Cruises to Kangaroo Island
Just 15 kilometres off South Australia’s mainland, Kangaroo Island is a wildlife sanctuary where you can spot local inhabitants at almost every turn.
Just a stone’s throw from South Australia’s mainland, this charming island is a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Seen by many as Australia’s ‘Galápagos’, it’s one of this country’s greatest natural treasures as well as one of its most surprising. A wildlife sanctuary without fences, it boasts amazing animal experiences. You can walk among endangered Australian sea lions, watch kangaroos feed at dusk or catch a glimpse of a shy platypus. It’s also heaven for lovers of fresh, organic food, with its luscious local honey, freshly-caught seafood and cheese made from sheep’s milk.
At A Glance
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Kangaroo Island Shore Tours
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What To See
Taste home-grown gourmet
Kangaroo Island is one of the last places on earth where you’ll find pure Ligurian honey, which you can sample from one of the island’s many producers. For the savoury tooth, there’s delicious local olive oil, smoked fish, sauces, marinades as well as cheeses and yoghurts to get your teeth into. You can also tuck into natural and farmed seasonal oysters, prawns, crayfish, whiting, snapper and the famous freshwater marron.
Birds of a feather
Take our Shore Tour to Raptor Domain - Kangaroo Island Bird of Prey to watch amazing inflight displays and get a rare and unique opportunity to get up close and personal with a wedge-tailed eagle, barn owl, barking owl, kookaburras, a kestrel, hobby falcon, tawny frogmouth and more. Not only will you be blown away by their majesty, you can get to know these magnificent creatures at the interactive shows.
Your ship will anchor off Penneshaw and you’ll be ferried ashore to Penneshaw Wharf by tenders, which will provide a regular service throughout the day.
There are no taxis in Penneshaw.
From lavender scones to smoked oysters and juniper berry infused wine, Kangaroo Island is as famous for its produce as it is for its beautiful surrounds. The island is dotted with artisan produce which you can enjoy from farm gates and cellar doors. Quarantine authorities generally don’t allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially-packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed, subject to inspection.
Local artists create everything from jewellery made from cast sterling silver in cuttlefish bone, to woodwork created from red gum, sculptures, ceramics, photography, mosaic glass, etchings... the list is endless! A fantastic opportunity to take an original piece home.
South Australia experiences a variety of climates ranging from desert temperatures in the north, to Mediterranean weather along the coast. Very hot weather can be experienced between December and February, but spring and autumn are usually pleasant. Winter is the coolest and wettest season.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. ATMs can provide currency to foreign card holders.
Public telephones are available throughout Kangaroo Island. Mobile coverage is generally available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home (where applicable). Wi-Fi is available at Kingscote Wi-Fi Internet Cafe.
WHAT TO WEAR ASHORE
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You’re also advised to bring sunscreen and bottled water.
There are a range of tours available to really get the most out of your time on Kangaroo Island. Tours can be booked onboard at the Shore Tours desk and are subject to availability. Guests are required to meet at a specific location for each Shore Tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.
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