay in Arkaba, you will have twice daily unique guided safaris, run by a team of expert field guides as you immerse yourself in the bush walks and safari drives showcasing the abundance of wildlife in the outback and Arkaba's conservation mission to protect it. Along with the scenery, the activities on offer are endless. Mountain bike in the foothills of the elder range, take a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound (Additional activity at own expense) or you may choose to take a day to discover the neighbouring Flinders Ranges National Park. After your days of adventure, you can find seclusion in a deep leather chair surrounded by the warmth of books and a large stone fireplace. Or if the weather is hot, retreat to the stunning pool that overlooks the Arkaba Creek. Revel in all-inclusive dining with a resident chef. You will be provided with contemporary Australian cuisine infused with native elements and paired with world-renowned wines. Meals will be prepared with mainly locally sourced, organic, and homegrown ingredients. All enjoyed on the terrace looking out over the ranges.

Overnight Accommodation: Arkaba - Homestead Guestroom

Day 5

Hwker (Arkaba) - Wudinna (Kangaluna)

This morning after breakfast at Arkaba you will be transferred the short distance to Hawker Airport to board your private aircraft for your flight to the Eyre Peninsula. You will pass Wudinna Rock as you travel into the outback to Kangaluna Camp. The Camp has a central dining room which is mostly open-sided but closed when the weather is not so perfect. The camp is a wonderful place to relax, walk and observe the nature which lives in harmony with our presence. The open Mallee Woodland environment is home to many animals that still use their original tracks through the camp, and over a hundred species of birds frequent the area. Recycled materials were used in the construction and furnishing of the campsite, giving it a tastefully rustic look. Kangaluna Camp has been developed by its owners from a lifetime of experience on how to best live in this environment and dry climate. Rainwater is collected from the roofs and is the only water source. Techniques are used for its preservation but you still have private showers and flushing toilets. After a rest at Kangaluna, there is an afternoon wildlife experience - the outback animals thrive in this environment. You can expect to see three species of kangaroos as well as emus and many birds, returning to Kangaluna after sunset drinks at Kolay Mirica Rocks.

Overnight accommodation: Kangaluna Camp

Day 6

Kangaluna Camp

The following morning visit an ochre pit on the morning drive to spectacular Lake Gairdner, with its glistening white salt pan set in the red landscape. Here you can walk on the surface of the lake and look north to see the endless white plain and the striking red surrounds and islands. The red dunes along the lake yield many animal tracks, flowers in spring, interesting vegetation and birds. Photo opportunities are endless. In the afternoon you will drive through a changing landscape, cigar shaped volcanic rock formations 1600 million years old, and lots of wildlife. You may see emus and red, western grey and euro kangaroos as we drive through the ancient outback range to Kangaluna Camp.

Overnight Accommodation: Kangaluna Camp

Day 7

Kangaluna Camp

Enjoy a leisurely morning walk before setting off for Lake Sturt. You will walk on Lake Sturt in the Corrobinnie Depression and see the array of colours and patterns in the bed of the old lake. This is a geological marvel, with many interesting subjects. Continuing around the lake to Mt Sturt, taking short walks in the nature, you observe a diversity of plants and trees. Visit amazing Pildappa Wave Rock en-route to an early arrival back to Kangaluna which gives the extra chance to spot some of the 110 species of birds and the visiting animals, or relax in the stunning surrounds. Sunset drinks will finish the day at Sturt’s Lake.

Overnight Accommodation: Kangaluna Camp

Day 8

Kangaluna Camp

This morning you will drive to Baird Bay where you board the boat for an unforgettable wildlife experience. Today’s headline act is only a very short steam off shore aboard the 14-seater ‘Neo-phocus’, where you will be swimming with the Australian Sea Lions off Jones Island. The island is home to just over 100 Australian Sea Lions, as well as a variety of native birds. There are only 2 places on Earth where you can swim with wild sea lions; the Galapagos Islands & the Eyre Peninsula. The sea lion experience is full of wonder & charm, and swimming with them is rated in the Top 10 things to do in Australia. Following the sea lion encounter, ‘Neo’ pulls out into deeper waters where you now have the chance to swim with the resident Bottlenose dolphins. These animals often come so close to you that you can hear the high pitch chatter. On return to the beach of Baird Bay, your guide will be there to greet you for your next adventure. You will depart on our journey down to Port Lincoln and on the way, you will have a few pit stops to make!

