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Wild Islands & Walks of South Australia | Adelaide - Adelaide | 10 Nights

National Parks, Wave-carved cliffs & White-sand Beaches

10 Nights | Departing & Arriving Adelaide 

Departures:  22 Nov 2021, 02 Dec 2021, 13 Dec 2021, 23 Dec 2021, 03 Jan 2022, 13 Jan 2022, 23 Jan 2022, 06 Nov 2022.

South Australia’s islands and gulf waters are amongst the best-kept secrets of the Australian coastline.  With 5000km of deserted shoreline and more than 300 islands, there’s a huge diversity of natural wilderness to explore including spectacular bays and beaches, remote islands, and stunning sea cliffs. Best of all, most of it is wild and unspoilt.  That means there’s a real sense of adventure and seclusion, and a vast array of wildlife. Many of the islands are important sanctuaries for birds, kangaroos, and wallabies, and especially seals and sea lions.  Along the way, there are many opportunities to indulge in the tastes of South Australia with fresh local seafood from the source and hand-selected local wines from the renowned South Australian vineyards.

Refund Guarantee –  for new bookings on South Australia voyages until Feb 2022*

Solo Traveller Offerreduced fare for solo travellers on departures between 13 Dec 2021 & 23 Jan 2022.  

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Expedition Highlights

  • Visit some of South Australia’s most historic lighthouses at Cape Willoughby and Troubridge Island and learn their stories
  • Encounter native wildlife including playful dolphins, sea lions, emus, rock wallabies, kangaroos and numerous birds at national parks and protected habitats
  • Collect and shuck your own oysters fresh from the sea at Coffin Bay, paired with local wines
  • Enjoy sunset sailing past the stunning coastal formations of Cape Jervis, Kangaroo Island, and Whaler’s Way
  • Meet the abalone divers of Eyrewoolf Abalone and taste pan-seared green-lip abalone on the beach at Flinders Island.
  • Be rewarded with striking views and peaceful native forest environs on South Australia’s coastal walking trails at Cape Donington, Reevesby Island and Flinders Island
  • Discover the fascinating Indigenous heritage and exploration history of Matthew Flinders
  • Spend time at Antechamber Bay and Western River Cove to explore Kangaroo Island’s north coast
  • Enjoy refreshing dips in the turquoise waters and relax on deserted silica white beaches

 

Fares

22 Nov 2021, 2 Dec 2021, 13 Dec 2021, 23 Dec 2021, 3 Jan 2022, 13 Jan 2022 & 23 Jan 2022:

Refund Guarantee –  for new bookings on South Australia voyages until Feb 2022*

Solo Traveller Offerreduced fare for solo travellers on departures between 13 Dec 2021 & 23 Jan 2022.  Contact our reservations team or your travel agent for updated fares. 

CORAL ADVENTURER TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $13,990 n/a
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $11,390 n/a
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom $9,890 $14,835
Promenade Deck Stateroom $7,490 $11,235
Coral Deck Stateroom $6,390 $9,585

 

06 Nov 2022:

CORAL GEOGRAPHER TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $12,390 n/a
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom $9,890 $14,835
Promenade Deck Stateroom $7,490 $11,235
Coral Deck Stateroom $6,390 $9,585

Prices are per person, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. Limited sole use occupancy available. *Refund guarantee applicable to new bookings on select departures only.

 

Availability

Last Updated: 10am Monday 18 October 2021

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*Refund Guarantee is available on new bookings made from 10/09/2021. Only available on South Australia voyages until February 2022. Guests can access this refund guarantee if they are prevented from travelling due to COVID-19 impacts such as border restrictions. Available on these Departures Only: 22 Nov 2021, 02 Dec 2021, 13 Dec 2021, 23 Dec 2021, 03 Jan 2022, 13 Jan 2022, 23 Jan 2022.

