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South Australia Outdoor activities

Our most recommended South Australia Outdoor activities

Kangaroo Island: 2-Hour Dolphin, Seal and Snorkeling Tour

1. Kangaroo Island: 2-Hour Dolphin, Seal and Snorkeling Tour

Take the opportunity to swim with wild dolphins or among the seals, and snorkel some of Kangaroo Island's stunning coastline. It's an amazing wildlife encounter, with wetsuits, masks, snorkel, and fins provided. Arrive at The Visitor Information Centre in Penneshaw (Howard drive) where you will be fitted into a wetsuit, mask, snorkel, and flippers and provided with a safety brief. Then, jump on board a 12-seater or 26-seater vessel in search of the marine life that inhabits the incredible coastline. Spot the cheeky seals lounging on the rocks and playing in the water and dive in! These curious seals can be quite interactive and playful and provide a fun snorkeling experience. Experience the only opportunity to swim with the Long-nosed Seals in Australia. Search for the dolphin pods that reside in these coastal waters and take the opportunity to swim alongside them in the wild. A truly unforgettable wildlife encounter. Your friendly guide will also provide informative commentary along the way.

From Victor Harbor: Seal Island Cruise

2. From Victor Harbor: Seal Island Cruise

Embark on a scenic cruise along the north coast of Granite Island. Victor Harbour is located on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia, about 90 minutes and 80 km south of the center of Adelaide. Pass the route of the old horse-drawn tramway and see the historic Screwpile Jetty as you venture around the breakwater and into the open ocean. Continue for 5 minutes to arrive at Seal Island (also known as "Seal Rock"), where New Zealand fur seals and Australian sea lions can be seen basking in the sun. Delight to the sight of the seals that often swim to the stationary boat for a good look at the passengers!  Keep a lookout for other wildlife, including petrels, shearwaters and cormorants, on or around Seal Island. You might even spot some common or bottlenose dolphins that are often in the vicinity and sometimes race the boat. After 15 minutes of wildlife viewing at Seal Island and around Wright Island, cruise back to the Granite Island Causeway at Victor Harbour and disembark.

Adelaide: River Torrens Popeye Sightseeing Cruise

3. Adelaide: River Torrens Popeye Sightseeing Cruise

After boarding at Elder Park Landing there will be an opportunity to purchase food and beverages from the deckhand. The captain will take time to deliver a safety talk and introduce the crew before beginning commentary of the local area and wider South Australia.   Once seated, the cruise will commence by heading toward the Torrens River Weir Gate while passing the Adelaide Festival Centre, SAHMRI, and Adelaide Gaol. Enjoy 30 minutes of commentary before arriving at Adelaide Zoo where you will have the option to disembark and explore the zoo, Botanic Garden its and surrounds. The last 15 minutes of the tour will be relaxed, allowing you a great chance to ask questions, take photos with the crew, and get some advice on what to see and do once you disembark.

Kangaroo Island Full Day Experience by Ferry Including Lunch

4. Kangaroo Island Full Day Experience by Ferry Including Lunch

Explore the highlights of Kangaroo Island on this full-day tour by return ferry and coach from Adelaide. See playful fur seals, the Remarkable Rocks, and Admirals Arch, as well as other native Australian wildlife.  Depart Adelaide and enjoy a scenic coach ride towards the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula south of the city. Admire views of the vineyards, coast, and rolling hills along the way. Upon arrival at Cape Jervis, board the SeaLink ferry for the 45-minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island, where, a local driver/guide will take you on a tour of South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destination. Go to Seal Bay Conservation Park for a beach walk with an experienced guide. Spend time amongst a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Get up close to the wild creatures as they frolic and laze about. Then, enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch.  Spend the afternoon at Flinders Chase National Park, renowned as a sanctuary for native Australian animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and echidnas. Admire the rugged coastline on walks around Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks. Stroll down the Admirals Arch boardwalk to a rugged cliff face that reveals the spectacular rock arch formation, a safe haven for playful long-nosed fur seals. Keep a lookout for more kangaroos and wallabies on your return to Penneshaw or your return ferry back to Adelaide. Arrive at approximately 22:40 and be dropped off at your selected Adelaide CBD accommodation.

Goolwa: Murray River Cruise

5. Goolwa: Murray River Cruise

The Murray Mouth cruise is roughly 90 minutes in duration. Departing from the Main Wharf in Goolwa at 10:30 AM, cruise downstream to the Goolwa Barrage and through the lock where you will get to view the resident seal colony and drop down to sea level. Learn about the history of the lock and it's importance to the health of the river before continuing down toward the mouth of the Murray River. Take in the ambiance of the region that inspired the book, Storm Boy on your way there. On your return cruise to Goolwa, you will pass sand dunes supporting native vegetation and see an abundance wetland birdlife.

