With its memorable name, endless sandy beaches, and abundance of wildlife, Kangaroo Island is the quintessential Aussie island and the ideal place for a back-to-nature experience. With daily flights and boat transfers to the island, Adelaide is the best starting point for Kangaroo Island tours—here are your options.
It’s possible to visit on a day tour, taking in highlights such as the Seal Bay Conservation Park, Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, Remarkable Rocks, and Admirals Arch. Take in the native animals, from Australian sea lions to kangaroos and wallabies. Most day tours include hotel pickup, lunch, and a choice of either round-trip ferry transport or flights from Adelaide, ensuring that you maximize your time.
A 2-day tour offers plenty of time to explore further and enjoy activities such as sandboarding on the Little Sahara sand dunes, a tasting at the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, or a 4WD safari through the Kelly Hill Conservation Park or Flinders Chase National Park. Get up close to raptors, penguins, kangaroos, and other native species. Tours often include accommodation, meals, and round-trip transport, ensuring a Kangaroo Island experience that’s hassle-free and all-inclusive.
Things to Know
- Kangaroo Island is 13 kilometres (8 miles) off the coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, around 125 miles (200 kilometers) southwest of Adelaide.
- High-speed ferries take 45 minutes from Cape Jervis (around a 1.5-hour drive from Adelaide), or it’s a 30-minute flight from Adelaide Airport.
- It’s possible to visit on a long day tour from Adelaide (typically about 16 hours), but the most popular choice is a 2-day Kangaroo Island tour including overnight accommodation on the island.
- Cell phone coverage is scarce on the island, and Wi-Fi is rare.