Itinerary Destinations

Embark: Arrive at the Quest Port Adelaide at 2pm to meet with the Coral Expeditions team for your SailSAFE check-in. A pre-cruise transfer will then transport you to Coral Adventurer for boarding at 4:00pm, ready to depart Adelaide at 5:00 pm.
Disembark: Arrive into Adelaide at 7:30am for an 8:30am disembarkation.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions, and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.

Walks

Escape into nature with many opportunities to explore and spot wildlife on these South Australian coastal bush-walks in National Parks, led by our Expedition Team and a South Australian local specialist. Most walks are leisurely strolls along beaches or around small, abandoned settlements; however, the ground can be rough and uneven so care must always be taken. An alternative excursion will always be offered in place of higher impact walks. The expedition team will advise walking conditions and fitness requirements prior to each excursion.

Depart Adelaide

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Arrive at the Quest Port Adelaide at 2pm to meet with the Coral Expeditions team for your SailSAFE check-in. A pre-cruise transfer will then transport you to Coral Adventurer for boarding at 4:00pm, ready to depart Adelaide at 5:00 pm. Settle into your cabin before the Captain’s Welcome Drinks at sunset as we cruise towards Kangaroo Island.

Yorke Peninsula - Troubridge Island*

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Today we arrive at Yorke Peninsula’s Troubridge Island, where we will swim, kayak and stroll along the white sandy beaches.

Troubridge Island is part of Troubridge Shoals which extend across to York Peninsula and constitutes a hazard to shipping. Troubridge Shoals has been the cause of over 33 wrecks and groundings.  The islands Conservation Park is an important breeding area for birds and is home to a large colony of little penguins, black-faced cormorants, and crested terns – an ideal environment for bird enthusiasts.

Visit the site of an operating lighthouse from 1856 until 2002 – the second lighthouse to be built in South Australia. Despite earthquake, fire and constant erosion of this island that continually moves and reshapes itself, the Troubridge Island Lighthouse has survived this far. As the erosion continues to eat towards the foundations of the tower, it is very much under threat.

*Select Voyages Only – 22 November 2021, 2 December 2021, 13 December 2021, 23 January 2022 & 6 November 2022 departures

Learn more about Troubridge Island >

Antechamber Bay & Cape Willoughby - Kangaroo Island

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Antechamber Bay, located on the north coast of the Dudley Peninsula, is one of Kangaroo Island’s finest coastal havens.

At the other end of the bay, Cape Willoughby juts into the ‘Backstairs Passage’ – the narrow strait between Kangaroo Island and the Fleurieu Peninsula that was named by Matthew Flinders as the ‘private entrance’ to the two gulfs.  Lighting this 14km wide strait is the Cape Willoughby Light Station. We may spend time hiking the bold rocky headland to the Lighthouse, circled by crashing waves, and also tour the Lighthouse Keeper’s cottage.

Walks:

> Cape Willoughby Light Station Heritage hike (1 Hour Return, 1.9km, Moderate)
A hike into the sheltered gully of the original light station settlement. An insight into how the early light keepers lived, with demanding routine and isolation heightened by the distance between their homes and the light house. Visit the Cape Willoughby Lighthouse (Sturt Light), the first lighthouse in South Australia.

> Antechamber Bay Walk – (1 Hour Return, 4.2km One Way, Easy-Moderate)

> Cape Willoughby Windmill Bay Walk (1 Hour Return, 1.5km one way, Easy)

> Lashmar Conservation Park Kangaroo Island (1 Hour Return, 1km, Easy-Moderate)

Learn more about Antechamber Bay & Cape Willoughby >

American River - Kangaroo Island*

Kangaroo Island Western River Cove

Go ashore at American River, named after American sealers who were here as early as 1803, on the north coast of Kangaroo Island. Here, enjoy relaxing beach swimming, and coastal walks through the beautiful forested environs. Later, discover the fascinating sealing and whaling past of the schooner Independence, the first vessel constructed in South Australia, which is being restored.

*Select Voyages Only – 13 December 2021, 23 December 2021, 3 January 2022 & 13 January 2022 departures.

