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How to Spend 2 Days on Kangaroo Island

How to Spend 2 Days on Kangaroo Island

Whether you’re planning an action-packed weekend or taking a relaxing overnight trip from Adelaide, two days is just enough time to enjoy Kangaroo Island. Explore Flinders Chase National Park, take a wildlife safari, and visit some of South Australia’s most beautiful beaches. Here’s how to get the most out of two days on Kangaroo Island.

Day 1: Wildlife and Wilderness

**Morning:**Flinders Chase National Park is the star attraction of Kangaroo Island, and a 4WD tour is the best way to explore. Stop along the way to marvel at natural wonders such as the Remarkable Rocks and Admiral Arch, admire the views from the Cape Borda Lighthouse, and look out for wild kangaroos in Kelly Hill Conservation Park.

 

**Afternoon:**Continue along the island’s scenic south coast to Seal Bay, home to a colony of rare Australian fur seals. Nearby, Vivonne Bay is home to some of the island’s most pristine beaches, where you can cool off with a swim before grabbing a drink at one of the beachfront bars. 

**Night:**The island’s wildlife is most active at night, so head out after dark to spot possums, tammar wallabies, boobook owls, and, of course, kangaroos. Venture off-road with a guide on a night safari to maximize your chances of wildlife sightings, or book a night tour at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Day 2: Fun Activities and Foodie Delights

**Morning:**Kick off the day with a fun outdoor activity and get your adrenaline pumping. There are a variety of options to choose from—zip around the island on a quad bike, paddle along the Harriet River on a kayaking excursion, or head to the Little Sahara dunes, where you can try sandboarding or tobogganing.

**Afternoon:**Discover the island’s homegrown delicacies on a foodie tour. Perhaps stop by the Dudley Cellar Door for a wine tasting of local varietals, visit the American River's Oyster Farm Shop to sample fresh-from-the-ocean oysters, or pick up some edible souvenirs from Clifford's Honey Farm. End the day with dinner at Sunset Food and Wine, where tables look out over the seafront. 

**Night:**Penneshaw is one of the few places in the world where you can spot little penguins in their natural environment. Each night at sunset, the penguins waddle back to their burrows on the beach after a day at sea. For the best views, head to the Penneshaw Penguin Centre, where there’s a dedicated viewing platform, or opt for a guided evening walk to learn more about the world’s smallest penguin species. 

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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 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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  • 3 hours
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Kangaroo Island Luxury Small Group 'Flinders Chase Focus' Full Day Tour

Kangaroo Island Luxury Small Group 'Flinders Chase Focus' Full Day Tour

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The Flinders Chase National Park lies along the western tip of Kangaroo Island and is home to some of the island’s most memorable landmarks. On this full-day tour, visit the sea lion colony of Cape du Couedic, admire views of the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, enjoy a delicious picnic lunch, and look out for wild kangaroos in the Kelly Hill Conservation Park.
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  • 9 hours
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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 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 Half Day Food and Wine Trail Tour

Kangaroo Island Half Day Food and Wine Trail Tour

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Kangaroo Island has one of the best drink and food scenes in South Australia, but travelers with a limited amount of time can have a hard time seeing it all in one day. This tour does just that, pairing wine tasting with visits to a eucalyptus distillery, a sheep farm, beekeeper, and more.
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  • 5 hours
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Kangaroo Island 75-Minute Ocean Safari

Kangaroo Island 75-Minute Ocean Safari

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Add a boating adventure to your Kangaroo Island itinerary with a wildlife tour that departs daily from Christmas Cove Marina. In addition to providing live commentary about the area’s wildlife and conservation efforts, your guide ensures you spot sea creatures that are easy to miss without a trained eye. Life jackets, binoculars, and a group size capped at 12 ensure a personal and comfortable experience.
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