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How to Spend 1 Day on Kangaroo Island

How to Spend 1 Day on Kangaroo Island

Just off the coast of South Australia, Kangaroo Island makes a popular choice for a day trip from Adelaide, and one day is just enough time to take in the highlights. Marvel at the natural wonders of Flinders Chase National Park, discover the island’s abundant wildlife, and take a thrilling night safari. Here’s how to spend 24 hours on Kangaroo Island.

Morning: Ocean Views and Wildlife Watching

Getting around Kangaroo Island without your own transport isn’t really feasible, but joining a tour will save you the hassle of renting a car and ensure you don’t waste any time. Most tours set out from Kingscote or Penneshaw and head west to Flinders Chase National Park, driving along the island’s scenic south coast.

Along the way, stop at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and take a guided Koala Walk—the bushland track is a great place to spot wild koalas and kangaroos in their natural environment. Nearby, Seal Bay is another wildlife hot spot, home to a colony of rare Australian fur seals, while Vivonne Bay is an idyllic spot for a seaside lunch or a quick swim in the ocean. 

Afternoon: Natural Wonders of Flinders Chase National Park

Stretching across the western tip of the island, Flinders Chase National Park offers photo-worthy views at all angles, from sweeping coastal cliffs and historic lighthouses to wild beaches and bushland trails. To best explore the park, opt for a 4WD tour and venture off-road to enjoy scenic hikes and possible sightings of wallabies, endemic birds, and echidnas.

Most tours of the national park include photo stops at natural landmarks such as the Remarkable Rocks and Admiral Arch; a visit to the Flinders Chase Visitors Centre; and the coastal walk to Cape Borda Lighthouse, which makes a memorable spot to watch the sunset. 

Night: Set Out on Safari

Tucking into fresh-from-the-ocean seafood is a quintessential island experience, so book a table at one of the seafront restaurants in Kingscote or Penneshaw—local specialties include oysters and  King George whiting. If you’re spending the night on the island, one of the best times for wildlife watching is after dark. Exploring with a guide on a night safari will maximize your chances of spotting elusive creatures such as tammar wallabies, brush-tailed possums, and boobook owls. The island’s namesake kangaroos are also most active in the evening hours, so if you haven’t already spotted them, now’s your chance! 

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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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Kangaroo Island 4wd - Best of KI

Kangaroo Island 4wd - Best of KI

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Experience the thrill of an up-close encounter with wild kangaroos, koalas, and fur seals in their natural environment on this full-day tour of Kangaroo Island’s best bits. Hop aboard a 4WD for a custom-made itinerary, taking in highlights like Seal Bay, Cape Willoughby, and Dudley Peninsula. This small-group tour has a participant limit to ensure a personalized experience.
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  • 8 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 Toboggan Rental

Kangaroo Island Toboggan Rental

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Feel a surge of adrenaline as you whizz down the dunes of Kangaroo Island on this exhilarating 2-hour tobogganing adventure. Simply pick up your rental toboggan, then head to the coastal dunes of Little Sahara to enjoy unlimited runs, with spectacular views over Vivonne Bay. Suitable for all ages and abilities, this fun activity is ideal for families and your self-guided tour means you can brave the 230-foot (70 meter) dunes or take it easy on gentler beginner slopes
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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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Kangaroo Island Sandboard Rental

Kangaroo Island Sandboard Rental

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Zoom down the sand dunes of Kangaroo Island with this thrilling 2-hour sandboard rental. Suitable for all levels, you’ll learn the basics of sandboarding, then head out independently to the dunes of Little Sahara in Vivonne Bay to put it into practice. With dunes reaching heights of 230-feet (70 meters), there’s plenty of chance for adventure junkies to get an adrenaline fix, while the gentle slopes are ideal for beginners to hone their skills. 
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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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Kangaroo Island 4WD - Seal Bay

Kangaroo Island 4WD - 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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Flinders Chase Tour

Flinders Chase Tour

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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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