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South Australia Safaris & wildlife activities

Our most recommended South Australia Safaris & wildlife 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.

Kangaroo Island Full Day Experience by Ferry Including Lunch

3. 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.

Kangaroo Island: 75-Minute Ocean Safari

4. 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

5. 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.

Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

6. 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.

Coffin Bay: Oyster Farm Boat Tour, Wade In The Farm, Taste

7. Coffin Bay: Oyster Farm Boat Tour, Wade In The Farm, Taste

Cruise 16km to an oyster farm surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise waters. With the help of a local oyster farmer as your guide, you'll experience all the beauty of the Coffin Bay coastline, spot sealife like dolphins and seals, and wade amongst the oyster beds. The tour meets at the Coffin Bay Yacht Club, where you’ll set off on the CB01 boat across the calm turquoise waters of the bay. Admire the tranquil views of the coast and look out for pods of playful dolphins who reside in the waters. Once you arrive at the world-famous oyster region, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved by wading into the oyster beds. Immerse yourself in the oyster farm and discover it up close at your own leisure. If the weather permits you can even take a swim in the waters. Back on the boat, savor some freshly shucked oysters straight from the source, learn from your guide about how premium oysters are produced, and hear some tips on how to shuck them like a pro. Before heading back to the marina, the tour will cruise past Brother's Island, infamous for its herds of seals. Catch a glimpse of the seals lazing on the rocks and swimming on the shores, before cruising back to disembark at the Yacht Club.

Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

8. Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

Spend your vacation doing something unique and unforgettable on an excursion that takes you out into the waters, and swim alongside wild dolphins. On this 3.5-hour tour, you are guaranteed to see dolphins, which are one of the Earth’s most fascinating and curious creatures. Meet at the Holdfast Shores Marina in Glenelg, a mere 15 minutes outside of Adelaide. From there, board the 'Temptation', a 58-foot colossal sailing catamaran. As the boat cruises, experience the beauty of Australia's southern coastline. Eventually, come to rest in the waters where the wild dolphins will come to greet you and play in the waters. Don your wetsuit, mask, and snorkel, and take the plunge into the waters. Experience the breathtaking moment when you see dolphins underwater for the first time. Watch and listen; their grace and playfulness is stunning and the sounds of their whistles and echo location noises are mesmerizing. Once your adventure comes to an end, you will be taken back to the marina. Spend some time checking out the many restaurants and shops that grace the shoreline.

Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour

9. Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour

Take a guided 3-hour kayak tour of the Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail. Paddle along sheltered mangrove-lined creeks that are home to a variety of marine life, birds, and also the Port River dolphins. Explore an area that features 20 shipwrecks and interact with the dolphins as well, on an environmentally friendly tour. Paddle at an easy pace with plenty of time for photos and commentary by your guide. When the Port River dolphins come to play it is a memory you will treasure forever. The tour is recommended for adults and children over the age of 10 years, although younger children can come out and have great fun!

Port Lincoln Day Tour: Eyre Peninsula

10. Port Lincoln Day Tour: Eyre Peninsula

Visit pristine national parks and beaches taking in the spectacular views of the Southern Ocean on this tour from Port Lincoln. Visit the Lincoln National Park, taking in views of Sleaford Bay, and visit a popular lunch spot for delicious seafood Start with pickup from your Port Lincoln accommodation and travel secluded shores and untouched bushland of Lincoln National Park. This coastal wilderness is a haven for some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife. Ascend to Wanna Lookout for sweeping views across Sleaford Bay. Morning tea is paired with breathtaking views at a locally-loved picnic spot. Stop for lunch at a popular local haunt, the Fresh Fish Place. Sample the region’s world-renowned seafood fresh from Australia’s busiest fishing fleet. Next, enjoy a scenic drive along the untamed coastline of Whalers Way brings you to Mikkira Station and the chance to get up close with some 150 wild koalas residing among the manna gum. Home to the only wild koala population on the peninsula, as well as kangaroos and emus, this sanctuary is a must for wildlife lovers. In addition, the on-site historic homestead offers a glimpse back in time to the lives of the region’s pioneers. Soak in the last moments of the day atop Winters Hill lookout. Finally, we’ll drop you back to your Port Lincoln accommodation, with a camera full of moments that will be etched in your memory long after you’ve left the Eyre Peninsula.

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4.6 / 5

based on 280 reviews

A great day. Guides had lots of interesting stories of the area. For first timers it not too strenuous & was very safe. Very well organized. Highly recommend.

An excellent trip and the coach driver/guide on the island was so knowledgeable. Loved getting up close to sea lions at Seal Bay

Fiona was a great guide- saw dolphins, wrecks and paddled through the mangroves. Great way to spend half a day.

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

Had a really good time Fiona was a great instructor.