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Kangaroo Island Birding Tour, South Australia - 3 Days

Kangaroo Island Birding Tour, South Australia

Kangaroo Island Birdwatching Tour, South Australia

This leisurely-paced 3-day Kangaroo Island Birding Tour is available as a set departure.

Lying off the coast of South Australia to the southwest of Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is the country's third-largest island and home to more than 250 species of birds. Aside from exploring the island's rich diversity of avian and mammal life, this Kangaroo Island tour visits the Bay of Shoals Sanctuary Zone and Busby Islet from the ocean.

The coastal settlement of American River is an excellent place to look out for Grey Currawongs, Little Corellas, Galahs, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes, Pied oystercatchers, Royal Spoonbills, Black Swans, White Ibis, Australian pelicans and Rufous Night Herons. Seal Bay is the area for raptors, including Wedge-tailed Eagles, Swamp Harriers, Australian Kestrels, Black-shouldered Kites, Collared Sparrowhawks, Brown Goshawks, and Brown Falcons. We also tour Cygnet Park, a significant rewilding project for the Glossy Black Cockatoo, and Remarkable Rocks, where you may lucky to glimpse Southern Emu-wrens and the rare Western Whipbird.

You can also expect encounters with many mammals on the Kangaroo Island tour, including Koalas, Short-beaked Echidnas, Tammar wallabies, Long-nosed Fur Seals, Bottlenose Dolphins and, of course the Kangaroos that give the island its name.

Kangaroo Island Birding Tour highlights include:

  • Visit Flinders Chase National Park and the iconic coastal landscapes of Cape du Couedic
  • A Zodiac boat trip into Bay of Shoals Sanctuary Zone seeking out dolphins and a range of seabirds
  • Tour Cygnet Park, a large-scale rewilding project
  • Australian sea lion encounter at Seal Bay, also home to resident Hooded Plovers
  • Tour the MacGillivray wetlands and D’Estrees Bay

Please note: this set-departure tour is also available as a private or custom tour on request. Please submit an enquiry with your preferred dates and group size.

If you’d like to try an alternative tour, look at what this East Gippsland Wildlife & Conservation Tour has to offer.

Alternative Tour Name: Wild About Birds, Kangaroo Island Birdwatching Tour, South Australia
Day 1
Day 1 - Welcome to Kangaroo Island

The pick-ups will start at 9:00 a.m. at the hotel or airport. If you want to get to Kangaroo Island earlier, you can talk to our friendly staff about adding more nights to your stay. Start your three-day bird-watching trip with a short walk in American River, a small coastal village. Glossy black-cockatoos, grey currawongs, little corellas, galahs, and black-faced cuckoo-shrikes can all be found in the bush. Along the shore, you can often see pied oystercatchers, royal spoonbills, black swans, grey teal, Australian white ibis, Australian pelicans, and rufous night herons.

The Kingscote oxidation ponds usually have a good variety of waterfowl, and the Cygnet River estuary, which is right next to them, is always worth a look.

Have lunch at Reeves Point, where you can learn about the history of the island's settlement and often see a lot of birds (species vary with season).

After lunch, you can go out on the water with Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures to see Busby Islet up close. Here, you can see many birds from a boat while looking at their nests, which are safe in a protected conservation area. Australian pelicans, royal spoonbills, black-faced, pied, little pied, and little black cormorants, Australian white ibis, and maybe even migratory species from other countries could breed there from November to March.

The nesting birds are constantly bothered by white-bellied sea eagles and swamp harriers. On this trip, you can usually see a lot of black swans feeding on seagrass meadows and have a chance meeting with a bottlenose dolphin.

Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Lodge. Deluxe water view room.

Morning tea and lunch provided.

Day 2
Day 2 - Seal Bay, Flinders Chase National Park, Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch

After breakfast, we start the day at Roper's Gums, a tall eucalyptus forest where you will learn about the endemic glossy black-cockatoo recovery plan and the private conservation efforts at Cygnet Park, where a former pasture has been turned back into a diverse bushland. After having morning tea on the floodplain of the Cygnet River, head to Seal Bay Conservation Park.

Keep an eye out for birds of prey as you drive to Seal Bay. Some of the birds that could be there are wedge-tailed eagles, swamp harriers, Australian kestrels, black-shouldered kites, collared sparrowhawks, brown goshawks, and brown falcons.