Walks:

> American River Independence Trail (1.5 Hour Return, 3.6km, Easy)
The independence trail begins at the boot camp, near the wharf in American River and follows the coast along the edge of the Port of Pelicans lagoon.

> Beach, Birds and Bush (Fish Cannery Walking Trail) Kangaroo Island (1.5 Hour Return, 4km, Moderate)
A trail through the scrub to the ruins of a fish cannery built in the late 1890s. An easy, meandering walk through the bush, with birds in abundance and native shrubs and orchids flowering in season. At the end of the trail the remains of a fish cannery can be seen.

Vivonne Bay*

Vivonne Bay

In the morning, explore the rarely-visited south coast of Kangaroo Island with spectacular geology. We will also do walks at Point Ellen and explore rock pools.

After lunch, the ship will cruise past the shores of Cape du Coeudic where we will have spectacular views of the iconic Remarkable Rocks from the sea.

Walks:

> Point Ellen (1km, easy with chance to explore rock pools)
1km from the beach landing to Point Ellen, or half that if walking from the jetty. The first half of the walk is along a solid road, the second half is on informal tracks at Point Ellen. Easy walking, but those who want to explore the geology and rock pools will need to be agile.  There will be longer walk option along the coast.

Select Voyages Only – 23 December 2021 & 3 January 2022

Western River Cove - Kangaroo Island*

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Today, land at isolated Western River Cove to visit the beautiful historic homestead, and observe the effects of the recent bushfires and subsequent recovery. There may be an opportunity to meet the homestead owners and hear their stories. A walk along the ridge reveals spectacular views of the valley, and the beach offers excellent swimming. Weather permitting, visit beautiful Kangaroo Beach. Later, cruise past the sea cliffs at Cape Borda for wonderful views.

Select Voyages Only – 22 November 2021, 2 December 2021, 13 December 2021, 13 January 2022 & 23 January 2022.

Learn more about Western River Cove >

Coffin Bay

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Bordered by sea and National Parks, Coffin Bay is a stunning destination. The pristine waters of the bays in this area are home to numerous pods of dolphins, sea lions, seals and many seabirds. Emus and kangaroos roam and the natural beauty of the turquoise sea, white sand dunes, and bright blue sky is a wonderful backdrop to our day’s adventures.

Here we will hike through the Coffin Bay National Park to get an understanding of the forests and environment – enjoy the interpretation of the heathlands, mallee forest and she-oak woodlands. Discover the tranquil bays, protected from the might of the Southern Ocean, and snorkel or kayak with the chance to spot some of the marine life.

There is also the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable wild cuisine experience – hop into some waterproof waders and take a seat at the Saltwater Pavilion to shuck and taste your own delicious Coffin Bay Oysters. Some voyages will instead include a small boat cruise along the oyster beds to collect and enjoy them fresh from the sea.

Learn more about Coffin Bay >

Walks:

> Oyster Walk (30min – 1.5 Hours depending on option chosen, Old Oyster Town Walk 2.2km, Foreshore Walk 5.5km, Easy)
The Oyster Walk is a walking trail that follows the forehouse along the town of Coffin Bay. The trail can be done in sections. The Old Oyster Town in Kellidie Conservation Park is 2.2km one way from the park entrance. The section along the foreshore is about 5.5.km long.

Flinders Island

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Located around 35kms from the Eyre Peninsula Coast, Flinders Island has a long history of sealing, whaling, and farming. Owned by the Woolford family since 1979, they run an established sheep farm, abalone harvesting business and are working to establish a Safe Haven for vulnerable native species. Meet the Woolford family to learn about the history and conservation projects on the island.
Visit the Kapara shipwreck at Bryant’s Bay, and stroll through the shearing sheds at the farm. Taste fresh abalone at Eyrewoolf Abalone.