Talia caves are the first stop, see nature’s elements of the sea & wind have etched patterns through time on its limestone roof, whilst the surf washes the rocks, edging the caves offering another spectacular scene of color & the wonderful force of the Southern Ocean. You will see some secret places with amazing coastal views at the town ship of Elliston including the Great Ocean Drive and with time permitting, Venus Bay.

Last on the agenda is one of the very best vantage spots on the 2000 long stretch of the Great Australian Bight. The Cummings Monument provides this and more as the view gives you spectacular and uninterrupted views of the rugged cliff tops that make up the Bight. Adjacent to the Monument is a craggy pinnacle set amongst deep blue waters which makes a home to a family of sea eagles as they nest on top.

Next Stop the Seafood Capital of Australia, Port Lincoln! drive through Port Lincoln showcasing the small cities highlights, en-route to the Port Lincoln Marina and to your accommodation at South Point Beach House – a 4 bedroom beach house overlooking Boston Bay. Dinner tonight will be 3 courses of fresh local produce provided by your hosts.

Overnight accommodation: Port Lincoln

Day 9

Eyre Peninsula: Port Lincoln

The day starts with morning viewing at the small coastal hamlet of Tulka where waders, Swans and Sea Birds can be seen from the Bird Hide. This is another known location for Southern Emu-Wrens near a well first dug by Captain Matthew Flinders when he explored the area in 1802.

You will be taken to the diversity of the Port Lincoln National Park. From the naturally rugged and wild Sleaford Bay and the Southern Ocean to the tranquility of the Spalding Cove area and other beautiful beaches. Of the 29,000ha National Park, the tour follows Captain Matthew Flinders journey through the Wilderness areas. Rugged cliffs provide an opportunity to view Osprey and White Bellied Sea-Eagles and to keep a look out for Kites and Harriers.

This is a wonderful opportunity to walk or beachcomb along one of the secluded beaches, take a 45-minute hike to see spectacular views of Boston Bay, Port Lincoln and the Port Lincoln National Park at the Stamford Hill Lookout or even some 4WD adventure amongst massive sand dunes overlooking the beautiful Southern Ocean and clifftops. There are 130 species of birds listed in the National Park as well as many Western Grey kangaroos, Emus, lizards and in summer, snakes. Migrant Southern Right Whales can be seen from May, June, July and August and also through the lookouts at Whalers Way where you will also see much bird life, kangaroos and emus. From here, you will get up close and personal at arguably one of Australia’s very best habitats where wild Koalas can be found in a wonderful private nature reserve. Stroll under the beautiful old Eucalypt trees and come face to face with the cuddly icon of Australia as they laze in the Manna gums. Due to the gums being stunted in growth, your view of the koalas is at eye level. Wander through the restored original homestead as emus roam around and look for some of the 160 native bird species that reside here, such as the Port Lincoln Parrot, Blue Breasted Wrens and an occasional Scarlet Robin. As the sun settles for the evening, sit back around a fire (only out of fire season), relax with a platter and drop of local wine surrounded by wildlife and the sounds of nature. It’s stunningly beautiful all year round! Dinner tonight will be 3 courses of fresh local produce.

Overnight accommodation: Port Lincoln

Day 10

Eyre Peninsula: Port Lincoln

Start of your day begins as you call into one of the best vantage points in South Australia - Winters Hill. From this viewing point, you can see the city of Port Lincoln, Boston Island, Boston Bay and all the way out to the stunning Port Lincoln National Park. You will then take a short drive through spectacular Sugar Gums and agricultural land to Big Swamp. Big Swamp Wetland is three, seasonal fresh water lakes, that form a water dependent eco system, with a large and ancient Red Gum forest, creating a unique habitat for many documented rare wildlife, bird species, threatened plant species, fresh water tortoise, native fish and invertebrates. These wetlands are nationally important wetlands and contain “Many Rare and Endangered Wildlife”, especially rare waterfowl, raptors, endangered emu wren & whip bird, and 5 types of migratory waders.

