48 Hours on Kangaroo Island
Blog Post - By Anna Sherchand
Kangaroo Island is one of the most adventurous and unique places in South Australia so I found when visiting the island over 48 hours with Kangaroo Island Adventure Tours. From the iconic landscapes, the surreal beaches, abundance of wildlife and thrilling activities, there was so much to see over the two days.
My adventure started in Adelaide with SeaLink where I was picked up from the Adelaide CBD and taken by bus to Cape Jervis to catch the ferry. The ferry ride was smooth and the water was crystal clear as we arrived in Penneshaw to meet our Tour Guide Jen.
Rob’s Sheep Shearing Shed
Day one started with a trip to Rob’s Sheep Shearing to learn about sheep stations, the island’s wool production and to see a sheep shearing demonstration. this was a true Aussie experience and it was great meeting Rob. He was quite a character, along with his entertaining and very well-behaved sheep dogs.
Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery
Our next stop was Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery to visit one of only two eucalyptus distilleries in Australia. The distillery makes pure eucalyptus oil and you can try their range of handmade products from their farmgate store, from beauty products to sweets. The family here rescue wildlife and we were lucky enough to hold a little joey.
Lunch was served at Emu Ridge and we enjoyed some fresh rolls and salads as we had a good chat with all the other travellers on our tour. The group is small with about 15 people so there is plenty of opportunity to ask questions to the distillery owners and wander around the property.
Seal Bay Conservation Park
This place was absolutely beautiful and really provided me with many ah-ha moments. We took a guided beach walk to get up close to the endangered Australian sea lions. They are absolutely gorgeous and full of expression. Our Guide took us down the board walk and onto the beach for a look as they showed off in front of us. It was great to learn this is the only places you can see these animals as such close quarters.
Vivonne Bay Lodge
It was then onto our accommodation at Vivonne Bay Lodge where we stayed for the evening. The Lodge is surrounded by gum trees and native vegetation and located a 15 minute walk to the stunning Vivonne Bay Beach. The Harriet River runs beside the property so I borrowed some kayaks and made my way down to the beach this way.
The property had dormitory accommodation or you could upgrade to a private room if you wanted additional space. We had free wifi, there were plenty of activities in the common areas and everyone on tour was encouraged to tidy up after themselves after dinner which really brought the group together.
On day 2, after breakfast we set off to explore the Flinders Chase National Park and I was blown away with the coastal rock formations at the Remarkable Rocks! I’d never seen anything like this before, with the forces of erosion making some really interesting shapes in the rocks. Make sure you get your camera ready for this place as it’s a photographer’s dream.
We then made our way onto Admiral’s Arch along the scenic Cape du Coeudic Road. In my opinion this is one of the best hidden spots in the National Park and it was a highlight of my visit to Kangaroo Island.
The scenery was spectacular, and the added bonus was we even saw some New Zealanders fur seals and the baby seals basking on the rocks. The arch itself was absolutely magnificent and I was so pleased that I was able to visit this incredible location.
Our Guide Jen took us to her favourite beach on the island – Hanson Bay, and what a beautiful beach it was. We took a walk around to a lookout point and watched the clear blue waters that flood this isolated bay. While in the area we also stopped by the Hanson Bay Wildlife Park to spot koalas on their Koala Walk.
Our afternoon pick me up consisted of a trip to the Little Sahara Sand Dunes for some sandboarding. I preferred a walk to the top to take in the expansive views over the area, while a few people on our tour had a go at hitting the slopes for a thrill.
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As our tour came to an end, I’m already planning my next visit back to Kangaroo Island. My few days on the island were full of unforgettable experiences and I can’t wait to come back and stay a little longer next time. Thank you to our Tour Guide Jen for all the wildlife spotting, stopping the coach whenever photo opportunities presented themselves and for all the insightful information on everything Kangaroo Island. I will be back!