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With pick up from selected accommodations or Kingscote airport between 9 and 10am, in a custom four wheel drive vehicle, the tour begins with an orientation to the Island with a map and an outline of the day ahead. Whilst your guide can provide a specific commentary and will certainly cover the basic geography and natural history, they prefer to have a conversation more than a commentary, so be prepared to be interactive and engaged with your guide and fellow travelers.

Get an introduction to Island life where things take time, where drivers wave as they go by, or even stop for a chat. Have a cuppa with some homemade cakes before taking a walk down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees where koalas snooze overhead, or perhaps wake briefly for a feed. Travel through some of the Island’s best farming country to the north coast and Stokes Bay, one of the first areas settled on the Island. 

Take a walk through the bush with your guide, and through a variety of habitat-types, learning what makes that noise, whose tracks are those, and who left that little pile there? Look for wallabies which are almost extinct on the mainland, a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island, and a variety of other birds, plants and animals. Learn about the conservation efforts to protect and expand the critically endangered Kangaroo Island
glossy black cockatoo. 

Break for lunch and watch your guide transform into Chef to prepare a delicious meal featuring King George whiting (local sea fish), fresh salads, and fine South Australian wines at a private bush location high in the Cygnet River valley on 'Ellamatta', a leading sheep farming property. 

At Seal Bay Conservation Park you'll walk with your guide among Australian sea lions on a beautiful sandy beach. The sea lions use a variety of habitats from deep ocean, coastal waters, the beach, dunes, coastal heath and right up into coastal mallee. Watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes, and learn about their unique breeding biology. 

At the conclusion of your day you will be returned to your hotel, or the airport - whatever has been arranged to suit your travel needs.

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Seal Bay Conservation Park
Exceptional Kangaroo Island
Travel by 4WD on a 9-hour, small-group tour for no more than 12  guests with a knowledgeable local guide. Seek out kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, sea-lions a range of birdlife in their natural habitat. Enjoy a delicious morning tea amongst the Eucalyptus trees which are home to  sleepy koalas. Travel through the center of the Island to the protected waters of the North Coast with its' white sandy beaches nestled between rocky headlands. Walk through the bush looking for kangaroos, wallabies and echidnas, or even the elusive glossy black cockatoo. Enjoy a seafood BBQ lunch at a private lunch-site in the bush before traveling to Seal Bay Conservation Park and take a private guided walk right into the Australian Sea-lion colony.
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Small group ensures personal service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Exceptional tour indeed

We were greeted at the airport by smiling, jovial Jamie. He asked us what we wanted to see on our 1-day trip to KI. Then, he proceeded to give us an exceptional wildlife tour, interspersed with informative bits of island history and colorful stories. Within...More

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Reviewed 21 May 2018
Excellent one day tour -- recommended for time-poor travellers

My fiancé and I are travelling to Australia from the UK and had an ambitious itinerary to view as much of the continent as possible. We did a full-day tour with Exceptional Kangaroo Island Tour. The tour guides picked us up at Kingscote Airport in...More

1  Thank tomW4276GK
CraigWickham, Owner at Exceptional Kangaroo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2018

Thanks Tom - we are really pleased to have been part of your visit to Australia. Jamie and Mary put a lot of effort into providing the best service they can and our team behind the scenes make sure they have everything they need to...More

Reviewed 17 May 2018
Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide

After a week long workshop in Adelaide, I went for a one day tour of the nearby Kangaroo Island. The island is a great place to view Australia’s wildlife. It was great seeing the different sites though I should have booked for two days. Our...More

Thank langsigrid
CraigWickham, Owner at Exceptional Kangaroo Island, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2018

Thanks for taking the time to a) come to Kangaroo Island and b) share your experience with the TripAdvisor community. So pleased you enjoyed your brief visit - you can certainly spend a lot of time exploring the Island as it is so big -...More

Reviewed 5 May 2018
Outstanding wildlife with excellent lunch in the bush

I was surprised and very pleased with this tour. Small group (10 people) with two great guides/cooks (Luke and Tim). Covers a wide range on the island with sightings of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, sea lions and even an echidna. Will accommodate a day visit, meeting...More

1  Thank johnmcgh
Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile
Remarkable experience

Four of us spent an absolutely exceptional day with guide Jamie Bowden. Jamie has lived on Kangaroo for all but two or three years of his life. He knows the flora and fauna perfectly, and he has an uncanny knack for finding even the rarest...More

Thank ChipField
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