Kangaroo Island Kangaroo
Glossy Black Cockatoo
Duration: 2 days/1 night
Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.
Interests: Birds, Land Invertebrates, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Marine Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians.
This tour combines the two most popular full day landscape and wildlife experiences; Island Life and Flinders Chase Focus. Guests will be exposed to a broad range of elements that make this island so celebrated, including the the Island's history, ecology, wildlife, landscape and contemporary lifestyle. Regions visited include the Cygnet Valley, north coast landscape at Stokes Bay, central plateau, south coast landscape at Seal Bay to walk on the beach with Australian Sea-lions and the spectacular wilderness and the dramatic coastline of Flinders Chase National Park.
Iconic landscapes in the southwest corner will deliver endless photographic opportunities especially at Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Cape du Couedic. Key species regularly encountered are Koalas, Tammar Wallabies, Kangaroo Island Kangaroos, endangered Glossy Black Cockatoos, Short-beaked Echidnas, Australian Sea-lions, Long-nosed Fur-seals and a variety of bush birds and shorebirds and seabirds.
Travellers will venture to the west end of the Island where Flinders Chase National Park covers nearly 75,000 hectares (almost 200,000 acres), where the landscape is dominated by coastal mallee and the "bonsai Eucalyptus”. These winds have carved out a natural sculpture park from solid granite tors, with the highlight being the aptly named Remarkable Rocks.
The high vantage point provides an opportunity to look for oceanic bird species (Pacific Gulls, Australasian Gannets and Short-tailed Shearwaters during the warmer months) as the low heath often reveals Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters, Southern Emu Wrens and seasonally, the incessant call of the Western Whipbird.
Admirals Arch provides a spectacular hangout for up to three pinnipeds, namely the Long-nosed Fur Seal, Australian Fur Seals as well as occasional Australian Sea-lion. The group will then break for a delectable picnic lunch, featuring a range of locally sourced items and local wines before entering "Grassdale". Limited access to this location has allowed a level of habituation in the kangaroo population which provides excellent photographic opportunities without disturbance.
The day starts with an exploration of the central Cygnet Valley, traversing through picturesque redgum forests, narrow-leaved mallee and mixed farmland, then up to the north coast to Stokes Bay to a sheltered beach into the sheoak woodland. After breaking for lunch (grilled fish, haloumi and salad with local wines) in the upper Cygnet Valley, guests will explore a blue gum/sugar gum forest before travelling south to Seal Bay where coastal mallee transitions through coastal heath into dunes.
This is the opportunity to encounter the third largest colony of Australian Sea-lions. Other regular wildlife encounters include Koalas, Tammar Wallabies and Kangaroo Island Kangaroos, with Short-beaked Echidnas, Glossy Black Cockatoos, Rosenberg's Goanna (warmer months) and a range of bush and shore-birds sighted often.