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Wild Islands of South Australia

Adelaide to Adelaide10 nightsAll InclusiveFrom $6,710.00* PP

On this 10-night voyage explore South Australia’s islands and gulf waters, which are some of the best-kept secrets of the Australian coastline. With 5000km of deserted shoreline and more than 300 islands, this region offers a diversity of natural wilderness including spectacular bays, remote islands and stunning sea-cliffs. Best of all, it remains wild and unspoilt. Experience a real sense of adventure and a vast array of wildlife – many of the islands are important sanctuaries for birds, kangaroos, wallabies, seals and sea lions. Along the way, indulge in the tastes of South Australia with fresh local seafood and wines complemented with our traditional warm Australian hospitality.

  • Visit some of South Australia’s most historic lighthouses at Cape Willoughby and learn their stories
  • See native wildlife including playful dolphins, sea lions, emus, rock wallabies, kangaroos and numerous birds at national parks and protected habitats
  • Collect and shuck your own oysters fresh from the sea at Coffin Bay, paired with local wines
  • Enjoy sunset sailing past the stunning coastal formations of Cape Jervis and Kangaroo Island
  • Meet the abalone divers of Eyrewoolf Abalone and taste pan-seared green-lip abalone on the beach at Flinders Island
  • Be rewarded with striking views and peaceful native forest environs on South Australia’s coastal walking trails at Cape Donington & Lashmar Conservation Park
  • Enjoy a variety of walks including the coastal walks at Cape Willoughby, dune walk at Point Sir Isaac, beach walks at Reevesby and Forest walks of Cape Donington and Lashmar Conservation Park
  • Learn from our Guest Lecturers of the fascinating Indigenous heritage and exploration history of Matthew Flinders
  • Enjoy refreshing dips in the turquoise waters and relax on deserted silica white beaches

Itinerary

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Arrive at Adelaide: Outer Harbour (Berth 1) for boarding at 4:00pm, with time to settle into your stateroom before our 5:00pm departure. Settle into your cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship before your first delicious dinner as we cruise towards Kangaroo Island.

*This itinerary is indicative and we may make changes to the itinerary due to weather conditions. 

Cape Willoughby, South Australia

Antechamber Bay, located on the north coast of the Dudley Peninsula, is one of Kangaroo Island’s finest coastal havens. The deserted, untouched long beach of the bay is where Chapman river meets the sea. The area is covered with forest of gum trees and narrow-leaf mallee which makes the walk at Lashmar Conservation park truly a magnificent experience.

At the other end of the bay, Cape Willoughby juts into the ‘Backstairs Passage’ – the narrow strait between Kangaroo Island and the Fleurieu Peninsula that was named by Matthew Flinders as the ‘private entrance’ to the two gulfs. Lighting this 14km wide strait is the Cape Willoughby Light Station. We will visit the Lighthouse keeper’s cottage and learn of it’s interesting stories and have opportunity to climb the light house itself. In the grounds, we will do a loop walk from the Lighthouse to the beautiful Smuggler’s Cove and often the special Kangaroo Island wallaby are spotted along the way.

Walks:

> Cape Willoughby Light Station Heritage Walk (1 Hour Return, 1.9km, Moderate)
A hike into the sheltered gully of the original light station settlement. An insight into how the early light keepers lived, with demanding routine and isolation heightened by the distance between their homes and the light house. Visit the Cape Willoughby Lighthouse (Sturt Light), the first lighthouse in South Australia.

> Antechamber Bay Walk – (1 Hour Return, 4.2km One Way, Easy-Moderate)

> Cape Willoughby Smuggler’s Cove Walk (1 Hour Return, 1.5km one way, Easy)

> Lashmar Conservation Park (1 Hour Return, 1km, Easy-Moderate)

Learn more about Antechamber Bay & Cape Willoughby >

Seal Bay - Australian Sea Lion

Today enjoy a truly unforgettable wildlife experience at Seal Bay. After traversing the scenic interior of Kangaroo Island by coach from American River, we will visit the heart of the third largest colony of endangered Australian Sea lion, and share the beach with these magnificent animals. This is the only place in the world you can see Aus­tralian sea lions at close quar­ters and walk on a beach where pups frolic, bulls battle for suprema­cy and rest­ing moth­ers suck­le their young.

