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Exceptional Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Photography Tour

Duration: 3 days/2 nights

Type: Groups, Private Charter.

Departs: On Request

Interests: Birds, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Marine Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians.

Kangaroo Island is a photographer's delight, known for it's iconic landscapes, varied bird and marine life and iconic vistas. The island is blessed with diverse landscapes including amazing protected coves and beaches, towering cliffs, sand dunes and sweeping eucalypyt groves, providing abudant opportunities to capture breathtaking wildlife and landscape photographs.

This itinerary combines rugged landscapes in the southwest corner including Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Cape du Couedic with regions such as the Cygnet Valley, Seal Bay Conservation Park, Lathami Conservation Park, Duck Lagoon and Murray Lagoon. This three day photography tour is presented as an indicative itinerary and is typically adjusted throughout the year and by season to cater to the interests of guests and seasonal wildlife photographic opportunities. The duration can also be adjusted depending on the amount of time spent on the island. Please note this tour is only available as a private charter.

About Exceptional Kangaroo Island: Craig and Janet Wickham and their enthusiastic team have been sharing Kangaroo Island's secrets with guests since 1990 and have won numerous national and international awards for their tours. The family-owned operator specialises in deluxe wildlife tours which create an atmosphere where guests find themselves treated as friends, with tours run as a conversation not a commentary, promising good food, good wine and wildlife in the wild.

Itinerary

Tour day-by-day

  • Day 1:

    The day commences with a visit to the third largest Australian Sea-lion colony at Seal Bay. These photogenic residents bask on a white sandy beach protected by offshore reefs and headlands which provide critical breeding areas and ample opportunities to take photos of mother and pup. The bay is home to a range birds, including Hooded Dotterels, Crested Terns, Oystercatchers, and a number of cormorants.

    Murray Lagoon, the island's largest wetland, is home to an array of bush and water birds and has several areas that guests will explore along the northern boundary. D’Estrees Bay is a long sweeping beach which goes from a gentle protected marine meadow with a seagrass strewn beach often frequented by Hooded Dotterels, right through to a high energy exposed coast to the south. Along the way is Point Tinline which has an Osprey nest which has been in continuous use since 1853.

    Further south are more exposed beaches, followed by a protected lagoon, providing amazing reflections of roosting terns. It is often frequented by visiting waders such as Golden Plovers and Ruddy Turnstones. Immediately inland, guests will often enjoy regular seasonal sightings of Rock Parrots. The slopes above American River offer sugar gum forests and sheoak woodlands; habitat for the Glossy-black Cockatoos, Galahs, Beautiful Firetails, Scarlet Robins and Crimson Rosellas. Along the waters edge the protected shores provide wader feeding habitat on the mudflats along the seafront and into Pelican Lagoon. Significant aggregations of Black Swans, Pelicans, Musk Ducks and a range of waders are likely encounters.

    Overnight Accommodation: There are various levels of accomodation available (3-5 star, farmstay, B&Bs). Please enquire with us directly to find out options.

  • Day 2:

    Guests will travel by sea to observe the protected Busby Island to observe large aggregations of seabirds, with occasional visits by White-bellied Sea Eagles, before travelling on to seek out one of two resident Bottle-nosed Dolphin pods. Seasonally this can include a “swim with” experience which offers underwater photography opportunities for guests with the appropriate equipment. 

    Next stop is Duck Lagoon; a freshwater habitat for ducks (regular haunt for Freckled Ducks when they disperse from outback waterways), swans and a range of other species. Classic Australian landscapes abound with massive red-gums reflecting in still waters. These charming large gums are frequented by pardalotes and honeyeaters including the White-eared and Brown-headed species.

    The Cygnet Valley is a prime spot to take photos of Koalas, as they are partial to the redgums and blue gums along the creek line.  Lathami Conservation Park's sugar gums provide breeding hollows and drooping sheoaks provide the food source for the critically endangered Glossy-black Cockatoo. Guests will also likely encounter Superb Fairy-wrens, Golden Whistlers, Crimson Rosellas, and Beautiful Firetails. This area provides ample opportunity to snap some of Australia's most endearing mammals including Kangaroo Island Kangaroos, gorgeous Tammar Wallabies and the quirky Short-beaked Echidna.

