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Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

1. Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

Go kayaking through Adelaide's Dolphin Sanctuary on this guided tour. Get up close and personal with one of the ocean's most playful and friendly creatures. Upon arrival, demonstrations and all equipment will be provided. Travel at a comfortable pace since you don't need any prior kayaking experience. Start your tour by kayaking your way through 10,000-year-old mangrove-lined creeks, which are the ultimate feeding grounds for dolphins due to the seagrass, saltmarsh, tidal flats, and creeks. See the sanctuary's abundant birdlife and intricate ecosystem. You can also paddle close to shipwrecks that have been abandoned from a bygone era. It's a special experience that simply can't be replicated.

Adelaide: River Torrens Devonshire Tea Cruise on Iconic Boat

2. Adelaide: River Torrens Devonshire Tea Cruise on Iconic Boat

Take a boat cruise tour in the heart of the city with live commentary from a friendly skipper and see why Adelaide is ranked one of the most livable cities in the world.  Begin by boarding at Elder Park Landing. Be served a delightful Devonshire tea consisting of fresh scones with jam and whipped cream. Hear a safety talk and introduction from the captain before your exclusive commentary on the local area and wider South Australia begins.  Float towards the Torrens River Weir Gate while passing sites including the Adelaide Festival Centre, SAHMRI, and Adelaide Gaol.  Enjoy 30-minutes of insightful commentary before arriving at Adelaide Zoo. Have the option to disembark and explore the zoo, Botanic Garden, and its surroundings.  Relax in the last 15-minutes and have the chance to ask questions, take photos with the crew, and get tips on what to see and do once you disembark. There will be an opportunity to purchase extra food and beverages from the deckhand serving from our licensed bar.

Kangaroo Island: Guided Kayak Tour on Harriet River

3. Kangaroo Island: Guided Kayak Tour on Harriet River

Experience the peace and serenity of Kangaroo Island as you glide and explore the abundant banks of the Harriet River situated just behind Vivonne Bay. Begin the activity with instructions on how to correctly wear your lifejacket and adjust your backrest, along with the correct technique for paddling on the river. Learn how to identify hazards, safely enter the water, and how to paddle forward, backward, turn, and stop. When ready, follow your guide, who is a local, experienced and qualified kayak expert. Enjoy spotting an abundance of wildlife. Identify local flora, look for koalas in the trees, spot a variety of birds, and watch the bream jump out of the river as you paddle past.

Melbourne to Adelaide: 2-Day Overland Explorer Tour

4. Melbourne to Adelaide: 2-Day Overland Explorer Tour

Day 1 - (L) Say farewell to Melbourne as you drive over the Westgate Bridge bound for Adelaide. Start at the beginning of The Great Ocean Road and twist along this iconic road with awe inspiring views the entire day. Stop for morning tea briefly before pulling over for a photo under Memorial Arch (The Great Ocean Road Sign). Continue through several seaside towns along the way, including Kennett River where your guide will help you find koalas in the wild and native birds amongst the eucalyptus trees, before your lunch stop in Apollo Bay. Relax on the main beach, walk the main street or taste some local ice-cream treats! After the lunch stop, the Great Ocean Road winds into the ancient Otway rainforest as you say goodbye to the coastline for a while. Stretch your legs in the fresh air as you're guided through the crisp wonderland of Maits Rest. Continuing the journey you'll join the ocean again at the Shipwreck Coast. Hear the stories of shipwrecks and marvel at the limestone cliffs and structures that span the coastline. View the 12 Apostles in all their glory as they defy hundreds of years of erosion. Walk down onto the sands of the isolated and remote Loch Ard Gorge. Hear the story of how London Bridge fell down as you view the archway that remains, before making your way into the Grampians National Park for your bed for the night.  Day 2 - (B) Wake up in the heart of the Grampians; Halls Gap. Early morning is the best time as kangaroos bounce, kookaburras laugh, and magpies and currawongs call to the rising sun. After breakfast, drive into the multiple mountain ranges of the Grampians National Park. Captivating panoramic vistas greet you at every break in the trees on your way to Borkoa Lookout. Look down over Halls Gap and Victoria's western plains. Take a walk to the Balconies, a geological icon of the Grampians with views over the Victoria Valley. Step down a series of 250+ stairs to the bottom of the remote Mackenzie Falls. Relax as the waters of the Wartook River cascade over the edge, before making the journey to Brambuk Cultural Center to learn about Jarwadjali and Djab Wurrung tribes that have called the Grampians (Gariwerd) home for thousands of years. Back to Halls Gap for lunch before beginning the drive through the broadacre farmland of Western Victoria. Crossing the border into South Australia, the drive continues all the way through to Adelaide for an arrival to the CBD at approx. 7.00 pm.

