Hey everybody! I am planning a two week trip to Australia and I am trying to squeeze a three day trip to Adelaide and kangaroo island. We will be traveling there late march into early April from New York. I have a few questions if anyone can help! I'll be flying into Adelaide and would want to take a ferry instead of flying directly there. Is this cheaper than flying? Also, how does one get from the airport to the ferry? Is it far, or are we better off just flying? Can the island be explored by ourselves or is it worth it to do tours. What is the weather like this time of year? I know it's autumn in march but is it still warm enough for beaches/scuba diving? Lastly, is there a lot of wild life roaming the island this time of year?
Tours are better
The guides know the place because they live there
Spend the money
You will gain so much
See sights you wouldn’t normally see or find
Firstly do go Kangaroo Island was superb. Loved it. We did a tour which was far easier than making our own way and stayed overnight. However they do a day trip and will pick you up from your hotel in Adelaide and drop you back. It is a long day and you won’t see as much as you would on two days but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. We went with Sealink who run the ferry too. You can fly direct but then you’d have to hire a car and find your way and to be honest for a day or two I would think an organised tour would be better. Have a great time whatever you do.
2 weeks in Australia, of course, barely scrapes the surface, and your choice of Adelaide suggests some other business / personal reason for homing in on this area. We loved KI but I'm guessing most folk would put Sydney, Perth, Barrier Reef, Red Centre, etc higher in their pecking order. I only mention this because I'm trying to decide how best to respond. Generally I would agree with those who say take the ferry with the bus pickup and drop from your Adelaide hotel - one long day or an overnighter - we did the one day tour and it suited us fine. I'll give you a very good reason, however, for flying. KI Airport is tiny, sort of one flight a day if there is an R in the month. You won't ever take an easier flight with quicker time from landing to driving away.
2nd point - don't necessarily expect to see wildlife, not even Kangaroos, unless you go to tourist places. Obviously the wildlife is there in the bush, but you won't have the time to wait around. So, the seal centre, the bird centre, the koala place would be a safer bet. Also, you simply can't visit KI without seeing Remarkable Rocks. So do lots of other tourists ....
As regards beaches, it will be bracing in October. Remember we're talking Southern Antarctic Ocean here. Specifically for scuba - not my area of expertise.
I have the sense that you're not fully aware of just how unpopulated KI is. You can check online but my guess is that total population is little more than 1,000 with really only one or at most 2 small towns. It's not blessed with plentiful eateries, etc. I think this is why a lot of folk come to very prearranged spots and go without 'aimless' driving from nowhere to nowhere (I use this term to highlight the downside of just cruising around on the minimal road network). My advice, if you are still researching, would be to choose a particular possible place to stay on KI and then ask people who have reviewed that place similar questions. The beauty, of course, of staying overnight is that you'll be able to tour around both days before/after the day tour coaches, and find more peace and quiet. We didn't find it busy at all, but it's a consideration.
I'm rambling somewhat but I hope some of what I've said is helpful.
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