Kangaroo Island Art Tour

Art Immersion

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These three days take guests behind-the-scenes to meet some of Kangaroo Island’s finest and most creative artists, as well as the iconic landscape and wildlife encounters the Island is famous for.

Overview

Highlights

  • Learn about the fascinating world of assemblage art with local artist Janine Mackintosh.
  • Explore a range of habitats, home to many of Kangaroo Island’s iconic wildlife species
  • Take a private tour onto the beach among a colony of Australian Sea-lions at Seal Bay Conservation Park
  • Break for coffee, tea or hot cocoa each day, served with traditional Australian homemade cakes
  • Enjoy elegant al fresco lunches each day, served at a private lunch site in the bush setting
  • Take a secret path through to a hidden beach, voted Best Australian Beach in 2023
  • Explore the wild wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park
  • Roam around Remarkable Rocks, massive granite boulders perched on the Southern Ocean
  • Visit a large colony of Australian and Long-nosed Fur Seals at Admiral’s Arch
  • Visit a private wildlife refuge and learn about important conservation activities helping save our native wildlife species
  • Sample a range of gins and liqueurs at Australia’s first gin distillery, Kangaroo Island Spirits OR taste some of Kangaroo Island’s finest wine at The Islander Estate Vineyards

Full Itinerary

As this is a private tour, there are alternate activities which can be substituted, and we recommend setting up the priority activities in advance to ensure availability.

Day 1

Get your introduction to the Island art community by joining local assemblage artist Janine Mackintosh for morning tea in her private home studio. Janine is a great example of Island artists – she started out visiting the Island and slowly it drew her in. She moved to the Island and developed what is now an internationally recognised style. Her works focus on local flora and the marine environment with a strong message blending history and nature conservation.

Drive to Seal Bay and take a private guided tour of the Australian Sea-lion colony, stopping to look at the showcase of the natural history of the sea-lions which has a definite creative edge as local artists were used in the development of the interpretative material at the Visitor Centre.

Break for a barbeque at a private lunch site on a local farm. Lunch consists  of grilled halloumi and King George whiting with potatoes, wholewheat sour dough bread, fresh salad and choice local wines.

After lunch continue to the north coast and explore the wildlife and landscapes of the Stokes Bay valley. End the day with a beach-walk at a secluded cove.

Day 2

Begin the day in the island’s north-west in an important private wildlife refuge with Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife. Here, gain an insight into (and take part in) the fantastic conservation work being done by Pat, Heidi and their team to assist some of the lesser-known (and often nocturnal) native animals.

Lunch is a picnic enjoyed in the bush and consists of marinated poached chicken, fresh salads, cheeses and fantastic South Australian wine, beer, soft drinks and spring water.

After lunch, travel into Flinders Chase National Park and explore the massive natural sculptures of Remarkable Rocks whose abstract forms look like a meeting of the minds of Henry Moore and Salvador Dali. Perched on the cliffs with panoramic views, this offers great photo opportunities.

Evidence of the power of the Southern Ocean swell continues at Admirals Arch – a coastal grotto which provides a haul out for a large colony of long-nosed fur-seals who swim effortlessly through the crashing waves.

Explore the lighthouse precinct of Cape du Couedic which consists of the supply station at Weirs Cove, stables, lighthouse and three light keepers homes which are superb examples of Australian Federation architecture.

Day 3

The third day explores the agricultural and residential areas of the east end of the Island starting out in Kingscote with a visit to Fine Art Kangaroo Island or Kangaroo Island Art Society, depending on availability.

Explore some of the early architecture of Kingscote which has some excellent examples of early limestone construction. A walk through the main street also provides a chance to see public art by local artist, Deb Sleeman and a beautiful sea-lion pup by bronze sculptor, Silvio Aponyi.

More public art can be explored at Reeves Point Heritage Park which showcases the settlement history of South Australia before travelling on to American River where art interprets the strong maritime heritage of this coastal village.

Continue east where we can, depending on availability, visit the workshop of Indiana James, the millinery studio of Linda Jenkins and world-renowned glass artist Bernard Stonor at Pelican Lagoon.

Break for lunch at a secluded spot before travelling to Penneshaw where opportunities include visiting Frenchman’s Rock, the site of some historical graffiti from French Captain Nicholas Baudin, the contemplation seat and the newly created sculpture trail complete with swing bridge.

If time permits, end the day with a tasting of hand-made liqueurs at Kangaroo Island Spirits or wine tasting at Islander Estate Vineyard cellar door.

Inclusions

  • Three days private touring on Kangaroo Island
  • Home-baked traditional Australian treats with a selection of hot beverages
  • Elegant alfresco lunch set in the bush with a choice of local wines, beer, soft drinks and spring water
  • Access to field guides, binoculars and maps
  • All necessary National Parks admission fees

More Information

Pick up times and locations

We usually pick-up from your accommodation at 9:00am but if you are arriving by flight or ferry, we can pick you up from Kingscote Airport or the Penneshaw Ferry Terminal.

What to bring

  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Appropriate clothing for variable weather conditions
  • Appropriate footwear for light walking
  • Camera/phone to create and capture some great memories

Pricing

Please contact us for a quote.

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