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Our most recommended South Australia Safaris & Wildlife Activities

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

1. 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. 

Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

2. 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.

Kangaroo Island: 75-Minute Ocean Safari

3. 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!

Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

4. Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

Go kayaking through Adelaide's Dolphin Sanctuary on this guided tour. Get up close and personal with one of the ocean's most playful and friendly creatures. Upon arrival, demonstrations and all equipment will be provided. Travel at a comfortable pace since you don't need any prior kayaking experience. Start your tour by kayaking your way through 10,000-year-old mangrove-lined creeks, which are the ultimate feeding grounds for dolphins due to the seagrass, saltmarsh, tidal flats, and creeks. See the sanctuary's abundant birdlife and intricate ecosystem. You can also paddle close to shipwrecks that have been abandoned from a bygone era. It's a special experience that simply can't be replicated.

Coorong Discovery Cruise

5. Coorong Discovery Cruise

Discover the Coorong National Park on a 3.5-hour experience with lunch included. Cruise past the Murray Mouth and into the park for 1-hour guided walk. Tour departs from the old river port town of Goolwa, located 70 minutes south of Adelaide’s center.  A Ploughmans lunch is served on board as you cruise to the Goolwa Barrage and through the lock. Continue down to the Murray Mouth and into the Coorong National Park. Stop for a guided walk across the peninsula through dune vegetation to a beach on the Southern Ocean. Enjoy afternoon tea on the return journey to Goolwa.

5-Day Flinders Ranges & Outback Eco Tour from Adelaide

6. 5-Day Flinders Ranges & Outback Eco Tour from Adelaide

Join a small-group eco safari to discover the Flinders Ranges. See an abundance of wildlife, wilderness, local aboriginal artworks, and culture. Day 1: Adelaide to Flinders Ranges (L, D) Depart Adelaide at 7:30 am to journey north. Enjoy a picnic lunch and an optional bush walk with your guide. See Pichi Richi Pass, Quorn, Warrens Gorge Conservation Park, and Willochra Plain. Enjoy a delicious Aussie barbecue for dinner. Sit around the campfire under the unforgettable desert sky in the authentic Australian outback. Optional extras: Night Sky Observatory. Day 2: Flinders Ranges to Arkaroola (B, L, D) Travel along Moralana Scenic Drive to see unsurpassed scenery and Australian wildlife. Visit Stokes Hill Lookout for views of Wilpena Pound. Enjoy lunch at and a tour of the old copper mining town of Blinman. See Gammon Ranges National Park and Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Optional extras: Scenic flight over Arkaroola and the outback and/or astronomy night. Stay overnight at the Arkaroola Wilderness Resort. Day 3: Arkaroola (B, L, D) Take on the 4WD Ridge Top Tour (approx. 4-hour return trip). Journey from Arkaroola through the incredible scenery of the Gammon Ranges. Enjoy dramatic landscapes and dramatic changing colors as you travel through the outback to the historic Beltana Homestead. Savor a country-cooked roast lamb dinner with all the trimmings. End the day with a spot of stargazing. Optional extras: Arkaroola Scenic Flights. Day 4: Beltana Homestead to Rawnsley Park Station (B, L, D) This morning travel through some of the most amazing countries there is to offer. Meet the locals at the Iga Warta aboriginal community with their collection of local artifacts. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch at the old Copley Bakery. See Brachina Gorge and enjoy a bushwalk into Wilpena Pound itself. Or, relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the Flinders Ranges. The itinerary is dependent on availability. Optional extra: 30-minute scenic flight over Wilpena Pound. Day 5: Flinders Ranges to Adelaide (B, L, D) Join an early morning bush walk to see the rock art of the Adnyamathanha peoples. Head back through the Southern Flinders Ranges to see Red Gum forests. See the beautiful wine region of Clare Valley and if time permits try a tasting. Returns to Adelaide approximately 7:00 pm.

Kangaroo Island Scenic Trail Tour

7. Kangaroo Island Scenic Trail Tour

This is a private tour for 2-5 people in a luxury 4WD Van. The itinerary is very flexible and is tailored to suit your needs. Visit the Flinders Chase National Park, with landmarks such as the Remarkable Rocks, Admiral Arch, Hanson Bay Koala Walk and Vivonne Bay. Observe many different kinds of wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, fur seals and sometimes the elusive echidna. You can also challenge yourself and try to spot all the different bird species. Morning/afternoon coffee with biscuits will be organized during the day, and you can stop at the Flinders Chase Cafe for lunch (included). Due to the ongoing fires in Australia, as of January 2020 this will be the activity’s itinerary until further notice: • Pennington Bay: view over the popular surf and fishing spot  • Seal Bay: guided visit to the beach and sea lion colony • Raptor Domain: bird sanctuary show  • Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park • Photo: holding a Koala

Kangaroo Island: All Terrain Quad Adventure

8. 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!