You will then enter beautiful Coffin Bay. Coffin Bay is an area is of outstanding beauty, world famous Oysters and is home to a variety of important species of flora and fauna. Before travelling to the Coffin Bay National Park where there are about 150 species of birds, 11 species of terrestrial mammals (of which seven are introduced), 12 species of marine mammals, 20 species of lizards, six species of snakes and several (mostly unidentified) species of amphibians have been recorded in the parks. Several wildlife species occurring in the parks are classed as vulnerable, endangered or rare. Islands of Whidbey, Avoid Bay and Mount Dutton Bay Conservation Parks support breeding populations of seabirds and marine mammals. Colonies of the Australian Sea-lion and New Zealand Furseal occur on many of these islands. Southern Right Whales are often seen along the southern coastline during early winter, as they migrate towards their breeding grounds at the Head of the Great Australian Bight. Lunch will be a selection of gourmet seafood platters in the heart of picturesque Coffin Bay. After lunch, You will join the amazing Brothers Cruise, you will be joining a local oyster farmer and cruising out to The Brothers to watch the seabirds, seals and dolphins that surround this area. Whilst on cruise learn about the humble oyster, the process of farming these oysters, shuck your own oysters and of course oyster tasting. The larger island of The Brothers in the Mount Dutton Bay Conservation Park is of paleontological significance because of the presence of sub-fossil bones of six species, including an extinct kangaroo and a giant flightless bird. Bottlenosed Dolphins are common within the Coffin Bay waterway, and Common Dolphins are frequently seen in offshore waters.

Overnight accommodation: Port Lincoln

Day 11

Port Lincoln - Kingscote (Kangaroo Island)

This morning you will be transferred to Port Lincoln airport for your private charter flight to Kingscote, Kangaroo Island. On arrival you will be met by your host to begin your 3 day tour. Visit the Eucalyptus forest of the Cygnet Valley and learn about the ground-breaking habitat restoration programme at Cygnet Park which has turned former farming pastures back into diverse bushland. Meet with Dr Peggy Rismiller who is the world expert on shortbeaked echidnas – one of the world’s three egg-laying mammals. Over lunch, Peggy will share the results of 30 years investigating the lives of echidnas, goannas, tiger snakes and the broader ecology of Kangaroo Island.

Overnight accommodation: Oceanview Eco Villas

Day 12

Kangaroo Island

Start the day by learning about the endemic Kangaroo Island glossy black-cockatoo and the work being done to bring this large and atypically quiet cockatoo back from around 120 individuals in 1995 to some 380 in 2018. Take a walk through the feeding habitat of these cockatoos which is also home to tammar wallabies, Kangaroo Island kangaroos, Rosenberg’s goanna, short-beaked echidna and many bird species. Visit Stokes Bay and do a scan for shorebirds as well as explore koala habitat nearby. You will break for lunch before travelling to Seal Bay Conservation Park and take a private tour of the Australian Sea-lion colony – one of the world’s rarest sea-lions. Here you have the chance to learn about the life of the sea-lions – the threats to their survival, their feeding excursions, and unique breeding biology. You will also learn about the management actions which are in place to try to protect this iconic species. Return to your accommodation and dinner at Oceanview Eco Villas.

Overnight accommodation: Oceanview Eco Villas

Day 13

Knagaroo Island

Begin the day in the island’s north-west in an important private wildlife refuge with Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife. Here, gain an insight into (and take part in) the fantastic conservation work being done by Pat, Heidi and their team to assist some of the lesser-known (and often nocturnal) native animals. Lunch is a picnic enjoyed in the bush and consists of marinated poached chicken, fresh salads, cheeses and fantastic South Australian wine, beer, soft drinks and spring water. After lunch, travel into Flinders Chase National Park and explore the massive natural sculptures of Remarkable Rocks whose abstract forms look like a meeting of the minds of Henry Moore and Salvador Dali. Perched on the cliffs with panoramic views, this offers greatphoto opportunities. A short drive away, a boardwalk leads to Admirals Arch – a coastal grotto which is home to a large colony of long-nosed fur-seals who swim effortlessly through the crashing waves. Look for seals swimming in rock-pools and resting on smooth rock ledges. At the days end, spend some time gaining an understanding of the earliest human occupation of the Island. Discuss what our Indigenous Australians survived or even thrived on across the Island – a selection of items foraged, hunted and fished from the local environment. Time to enjoy your last night at Oceanview Eco Villas.

Overnight accommodation : Oceanview Eco Villas

Day 14

Kingscote (Kangaroo Island) - Adelaide

This morning you will check out of your hotel before you are transferred to Kingscote airport for your flight to Adelaide. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Check in and enjoy the rest of your day at your own leisure.

Overnight Accommodation: Mayfair Hotel Adelaide

Day 15

Depart Adelaide

This morning you will check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport in time for your flight home. 

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