Kangaroo Island Wildlife Tours
Since 1986 Exceptional Kangaroo Island has been recognised as Australian leaders for immersive wildlife experiences. They specialise in Kangaroo Island wildlife tours. Biologists consider Kangaroo Island a representative of temperate Australia at the time of European contact just over 200 years ago. Nearly 50% of the original vegetation cover has been retained in a mix of: National and Conservation Parks; roadside and heritage reserves; and private property.
This provides habitat for a wide array of wildlife and Kangaroo Island wildlife tours experiences such as: kangaroos; wallabies; possums; echidnas; goannas; snakes; bandicoots; koalas and a bird list of over 270 species. The ocean is home to sea-lions; fur-seals; dolphins; and whales (migratory May-October). Given long isolation, many plants and animals are distinct Kangaroo Island species, races or sub-species.
The Exceptional Kangaroo Island wildlife tours approach to wildlife engagement is relaxed and respectful – aiming to leave plants and animals as they find them – so expect clear guidance on possible encounters and how to behave to ensure your visit is productive and sustainable. Their long history of operation means there is a level of trust which delivers encounters at remarkably close viewing distance without ever having resorted to providing food attractions.
Exceptional Kangaroo Island operate a collegiate business model – working with travel, accommodation and experience providers to combine in-house guiding and catering with a travel planning service to deliver an integrated Island holiday and great Kangaroo Island things to do. Tours can be booked on a small group basis (2-12 guests with 2 guides once group size exceeds 6). These tours blend Kangaroo Island wildlife encounters, landscape exploration and elegant al fresco dining with a conversational style rather than set commentary.
Private charters are available for guests with a specific passion such as botany, photography or bird-watching where both the guide and itinerary are selected to match your interest. The underlying promise is good food, good wine and wildlife in the wild.
Island Life Wildlife & Landscape
Flinders Chase Focus
Kangaroo Island Style
Art of Nature
Kangaroo Island Birding
Kangaroo Island kangaroo
Cape Barren Goose
Tate’s grass tree
Raptors: white-bellied sea-eagles, Eastern osprey, wedge-tailed eagles, swamp harriers, Australian kestrels, brown falcons, peregrines, black-shouldered kites.
Shore-birds: black-faced cormorants, great cormorants, pied and little-pied cormorants, little black cormorants, hooded dotterels, pied and sooty oystercatchers, Australasian gannets, pacific gulls, crested and Caspian terns.
Parrots: galahs, yellow-tailed black-cockatoos, rock parrots, rainbow and purple-crowned lorikeets, crimson rosellas, little corellas.
Smaller bush-birds: superb fairy wrens, crescent honeyeaters, tawny-crowned honeyeaters, golden whistler, scarlet robin, purple-gaped honeyeater.
Plants: there are 52 endemic species of plants including 3 Eucalypts, grevilleas, daisies, correas and peas.
Many of the Exceptional Kangaroo Island staff are involved in conservation organisations and participate in a variety of environmental programmes throughout the year. Often these events allow for participation by visitors who express an interest. Examples of the events are:
- Shorebird counts
- Little penguin counts or habitat protection works
- Glossy-black cockatoo survey
- Hooded dotterel census
- Planting festival
- Beach clean-ups
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