Places to Visit
Kangaroo Island is one of South Australia's most popular locations noted for it's beatiful fresh air, food, produce and lifestyle. No matter your taste for food or adventure, Kangaroo Island offers an experience to suit everyone's desire. Here are some ideas for local trips to places often with a 30 minute drive of Sunrise on Falie at American River.
Kangaroo Island is rich with Adventure activities, many suitable for all ages and abilities. A stay on Kangaroo Island will create memories of a lifetime!
Penneshaw Penguin Centre
0430 411 487
Corner of Middle and Bay Terrace
Penneshaw is where the Sealink ferry docks, allow about 35 minutes to drive the 40km from Sunrise on Falie.
A small colony of Little Penguins call Penneshaw home. Join their friendly guides on a relaxing 60 minute evening walk to search for the world's smallest penguins and other wildlife using wildlife-friendly torches.
They can't guarantee seeing penguins, but can guarantee a great night walk, with lots of information about Kangaroo Island's local colony of penguins.
Penguin-friendly red light torches are provided on this walking tour, as they do not disrupt an animal's night vision or your own. This way you can watch the penguins, wallabies, possums and other animals behave naturally. Nocturnal animals and other animals have very strong senses compared to us, so creating as little stress to them is important. Groups move quitely, slowly and are encouraged not to make sudden movements.
Please note: the Penneshaw Penguin Centre is generally not open during the day as it used for the night walking tours.
Little Sahara Adventure Centre -
(08) 8559 4224
3733 South Coast Road
Located on the South Coast Road on the way to Flinders Chase National Park, you should allow about one hour to comfortably drive the 65km between Sunrise on Falie and the Sand Dunes.
Little Sahara is a naturally occurring inland dunefield.
The site today is around 2.5 square kilometres large, approximately 4km from the coast, with the tallest dune being 70 metres above sea level. This unusual privately owned site was classed as a Significant Australian Heritage Geological Monument in 1979.
Whether you visit for some adventure, or just to marvel at their glory, a trip to Little Sahara is well worthwhile.
For the adventure hungry:-
Sandboarding & Tobogganing
Imagine the adrenaline rush as you speed down the massive dunes groomed by Mother Nature. You don't have to be an adrenaline junky to enjoy, there's fun for everyone.
Surf the dunes like a pro on a sandboard or just sit down, hang on and slide on toboggans. A must-do family experience! Dunes of various sizes and steepness suit all adventurers!
Sit back, hold on and let their team show you some of KI's truly spectacular scenery as you ride through the sand dunes, to rugged coastlines and bushland with guaranteed koala sightings! 1 and 2 hour tour options available.
Fat Bike Tours
Fatbikes are designed to carry adventurous riders out into wild places not normally accessible to bicycles. Extra wide tires with low inflation give a large foot print and massive grip which helps the Fat bike float through sand, mud and other variable terrain, opening the door to epic rides, untracked exploration and mid-winter expeditions. Choose a traditional pedal bike, or ride faster for longer on an electric bike.
By Day or by Night ... join an experienced guided 2 hour stroll through Little Sahara natural bushland.
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park
(08) 8559 6050
4068 Playford Highway
Located on the main road between Kingscote and Flinders Chase National Park, you should allow about 45 minutes to comfortably drive the 60km between Sunrise on Falie and the Park.
Open from 9.30am to 5pm daily
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park is one of the island's best attractions, with over 150 species of Native Australian wildlife and over 600 animals they've got all the experiences you could wish for!
There are so many fun experiences to be had ... the park has dozens of species of birds ranging from the large emus to local parrots, little penguins and colourful rainbow lorikeets. They have western grey kangaroos, albino kangaroos, agile wallabies, rock wallabies, pademelons, quokkas, red kangaroos and more! Or just for laughs, be sure to say hello to their laughing kookaburras!
You can also pre-Book some up-close encounters:-
KI is famous for its cuddly Koalas ... well at the Park you can hold one! An unforgettable experience.
Get up close and meet their adorable Meerkats! Learn more about this incredible creature as you interact with them.
If its the scaley you are into or you want to face your fears, their Reptile encounters are for you, with daily snake holding available and occasionally something more!
Plus you can book encounters with:-
• African Cats
KI Boat Hire
0497 910 202
9 Ayliffe Street
Kangaroo Island Boat Hire is all about making your boating experience as simple and as easy as possible. To maximise your enjoyment and time on the water, they offer a walk on walk off service with all the trimmings including Boat Hire, Bait, Tackle and all safety equipment.
