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How to Spend 3 Days on Kangaroo Island

How to Spend 3 Days on Kangaroo Island

Three days on Kangaroo Island gives you plenty of time for wildlife watching in Flinders Chase National Park, discovering the island’s beaches, and taking part in outdoor activities from hiking to sandboarding. Here’s how to spend three days on Kangaroo Island. 

Day 1: Ocean Views and Kangaroos

Stretching along the western coast, Flinders Chase National Park is the island’s highlight, full of wildlife-watching opportunities. Take a 4WD tour—your guide will know all the most impressive vista points and wildlife hot spots. Must-see landmarks within the park include the Remarkable Rocks and Admiral Arch, while the coastal walk to the historic Cape Borda Lighthouse affords incredible ocean views. On the south coast, Kelly Hill Conservation Park is a safe bet for spotting the island’s namesake kangaroos, while nearby Seal Bay is known for its colony of Australian fur seals. Save some energy for the evening—the island’s wildlife is most active after dark, and a night safari offers opportunities to spot little penguins, possums, tammar wallabies, and boobook owls.

Day 2: Outdoor Adventures

The beaches and bushlands of Kangaroo Island afford ample opportunities for outdoor activities. Hike along part of the 38-mile (61-kilometer) Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail; take a guided Koala Walk at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary; or explore the Kelly Hill Caves. Other options include an adrenaline-fueled ATV excursion around the island, kayaking along the Harriet River, or sandboarding and tobogganing at the Little Sahara dunes. After an action-packed morning, spend the afternoon relaxing on the island’s beautiful beaches. The sandy shores of Vivonne Bay are the most popular spot along the south coast, while in the north, you can swim in the tranquil waters of Emu Bay or explore the white-sand beaches and sea caves along Stokes Bay. Nearby, Snellings Beach is a great spot for surfing and fishing and renowned for its magnificent sunsets.

Day 3: Sightseeing, Shopping, and Food Tasting

Spend your final day hopping between the island’s atmospheric coastal towns. Gain insight into the history and heritage of Kangaroo Island with a visit to the Gateway Information Centre and the Maritime and Folk Museum in the port town of Penneshaw; then head to the island capital of Kingscote to browse the shops, visit the Emu Bay Lavender Farm, and take a stroll along Kingscote Wharf. After working up an appetite sightseeing, join a foodie tour to discover the island’s many artisan producers. Tuck into fresh-from-the-ocean oysters at the American River's Oyster Farm Shop, sample local wines at the Dudley Wine Cellar Door, or pick up some unique souvenirs at Clifford's Honey Farm. For something a little stronger, there’s also the Kangaroo Island Brewery and Kangaroo Island Spirits. Have your last dinner on the island at Sunset Food and Wine, where tables look out over the seafront.

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Kangaroo Island Self-Guided Kayaking on the Harriet River

Kangaroo Island Self-Guided Kayaking on the Harriet River

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Paddle your way around Kangaroo Island on this 4-hour self-guided kayaking tour. After picking up your single or double kayaks, set out along the Harriet River for a leisurely cruise around Vivonne Bay. Leave the crowds behind as you glide past dense forests and sandy beaches, and keep a lookout for colorful birds and koalas in the trees. 
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  • 4 hours
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Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari - Snorkeling Safari

Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari - Snorkeling Safari

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Add a water adventure to your Kangaroo Island itinerary with a snorkeling tour that departs daily from Christmas Cove Marina. Going with a guide ensures you visit the best locations for viewing wildlife, from long-nosed seals to dolphins. In addition to live commentary about the area’s animals and ongoing conservation efforts, your guide provides wetsuits, snorkeling equipment, and sunscreen, ensuring a safe and comfortable trip.
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  • 2 hours
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Kangaroo Island Quad Bike (ATV) Tours

Kangaroo Island Quad Bike (ATV) Tours

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Zip along dirt tracks, splash through muddy trails and venture off-road on this exhilarating quad bike tour of Kangaroo Island. See the rugged Aussie bushlands from the back of your easy-to-drive ATV as you follow your guide on one of four different itineraries ranging from 1.5 hours to 3 hours Choose to visit pristine beaches and spectacular viewpoints; challenge yourself on sand and gravel tracks; or soak up the scenery on a sunset tour.  Best of all: there’s no experience or license necessary so the whole family can take part.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Small-Group Kangaroo Island 4WD Night Tour

Small-Group Kangaroo Island 4WD Night Tour

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Discover the enchanting nocturnal world of Kangaroo Island on this thrilling after-dark adventure. Follow your guide on a 4WD safari and spot tammar wallabies, brush-tailed possums, and western grey kangaroos in their natural habitat. If you’re lucky, you might even spy boobook owls or echidnas.
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Kangaroo Island Gourmet Food and Wine Trail Tour