Adelaide: Eyre Peninsula and Flinders Ranges Adventure Trip

9. Adelaide: Eyre Peninsula and Flinders Ranges Adventure Trip

Travel to Eyre Peninsula, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, Port Lincoln, Coffin Bay, Arno Bay, and more on this guided trip from Adelaide with accommodation, entry fees, and meals. Walk the Arkaroo Rock Trail, camp amongst koalas at Mikkira Station, and cruise across the gulf.  Day 1: Adelaide to Ikara-Flinders Ranges National ParkHike Alligator Gorge, enjoy a picnic lunch, then travel further north to Flinders Ranges. Get welcomed at the Wilpena Pound campsite and enjoy dinner by the campfire. Roll out your swag for your first night under the billions of stars of the Milky Way. Day 2: Ikara-Flinders Ranges National ParkAfter breakfast, set out on the Hills Homestead Walk. Wander through the tranquil Pound Gap into Wilpena Pound and follow Wilpena Creek through the trees. Head up to Wangara Lookout for panoramic views. Return to camp for lunch and a dip in the resort swimming pool to cool off. In the afternoon, set out on the Arkaroo Rock Trail with impressive views over the Chace Range. Day 3: Flinders Ranges to Port LincolnVisit the Jeff Morgan Gallery in Hawker. Travel to Port Augusta for lunch and see some impressive silo art at Cowell. Arrive in the seafood capital of Australia, Port Lincoln. Set up camp for three nights at Mikkira Station, which has shower and toilet facilities. Day 4: Port Lincoln and surroundsPull on a wetsuit for a two-hour learn-to-surf lesson. After a bite to eat, take a 14-kilometer coastal drive along Whalers Way. Later, contribute to koala conservation work at Mikkira Station. Depending on the time of year, spend the afternoon removing weeds, or collecting, propagating, or planting manna gum tree seeds. Sleep under koala-filled gum trees at Mikkira. Day 5: Coffin Bay (or aquatic Experience) After Breakfast, spend the day unearthing Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay with optional Oyster tasting with Coffin Bay Oyster Farm Tour. Alternative, book yourself for a Great White Shark Experience or swim with the Australian Sea Lions. Please booked direct with local operator. Day 6: Port Lincoln to AdelaideAfter breakfast, pack up camp and head to Port Lincoln for a must-do walk up Stamford Hill. Take a final look at Port Lincoln from Winters Hill Lookout and stop for a barbecue lunch at Arno Bay as you make your way to Lucky Bay. Hop on a ferry and set sail across the Spencer Gulf towards Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula. Grab a coffee on board and relax as you cruise across the gulf. On disembarking in Wallaroo, jump back on the bus for a final ride to Adelaide.

Kangaroo Island: Full-Day Guided Island Life Tour

10. Kangaroo Island: Full-Day Guided Island Life Tour

This tour takes in a variety of landscapes across Kangaroo Island from the Cygnet River valley to the north coast, across the central plateau and down to the rugged South Coast. Get an introduction to Island life, where things take time. Drivers wave as they go by, or even stop for a chat. Have a cuppa with home-made cakes before a walk down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees where koalas snooze overhead or wake briefly for a feed. See some of the Island’s most productive and diverse farming country, including sheep growing some of the world’s finest wool. Walk quietly through the bush with your guide – what makes that noise, who’s track are those, who left THAT little pile there? Look for wallabies extinct on the mainland, a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island, and learn about some of the unique Island plants. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a private bush setting featuring some of the Island’s fresh produce including local fish, salads and fine wines before continuing to the South Coast. At Seal Bay Conservation Park walk with your guide amongst sea lions on a beautiful sandy beach. Watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see bulls bearing scars from territorial fights, and learn of their unique breeding biology.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 280 reviews

Our guide Elijah was great explaining everything well. Fantastic experience with a seal claiming my daughter and I by repeatedly swimming around and beneath us and looking us in the eyes. Absolutely surreal ! Many seals watching us from the rocks and 1 sea lion lazing there too. Our boat captured the attention of a pod of dolphins that circled, jumped and dived under at close range.

The PERFECT activity for our family! A great mix of adventure, history and local knowledge. Our guide was amazing, from the safety talk at the beginning through to showing us were we rode on the map. Mostly beginner riders (ages 10, 14 & 16) we felt safe and well looked after. Well worth the investment, highly recommend!

This was such an amazing experience. We went from looking at shipwrecks, seeing dolphins right beside our kayak to paddling through a mangrove lake

Very good guide with lots of information very helpful turning the boat around so all could see the Dolphins played lovely in front of use

Great crossing of the island allowing you to admire magnificent landscapes while observing the animals of the island Superb excursion