Half and Full Day hire options available.
They offer boats suitable for groups of 4 to 6 people with full safety equipment provided. They're fueled up and ready to go. You can even have GPS Nav and Fish Finders if you need.
Their team is available 8am - 8pm • 365 days a year.
< Email > Kangaroo Island Boat Hire
Quad Bike Tours - KI Outdoor Action
(08) 8559 4296
188 Jetty Road
Located off the South Coast Road at Vivonne Bay (allow about 45 minutes from Sunrise on Falie) ... drive approx. 100m past the General Store, and turn left immediately after the bridge onto Jetty Road (shown as Vivonne Bay Rd on Google Maps). They are located 2km along this road on the right hand side.
Allow about 1 Hour to casually drive the 80km from Sunrise on Falie to their location off the South Coast Road.
A guided quad bike tour with the team at Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action is the best way to see an otherwise inaccessible part of Kangaroo Island!
Ride your own quad bike (ATV) through 500 acres of open grassland and pristine native bush, checking out wildlife and stunning views of the Southern Ocean along the way.
They have a wide variety of terrain and give you the freedom to ride safely to the conditions and within your ability.
With ride packages ranging from about 1.5 hours through to 3 hours, including sunset rides, you can find an exhilarating or relaxed ride package to suit you and your group.
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Raptor Domain - Birds of Prey
(08) 855 95 108
Seal Bay Road
Raptor Domain has many orphaned, injured and sick Birds of Prey (Hawks and Eagles) come into their care each year.
Plus, some of their birds have been bred in captivity and are quite rare, like the White Goshawk, Black-breasted buzzard and the Sooty owl.
They offer a range of shows, demonstrations and presentations to make your visit inspiring and fun including Reptiles and Snakes.
Raptor Domain do not train animals to do circus tricks - instead they show you their natural behavior on command in a natural environment. Well worth the visit while on K.I.
Rebuild the Independence
(08) 8553 7216
Down at the Wharf
Rebuild Independence Group (RIG) is a community-based, non-profit organisation with the mission of rebuilding a replica of the 45ft Schooner Independence, the first vessel built in 1803 in South Australia, by Captain Isaac Pendleton and his crew of the American Brig “Union”, from Stonington, USA.
The original Independence was presumed lost with all hands, south of New Zealand a few years later.
The boat will be a lasting legacy to the pioneering spirit of those early sailors that put the "American" in American River.
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Rebuild Independence getting closer to completion
KI Outdoor Action
(08) 8559 4296
188 Jetty Road
• Quad Biking
Sandboarding - the Little Sahara Sand Dunes are a system of naturally occurring coastal blow out dunes, covering approximately two square kilometers on the south coast of Kangaroo Island between Vivonne Bay and Seal Bay. The dunes vary in size, the highest dune being approximately 70 meters above sea level.
You can hire Toboggans that one or two people can sit on, or stand up Sandboards for the more confident, through to Performance Sandboards for the experienced boarder.
2 hour or full day hire options available. Outstanding fun - but muscles might be a bit sore the next day!
Kayaking - Paddle on up to 5 kilometres of the calm and meandering Harriet River with a variety of birds and other wildlife. Relax as you enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Choose from a Guided Kayak Tour or just hire the kayaks and make your own way up the river. Single or Double Kayaks available for hire for 4 hours at a time.
Quad Bikes - A guided quad bike tour passes through inaccessible parts of Kangaroo Island! Ride your own quad bike (ATV) through 500 acres of open grassland and pristine native bush, checking out wildlife and stunning views of the Southern Ocean along the way. Choose to ride through a wide variety of terrain and give yourself the freedom to ride safely to the conditions and within your ability.
Visit the Outdoor Action website to see the choices of paths available.
Nocturnal Wildlife Tours
0407 978 680
Run by experienced guides who live locally and know the area, you'll love experiencing the sights and sounds after dark.
The drop in air temperature and light means the island buzzes with activity as day gives way to night.
A two-and-a-half-hour package gives you the chance to see the more elusive animals, including Stone Curlews, Boobook Owls, Brush-tailed Possums and maybe even an adorable echidna. Spot Western Grey Kangaroos grazing in open grasslands, or discover Tammar Wallabies hiding in the shrub lands.
. Other Tours Available:-
• Heritage Tours
• Guided 4WD Tours
• Hire a Guid Tours