Adelaide: Wine and Wildlife 4WD Tour

5. Adelaide: Wine and Wildlife 4WD Tour

A local 4WD tour company and an award-winning McLaren Vale based food caterer have joined forces to offer an exclusive 4WD food safari under 1 hour south of Adelaide. This tour takes you on an exciting day’s exploration of new food and wine experiences, combined with an exhilarating journey through the pristine natural beauty of the Fleurieu Peninsula. You’ll travel off the tourist track into wooded valleys, rolling hills, and magnificent coastal landscapes. You will also meet local wildlife while caressing your taste buds with a visit to the world-acclaimed McLaren Vale wine region and a "surprise" private lunch experience. Following a drive along the magnificent length of Silversands Beach, you’ll savour hand-made cheese and other local produce, and taste premium local wine and craft beer. This tour is an exceptional opportunity to discover the world-acclaimed McLaren Vale wine region in company with the people who help make it a visitor’s delight.

Adelaide: Full-Day Vines and Victor Harbor Eco Adventure

6. Adelaide: Full-Day Vines and Victor Harbor Eco Adventure

Take a scenic drive to Victor Harbor through the stunning Mclaren Vale region. Get a glimpse of the vineyards and rolling hills in the distance that you will be back to explore later. Arrive in Victor Harbor and be greeted with ocean views, discover the history, geology, and nature of the local area. Next, enjoy a 90-minute open ocean boat cruise through the Southern Ocean passing by Seal Rock, The Bluff and West Island. Witness the spectacular Waitpinga Cliffs and look out for seabirds such as petrels, shearwaters, and cormorants. Looping around Seal Island, see Australian sea lions and long-nosed fur seals basking in the sun or frolicking in the water. Following your Southern Ocean Adventure boat cruise sit down and enjoy a picnic lunch in one of the many reserves along Victor Harbor's foreshore. Soak up the atmosphere of this popular tourist town, with Granite Island in the distance you may even see one of the local horse-drawn trams crossing over the Causeway. After a short drive to the McLaren Vale wine region arrive at d'Arenberg Winery with time to explore the famous cube before enjoying a tasting session of their delicious biodynamic wines. Then heading onto Gemtree Winery, begin your progressive wine tasting and learn about the biodynamic practices and philosophy behind this family-owned property. Finish off the afternoon with a Vintner’s platter and a glass of Gemtree regional wine, before your afternoon drive back to Adelaide city.

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Grampians 2-Day Tour

7. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Grampians 2-Day Tour

Discover the glorious beaches and charming coastal towns along the winding cliff-side of the Great Ocean Road. Take in stunning panoramic views that are being revealed around every corner. Enjoy the iconic photo opportunity at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch at Eastern View before surrounding yourself in the tranquil beauty of the Otway Ranges’ cool temperate rainforest. Take in the dramatic rock formations of the Port Campbell National Park, including the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge. Hear the tale of the Loch Ard shipwreck from which this remarkable gorge takes it name. Stay overnight in the heart of the Grampians before waking up to a nature-lovers dream. Spend the next day enjoying multiple walking tracks to visit dramatic rock escarpments and abundant wildlife. Experience the amazing views from Boroka and Reid’s Lookouts for yourself, and descend to the bottom of Victoria’s biggest waterfall, the majestic MacKenzies Falls. Next, enjoy a luxury coach transfer through to Adelaide, a city filled with culture and fun, arriving at approximately 7:00 PM.

Adelaide: Morialta Wilderness and Wildlife Hike

8. Adelaide: Morialta Wilderness and Wildlife Hike

This tour provides an active and immersive experience that enriches the understanding of nature at the Morialta Conservation Park. Start your morning adventure along the Morialta walking trails as the bush wakes from its night slumber. As you follow the trails, discover amazing rock faces, gorges and seasonal waterfalls cascading over sheer quartzite cliffs. Witness the dawn colours bounce on the spectacular rugged vistas and capture the sense of nature while discovering the natural wonders of this national reserve. Morialta is the best place in Adelaide where you can see koalas in the wild. It offers unique biodiversity where many native faunas can be spotted including the occasional kangaroo or echidna. The creeks, rock pools and the higher slopes of the Gorge offer a perfect habitat to several species of frogs and small lizards such as geckos, skinks and dragons. Listen to the sounds and observe the many native birds such as the Superb Fairy-wren, rare Golden Whistler, Rainbow Lorikeet and the iconic Laughing Kookaburra. Use the supplied binoculars and see how many species you can discover. In winter and spring, the park is abundant with native wildflowers including many delicate and colourful orchid species.

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What people are saying about South Australia

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 10 reviews

Excellent tour with the most beautiful nature views. A big shout out to our guide Mitch, who was by far the best and made our day so special. Mitch was very helpful, interactive and provided with interesting insights about the place and history.

Thanks Alex for a wonderful afternoon on the water! It was a lot of fun, we enjoyed learning about the history of the shipwrecks. Highly recommend!

Very fun afternoon, saw dolphins, shipwrecks and paddled through the mangroves.

Needed proper chairs as some people have back problems and need support.

Knowledgeable guide and an easy, gentle experience. Recommended.