Kangaroo Island Road to Recovery Overnight Tour
Your local Kangaroo Island guide will take you on a personalised tour of Kangaroo Island to see the regeneration of the native vegetation and wildlife that was devastated by the bushfires in January 2020. Learn about the flora and fire ecology of this scenic wildlife haven, plus walk amongst wild Australian sea lions, and see kangaroos, koalas, and native Australian birds in their natural wildlife settings.
This tour will operate with a small group so you'll have plenty of time to learn about the environment, ask questions from your local guide and stop for photo opportunities.
Drive to Cape Jervis or depart Adelaide for a scenic coach journey to Cape Jervis taking in the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula with its vineyards, coastal views and rolling hills. On arrival, board the SeaLink Kangaroo Island ferry for the 45 minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. On arrival at Penneshaw you will be transferred to your accommodation at the Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge in American River.
Meet your Kangaroo Island Odyssey’s guide and your first stop is at the spectacular Seal Bay Conservation Park, your guide will escort you on a memorable walk along the beach. This bay is home to a healthy Australian sea lion colony. Walk among the sea lions as they bask on the beach or among the sand dunes after their extensive fishing expedition. With your guide you are able to stand at a safe distance to these wonderful endangered creatures and watch their antics as they frolic, play and rest on the beach. This is a truly unforgettable experience - one that you will treasure forever.
Enjoy a delicious lunch before heading head down to Vivonne Bay beach where you will learn more about the coastal regeneration of this area, which was hit by the second wave of bushfires. Then travel along the South Coast Road to Flinders Chase National Park which was devastated by the worst fires to ever hit the island. Here you will see the amazing regeneration that has occurred so quickly after the event, with green shoots, leaves and regrowth everywhere.
During the day there will be regular stops (where safe to do so), where your guide will explain exactly how the native bushland regenerates and will describe the species of flora and fauna that have been affected. You will also have plenty of opportunity to take some great photos. Make sure you keep an eye out for echidnas, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, goannas and the wonderful birdlife of the island.
Heading home, via the North Coast Road, the regeneration is already looking amazing, and you will stop along here to learn more and get some great photos. Dusk is a perfect time to view wildlife, and at Stokes Bay you should be able to see kangaroos, koalas and possibly Australia’s rarest cockatoo, the Glossy Black Cockatoo.
Your tour concludes back at Penneshaw for the return ferry and coach transfer back to Adelaide.
INCLUSIONS & HIGHLIGHTS
Afternoon pick-up and evening set-down at selected Adelaide and Glenelg hotels
Return scenic coach transfers to Cape Jervis taking in the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula with its vineyards, coastal views and rolling hills (Ex Adelaide Only)
Return Sealink Ferry to/from Kangaroo Island with Shuttle Bus to American River
Personalised 4x4 touring with expert commentary from your local Driver/Guide
All entrance fees and special permits
Wander among Australia’s most accessible Australian sea lion colony at Seal Bay Conservation Park
Enjoy a delicious gourmet style lunch
See some of the different habitats and eco-systems in the fire effected areas
Stop for photo opportunities of the wildlife and native vegetation regeneration
One night’s accommodation at the Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge (Room Only)
NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2020 - 2021 season. The 2020 - 2021 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2020 to the 31st March 2021. The 2021 - 2022 season rates commence on the 1st April 2021.