At Seal Bay, you can take a private tour with a guide to see Australian Sea-lions. Birds like caspian and crested terns, sooty oystercatchers, and hooded plovers are often seen on the beach with sea lions. White-bellied sea eagles and eastern ospreys can be seen flying overhead. Cormorants, both great and pied, often rest on the headland to the west.

Next is Point Ellen, where you might see rock parrots, fairy terns, or little penguins in their burrows near the beacon during certain times of the year. Listen for southern emu-wrens, purple-gaped honeyeaters, and western whipbirds in the coastal heath and mallee while you're having morning tea.

The rest of the day is spent exploring the vast wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park. The day starts in the Rocky River precinct. Cape barren geese, crescent honeyeaters, little and red wattlebirds, striated and spotted pardalotes, Australian ravens, koalas, Kangaroo Island kangaroos, short-beaked echidnas, Rosenberg's goanna (during the right time of year), and tammar wallabies are some of the animals you might see here.

Visit the famous Remarkable Rocks, a beautiful natural sculpture on a clifftop. Stop for a gourmet poached chicken picnic lunch and look through your binoculars for Australian kestrels, tawny-crowned honeyeaters, southern emu-wrens, and the hard-to-find western whipbird.

Admiral's Arch is close by. It is a sea cave where you can often find Australian ravens, sooty oystercatchers, crested terns (which in 2006 and 2007 included Antarctic terns), pacific gulls, and a large colony of long-nosed fur seals. If the wind is coming from the south-west, there is a chance of seeing pelagic species here as well.

Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Lodge. Deluxe water view room.

Morning tea and lunch provided.

Day 3
Day 3 - Duck Lagoon, Lathami Conservation Park, D’Estrees Bay and the MacGillivray Wetlands

Duck Lagoon is a freshwater billabong where you might see white-eared, white-naped, and brown-headed honeyeaters, crimson rosellas, superb fairy-wrens, black swans, grey and chestnut teal, yellow-billed spoonbills, pacific black duck, Australasian and hoary-headed grebes, chestnut-breasted shelducks, little pied cormorants, and (

Go to the north coast of the Island after morning tea. Visit Lathami Conservation Park, where the glossy black-cockatoo lives and is protected. Kangaroos, tammar wallabies, scarlet robins, striated and brown thornbills, grey shrike-thrush, short-beaked echidnas, golden whistlers, and beautiful firetails are all common sights.

Look for Australian pelicans, eastern reef herons, hooded plovers, and white-bellied sea-eagles at Stokes Bay, which is nearby.

Travel inland to a private lunch site where your guide will cook a seafood barbecue for you. This area is home to koalas, crescent and new holland honeyeaters, eastern spinebills, grey fantails, rainbow and purple-crowned lorikeets, yellow-tailed black-cockatoos, and a variety of smaller bush birds.

Continue exploring this afternoon at D'Estrees Bay to see hooded plovers, ruddy turnstones (seasonal), eastern ospreys, rock parrots (seasonal), and one of the MacGillivray Wetlands before heading back to the airport for your flight. Why not stay longer and have more time to look around? Our helpful staff can give you ideas.

Morning tea and lunch provided.

Wildlife species expected to see:

King parrot, turquoise parrot, gang-gang cockatoo, glossy black cockatoo, white-naped honeyeater, sooty oystercatcher, azure and sacred kingfisher, yellow-tailed cockatoo, forty spotted pardalotes, tawny crowned honey eater, mallee fowl, mallee emu-wren, red-capped Robin, mallee ringneck, golden bosun, Abbott’s booby, Christmas Island Goshawk, Red-footed booby and more…

What is included?

  • 3 full days private touring with exceptional, enthusiastic and knowledgeable Kangaroo Island guides
  • Home baked morning teas, daily lunches with quality seafood bbq and local produce, chicken picnic with South Australian wines, beer and soft drinks
  • Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures – Half-day private charter
  • All admission fees included

What is not included?

  • Domestic or international airfares
  • Pre-registration, late check-out or day use at hotels other than specified above
  • Guide services other than specified
  • Meals/beverages other than specified
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Optional tours/services
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary and "what is included"

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Home baked morning teas, daily lunches with quality seafood bbq and local produce, chicken picnic with South Australian wines, beer, and soft drinks.

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AUD2,740 / per person
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Single Supplement AUD 340
This tour is operated by: Australian Geographic Travel

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Tour Facts

  • Kangaroo Island, Southern Australia
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Wildlife
  • 1 to 10 pax
  • 3 Days
  • +15 Years
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English
  • Adelaide International Airport or Contact Us To Know
  • Adelaide International Airport or Contact Us To Know