    Nearby, Stokes Bay often delivers a range of cormorants, gulls, terns, pelicans and hooded plovers. If time permits guests can visit the Cygnet River estuary, recognised for its open landscape consisting of samphire marsh, known to attract black swans, cormorants,ducks, occasionally ibis, pelicans and spoonbills.

    Overnight Accommodation: There are various levels of accomodation available (3-5 star, farmstay, B&Bs). Please enquire with us directly to find out options.

  • Day 3:

    Guests will travel to Flinders Chase National Park on the final day, to explore the large historic wilderness expanses across the entire end of the Island; providing precious habitat for a broad range of species. The journey down to the park provides a chance to encounter Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos feeding either in Banksias or Pinus radiata as guests travel westward.

    Rocky River is the location for the park headquarters amid an old farm where the pastures provide winter grazing and nesting sites for Cape Barren geese.  Cape du Couedic provides occasional access to oceanic species such as albatross and shearwaters during strong southerly gales. A range of terns typically roost close to a spectacular sea cave with the site providing excellent positions to photograph Crested Terns, Caspian Terns and Fairy Terns. In recent years there have also been Antarctic and White-fronted Terns here.

    This breathtaking vantage point is also a prime spot to witness the annual Short-tailed Shearwater migration from September through to May, with excellent access to a Long-nosed Fur Seal colony which lives here year-round and breeds from November through February. Not far from Cape du Couedic in similar coastal heath grading into mallee, is a natural granite sculpture known as Remarkable Rocks, which provides a stunning backdrop for seeking out elusive Western Whipbirds, Southern Emu-wrens, and more commonly, Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters. The rounded tors provide perches for both Nankeen Kestrels and Australian Ravens.

    Key Details

    Private Charter Pricing: from $3,755 per person (based on 2 adults, twin share including touring, meals & accommodation).
    Private Group Size: Maximum of 4 guests
    Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Kingscote Airport or accommodations.
    Pick-up and Drop-off Time: Approximately 9:00am day one and 6:00pm day three.
    Languages: Translation services available for French, German, Italian and Spanish.

    Responsible Tourism

    As part of our commitment to sustainability we have developed a Code Of Practice relating to our wildlife interactions which is available for your reference. We have also sought independent verification of our practices through Ecotourism Australia. Our Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation is awarded to a select number of Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.

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    Recent Awards

    WINNER TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018 • 2017 • 2016 • 2015 • 2014 • 2013
    LISTED Top 5 Wildlife Guides by Outside Go Magazine 2015
    WINNER Outstanding Contribution to the Tourism Export Industry 2015 by the Australian Tourism Export Council 

    Enquiries & Bookings

    The Kangaroo Island Wildlife Photography tour is not available to be booked online, as our team customises the itinerary according to your interests, accommodation preferences and transport/logistics to Kangaroo Island. Please contact our friendly team via the Enquire Now button below - there are some essential details to help us provide the best options for you. We will be in touch via your preferred contact method.

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    Recent Testimonials

    "Amazing tour that exceeded all expectations. The guide was unbelievably knowledgeable and showed us some of the great parts of KI. Best day of our honeymoon, just because of this tour. Thanks!" - David and Lucy, UK

    "My trip got me to visit six states, albeit briefly in some. The two days of Kangaroo Island were the highlights. The very high quality of the tour for small groups, riding in backroads with knowledgable guides who are also competent chefs in a unique setting is a memorable experience." - Myron, Ontario

    "This family owned tour operator is the best I have ever taken a tour with! The guide was enthusiastic, humorous and very informed about every question asked– considering wildlife, culture and geographical situation. As it was a small tour - he made me (and the fellow couple on the tour) feel very special. Exceptional Kangaroo Island truly kept their promise – good food (delicious whiting cooked on the barbeque), good wine (beautiful sauvignon blanc from the island) and wildlife in the wild (we saw a wide range of animals from kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, an echidna, wedge-tailed eagles to ants, butterflies, and all sorts of insects). I can only highly recommend this business. I will be back to take another tour with you – maybe next year?! Thanks Janet & Craig and the exceptional friendly office staff." - Manja, Berlin

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