Swim with dolphins, Cleland or Gorge Wildlife Park and Seal Bay


4 days with optional extensions


Adelaide, Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Eyre Peninsula, Flinders Ranges and Outback

Wildlife is easily accessible from Adelaide, whether it's swimming with dolphins off the coast of Glenelg or taking a 30-minute drive to the Adelaide Hills to visit Cleland or Gorge Wildlife Park. Cruise along the Coorong National Park and learn about one of the most important waterbird habitats in Australia. Visit Kangaroo Island to find an abundance of wildlife and amazing scenery. For those visitors wanting to stay longer, travel to the Flinders Ranges, a bushwalkers delight, or visit the Eyre Peninsula to swim with sea lions and whale watch (seasonal) at Head of Bight

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Day 1

Adelaide & Adelaide Hills

Cruise with Temptation Sailing from Glenelg to watch or swim with wild dolphins. If you are interested in something a little more active visit Adelaide's Dolphin Sanctuary and enjoy a guided kayaking tour through 10,000 year old mangrove forests . In the afternoon travel to the Adelaide Hills and visit Cleland or Gorge Wildlife Park and hold a koala or feed the kangaroos. 

Overnight: Adelaide


Day 2

Adelaide - Fleurieu Peninsula

Spend the day discovering the Coorong and the Murray Mouth, where Australia’s greatest river meets the Southern Ocean. Spirit of the Coorong offer cruises into the Coorong National Park departing from Goolwa visitors are introduced to the very narrow stretch of lagoons, wetlands and sand dunes that is home to an abundance of bird species. Other options include a spectacular ocean adventure to see seals, sea lions, dolphins, whales, beautiful islands and coastline with one of the Big Duck Boat Tours departing Victor Harbor.

Overnight: Adelaide or Fleurieu Peninsula 
Adelaide to Goolwa: 1 hour 30 minute drive


Day 3

Fleurieu Peninsula - Kangaroo Island

Take a morning flight from Adelaide or travel by coach and ferry to Kangaroo Island, here are some options. Touring on Kangaroo Island includes self-drive & coach touring. Highlights on day one could include Raptor Domain, Seal Bay Conservation Park, Little Sahara, pristine beaches and stunning coastline. For the best opportunity to see wildlife in the wild embark on a 4WD tour with Exceptional Kangaroo Island, Kangaroo Island Touring Company or KI Hire a Guide

Overnight: Kangaroo Island
Adelaide to Kangaroo Island: 30 minute flight or 2 hour drive and 45 minute ferry ride


Day 4

Kangaroo Island - Adelaide

Today head out on the water with Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari or Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures to see dolphins swimming in the wild. Once back on dry ground stop by Clifford's Honey Farm to learn all about the Ligurian honey bee and try some honey ice cream. To cap off your visit to Kangaroo Island why not make a stop at Bay of Shoals Wines or Kangaroo Island Spirits before returning to Adelaide.

Overnight: Adelaide
Kangaroo Island to Adelaide: 30 minute flight or 45 minute ferry ride and 2 hour drive


Day 5

Flinders Ranges (optional)

The Flinders Ranges region provides visitors with an accessible outback experience featuring abundant wildlife. Highlights are the rare Yellow-footed rock-wallaby, the Wedge-tailed eagle (Australia’s largest bird of prey) and incredible numbers of kangaroos and emus. Many tour operators travel to the Flinders Ranges but the region is also perfect for self-drive visitors. Some operators take advantage of the excellent bushwalking tracks and offer active tours that allow visitors to get closer to the wildlife.  Accommodation options vary from luxury Eco-Villas and working sheep or cattle stations to camping out beneath the stars. 

Overnight: Flinders Ranges
Adelaide to Flinders Ranges: 5 hour drive


Day 6

Eyre Peninsula (optional)

The Eyre Peninsula, west of Adelaide, offers superb wilderness areas and opportunities to see wildlife. One of the region’s best known activities is swimming with wild sea lions at Baird Bay and Port Lincoln, a truly unforgettable and intimate experience. For the more adventurous there is the opportunity to go cage diving with Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions and swim with Great White Sharks. Further west at Head of Bight, Southern Right whales put on an amazing display between May and October when they visit to breed and nurture their young. Inland, the Gawler Ranges National Park is a fantastic place to see native animals including Southern Hairy nosed wombats and huge numbers of kangaroos. Also a visit to Mikkira station to see wild koalas up close is a must do on your way through Pt Lincoln.

Overnight: Eyre Peninsula 
Adelaide to Port Lincoln: 50 minute flight