4 Day Kangaroo Island, Fleurieu Peninsula, McLaren Vale and Hahndorf Experience
Day 1 (Lunch)
You will be collected from your Adelaide hotel at 7.30am this morning for your private 4 day tour to Kangaroo Island, Hahndorf, the Fleurieu Peninsula and the McLaren Vale wine region.
Our first destination today is Mount Lofty Summit, around 30 mins from Adelaide. The summit is Adelaide’s highest peak and offers magnificent views over the city.
We continue to Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German settlement, established by Lutheren refugees in 1839. The town maintains it’s heritage with over ninety 19th century buildings in the main street and continues it’s tradition of fine food and wine with a range of cellar doors, traditional pubs, bakeries & cafes as well as art, crafts and a variety of shops.
Leaving Hahndorf, we make our way south onto the Fleurieu Peninsula and after a picnic lunch, we head to Goolwa, Australia’s first Cittaslow Town and the gateway to the Coorong National Park. The Coorong National Park was listed Wetland of International Importance for Waterbirds under the RAMSAR Convention in 1985.
We take a look at Goolwa Wharf, where we can view the infamous Hindmarsh Island bridge and drive to the Goolwa Barrage for views of the Coorong and it’s birdlife such as Australian pelicans and black swans. We then take a short walk to the lookout over stunning Goolwa Beach.
Other options for Goolwa include a 1 hour cruise on the Oscar W paddlesteamer (selected dates only), a ride on the historic Cockle Train (wed/sun only), visit Ballast Stone Cellar Door or the Steam Exchange boutique brewery.
The drive along the coast to Victor Harbor passes through the townships of Middleton and Port Elliot and offers spectacular views of the coast.
We check into our accommodation in Victor Harbor and then, depending on time, we have some free time to explore the town. Take a look around the SA Whale Centre or take the horse drawn tram to Granite Island.
Overnight accommodation in Victor Harbor- your choice of hotel, motel, cabins or B & B.
Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch)
We depart Victor Harbor at 8am to drive to Cape Jervis where we catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island, an unspoiled island wilderness with over 500km’s of coastline, an interesting maritime history and a variety of wildlife including sea-lions, fur seals, koalas, platypus and of course, kangaroos. It’s the 3rd largest island in Australia and a third of the island is protected as National Park and Conservation Park.
The ferry crosses the Backstairs Passage, arriving in Penneshaw approximately 45 minutes later. We have morning tea en-route.
Todays touring is in the south of the island and our first stop is Seal Bay Conservation Park, home to the 3rd largest colony of the rare Australian sea lion with a population of around 1,000. We are privileged to be able to take a ranger led walking tour along the beach, where we can watch them resting, playing and nursing their pups.
After a picnic lunch, we continue to Kellys Hill Caves, one of the few dry limestone cave systems in Australia. Here we take a tour through the impressive caves, walking amidst ornate cave formations and discovering how the caves and the spectacular decorations are formed.
We finish todays touring at the Hanson Bay Sanctuary, where we stroll along an avenue of shady Eucalyptus trees called “Koala Walk”. This the best place on the island to see koalas in their natural habitat.
Overnight accommodation of your choice.
Day 3 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We start today in Flinders Chase National Park, which takes up a large portion of the western side of the island and is home to a host of wildlife.
The park features 74,000hectares (200,000 acres) of natural bushland and spectacular rock formations, such as Admiral's Arch and Remarkable Rocks, which are wind-sculpted rock formations that sit atop a smooth granite dome. New Zealand fur-seals breed at Cape du Couedic and we can watch their antics from the boardwalk at Admirals Arch.
After morning tea at the Flinders Chase Visitors Centre, we make our way to the north- eastern end of the island and to Emu Bay, a beautiful 5km long beach, surrounded by aqua blue sea. No wonder it’s the locals favourite beach ! Here we can swim or beachcomb and the area also offers a variety of birdlife.
We finish the day in Kingscote and we watch the pelican feeding on Kingscote Wharf before having fish and chips for dinner.
Overnight accommodation of your choice in the Kingscote area.
Day 4 (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast, depending on time, we have the option of taking a quick look around Kingscote.
We catch the ferry back to the mainland at 10am and then head north again to McLaren Vale, the internationally acclaimed wine district and home to a huge variety of wineries, as well as a chocolate factory and a range of local producers.
After lunch, we spend the afternoon visiting the wineries of your choice (or let us choose) from a range of larger well-known wineries, such as Wirra Wirra and Hardys Tintara to small boutique wineries.
We can also visit the Almond Train (a vintage train carriage offering almonds and a range of local produce), Medlow Confectionary (the makers of FruChocs) and Lloyd Brothers winery which also offers a range of olive products, sauces and Alpaca Products.
We drive back into Adelaide and you will be dropped off at your accommodation at approximately 6pm.
B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner
This Kangaroo Island 4WD Safari is only operated as a private charter (sole use of vehicle and driver guide) , year round - please enquire for prices and further information.
Itinerary is exclusive to Sacred Earth Safaris and is subject to availability.
This itinerary is just a guide to what we can offer. We can tailor your itinerary to suit your interests and preferences so please contact us if you would like us to design you an itinerary.
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• Sole use of 4WD tour vehicle , with professional driver guide
• Meals as listed, iced water, tea coffee, fruit and some snacks.
• Seal Bay Beach Walk tour
• Return ferry from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island
• Kellys Hill Caves tour
• Koala Walk at the Hanson Bay Sanctuary
• National Parks Entry Fees
• Pelican feeding display in Kingscote
• Pre & Post tour accommodation
• Travel insurance
• Flights to and from Adelaide
• Optional activities such as the Cockle Train ride. We can book and include the cost of these into your itinerary, once we know what activities you would like to do.