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Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

1. Adelaide: Dolphin Sanctuary Eco Kayaking Tour

Take the opportunity to paddle your way through a 10,000-year-old mangrove forest on a kayaking tour of a dolphin sanctuary. Amidst approximately 30 resident and 300 transient dolphins, enjoy a special experience that simply can’t be replicated. Take off with your lead guide Andro, a marine biologist who has over 5 years’ experience working with marine mammals and wildlife, and travel at a comfortable pace in your kayak. Paddle through creeks whilst listening to local Aboriginal stories. View the abundant birdlife, marine mammals, and other creatures that make up the intricate ecosystem. For those interested in bird watching, the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary shares a big part of the northern coastal habitat. Experience the sanctuary — part of South Australia’s largest port — with a rich Aboriginal and European cultural background and a number of noteworthy landmarks to explore. See the incredible mangrove forest that makes the ultimate feeding ground for dolphins due to its abundance of sea grass, salt marsh, and the tidal flats and creeks.

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Coffin Bay: 1-Day Seafood, Wine and Nature Tour

2. Coffin Bay: 1-Day Seafood, Wine and Nature Tour

Be picked up directly from your Port Lincoln accommodation and start the day heading to Coffin Bay National Park and walking on the footprint free Almonta Beach. Spot lots lot native wildlife such as kangaroo's and emus. Have morning tea overlooking Coffin Bay National Park before the tour highlight, the Coffin Bay Oysters Lease Tour. Travel out to their oyster lease, learning about the industry, how to shuck your own oysters and then taste them. Take a town tour from the boat before sitting down for lunch at iconic seafood restaurant, 1802 Oyster Bay to sample more fresh Coffin Bay seafood.  On the way back into Port Lincoln visit Boston Bay Wines to taste their signature wines.

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Half-day Wilpena Pound Gorges 4WD Tour with Refreshments

3. Half-day Wilpena Pound Gorges 4WD Tour with Refreshments

Experience the natural beauty of the South Australian hinterland at Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park on this half-day 4WD tour with a local guide. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour to explore the gorgeous gorges, search for Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies, and enjoy sweeping views of Bunyeroo Valley and the eastern wall of Wilpena Pound.  You will learn about the rugged mountains including the moss rocks with their contrasting colours and the ever-changing flora of the area, especially after the rain. Enjoy morning or afternoon tea that is included on your tour. Once a sacred meeting place of the native Adnyamathanha people, today these mountains serve as a gathering place for hikers, photographers, campers, and art-history buffs. Home to Aboriginal rock carvings, winding trails, and gorgeous views, the park offers a memorable experience in the stunning Australian bush.

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Port Lincoln: Lincoln National Park Sunset Sand Dunes Tour

4. Port Lincoln: Lincoln National Park Sunset Sand Dunes Tour

Head to the sand dunes in Lincoln National Park to watch night fall. Feel the thrill of riding in a modified off-roading vehicle. Explore Stanford beach and take in the sunset at the Wanna Sand Dunes. Be picked up from your accommodation in Port Lincoln. Relax on the drive to Lincoln National Park. Get off the beaten track as your guide uses the 4-wheel-drive to venture off-road. Admire the long stretch of sand at Stanford beach. See how the light plays across the wind-sculpted sand dunes at sunset. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like the Rosenberg's goanna lizard, echidnas, western whipbirds, malleefowls and hooded plovers. 

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Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard Kayak Tour

5. 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!

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Port Lincoln Day Tour: Eyre Peninsula

6. Port Lincoln Day Tour: Eyre Peninsula

Let a local guide share their passion for this region with you and show you all the hidden gems on a day tour. Visit pristine national parks and beaches taking in the spectacular views of the Southern Ocean.  Lovers of wildlife will be thrilled by the koalas at Mikkira Station and abundant wildlife. The foodies will love the seafood and wine. Be picked up from your Port Lincoln accommodation between at 7.30 AM and 8.00 AM, then its off to explore the surrounds of Port Lincoln including the stunning Port Lincoln National Park, Wanna Beach, Fisheries Bay and Whalers Way where you will see amazing coastline and some of the oldest rocks in Australia. Mikkira Station is the home to the Eyre Peninsula Koalas, here you will get up close and personal with these friendly furry friends. Lunch consists of delicious local produce at the Fresh Fish Place then you will head to town for a Marina and  Port Lincoln town tour.   By midafternoon arrive at Lincoln Estate for wine tastings and see kangaroos, parrots, and other wildlife at Glen Forest Tourist Park. You will be dropped back at your Port Lincoln accommodation around 5.30 PM.

