Today at 1400, please make your own way to the Quest Port Adelaide to meet with the Expedition Team for your SailSAFE check-in. You will then be transferred to the Coral Adventurer or Coral Geographer for boarding at 1600, ready to depart Adelaide at 1700. Settle into your cabin before the Captain’s Welcome Drinks at sunset and the vessel heads towards Kangaroo Island.
Cruising South Australia
As each departure varies slightly, this is a sample itinerary of where you may visit. Your Expedition Team may make changes to the itinerary in order to maximise your experience. Here are some of the key destinations:
Troubridge Island Conservation Park is a very important breeding area for birds in South Australia, home to species including black-face cormorants, crested terns and a large colony of little penguins. Guests can spend the morning simply relaxing on the white-sand beaches or pay a visit to the island’s lighthouse, built in 1856. This evening, watch the sunset light up the rugged coastline as the vessel cruises past Cape Jervis.
Antechamber Bay, Kangaroo Island
One of the island’s best spots is Antechamber Bay, a picturesque coastal haven. Options here include beach walks along the bay or a relaxing swim in the turquoise water. Guests can also hike the rocky headland to see Cape Willoughby Light Station and enjoy a tour of the Lighthouse Keeper’s cottage.
American River, Kangaroo Island
Located on the north coast of Kangaroo Island is American River, named after American sealers who were here as early as 1803. Here, you can enjoy a relaxing beach swim or a coastal walk through the beautiful forested environment. You will also learn about the fascinating past of the schooner Independence, the first vessel constructed in South Australia, currently being being restored.
Western River Cove, Kangaroo Island
One of the more isolated spots on the island is Western River Cove, where you will visit a beautiful historic homestead. This area was also affected by the recent bushfires, and you will observe their effects as well as the ongoing recovery. There may also be an opportunity to meet the owners of the homestead and hear their stories. A beautiful spot, a walk along the ridge offers spectacular views of the valley. Guests can also relax on the beach for a swim; it is also fantastic for snorkelling (weather permitting). Later, the vessel will cruise past the sea cliffs at Cape Borda that provide a sensational view.
Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island
The northern coastline of Kangaroo Island is a place of space and freedom – including some of the island’s most loved beaches. Stroll onto the beach looking for penguins, dolphins and seals or snorkel in the clear turquoise waters. Later, meet hosts Sophie and Eliza at the fascinating Emu Bay Lavender Farm. Here you can experience the fields in full bloom and taste lavender scones. You can also purchase locally crafted lavender products.
Coffin Bay National Park
Coffin Bay and its pristine waters are home to numerous pods of dolphins, sea lions and seals. Emus and kangaroos roam the national park and the natural beauty provides a stunning backdrop.
This beautiful bay is also home to an unforgettable food experience – shucking oysters. Just make sure to hop into some waterproof waders before taking a seat at the Saltwater Pavilion to shuck and taste delicious Coffin Bay Oysters.
There is also time to take a hike through the Coffin Bay National Park, enjoy a snorkel or kayak with the chance to spot some of the marine life. If there’s time, the Expedition Team may take you to visit 7 Mile Beach where you can wander through the beautiful dunes.
Please note: Some voyages will instead include a small boat cruise along the oyster beds to collect and enjoy them fresh from the sea.
Located approximately 35 kilometres from the Eyre Peninsula Coast, Flinders Island has a long history of sealing, whaling, and farming. It has been owned by the Woolford family since 1979, who run an established sheep farm, abalone harvesting business and are working to establish a Safe Haven for vulnerable native species. Today you will get to meet the Woolford family to learn about the history and conservation projects on the island. You will also get the chance to visit the Kapara shipwreck at Bryant’s Bay, stroll through the shearing sheds at the farm and taste fresh abalone and other local seafood at Eyrewoolf Abalone.
Tumby Bay is home to a quaint farming town that you will get to visit on a walk that also takes in the many murals that have been painted here. The Expedition Team will also take you on a walk experiencing the beautiful natural environment – including a mangrove forest.
Cape Donington and Reevesby Island
Today begins with a visit to Reevesby Island that reveals the history of this remote region. The Expedition Team will take you to visit an important seabird breeding site and on a hike to the historic homestead. This island chain is a sanctuary for wildlife, consisting of sheltered bays, golden sand beaches and reefs teeming with marine life.
There is also a chance to enjoy a refreshing dip at Cape Donington before hiking to Stamford Hill and the Flinders Monument. Keep an eye out for wildlife including western grey kangaroos, emus, goannas, fur seals or Australian sea lions that haul out on the rocks.
Tour Ends, Adelaide
This morning, the expedition ship arrives back into Adelaide at approximately 0730 for disembarkation at 0800. On arrival, you will be transferred to either the city or airport. Tour ends.