Reef to the Rock

Sydney • Cairns • Great Barrier Reef • Atherton Tablelands • Ayers Rock • Adelaide • Kangaroo Island

About This Journey

11 Days Starting from $2295 AUD

per person based on 2 people
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Self Drive + Fly

Explore Sydney's historic Rocks precinct, dazzling harbour and inner city beaches. Travel to Australia’s red centre to witness the changing colours of Ayers Rock. Spend a day on the magical Great Barrier Reef from tropical Cairns. Charming Adelaide is your gateway to Kangaroo Island’s untouched landscapes, roaming wildlife and stunning beaches.

Domestic airfare prices are subject to variables. Contact us for a tour quote including current domestic airfares.

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  • 10 nights 3.5 Star - 4 Star accommodation
  • 6 Days vehicle + GPS hire
  • Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Pass
  • Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
  • Kangaroo Island Ferry
  • Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Nocturnal Tour
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Highly detailed and comprehensive travel pack
  • Selection of maps, brochures and guide books
Not Included: International & domestic flights, Meals & drinks (unless stated), Petrol/gas, Personal travel insurance, Suggested activities,
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Day 1
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Welcome to Australia

Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
G'day Sydney

A private transfer will meet you from your flight, provide you with your travel pack and drive you to your accommodation.

No trip is complete without exploring the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you’re game, take on the BridgeClimb or Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck. Stroll amongst museums, markets, cafes, bars and restaurants in The Rocks historical precinct. Catch a ferry to Manly Beach or Taronga Zoo and a bus to vibrant Bondi Beach. Sydney Aquarium and the Australian National Maritime Museum are located in popular Darling Harbour. Stroll amongst the Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair on the edge of Sydney Harbour. Uncover the city’s past at the Museum of Sydney.

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    Accommodation    Travelodge Hotel Martin Place
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    Sydney – Travelodge Hotel Martin Place

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable offsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities: bar fridge, microwave

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: Coles Central, 388 George St, Sydney; Open Mon-Fri 6am-12am; Sat-Sun 8am-10pm


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      Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer

Suggested Activites:

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    Sydney Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate
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    Sydney Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate

    Visit off limits areas, capture photographs from rare vantage points, sit in the theatres custom-made timber chairs, touch the famous shell tiles and marvel at the vaulted ceilings of one of the biggest pillar free chambers in the world. Enjoy a delicious tasting plate for two overlooking sparkling Sydney Harbour, the perfect end to your 1 hour Sydney Opera House tour.

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    Captain Cook Cruises - Sunset Dinner Cruise
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    Captain Cook Cruises - Sunset Dinner Cruise

    Cruise aboard the flagship MV Sydney 2000 or John Cadman 2 and enjoy a contemporary Australian a la carte menu. On your 90 minute cruise enjoy spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge under the setting sun. Disembark and enjoy a nightcap (own expense) at one of the many bars along the Darling Harbour foreshore boardwalk.

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Free Time Sydney

Explore Sydney

No trip is complete without exploring the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you’re game, take on the BridgeClimb or Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck. Stroll amongst museums, markets, cafes, bars and restaurants in The Rocks historical precinct. Catch a ferry to Manly Beach or Taronga Zoo and a bus to vibrant Bondi Beach. Sydney Aquarium and the Australian National Maritime Museum are located in popular Darling Harbour. Stroll amongst the Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair on the edge of Sydney Harbour. Uncover the city’s past at the Museum of Sydney.

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    Accommodation    Travelodge Hotel Martin Place
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    Sydney – Travelodge Hotel Martin Place

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable offsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities: bar fridge, microwave

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: Coles Central, 388 George St, Sydney; Open Mon-Fri 6am-12am; Sat-Sun 8am-10pm


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Suggested Activites:

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    The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Walking Tour
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    The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Walking Tour

    Join an Aboriginal guide on a 90 minute walkabout, uncovering Sydney’s connection to Aboriginal culture in The Rocks precinct. Experience an Aboriginal greeting and learn about the story of Aboriginal Dreamtime. View cultural objects harvested from the landscape. Discover why Aboriginal acknowledge “country” using earth mother’s traditional ochre paint.

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    Tea At Sea Morning Cruise
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    Tea At Sea Morning Cruise

    Begin your day with a unique Sydney Harbour highlights 2 hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52 foot motor yacht. Your captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and beautiful bays and coves.