Learn more About Flinders Island >

Walks:

> Western River Cove Walk to Viewpoint (1 Hour, 2km Return, Moderate/Steep)
A walk from the beach to the nearby historic Western River Homestead and the river valley beyond. While the beautiful homestead survived, the whole valley was heavily impacted by last summer’s fires, with opportunity to look at the effects of these fires and the bushland recovery since.

> Flinders Island Shearing Shed Walk (45mins, 1.3km Return, Easy)

> Bryant’s Bay & Kapara
1. Sealing Ruins Walk (15mins, 500m, Easy)
2. Kapara Boiler Walk (10mins, 500m, Moderate/Rocky-Sandy)
3. Sheok Forrest Walk (30mins, 1.5km, Moderate)
4. Cliff Walk (30mins, 1.5km, Hard/Rocky Climb-Walk)

Cape Donington & Stamford Hill

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A headland at the most northerly part of the Jussieu Peninsula on the east coast of Eyre Peninsula, Cape Donington is a great spot to enjoy refreshing sea views and rocky coastline. Take a dip at Cape Donington Beach before heading along the 2km trail over to September Beach. Keep an eye out for western grey kangaroos, emus or goannas near the Cape Donington lighthouse, or head out to the rocks in the hope of seeing some long-nosed fur seals or Australian sea lions.

Walks:

> Donington Loop Hike – Lincoln National Park (2 Hour Return, 6.2km Circuit, Moderate)
Admire offshore islands, granite outcrops and sandy beaches as you explore the Donington Peninsula. Populations of Australian Sea Lions and New Zealand Fur-seals inhabit Donington Island near the lighthouse.

> Walk Donington September Beach (1 Hour Return, 2km, Easy)
A short, easy hike with refreshing sea views and rocky coastlines.

> Stamford Hill Hike (1.5 Hour Return, 4km, Hard/Steep and Irregular surface)
Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Lincoln National Park, Boston Bay and numerous offshore islands from the historic Flinders Monument at the top of Stamford Hill. A reasonably challenging hike, this trail has some moderate inclines but has a good trail surface.

Learn more about Cape Donington & Stamford Hill > 

Tumby Bay & Reevesby Island

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At Tumby Bay, visit the most southern mangrove in Australia in pristine location, home to a huge variety of birdlife such as Osprey, Sea Eagles , Black Swan , Blue Crane, Cape Barren Geese and many more. Have the opportunity to learn about the Bush Tucker along the way during the walk

Head to Reevesby Island, part of the Sir Joseph Banks Group; an archipelago on the eastern coast of the Eyre Peninsula. Accessible only by boat, this island is one of the largest of the group. Women played a major role in the island’s history, especially in the early days leading up to the Great Depression. Take a hike around this important seabird breeding site and visit the homestead and machinery sheds. This beautiful chain of islands offers a range of sheltered bays, golden sand beaches and reefs teeming with marine life.

Learn more about Tumby Bay & Reevesby Island >

Walks:

> The Mangrove, Bush Tucker and Scenic Coastal ‘Loop Walk’ (2 Hour Return, 2.5km, Easy)

> The Mangrove & 2nd Creek Estuary Walk (2.5 Hour Return, Mangrove Walk 1.4km / Estuary Walk 1.4km, Easy)

> The Scenic Foreshore & Historic Jetty (1.5-2 Hour Return, 2.6km [or 3.3km if Jetty Walk inc.], Easy)

> Street Art Walk (1 Hour, 1.5km Return, Easy)

Emu Bay - Kangaroo Island*

Lavender Farm

The northern coastline of Kangaroo Island is a place where feelings of space and freedom fill the senses. Surrounded by the tallest cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere, today we snorkel in the clear turquoise waters of Kangaroo Island’s best loved beaches. Stroll onto the beach looking for penguins, dolphin pods and seals as we beachcomb along the way finding treasures and keepsakes.

Meet hosts Sophie and Eliza at Emu Bay Lavender Farm. Experience the fields while in full bloom, with a chance to taste lavender scones and purchase lavender products.