Later enjoy walks around American River, a township surrounded by bushland and protected wetlands, boasting spectacular views stretching north to mainland Australia.

Lucky Bay Kangaroo

The Yorke Peninsula is fringed by over 700 kilometres of pristine coastline. Known for rugged beaches boasting spectacular views over the Investigator Strait and Spencer Gulf,  its shoreline is studded with a number of shipwrecks. Here we will visit Dhilba-Guuranda (Innes) National Park, where emus, kangaroos and tammar wallabies are commonly spotted, as are dolphins, seals and whales in its adjacent waters. Depending on the prevailing wind and swell, we will land at Dolphin Beach and walk to the Royston Head lookout, or come ashore at Little Emu Beach in the southeast and walk to the post-card perfect Stenhouse Bay Jetty.

Reevesby-Island-South-Australia-Coral-Expeditions

Head to Reevesby Island, part of the Sir Joseph Banks Group; an archipelago on the eastern coast of the Eyre Peninsula. Accessible only by boat, this island is one of the largest of the group. Women played a major role in the island’s history, especially in the early days leading up to the Great Depression. Take a hike around this important seabird breeding site and visit the homestead and machinery sheds. This beautiful chain of islands offers a range of sheltered bays, golden sand beaches and reefs teeming with marine life.

Learn more about Reevesby Island >

Flinders Island Abalone

Located around 35kms from the Eyre Peninsula Coast, Flinders Island has a long history of sealing, whaling, and farming. Owned by the Woolford family since 1979, they run an established sheep farm, abalone harvesting business and are working to establish a safe haven for vulnerable native species. Meet the Woolford family to learn about the history and conservation projects on the island.
Visit the Kapara shipwreck at Bryant’s Bay, and stroll through the shearing sheds at the farm. Taste fresh abalone at Eyrewoolf Abalone.

Learn more About Flinders Island >

Walks:

> Flinders Island Shearing Shed Walk (45mins, 1.3km Return, Easy)

> Bryant’s Bay & Kapara
1. Sealing Ruins Walk (15mins, 500m, Easy)
2. Kapara Boiler Walk (10mins, 500m, Moderate/Rocky-Sandy)
3. Sheok Forrest Walk (30mins, 1.5km, Moderate)
4. Cliff Walk (30mins, 1.5km, Hard/Rocky Climb-Walk)

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Bordered by sea and National Parks, Coffin Bay is a stunning destination. The pristine waters of the bays in this area are home to numerous pods of dolphins, sea lions, seals and many seabirds. Emus and kangaroos roam and the natural beauty of the turquoise sea, white sand dunes, and bright blue sky is a wonderful backdrop to our day’s adventures.

Here we will walk through the Coffin Bay National Park at Point Sir Isaac to get an understanding of the forests and environment – enjoy the interpretation of the heathlands, mallee forest and she-oak woodlands. Discover the tranquil bays, protected from the might of the Southern Ocean, and snorkel or kayak with the chance to spot some of the marine life.

There is also the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable wild cuisine experience – enjoy a small boat cruise along the oyster beds to collect and enjoy them fresh from the sea.

Learn more about Coffin Bay >

Caspian Terns - Wallabi Group

Today we explore Boston Island, which lies between Port Lincoln and Cape Donington. Roughly 6km long, Boston Island is very hilly and has four beautiful beaches. Within the island landmass there is about 2,500 acres of grassy, hilly slopes with many sheep. Given its sheltered coastal aspect there is much birdlife on the island with Sea Eagles, Cape Barren Geese, Wedge Tailed and some 40 or so other species that make the island their home.

Explore this important seabird breeding area, with walks along golden sand beaches and learn of the history of this island.