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Fly to Ayers Rock

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Pass
Sydney to Ayers Rock

Make your own way to Sydney Airport and catch your flight to Ayers Rock. Upon arrival at Ayers Rock Airport make your way to the rental car desk to collect your car and continue on to your accommodation.

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre is a great starting point for information about walks around Ayers Rock (Uluru), activities, learning about the history of the region and the Aboriginal people, the traditional owners of the land. Take the base walk around Uluru or explore the massive domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) along the popular Walpa Gorge and Valley of the Winds walking trails. Sunrise and sunset are also spectacular at Kata Tjuta. For a different take on things, get in touch with the outback aboard a camel or enjoy a spectacular scenic helicopter flight. At sunset, watch the remarkable changing colours of Uluru as the day comes to an end.

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    Accommodation    Outback Pioneer Hotel
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    Ayers Rock – Outback Pioneer Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 3:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room internet

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: IGA Supermarket, Town Square, Ayers Rock Campgrounds, Yulara Drive, Yulara; Open Mon-Sun 8am-9pm


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      Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Pass
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      Vehicle Hire    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar
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      Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar

      • Insurance:
        Included - Excess/liability reduced to $630
      • Transmission:
        Automatic
      • Size Guide:
        5 adults, 3 suitcases.
      • Upgrade Options:
        Standard Size - Hyundai Elantra or similar
      • Doors:
        5
      • GPS:
        Not Included
      • Additional Driver:
        Not Included
      • Unlimited Mileage:
        Not Included

Suggested Activites:

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    Sounds of Silence Dinner
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    Sounds of Silence Dinner

    Begin with canapes and chilled sparkling wine matched with views across Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and watch a traditional Aboriginal dance performance. Enjoy a bush tucker inspired buffet with native bush ingredients such as crocodile, kangaroo and barramundi. Listen to a resident star talker decode the clear night sky.

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    A Night at Field of Light
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    A Night at Field of Light

    Experience dinner under the outback sky and the breathtaking Field of Light art installation. Enjoy magnificent views of Uluru at sunset, the sound of a lone didgeridoo, canapes, a three-course bush tucker menu, premium Australian wines and beers, a fascinating star talk and a self-guided walk through the Field of Light art installation.

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Free Time Ayers Rock - Fly to Cairns

Explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Be mesmerized by Ayers Rocks (Uluru) changing colours as the dawn emerges. Join the guided Mala Walk and learn about ancient Aboriginal rock art. Uncover the history of the regions Aboriginal people at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Explore the massive domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) along the Walpa Gorge and Valley of the Winds walking trails. Sunrise and sunset are spectacular at Kata Tjuta. Experience a range of free cultural activities at Ayers Rock Resort. Visit the Wintjiri Arts and Museum exhibiting Aboriginal artworks. Watch the changing colours of Uluru as the sun sets.

Ayers Rock to Cairns

Farewell the red desert and return your rental car at the Ayers Rock Airport depot and catch your flight to Cairns. Upon arrival at Cairns Airport make your own way to your accommodation.

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    Accommodation    Breakfree Royal Harbour
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    Cairns – Breakfree Royal Harbour

    Features:

    Check in 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free limited onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WiFi

    Reception Hours: Monday - Sunday: 8am - 6pm; Public Holidays: 8am - 2pm

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen in rooms

    Laundry facilities: washing machine in room, dryer onsite

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Woolworths Cairns, 103 Abbott St, Cairns; Open Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 9am-9pm


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Suggested Activites:

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    Aboriginal Dot Painting Morning Workshop
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    Aboriginal Dot Painting Morning Workshop

    Join Indigenous artists and learn about the different symbols used to create beautiful works of art depicting Creation Time (Tjukurpa) stories. During the 90 minute experience create your own artwork to take home as a memento.

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    Express Camel Experience AM
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    Express Camel Experience AM

    Catch the mid morning camel train and experience our beautiful camels on a 45 minute journey through the desert with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as a breathtaking backdrop. Stopping for photos on a sand dune lookout.

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Great Barrier Reef Day Tour

Great Barrier Reef Day Tour

Enjoy a marine biologist presentation on the 90 minute journey out to Marine World platform on the spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef. Beginner or experienced snorkelers can explore the magical underwater world. Stay dry and view the exotic marine life and corals from an underwater observatory, semi-submersible vessel or glass bottom boat. Treat yourself to a scenic helicopter flight out at Marine World.

