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.
Travel through the Island’s best farming country where, depending on season, sheep and cattle graze, a range of grains grow and you can learn about the mix of natural and productive landscapes on Kangaroo Island.
At Lathami Conservation Park take a walk through the bush with your guide – learning what makes that noise, whose tracks are those, and who left THAT little pile there? Look for wallabies almost extinct on the mainland, a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island and learn about some strange Australian birds, plants and animals. Stokes Bay is next where you access a beautiful hidden beach, on the North Coast where many Island families fish for the table, targeting a range of delicious sea fish.
Break for a barbecue at a private bush camp on “Ellamatta” sheep stud where you can learn more about Island grazing systems. Lunch features King George whiting, grilled halloumi, fresh salads and choice local wines.
Continue to Seal Bay and take a private tour into the Australian Sea-lion colony, where the sea-lions, who are also keen fishermen, rest up between foraging trips of several days. Look out for pups nursing, young males practising their wrestling skills and big bulls staking out their territory.
End the day tasting wines from one of our finest wineries – either Jacques Lurton’s Islander Estate Vineyard or Joch Bosworth who has Spring Seed and Battle of Bosworth wines in McLaren Vale as well as Springs Road Wines here on the Island.
Start the day in Kangaroo Island Olives‘ olive grove with fruit and oil tasting – the Mediterranean climate of the Island being perfect for olive production.
Next, take a peek into Fryar’s Free-range Eggs farm which because of farm biosecurity we cannot enter but can share some of their story with you which includes the use of Italian shepherd dogs called Maremmas and the 60,000 free-range hens forage across the farmland and collectively deliver 15,000 dozen delicious eggs every week.
The protected waters of American River produce smooth and creamy Pacific oysters with a fresh minerally taste – we get to try some of these from the Kangaroo Island Oyster Farm Shop, accompanied by a crisp local white wine.
Break for a platter of smoked meats, salads and home-made chutneys with a choice of local wines, beer and soft drink before continuing to Clifford’s Honey Farm for an immersion into our 130-year-old honey industry and a taste of some of the diverse flavours foraged from nectars across the Island.
End the day with an immersive tasting of the full range of gins and liqueurs at Kangaroo Island Spirits, one of Australia’s first boutique gin distilleries.
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.
A short drive away, a boardwalk leads to Admirals Arch – a coastal grotto which is home to a large colony of long-nosed fur-seals who swim effortlessly through the crashing waves. Look for seals swimming in rock-pools and resting on smooth rock ledges.
At the days end, spend some time gaining an understanding of the earliest human occupation of the Island. Discuss what our Indigenous Australians survived or even thrived on across the Island – a selection of items foraged, hunted and fished from the local environment.