Cape Donington Seals

A headland at the most northerly part of the Jussieu Peninsula on the east coast of Eyre Peninsula, Cape Donington is a great spot to enjoy refreshing sea views and rocky coastline. Take a dip at Cape Donington Beach before heading along the 2km trail over to September Beach. Keep an eye out for western grey kangaroos, emus or goannas near the Cape Donington lighthouse, or head out to Donington Island to view long-nosed fur seals or Australian sea lions from the Xplorer.

Walks:

> Donington Loop Hike – Lincoln National Park (2 Hour Return, 6.2km Circuit, Moderate)
Admire offshore islands, granite outcrops and sandy beaches as you explore the Donington Peninsula. Populations of Australian Sea Lions and New Zealand Fur-seals inhabit Donington Island near the lighthouse.

> Walk Donington September Beach (1 Hour Return, 2km, Easy)
A short, easy hike with refreshing sea views and rocky coastlines.

> Stamford Hill Hike to Woodcutter’s Beach (1.5 Hour Return, 4km, Hard/Steep and Irregular surface)
Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Lincoln National Park, Boston Bay and numerous offshore islands from the historic Flinders Monument at the top of Stamford Hill. A reasonably challenging hike, this trail has some moderate inclines but has a good trail surface.

Learn more about Cape Donington & Stamford Hill > 

Kangaroo Island South Australia

As a secondary option, we may visit historical Penneshaw. Landing at Hogs Bay where we will learn of the history of Baudin and Flinders. We may also cruise past the rarely viewed northern cliffs of Kangaroo Island towards Cape Borda.

Walks:

> Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail (1.5km, Easy)
The trail is 1.5 km in length; an easy walk but with some steps, offers original artwork in a beautiful natural setting.

> Fireball Bates Walking Trail (1-2 hours, 3km)
George Bates, called Fireball because of his red hair, was one of the first settlers to Kangaroo Island. He joined a sealing expedition in 1823, jumping ship 13 years before settlers arrived. The trail begins at the now closed Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre and loops down to near the ferry and back.

> Wallaby Track (3km, moderate)
It’s a 3 km return hike which follows a natural spring fed creek bed with naturally occurring waterfalls into limestone features. A  little more challenging, so wear good sturdy walking shoes.

Adelaide-Port

This morning we arrive into Adelaide at 7:30am for an 8:30am disembarkation. Complimentary post-cruise transfers to the airport or CBD will be available. These will be organised onboard with the purser.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions, and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.



Fares & Availability

Bridge-Deck-Suite---Coral-Adventurer

Bridge Deck Balcony Suite

Private Balcony - 55.8m2

Last Stateroom

Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2

Fully Booked
Explorer-Deck-Stateroom---Coral-Adventurer

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2

Available

Promenade Deck Stateroom

Picture Window - 17m2

Available

Coral Deck Stateroom

Porthole Window - 17m2

Available
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Bridge-Deck-Suite---Coral-Adventurer

Bridge Deck Balcony Suite

Private Balcony - 55.8m2

Available

Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2

Available
Explorer-Deck-Stateroom---Coral-Adventurer

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2

Available

Promenade Deck Stateroom

Picture Window - 17m2

Available

Coral Deck Stateroom

Porthole Window - 17m2

Available
Book this Departure
Bridge-Deck-Suite---Coral-Adventurer

Bridge Deck Balcony Suite

Private Balcony - 55.8m2

Available

Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2

Available
Explorer-Deck-Stateroom---Coral-Adventurer

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2

Available

Promenade Deck Stateroom

Picture Window - 17m2

Available

Coral Deck Stateroom

Porthole Window - 17m2

Available
Book this Departure

Prices are per person twin share, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. Booking Terms & Conditions >
For solo traveller rates see our Solo Traveller Program >


Additional Information

Inclusions:

  • All excursions with our Expedition Team
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and Kayaks
  • Snorkelling & SCUBA equipment (SCUBA diving at an additional cost)
  • Daily lectures and briefings with Guest Lecturers
  • All meals, chef-prepared on board
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell events, and open bridge access
  • Selected wines, selected beers and house spirits, juices, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour barista-style coffee and tea station
  • All entrance fees to National Parks, ports, traditional owner fees and charges imposed by governing authorities
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Use of all onboard facilities, incl. a reference library
  • Expedition diary, along with a photo and video gallery documenting the highlights of your voyage
  • Post-cruise transfers
  • Wifi Access – Standard speed connectivity enabling email, social image sharing, web browsing and messaging