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    Accommodation    Breakfree Royal Harbour
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    Cairns – Breakfree Royal Harbour

    Features:

    Check in 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free limited onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WiFi

    Reception Hours: Monday - Sunday: 8am - 6pm; Public Holidays: 8am - 2pm

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen in rooms

    Laundry facilities: washing machine in room, dryer onsite

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Woolworths Cairns, 103 Abbott St, Cairns; Open Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 9am-9pm


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      Great Barrier Reef Day Tour

Suggested Activites:

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    Fly/Cruise Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
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    Fly/Cruise Great Barrier Reef Day Tour

    Travel from Cairns on a 25 minute scenic helicopter flight out to a pontoon set amongst the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. Beginner or experienced snorkelers can explore the magical underwater world. Stay dry and view the exotic marine life and corals from an underwater observatory, semi-submersible vessel or glass bottom boat. Return to Cairns on a 90 minute journey aboard a modern catamaran.

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Free Time Cairns

Explore Cairns

Escape to Cairns Botanical Gardens, or walk up Mount Whitfield for stunning views. Unwind along Cairns northern beaches. A J Hackett is home of the rainforest bungy jump. Discover a swimming lagoon, cafes, restaurants and parklands at vibrant Cairns Esplanade. Catch a ferry to Fitzroy Island or Green Island. Join a crocodile cruise at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Uncover local Aboriginal culture at Cairns Regional Gallery or Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Step aboard a sunset cruise and enjoy a magical tropical sunset.

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    Accommodation    Breakfree Royal Harbour
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    Cairns – Breakfree Royal Harbour

    Features:

    Check in 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free limited onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WiFi

    Reception Hours: Monday - Sunday: 8am - 6pm; Public Holidays: 8am - 2pm

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen in rooms

    Laundry facilities: washing machine in room, dryer onsite

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Woolworths Cairns, 103 Abbott St, Cairns; Open Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 9am-9pm


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Suggested Activites:

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    Rainforest Wildlife Afternoon & Night Tour
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    Rainforest Wildlife Afternoon & Night Tour

    See a mob of agile wallabies on the way to the Atherton Tablelands. View an 800 year old Cathedral Fig Tree and learn about Aboriginal culture. Spot boyd’s forest dragons, musky rat kangaroos and birds in rainforest surrounds. Look for saw shelled turtles, archerfish and eastern water dragons at Lake Eacham. Catch sight of platypus from a private viewing area. After dark see nocturnal wildlife come out to play.

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    Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation Day Tour
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    Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation Day Tour

    Explore the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest living rainforest on earth. Cruise down the Daintree River, looking out for crocodiles. Travel to Alexandra Lookout and hand feed kangaroos at Lync Haven. Follow the 4WD Bloomfield Track to Emmagen Creek for a rainforest stream swim. Spot fish and turtles in the creek, with butterflies and exotic birds above. Cape Tribulation Beach is where the rainforest meets the reef.

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    Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park Show & Dinner
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    Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park Show & Dinner

    Meet the Indigenous rainforest people who paint your face, linking you to their traditional lands. Follow Tjapukai warriors to a corroboree celebrating Aboriginal Dreamtime stories. Join the Rainbow Serpent circle to learn traditional songs before a ceremonial fire is lit. Dinner features indigenous flavours, then sit around the fire with Tjapukai warriors.

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Fly to Adelaide

Cairns to Adelaide

Farewell Cairns and make your own way to Cairns Airport and catch your flight to Adelaide. Upon arrival at Adelaide Airport collect your car rental car and continue onto your accommodation.

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    Accommodation    Adabco Boutique Hotel
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    Adelaide – Adabco Boutique Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable street parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette: On site (communal)

    Laundry facilities: On site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles, Adelaide Central Market, 21-39 Grote St, Adelaide; Open Mon-Fri 12am-9pm, Sat 12am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm


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    Vehicle Hire    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar
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    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar

    • Insurance:
      Included - Excess/liability reduced to $0
    • Transmission:
      Automatic
    • Size Guide:
      5 adults, 3 suitcases
    • Upgrade Options:
      Standard Size - Hyundai Elantra or similar
    • Doors:
      5
    • GPS:
      Included
    • Additional Driver:
      Included
    • Unlimited Mileage:
      Included
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Drive to Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island Ferry
Adelaide to Kangaroo Island

