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Exceptional Kangaroo Island

Island Life

From: $300 USD

Duration: Full Day

Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.

Departs: Daily

Interests: Birds, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Marine Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians.

Kangaroo Island is blessed with a diverse range of habitats, with this full day tour showcasing a variety of landscapes, wildlife and the island's community, giving guests a sample of what life is like living on this remarkable island.

  • From Redgum forests across Cygnet Valley and the Central Plateau, to the coastal heath, dunes and rugged limestone cliffs across the south coast, guests are amazed at the beauty the changing topography. The tour also showcases the way Kangaroo Island has retained space for nature in a productive farming landscape.

  • Key wildlife species sought are Koalas, Kangaroo Island Kangaroos, Tammar Wallabies and Australian Sea-lions. Other possibilities include Short-beaked Echidnas, Glossy Black Cockatoos, Rosenberg's Goanna (warmer months) and a range of bushbirds, shore-birds, Osprey and seabirds.

About Exceptional Kangaroo Island: 

Craig and Janet Wickham and their enthusiastic team have been sharing Kangaroo Island's secrets with guests since 1990 and have won numerous national and international awards for their tours. The family-owned operator specialises in deluxe wildlife tours which create an atmosphere where guests find themselves treated as friends, with tours run as a conversation not a commentary, promising good food, good wine and wildlife in the wild.

Price reflects shared adult rate including touring and picnic lunch featuring local produce, Single supplements apply. Black-out dates may apply. Pricing is subject to availability and all prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Currency fluctuations may affect prices as quotes based on AUD. Prices are current at time of posting (9/9/2019) and may differ when you book your travel. Please contact us for our current pricing and itinerary details*


Tour day-by-day

  • Island Life

    The day starts with a trip to Wisanger, past salt lakes first exploited by sealers in the 1800s, followed by an exploration of Emu Bay with a delicious home-baked morning tea. This is one of island's most famed beaches, with beautiful white stretches, ideal for spotting shorebirds and seabirds.

    Next up is an exploration of the central Cygnet Valley, traversing through picturesque redgum forests, narrow-leaved mallee and mixed farmland. This region provides habitat for Koalas, many parrots and bush birds. Guests will learn about the history of the Eucalyptus oil industry, before breaking for lunch on a private property amongst the redgum forest.

    After lunch, guests will check out the feeding and breeding habitat of the critically endangered Kangaroo Island Glossy Black Cockatoo before continuing to Seal Bay, where coastal mallee transitions through coastal heath into dunes.

    This is the opportunity to encounter the third largest colony of Australian Sea-lions on a privately guided tour, where guests will learn about the feeding and breeding behaviour of these photogenic creatures.

    This unforgettable day concludes at D'Estrees Bay, home to the graceful Osprey and other seabirds, followed by a gentle walk around the marine lagoon at Wheaton's Beach.

    Other regular wildlife encounters include Tammar Wallabies, Kangaroo Island Kangaroos, with Short-beaked Echidnas, Rosenberg's Goanna (warmer months) and a vast range of bush and shore-birds sighted often.

    Key Details

    Shared Group Size: Maximum of 12 guests, with a minimum ratio of one guide per 6 guests.
    Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Kingscote Airport, Accommodations in Emu Bay, Kingscote, American River.
    Pick-up and Drop-off Time: Approximately 9:00am - 6:00pm.
    Languages: Translation services private tours available for French, German, Italian and Spanish (must be a private tour)

    Responsible Tourism

    As part of our commitment to sustainability we have developed a Code Of Practice relating to our wildlife interactions which is available for your reference. We have also sought independent verification of our practices through Ecotourism Australia. Our Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation is awarded to a select number of Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.


    Recent Awards

    WINNER TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018 • 2017 • 2016 • 2015 • 2014 • 2013
    LISTED Top 5 Wildlife Guides in the World by Outside Go Magazine 2015
    WINNER Outstanding Contribution to the Tourism Export Industry 2015 by the Australian Tourism Export Council 

    Recent Testimonials

    "Amazing tour that exceeded all expectations. The guide was unbelievably knowledgeable and showed us some of the great parts of KI. Best day of our honeymoon, just because of this tour. Thanks!" - David and Lucy, UK

    "My trip got me to visit six states, albeit briefly in some. The two days of Kangaroo Island were the highlights. The very high quality of the tour for small groups, riding in backroads with knowledgable guides who are also competent chefs in a unique setting is a memorable experience." - Myron, Ontario

    "This family owned tour operator is the best I have ever taken a tour with! The guide was enthusiastic, humorous and very informed about every question asked– considering wildlife, culture and geographical situation. As it was a small tour - he made me (and the fellow couple on the tour) feel very special. Exceptional Kangaroo Island truly kept their promise – good food (delicious whiting cooked on the barbeque), good wine (beautiful sauvignon blanc from the island) and wildlife in the wild (we saw a wide range of animals from kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, an echidna, wedge-tailed eagles to ants, butterflies, and all sorts of insects). I can only highly recommend this business. I will be back to take another tour with you – maybe next year?! Thanks Janet & Craig and the exceptional friendly office staff." - Manja, Berlin 

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