Kangaroo Island: 75-Minute Ocean Safari

6. Kangaroo Island: 75-Minute Ocean Safari

Climb aboard for an exhilarating ride along the beautiful coast of Kangaroo Island and marvel at the pristine waters, stunning coastline, and local marine life. Travel along the ancient Kangaroo Island coastline with the opportunity to see dolphins, seals, eagles, and other birdlife. Enjoy an exhilarating ride along the beautiful Kangaroo Island coastline. Witness the pristine waters, stunning coastline, and marine animals that inhabit this thriving environment. The skipper provides informative commentary as you cruise along. Experience a must-do wildlife experience that is suitable for all ages and great fun for the whole family!

Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Guaranteed Wild Dolphin Watching Cruise

7. Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Guaranteed Wild Dolphin Watching Cruise

Enjoy a half-day cruise looking for some of the world’s most delightful creatures, departing from Marina Pier, Holdfast Shores, Glenelg. Dolphins are among the earth’s most curious mammals and you will get up-close-and-personal with the beautiful beasts from the decks of the Temptation catamaran. You will be welcomed on board the 58-foot sailing vessel by an enthusiastic crew. Sometimes you will see your first dolphins within minutes of cruising. They seem to come out of nowhere to play around Temptation’s hulls. But be assured they are not coaxed in any way. These are wild dolphins that simply know the vessel, and know that they are not in any danger. As the gulf is home to over 1,000 common and bottlenose dolphins, the cruise comes with a money-back guarantee of sightings. The dolphins are only just out of reaching distance from the deck, enabling you to capture their playful displays on film. Back on dry land, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the faculties at Holdfast Shores Marina, or wander down Jetty Road in Glenelg, enjoying the dozens of restaurants and shops.

Port Lincoln: Coffin Bay Seafood, Wine, and Nature Day Trip

8. Port Lincoln: Coffin Bay Seafood, Wine, and Nature Day Trip

Explore Coffin Bay on a guided tour from Port Lincoln. Marvel at the beautiful scenery as you meet local producers on a day trip. Take a cruise to learn about the local seafood industry. Sample world-famous oysters and indulge in a delicious tasting menu before trying some premium wines. Your day begins as it does for most Eyre Peninsula locals, resetting and rejuvenating by the ocean. This tour takes in Coffin Bay National Park, home to a swathe of the Eyre Peninsula's best beaches, including Almonta Beach. Roam secluded, sandy shores without another soul in sight - except for the resident kangaroos and emus - then settle in by the sea for morning tea with panoramic views across the vast landscape. Venture around the coast to our next destination, where world-famous Coffin Bay oysters are primed for tasting. Learn about the Eyre Peninsula's enviable seafood industry as you glide through crystal-clear waters to Experience Coffin Bay's working oyster farm. See oysters plucked straight from the ocean, then sample the briny fruits of your labor. The taste of the ocean on your tongue, vivid waters lapping at your side, and a gentle sea breeze on your cheek – this is a gourmet experience to awaken your senses. After your oyster epiphany, cruise back to shore. You may even be joined by the local pod of dolphins who call these waters home. Your gourmet seafood escape continues back on land. Pull up a seat overlooking the bay at 1802 Oyster Bar & Restaurant, where head chef Andy will introduce you to his favorite local produce sourced from the surrounding sea and land with a delicious tasting menu. Take your time and take it all in before meandering back towards Port Lincoln. The perfect pairing for your seafood feast, local wines and sweeping views await at Boston Bay Wines. Perched above the Southern Ocean, sample a range of premium wine and meet Tony and Sonia, second-generation wine growers and producers. At day's end - cup, belly and soul full – you'll be drop[ed you at your Port Lincoln accommodation between 5 PM and 5.30 PM.

Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

9. 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.

Penneshaw: Shore Excursion Kangaroo Island Scenic Tour

10. Penneshaw: Shore Excursion Kangaroo Island Scenic Tour

Discover Kangaroo Island and enjoy an abundance of wildlife as you take in spectacular scenery. Visit the Remarkable Rocks, Pennington Bay, Weirs Cove, and other areas before spotting fur seals, koalas, and echidnas. After meeting the guide make your way to Flinders Chase National Park to visit the Remarkable Rocks, Weirs Cove, and Admirals Arch. From there you will head to Seal Bay where you can enjoy a boardwalk tour and watch the seals frolicking on the beach. You will spot many different kinds of wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, and echidnas. See fur seals at Seal Bay and also challenge yourself and try to spot all the different bird species. 

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What people are saying about South Australia

Tour guide was really informative and very passionate about Adelaide so it was great to listen to his enthusiasm! Hahndorf was a lovely town to visit and the wine tastings were amazing. A lot was packed into one day, but I feel we still had a good amount of time in each place

Its a great way to spend an hour of your time and rest while listening to stories about Adelaide settlement. Popeye crew is telling interesting stories of the past. You can sit and relax while having a drink. they also organise special events on the boat.

Loved everything about it ,excellent guide ,excellent photos a great way to spend a couple of hours

Easy to book and easy to make changes. service was great too. The whole family enjoyed it.

Excellent experience. Staff were so informative and I would highly recommend.