Drive along the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula, through the Mclaren Vale wine region to catch the Cape Jervis ferry to Kangaroo Island. Walk amongst Australian sea lions at Seal Bay Conservation Park. Hike up the towering white sand dunes of Little Sahara. Discover Vivonne Bay, one of Australia’s best beaches. Head down into dry limestone caves at Kelly Hill Conservation Park. See koalas relaxing in the eucalyptus trees at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Follow boardwalks to the giant Remarkable Rocks and rugged Admiral’s Arch in Flinders Chase National Park. Breathtaking island views can be found at historic Cape du Couedic Lighthouse.

Adelaide to Cape Jervis                Penneshaw to Flinders Chase
107 kilometres : 1 1/2 hours          135 kilometres : 1 1/2 hours

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Nocturnal Tour

Learn about the nocturnal animals of Kangaroo Island in their natural environment on a guided 90 minute walk. View Australian wildlife including koalas, tammar wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas, bats and possums. View the spectacular Great Southern Skies on this fun and informative tour.

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    Accommodation    Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat
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    Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat

    Features:

    Check in: 3:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi in lobby

    Onsite restaurant: Breakfast and dinner service

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities: in apartments

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: IGA Penneshaw, LOT 149 Middle Terrace, Penneshaw; Open Mon-Sun 8am-8pm


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      Kangaroo Island Ferry
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        Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Nocturnal Tour
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Free Time Kangaroo Island

Flinders Chase to Kingscote

Go on an adventure to reach Stokes Bay’s white sandy beach. Get a photo with a cuddly koala or python at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. Stroll amongst Kangaroo Island native plants at Stokes Bay Bush Garden. Visit the cellar door of Kangaroo Island Spirits. Taste sheep’s milk cheeses and yogurts at Island Pure or Emu Bay Lavender Farm’s lavender ice cream and shortbread. Enjoy Bay of Shoals Wines cellar door matched with views across Bay of Shoals. Sample world renowned southern rock lobster at Ferguson Australia. Discover Kangaroo Island’s fascinating history at Hope Cottage Museum.

Flinders Chase to Kingscote
97 kilometres : 1 1/4 hours

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    Accommodation    Aurora Ozone Hotel
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    Kangaroo Island – Aurora Ozone Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    Restaurant onsite: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities: in apartments

    Laundry facilities: onsite

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Foodland, Commercial St, Kingscote; Open Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 9am-5pm


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Drive to Adelaide

Kangaroo Island Ferry
Return Rental Car in Adelaide
Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

Catch the ferry back to Cape Jervis and continue along the Fleurieu Peninsula. Sellicks Beach is where the beautiful Mount Lofty Ranges meet the sea. Aldinga Beach is one of a few in Australia where cars are permitted to drive on parts of the beach. Foodies and wine buffs will enjoy McLaren Vale wine region with various cellar doors and local produce served at cafes and restaurants. Walk along Port Noarlunga’s long wooden jetty, looking back to red sandstone cliffs. Enjoy Glenelg’s vibrant al fresco dining and an ocean sunset. Cruise down Adelaide’s River Torrens aboard Popeye. Discover an eclectic choice of restaurants along vibrant Gouger Street and Rundle Street.

Kingscote to Penneshaw            Cape Jervis to Adelaide
60 kilometres : 45 minutes         107 kilometres : 1 1/2 hours

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    Accommodation    Adabco Boutique Hotel
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    Adelaide – Adabco Boutique Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable street parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette: On site (communal)

    Laundry facilities: On site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles, Adelaide Central Market, 21-39 Grote St, Adelaide; Open Mon-Fri 12am-9pm, Sat 12am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm


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      Kangaroo Island Ferry

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    Swim with Dolphins & Island Explorer Tour
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    Swim with Dolphins & Island Explorer Tour

    Enjoy a 3 hour marine wildlife experience along the stunning North Coast of Kangaroo Island. See seals, sea eagles and osprey and view ancient fossil beds. Take the opportunity to swim with wild bottlenose dolphins in shallow and protected waters, an experience that will take your breath away. Relax with morning tea and home-made treats at a remote beach location.

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Farewell Australia

Depart Adelaide

Continue to explore Adelaide today before making your own way to Adelaide Airport and continuing your onward journey.