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Our most recommended South Australia Safaris & Wildlife Activities

Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

1. Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

Spend your vacation doing something unique and unforgettable on an excursion that takes you out into the waters, and swim alongside wild dolphins. On this 3.5-hour tour, you are guaranteed to see dolphins, which are one of the Earth’s most fascinating and curious creatures. Meet at the Holdfast Shores Marina in Glenelg, a mere 15 minutes outside of Adelaide. From there, board the 'Temptation', a 58-foot colossal sailing catamaran. As the boat cruises, experience the beauty of Australia's southern coastline. Eventually, come to rest in the waters where the wild dolphins will come to greet you and play in the waters. Don your wetsuit, mask, and snorkel, and take the plunge into the waters. Experience the breathtaking moment when you see dolphins underwater for the first time. Watch and listen; their grace and playfulness is stunning and the sounds of their whistles and echo location noises are mesmerizing. Once your adventure comes to an end, you will be taken back to the marina. Spend some time checking out the many restaurants and shops that grace the shoreline.

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Kangaroo Island: 2-Hour Dolphin, Seal and Snorkeling Tour

2. Kangaroo Island: 2-Hour Dolphin, Seal and Snorkeling Tour

Benefit from a safety briefing before climbing aboard a boat to go in search of marine life and the chance to swim and snorkel with lovable sea creatures. Listen to an informative live commentary on the 2-hour ocean safari, and avail of the only opportunity in South Australia to swim with long-nosed fur seals. Snorkel along some of Kangaroo Island’s beautiful coastline and swim alongside dolphins or seals in the wild. Alternatively, join as a spectator and keep dry and watch all the action from the boat.  Marvel at seals, dolphins and an abundance of birdlife, including eagles, gulls and cormorants. 

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Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

3. Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

Take the opportunity to paddle your way through a 10,000-year-old mangrove forest on a kayaking tour of a dolphin sanctuary. Amidst approximately 30 resident and 300 transient dolphins, enjoy a special experience that simply can’t be replicated. Take off with your lead guide Andro, a marine biologist who has over 5 years’ experience working with marine mammals and wildlife, and travel at a comfortable pace in your kayak. Paddle through creeks whilst listening to local Aboriginal stories. View the abundant birdlife, marine mammals, and other creatures that make up the intricate ecosystem. For those interested in bird watching, the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary shares a big part of the northern coastal habitat. Experience the sanctuary — part of South Australia’s largest port — with a rich Aboriginal and European cultural background and a number of noteworthy landmarks to explore. See the incredible mangrove forest that makes the ultimate feeding ground for dolphins due to its abundance of sea grass, salt marsh, and the tidal flats and creeks.

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Kangaroo Island: 75-Minute Ocean Safari

4. Kangaroo Island: 75-Minute Ocean Safari

Climb aboard for an exhilarating ride along the beautiful coast of Kangaroo Island and marvel at the pristine waters, stunning coastline and local marine life. Set sail from Christmas Cove and look for dolphins and seals just minutes from the marina. Listen to an informative live commentary from your skipper along the way. Learn more about the local history and hear dozens of interesting wildlife facts. Avail of a must-do wildlife experience that is suitable for all ages and great fun for the whole family!

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Kangaroo Island: All Terrain Quad Adventure

5. Kangaroo Island: All Terrain Quad Adventure

Get more action on this 2-hour quad bike adventure, designed to give you more time on the quad, and experience a wide variety of terrains, including sand and gravel tracks, open grassland, and winding bush trails. All tours begin with a kit and instruction session, followed by practice on the safe operation of the quad bikes. You will then experience the thrill of riding the latest quads from Yamaha, Suzuki, or Honda. Building up to more technical and challenging tracks, your tour will be customised to your ability. Guides will point out and provide information about the local flora and fauna, and you will often spot some of Australia’s enchanting wildlife. Combine this with spectacular views over Vivonne Bay, and you have an all-terrain quad adventure to remember!

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From Victor Habour: Seal Island Cruise

6. From Victor Habour: Seal Island Cruise

Embark on a scenic cruise along the north coast of Granite Island. Victor Harbour is located on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia, about 90 minutes and 80 km south of the center of Adelaide. Pass the route of the old horse-drawn tramway and see the historic Screwpile Jetty as you venture around the breakwater and into the open ocean. Continue for 5 minutes to arrive at Seal Island (also known as "Seal Rock"), where New Zealand fur seals and Australian sea lions can be seen basking in the sun. Delight to the sight of the seals that often swim to the stationary boat for a good look at the passengers!  Keep a lookout for other wildlife, including petrels, shearwaters and cormorants, on or around Seal Island. You might even spot some common or bottlenose dolphins that are often in the vicinity and sometimes race the boat. After 15 minutes of wildlife viewing at Seal Island and around Wright Island, cruise back to the Granite Island Causeway at Victor Harbour and disembark.

