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Desert Safaris

Our most recommended South Australia Desert Safaris

Kangaroo Island: 75-Minute Ocean Safari

1. 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. Set sail from Christmas Cove and look for dolphins and seals just minutes from the marina. Listen to an informative live commentary from your skipper along the way. Learn more about the local history and hear dozens of interesting wildlife facts. Avail of a must-do wildlife experience that is suitable for all ages and great fun for the whole family!

5-Day Flinders Ranges & Outback Eco Tour from Adelaide

2. 5-Day Flinders Ranges & Outback Eco Tour from Adelaide

Join a small-group eco safari to discover the Flinders Ranges. See an abundance of wildlife, wilderness, local aboriginal artworks, and culture. Day 1: Adelaide to Flinders Ranges (L, D) Depart Adelaide at 7:30 am to journey north. Enjoy a picnic lunch and an optional bush walk with your guide. See Pichi Richi Pass, Quorn, Warrens Gorge Conservation Park, and Willochra Plain. Enjoy a delicious Aussie barbecue for dinner. Sit around the campfire under the unforgettable desert sky in the authentic Australian outback. Optional extras: Night Sky Observatory. Day 2: Flinders Ranges to Arkaroola (B, L, D) Travel along Moralana Scenic Drive to see unsurpassed scenery and Australian wildlife. Visit Stokes Hill Lookout for views of Wilpena Pound. Enjoy lunch at and a tour of the old copper mining town of Blinman. See Gammon Ranges National Park and Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Optional extras: Scenic flight over Arkaroola and the outback and/or astronomy night. Stay overnight at the Arkaroola Wilderness Resort. Day 3: Arkaroola (B, L, D) Take on the 4WD Ridge Top Tour (approx. 4-hour return trip). Journey from Arkaroola through the incredible scenery of the Gammon Ranges. Enjoy dramatic landscapes and dramatic changing colors as you travel through the outback to the historic Beltana Homestead. Savor a country-cooked roast lamb dinner with all the trimmings. End the day with a spot of stargazing. Optional extras: Arkaroola Scenic Flights. Day 4: Beltana Homestead to Rawnsley Park Station (B, L, D) This morning travel through some of the most amazing countries there is to offer. Meet the locals at the Iga Warta aboriginal community with their collection of local artifacts. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch at the old Copley Bakery. See Brachina Gorge and enjoy a bushwalk into Wilpena Pound itself. Or, relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the Flinders Ranges. The itinerary is dependent on availability. Optional extra: 30-minute scenic flight over Wilpena Pound. Day 5: Flinders Ranges to Adelaide (B, L, D) Join an early morning bush walk to see the rock art of the Adnyamathanha peoples. Head back through the Southern Flinders Ranges to see Red Gum forests. See the beautiful wine region of Clare Valley and if time permits try a tasting. Returns to Adelaide approximately 7:00 pm.

Kangaroo Island: Full-Day Guided Island Life Tour

3. Kangaroo Island: Full-Day Guided Island Life Tour

This tour takes in a variety of landscapes across Kangaroo Island from the Cygnet River valley to the north coast, across the central plateau and down to the rugged South Coast. Get an introduction to Island life, where things take time. Drivers wave as they go by, or even stop for a chat. Have a cuppa with home-made cakes before a walk down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees where koalas snooze overhead or wake briefly for a feed. See some of the Island’s most productive and diverse farming country, including sheep growing some of the world’s finest wool. Walk quietly through the bush with your guide – what makes that noise, who’s track are those, who left THAT little pile there? Look for wallabies extinct on the mainland, a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island, and learn about some of the unique Island plants. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a private bush setting featuring some of the Island’s fresh produce including local fish, salads and fine wines before continuing to the South Coast. At Seal Bay Conservation Park walk with your guide amongst sea lions on a beautiful sandy beach. Watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see bulls bearing scars from territorial fights, and learn of their unique breeding biology.