*Select Voyages Only – 3 January 2022, 13 January 2022, 23 January 2022 and 6 November departures.

Penneshaw - Kangaroo Island*

Visit historical Penneshaw. Land at Hogs Bay and learn of the history of Baudin and Flinders.

Walks:

> Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail (1.5km, Easy)
The trail is 1.5 km in length; an easy walk but with some steps, offers original artwork in a beautiful natural setting.

> Fireball Bates Walking Trail (1-2 hours, 3km)
George Bates, called Fireball because of his red hair, was one of the first settlers to Kangaroo Island. He joined a sealing expedition in 1823, jumping ship 13 years before settlers arrived. The trail begins at the now closed Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre and loops down to near the ferry and back.

> Wallaby Track (3km, moderate)
It’s a 3 km return hike which follows a natural spring fed creek bed with naturally occurring waterfalls into limestone features. A  little more challenging, so wear good sturdy walking shoes.

Visit the quaint township and opportunity to see fairy penguins.

Select Voyages – 23 December 2021 Only

Arrive Adelaide

Adelaide-Port

This morning we arrive into Adelaide at 7:30am for an 8:30am disembarkation.

November 2021

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
22 November 2021 22 Nov 2021 02 December 2021 02 Dec 2021 $6,390 to $11,390 $6,390 to $11,390 Coral Adventurer Available Book

December 2021

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
22 November 2021 22 Nov 2021 02 December 2021 02 Dec 2021 $6,390 to $11,390 $6,390 to $11,390 Coral Adventurer Available Book
02 December 2021 02 Dec 2021 12 December 2021 12 Dec 2021 $6,390 to $11,390 $6,390 to $11,390 Coral Adventurer Available Book
13 December 2021 13 Dec 2021 23 December 2021 23 Dec 2021 $6,390 to $11,390 $6,390 to $11,390 Coral Adventurer Available Book
23 December 2021 23 Dec 2021 02 January 2022 02 Jan 2022 $6,390 to $11,390 $6,390 to $11,390 Coral Adventurer Available Book

January 2022

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
23 December 2021 23 Dec 2021 02 January 2022 02 Jan 2022 $6,390 to $11,390 $6,390 to $11,390 Coral Adventurer Available Book
03 January 2022 03 Jan 2022 13 January 2022 13 Jan 2022 $6,390 to $11,390 $6,390 to $11,390 Coral Adventurer Available Book
13 January 2022 13 Jan 2022 23 January 2022 23 Jan 2022 $6,390 to $11,390 $6,390 to $11,390 Coral Adventurer Available Book
23 January 2022 23 Jan 2022 02 February 2022 02 Feb 2022 $6,390 to $11,390 $6,390 to $11,390 Coral Adventurer Available Book

February 2022

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
23 January 2022 23 Jan 2022 02 February 2022 02 Feb 2022 $6,390 to $11,390 $6,390 to $11,390 Coral Adventurer Available Book

November 2022

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
06 November 2022 06 Nov 2022 16 November 2022 16 Nov 2022 $6,390 to $12,390 $6,390 to $12,390 Coral Geographer Available Book

Your cruise price includes:

  • Expert Expedition Team and Guest Lecturers
  • An authentic, flexible expedition itinerary
  • Comprehensive and fully guided sightseeing in each destination
  • Lectures, workshops and demonstrations onboard
  • All meals, chef-prepared on board
  • Showcase wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access
  • 24-hour coffee and teas
  • Use of all onboard facilities, including a reference library

Your cruise price does not include:

  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases

Tipping not required

Other cruise lines automatically add gratitudes to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. At Coral Expeditions our crew have no other agenda than your delight.

Our friendly reservations specialists are on hand to assist with your booking arrangements to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible. Contact our team on 1800 079 545 during business hours in Australia or email explore@coralexpeditions.com

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday and should be purchased at the same time as you purchase your cruise. Please refer to our Pre-Departure page for facts that should be considered and shared when speaking with Travel Insurance suppliers.

 

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