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Port Stephens: Sandboarding & Sandsurfing with 4WD Transfer

7. Port Stephens: Sandboarding & Sandsurfing with 4WD Transfer

Embark on an epic adventure on the largest moving sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. Once at the meeting point, you will board a comfortable 4WD vehicle for a 10-minute drive across the expansive dunes to the private and secluded sandboarding area, far away from the hustle and bustle of civilisation. Here you will be greeted by a friendly instructor who will teach you the safe method of sandboarding for both the sit down and stand up styles. You can choose from a range of different boards, both with and without bindings - or, pair up with a buddy and ride tandem. The bowl-shaped dune features both smaller slopes and a monster slope - you choose the size of the hill based on your confidence level. Sandboarding is suitable for all ages and abilities. There is a shaded picnic area with tables and chairs provided at the dune, so feel free to bring your own food and drinks and enjoy a picnic whilst taking in the incredible panoramic views of beach, dunes, and forest. There are plenty of amazing photo opportunities within this unique landscape. Best of all, you can stay and play as long as you like. Most people will generally spend 1-2 hours. There is a shuttle to the dunes and back every 15 minutes, so when you are ready to head back just hop on the the next shuttle.

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Kangaroo Island: Nocturnal Animal 4WD Experience

8. Kangaroo Island: Nocturnal Animal 4WD Experience

Embark on this nocturnal 4 wheel drive adventure and start off with a pickup from your accommodation in Kingscote.  Meet your experienced guides who live locally and know the area, you’ll love experiencing the sights and sounds of Kangaroo Island's wildlife after dark. The drop in air temperature and light means the island buzzes with activity as day gives way to the night. See how this 155 km long island transforms as the sun goes down and the 'local nightlife' warms up. While we explore the island by 4x4 your guide might point out some of the following native Australian animals including Stone Curlews, Boobook Owls, Brush-tailed Possums, and maybe even an Echidna.  Spot Western Grey Kangaroos eating in open grasslands, or discover Tammar Wallabies hiding in the shrublands or amongst the island's undergrowth. This 3-hour 4x4 tour ends with the expert guides dropping you off back where you started with a deeper understanding of the creature you share this unique island with.

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Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour

9. Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour

Take a guided 3-hour kayak tour of the Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail. Paddle along sheltered mangrove-lined creeks that are home to a variety of marine life, birds, and also the Port River dolphins. Explore an area that features 20 shipwrecks and interact with the dolphins as well, on an environmentally friendly tour. Paddle at an easy pace with plenty of time for photos and commentary by your guide. When the Port River dolphins come to play it is a memory you will treasure forever. The tour is recommended for adults and children over the age of 10 years, although younger children can come out and have great fun!

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Port Lincoln Day Tour: Eyre Peninsula

10. Port Lincoln Day Tour: Eyre Peninsula

Let a local guide share their passion for this region with you and show you all the hidden gems on a day tour. Visit pristine national parks and beaches taking in the spectacular views of the Southern Ocean.  Lovers of wildlife will be thrilled by the koalas at Mikkira Station and abundant wildlife. The foodies will love the seafood and wine. Be picked up from your Port Lincoln accommodation between at 7.30 AM and 8.00 AM, then its off to explore the surrounds of Port Lincoln including the stunning Port Lincoln National Park, Wanna Beach, Fisheries Bay and Whalers Way where you will see amazing coastline and some of the oldest rocks in Australia. Mikkira Station is the home to the Eyre Peninsula Koalas, here you will get up close and personal with these friendly furry friends. Lunch consists of delicious local produce at the Fresh Fish Place then you will head to town for a Marina and  Port Lincoln town tour.   By midafternoon arrive at Lincoln Estate for wine tastings and see kangaroos, parrots, and other wildlife at Glen Forest Tourist Park. You will be dropped back at your Port Lincoln accommodation around 5.30 PM.

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What people are saying about South Australia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 280 reviews

Lachie was our guide and he was brilliant. We were lucky enough to be the only three booked for the 3.30 tour. Lachie has a wealth of knowledge and is just a super nice guy. I would thoroughly recommend this activity.

A great way to spend a few hours. The dolphins are not the only attraction but learning about some of the ship wrecks, mangroves and other inhabitants of the area make it all interesting.

Fantastic experience…must do!!! Dave our instructor was excellent, very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. We had so much fun and would definitely do again. Highly recommended.

Michael, our tour guide was a wealth of information. City tour was cancelled due to not enough attending.

It was a very nice experience. I was lucly to spot amazing dolphins.