3-Day Flinders Ranges Small Group Eco Safari from Adelaide

4. 3-Day Flinders Ranges Small Group Eco Safari from Adelaide

Get back to nature in the Flinders Ranges and look for wildlife and aboriginal art. Day 1: Rawnsley Park Station (L, D) Journey north to the southern Flinders Ranges and learn the local history along the way. Enjoy a picnic lunch and go for a bush walk surrounded by 600-million-year-old mountains. Travel through the Pichi Richi Pass and township of Quorn, and search for yellow-footed rock wallabies in Warrens Gorge Conservation Park. Day 2: Wilpena Pound (B, L, D) Explore the Bunyeroo and Brachina gorges to see some of the oldest rock formations in the world. Relax under the stars during a home-cooked dinner.  Day 3: Southern Flinders Ranges (B, L) Head back through the southern Flinders Ranges to see red gum forests and visit the historic town of Melrose. Travel through the beautiful wine region of Clare Valley on the way back to Adelaide.

7-Day Coober Pedy, Lake Eyre & Flinders Ranges 4WD Tour

5. 7-Day Coober Pedy, Lake Eyre & Flinders Ranges 4WD Tour

DAY 1: Follow the Gulf St Vincent and Spencer Gulf, stopping at historical coastal towns. Learn our rich maritime history and take a walk down the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere at Port Germain. See the Southern Flinders Ranges, 600 million year old mountain peaks with spectacular views over this incredible landscape. Stroll around the award winning Wadlata Outback Centre at Pt Augusta. DAY 2: Travel up the Explorer Highway to Woomera visiting the old rocket range and Military Base. Take a break at the Lake Gairdner lookout to see this huge expanse of salt lakes. Visit Coober Pedy, the largest opal mining field in the world. Watch a magical sunset over the desert at KankuBreakaways Conservation Park before following the Dingo Fence back to Coober Pedy. DAY 3: Visit underground churches, opal shops and displays. Learn about the area on a guided mine tour. Cross the famous dingo fence, the longest man made structure in the world. Travel along the red sand hill tracks through Anna Creek station to William Creek. Enjoy an ice cold beer at the bar of this famous Outback Pub that has a rich history of stockman, camels and life in the bush. DAY 4: Continue our epic journey down the famous Oodnadatta Track, following the historic route of the Cameleers. This area has a rich history of Aboriginal culture and pioneering settlements. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the edge of Lake Eyre South National Park where Sir Donald Campbell broke the land speed record in 1964. Visit thermal springs that have been the life blood of this arid land for centuries. Visit the town of Maree and check out the old Afghan mosque and relics of our pioneering days. DAY 5: Venturing further east into the remote outback of Australia, we will cross ancient creek beds that meander out to Lake Frome. Visit Arkaroola Village and take in this world renowned area of stunning beauty. Take the exhilarating 4WD ridge top tour to the top of Mt Siller, or maybe a scenic flight over this breath taking land. DAY 6: Travel south along the top of Lake Frome. See the Red Sandhill country that holds thousands of years of sacred beliefs to the Adnyamathanha aboriginal people. Have lunch at the old copper mining town of Blinman, the highest town is SA. Journey through the ever-changing creek beds of Brachina Gorge, known as The Corridors Through Time. This is an area alive with wildlife and boasts a remarkable geological history including Ediacaran fossils. Enjoy the spectacular outback scenery. Wildlife including Kangaroos, Emus and Wedge-tailed Eagles are prolific in this rugged terrain. DAY 7: Spend a relaxing morning travelling back to Adelaide along the eastern side of the magnificent Flinders Ranges with its mighty red gum forests. Enjoy a break in the Clare Valley wine region. Optional extras on this tour: Lake Eyre & Painted Desert Scenic Flights, Arkaroola 4WD Ridge Top Tours, flights over the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, and the night sky observatory.

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What people are saying about South Australia

Great tour with knowledgeable crew of two - thanks Clem and Bonnie and the most fantastic view of Dolphins. There were so many. Didn’t have to go far until we saw a pod with some calves. Would highly recommend.

Very good guide with lots of information very helpful turning the boat around so all could see the Dolphins played lovely in front of use

We enjoyed every moment and the tour guides were very friendly and easy going, would definitely go back and highly recommend it :)

The Ocean Safari was fun and we learnt a lot about Kangaroo Island and its wildlife. We were able to see a pod of dolphins.

Had an excellent time saw lots of dolphins and some seals great experience