Kangaroo Island Gourmet Food and Wine Trail Tour

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Discover Kangaroo Island’s most distinctive food, wine and spirits on an 8-hour, small-group tour with a foodie guide. Visit a pair of local vineyards for wine tastings, meet the winery staff and learn why Kangaroo Island has produced some of South Australia’s finest vintages. Explore the island's food-producing landscapes at two further stops determined by season, from a lavender farm to a sheep dairy and oyster farm. Enjoy a gourmet lunch on your tour, and experience the island’s flavors with a fun, local perspective.
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  • 8 hours
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Kangaroo Island 4WD Tour - Best of KI in 2 Days

Kangaroo Island 4WD Tour - Best of KI in 2 Days

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Explore the diverse scenery and wildlife of Kangaroo Island on this convenient, two-day, personalized small-group tour (maximum of six passengers). Australian wildlife is unique, but it can be difficult to spot without an expert guide. On this trip, you’ll have the chance to see kangaroos, koalas, cockatoos, and many other incredible animals. You'll also have the chance to observe sea lions on the beach and visit the Dudley Penisula Lighthouse. Morning and afternoon tea is included, with an optional BBQ lunch.
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  • 2 days
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Kangaroo Island Luxury Small Group 'Island Life' Full Day Tour

Kangaroo Island Luxury Small Group 'Island Life' Full Day Tour

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Experience the best of Kangaroo Island on a full-day tour with convenient round-trip transport from your accommodation or airport location. In addition to navigating, your guide provides commentary about the island’s landscape, as well as points out wildlife that’s easy to miss without a trained eye. Stops on the itinerary include Stokes Bay, the Cygnet River Valley, and Seal Bay Conservation Park. Morning tea and freshly-prepared lunch are included.
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  • 9 hours
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Wine Tour 4WD Tour

Wine Tour 4WD Tour

FULL DAY ITINERARY: The first stop on your journey will be Dudley Wine. Here you will find a selection of their quality wine and soak up the spectacular view across Backstairs Passage. A short drive up the road will take you to False Cape Wines. The rustic charm and idyllic setting among the gum trees and vineyard makes this cellar door a great place for a glass of wine and homemade pies and platters! We will then travel back to Cygnet River , "Capital of the Wine Industry" in Kangaroo Island. Here we will visit The Islander Estate at Cygnet River and taste the only 5-star James Halliday rated wines of the the island. We will visit the cellar door at Spring Roads Wines. Their vineyard was established in 1994 on a small sheep property about 7km west of Kingscote. We will then travel back to Kingscote and we will stop at Bay of Shoals Wines, overlooking the picturesque vineyards and sheltered bay. After an enjoyable day, we will take you back to your hotel, or to the Airport/Ferry
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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Kangaroo Island 4WD Tour - Seal Bay

Kangaroo Island 4WD Tour - Seal Bay

Watch the wonderful wildlife of Kangaroo Island on this-full day 4WD tour. See Australian fur seals lounging on the rocks of Seal Bay, take in the views over Stokes Bay, then journey along the North Coast. Follow your guide in search of kangaroos, koalas and colorful birds, including the rare Glossy Black Cockatoo. This small-group tour is limited to 6 people for a personalized experience and can be customized to the preferences of your group.
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  • 8 hours
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Kangaroo Island 4WD Tour - Dudley Peninsula

Kangaroo Island 4WD Tour - Dudley Peninsula

Explore the Dudley Peninsula and Pennington Bay on a Full day Kangaroo Island tour led by an experienced guide. Travel by 4WD-vehicle to lookout points, beaches, wineries, and local farms as you take in the highlights of this magnificent island. Swim, snap photos, taste local products at the Eucalyptus Distillery and Honey Farm, and learn about local wines. Your guide goes offroad to show you the wilderness and points out the wildlife. Your tour includes hotel pickup and a stop for morning or afternoon tea.
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  • 8 hours
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Kangaroo Island 4WD Tour - Flinders Chase

Kangaroo Island 4WD Tour - Flinders Chase

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Immerse yourself in the stunning wilderness of the Flinders Chase National Park on this full-day tour of Kangaroo Island. Keep your camera close by as you spot dramatic landmarks like Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks; follow the Hanson Bay Koala Walk; and spy kangaroos, wallabies and fur seals in their natural habitats. Set out in search of colorful birds like the Rainbow Lorikeet, then watch the sunset over the Grassdale Conservation Park. This small-group tour is limited to 6 people for a personalized experience.
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  • 5 to 9 hours
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