Not Included:

  • Pre-cruise transfers
  • Pre and post cruise flights/charter flights
  • Pre and post cruise accommodation
  • Travel Insurance
  • SCUBA Diving (view Scuba diving rates)
  • Entry visas & travel permits for the country you are travelling to/from
  • Alcoholic drinks (including beer and wine) outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Laundry service (available at a cost)
  • Items of a personal nature such souvenir purchases
  • Optional Extras (in some destinations)

OTHER INFORMATION

Coral Geographer, the newest addition to our fleet, carries a maximum of 120 guests, delivering Coral Expeditions’ renowned warm Australian hospitality, intimate onboard atmosphere, and world-class expedition experience. More About Coral Geographer >

Coral Adventurer carries a maximum of 120 guests, inspired by the company’s Australian ethos and the wide-open spaces the ship visits, is purpose-built to take you closer to unspoiled vistas in comfort, style, and safety. More About Coral Adventurer >

Travel Insurance is not included in your cruise fare. We highly recommend all guests to obtain comprehensive travel insurance with remote area evacuation coverage. Please refer to our Pre-Cruise Checklist page for facts that should be considered and shared when speaking with Travel Insurance suppliers regarding travel insurance.

At Coral Expeditions dining is a celebration of great food and good company enjoyed in extraordinary destinations. People and place are key to enjoyable dining experiences, where food becomes the vehicle for conversation and creating memorable occasions.

We now offer two wine selections that guests may purchase in addition to our new house selection of wines. These packages showcase contemporary choices of Australian wines and French Champagne. More About Cuisine & Wine >

  • A Taste of Australia Selection | 6 Bottles | $280.00
  • Connoisseur Selection | 6 Bottles | $400.00

Our Cruise Collection Merchandise including expedition gear is also available for purchase in our onboard gift shop. View our Cruise Collection here >

When it comes time for the exciting time of packing for your cruise, our packing lists are available to assist you. More specific information regarding weather conditions in your destination will be included in your Cruise Documentation which you will receive prior to your cruise.

Find your Southern Australia expedition packing list here.

Escape into nature with many opportunities to explore and spot wildlife on these South Australian coastal bush-walks in National Parks, led by our Expedition Team and a South Australian local specialist. There are several walking/hiking options available on this departure at:

  • Antechamber Bay: Medium walk option
  • American River: Medium walk option
  • Cape Willoughby: Long walk and medium walk options
  • Reevesby Island: Medium walk option
  • Flinders Island: Medium walk option
  • Coffin Bay National Park: Short walk and medium walk options
  • Lincoln National Park: Long, medium and short walk options
  • Cape Donington: Long, medium and short walk options

An alternative excursion will always be offered in place of higher impact walks. The Expedition Team will advise walking conditions and requirements prior to each excursion. Should you have any physical limitations or mobility issues, please notify our reservations team in advance prior to your departure.

There will be limited swimming/snorkelling opportunities on this itinerary (subject to weather conditions). It may be possible to kayak from the beach, where protection is provided from strong winds. The Expedition Team will advise where and when kayaking conditions are suitable.

Scuba diving is not offered on this itinerary.

  • Unearthed – The Aboriginal Tasmanian of Kangaroo Island by Rebe Tayor
  • The 99th Koala – Rescue and resilience on Kangaroo Island by Kailas Wild
  • Matthew Flinders in South Australia by Neville Collins
  • The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders by Ernest scott

Adelaide Post Cruise Transfer: A complimentary transfer is provided to CBD hotels or the airport. We recommend allowing sufficient time to arrive for your flight in the event of any delays in disembarkation.

We want to ensure that your journey with us is smooth and hassle-free. To help you prepare for your cruise, refer to our Pre-Cruise Checklist for more detailed information on the milestones leading up to your voyage.

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