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Coorong Discovery Cruise

7. Coorong Discovery Cruise

Discover the Coorong National Park on a 3.5-hour experience with lunch included. Cruise past the Murray Mouth and into the park for 1-hour guided walk. Tour departs from the old river port town of Goolwa, located 70 minutes south of Adelaide’s center.  A Ploughmans lunch is served on board as you cruise to the Goolwa Barrage and through the lock. Continue down to the Murray Mouth and into the Coorong National Park. Stop for a guided walk across the peninsula through dune vegetation to a beach on the Southern Ocean. Enjoy afternoon tea on the return journey to Goolwa.

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Adelaide: 1-Day Kangaroo Island Wildlife Discovery

8. Adelaide: 1-Day Kangaroo Island Wildlife Discovery

Explore Kangaroo Island on a personalized small group tour on a day trip from Adelaide. Ride in comfort on a coach from Adelaide CBD, board the ferry to access the island, then join a 4x4 small group tour to get up-close and personal to Australian native animals. Be picked up at 06:45 from your Adelaide CBD hotel for a scenic coach journey to Cape Jervis. Then, board the ferry for the 45 minute crossing to Kangaroo Island. Your island nature experience will begin when you are met by your local guide. Tour through several island habitats and see Australian native wildlife in their natural environments. Visit Seal Bay Conservation Park, where your guide will escort you on a memorable walk among the sea lions. You are able to stand at a safe distance and see them up-close.  Enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic style lunch with Kangaroo Island wine on a natural bush property. After lunch, go for a bush walk or a stroll along the beach. As the day draws to a close, see the kangaroos leave the safety of the bush to begin grazing on the open pastures. Your tour will conclude in time for the return ferry to the mainland then transfer by coach to Adelaide. Return to Adelaide around 10:45 and be dropped off at your Adelaide CBD hotel.

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Port Lincoln: Wildlife and Sightseeing Full-Day 4WD Tour

9. Port Lincoln: Wildlife and Sightseeing Full-Day 4WD Tour

Explore Lincoln National Park on a 4WD adventure and have a great chance of seeing local wildlife. Savor a seafood lunch, then visit Whalers Way in the afternoon and enjoy the scenic views. After pickup from your accommodation in Port Lincoln, make your way first to Winter Hill Lookout for a bird’s-eye view of Port Lincoln and Boston Bay. After that, head toward Lincoln National Park. Once there, discover a few quiet beaches and sand dunes. Keep your eyes peeled for the plentiful local wildlife, such as kangaroos, wedge-tail eagles, emus, and blue-tongued lizards. Next, travel to the Wanna sand dunes and undertake the Sleaford to Wanna 4WD off-road experience. Enjoy one of the best sand dune tracks on offer in South Australia before returning to Port Lincoln for a seafood lunch. In the afternoon, head to Whalers Way, a private property with exclusive views that even top those in the national parks. Marvel at the curved limestone coastline, magnificent caves, and long-nosed fur seals. The tour concludes with drop-off at your accommodation.

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Coffin Bay National Park: Highlights and Off-Road Jeep Tour

10. Coffin Bay National Park: Highlights and Off-Road Jeep Tour

Discover one of South Australia's most popular yet exclusive national parks, Coffin Bay National Park, on a 4WD Jeep tour. Head off-road, roaring up sand dunes, see dramatic limestone cliffs and pristine bays, and keep an eye out for local wildlife, including emus and kangaroos. Take out the stress of organizing a rental car and enjoy a hotel pickup from Port Lincoln township. Kick-start your adventure with a relaxing 30-minute drive to Coffin Bay, enjoying the typical Australian country view along your route. Once at Coffin Bay National Park, head down the sealed road to marvel at the remarkable limestone coastline. Fine white sand beaches, dramatic cliffs, and pristine water are the highlights in this park. As you drive along, keep a sharp eye out for the local wildlife commonly sighted during the trip, such as emus, kangaroos, and blue-tongue lizards. Then, kick up the adrenaline with a drive down Gunyah Beach's sand dunes. The beach is one of the best beaches in all of Eyre Peninsula but isn't easily reached by car because of the soft sand. Luckily for you, your 4WD allows you to visit this untouched piece of paradise.

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What people are saying about South Australia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 232 reviews

A must do if you’re in the Flinders! Our pilot was very knowledgeable both in the Dreamtime stories of Wilpena and surrounds, and the geological aspects of the area. Was absolutely breathtaking to see the Pound from the air, and an ideal way to understand the various walks/drives before undertaking them on the ground. Would definitely recommend

A great way to spend a few hours. The dolphins are not the only attraction but learning about some of the ship wrecks, mangroves and other inhabitants of the area make it all interesting.

great views, excellent tour guide and immerse into the beauty couple physical exercise stimulus

The staff were amazingly helpful. Non judgemental. With detailed interesting information

Was a Brilliant experience was well worth the money