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Wild Islands & Walks of South Australia

Adelaide to Adelaide10 nightsAll InclusiveFrom $6,580.00* PP

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, seclusion and a vast array of wildlife. Many of the islands are important sanctuaries for birds, kangaroos, wallabies, 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.

  • 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 & Western River Cove
  • Enjoy a variety of walks including the island rookery walks at Troubridge, coastal walks at Cape Willoughby, dune walk at Point Sir Isaac, beach walks at Reevesby and Forest walks of Cape Donington and Lashmar Conservation Park
  • Discover the fascinating Indigenous heritage and exploration history of Matthew Flinders
  • Enjoy refreshing dips in the turquoise waters and relax on deserted silica white beaches

Itinerary

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Arrive at the Lakes Resort Hotel Port Adelaide at 2:00pm to meet with the Coral Expeditions team for your for SailSAFE check-in. A pre-cruise transfer will then transport you to Coral Geographer for boarding at 4:00pm, ready to depart Adelaide at 5:00 pm. Settle into your cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship before your first delicious dinner as we cruise towards Kangaroo Island.

*This itinerary is indicative and we may make changes to the itinerary due to weather conditions. 

Troubridge Island

Today we arrive at Yorke Peninsula’s Troubridge Island, where we will enjoy a walk, circumnavigating the small sand cay island, guided by our specialist Guest Lecturer, and learn of the many birds which have made Troubridge their home.

Troubridge Island is part of Troubridge Shoals which extend across to Yorke Peninsula and constitutes a hazard to shipping. Troubridge Shoals has been the cause of over 33 wrecks and groundings.  The island’s Conservation Park is an important breeding area for birds and is home to a large colony of little penguins, black-faced cormorants, pacific gulls 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.

Learn more about Troubridge Island >

Kangaroo, Wild Islands and Walks of South Australia

Antechamber Bay, located on the north coast of the Dudley Peninsula, is one of Kangaroo Island’s finest coastal havens. The deserted, untouched long beach of the bay is where Chapman river meets the sea. The area is covered with Forest of gum trees and narrow-leaf mallee which makes the walk at Lashmar Conservation park truly a magnificent experience.

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 will visit the Lighthouse keeper’s cottage and learn of it’s interesting stories and have opportunity to climb the Light house itself. In the grounds, we will do a loop walk from the Lighthouse to the beautiful smuggler’s Cove and often the special KI wallaby are spotted along the way.

Walks:

> Cape Willoughby Light Station Heritage Walk (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 Smuggler’s Cove Walk (1 Hour Return, 1.5km one way, Easy)

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

Learn more about Antechamber Bay & Cape Willoughby >

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Today, land at isolated Western River Cove to visit the beautiful historic homestead. 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 at the back of the property, and the beach offers excellent swimming. Weather permitting, visit beautiful Snug Cove. Later, cruise past the rarely viewed norther cliffs of Kangaroo Island towards Cape Borda.

Learn more about Western River Cove >

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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 walk through the Coffin Bay National Park at Point Sir Isaac 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 – enjoy a small boat cruise along the oyster beds to collect and enjoy them fresh from the sea.

Learn more about Coffin Bay >

Flinders Island Abalone

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 Seals

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 Donington Island to view long-nosed fur seals or Australian sea lions from the Xplorer.

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 to Woodcutter’s Beach (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 > 

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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 Reevesby Island >

The rich sea-life around these islands attracts top predators including white pointers, we might spot marine activity as we cruise to Wedge Island. The island is privately owned was notably used as a secret radar station during WWII. Wedge Island is also home to unique Australian fauna – you might spot endangered bettong, fairy penguins, rock wallabies, emus, wombats, and a large variety of bird species. This evening, enjoy sunset drinks as we cruise past the Althorpe Island Lighthouse.

Kangaroo Island South Australia

As a secondary option, we may visit historical Penneshaw. Landing at Hogs Bay where we will 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.

Adelaide-Port

This morning we 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.



Fares & Availability

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Private Balcony - 37.5m2

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Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2

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Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

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Bridge Deck Suites

Private Balcony - 37.5m2

5 Available

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2

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Promenade Deck Stateroom

Picture Window - 17m2

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Porthole Window - 17m2

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Bridge Deck Suites

Private Balcony - 37.5m2

6 Available

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2

24 Available

Promenade Deck Stateroom

Picture Window - 17m2

16 Available

Coral Deck Stateroom

Porthole Window - 17m2

11 Available
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Bridge Deck Suites

Private Balcony - 37.5m2

6 Available

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2

26 Available

Promenade Deck Stateroom

Picture Window - 17m2

16 Available

Coral Deck Stateroom

Porthole Window - 17m2

11 Available
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Prices are per person twin share, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. Booking Terms & Conditions >
For solo traveller rates see our Solo Traveller Program >


Additional Information

Inclusions:

  • All excursions and sightseeing with our Expedition Team
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and kayaks
  • Snorkelling & Scuba equipment
  • Daily lectures and briefings
  • Your expedition photos captured throughout the voyage
  • All meals, chef-prepared on board
  • Selected wines, selected beers and house spirits, juices, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access with the Captain
  • 24 hour Coffee and selection of teas
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports
  • Tips and gratuities

Not Included:

  • Travel insurance
  • Scuba diving rates
  • Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Internet services (available at a cost)
  • Laundry service
  • Australian entry visas or travel permits
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to laundry charges, souvenir purchases, phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of included drinks package)
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