Touring Kangaroo Island with Southern Ocean Lodge complimented our recent stay extremely well. The level of care and enthusiasm provided by the guides was consistent with the service at the lodge. The touring schedules ensure you can experience the best of what Kangaroo Island has to offer.
With over one third of the island being protected nature reserves there’s plenty of opportunities to witness some native wildlife up close. Not only that the island’s natural and un-developed landscapes offer some absolutely incredible scenery.
Clifftop Walk At The Lodge
This walk can be done with a guide but we chose to get up early and do it ourselves before breakfast. Taking about an hour or so and accessible from the lodge your path takes you along the cliff southwest of the resort. Sweeping views of the Southern Ocean as it crashes into the rocks below is quite an exhilarating feeling. Dolphins, Southern Right Whales and penguins all call the area nearby the lodge their home. Keep your eyes peeled so you don’t miss them.
Kangas and Canapes
A short drive from the lodge is a historic homestead used by early settlers on the island. Around dusk Kangaroos and Wallabies come out in droves to nibble on the surrounding grass. While a delightful spread of canapés and local wines are prepared by your hosts, guests have around 20 minutes or so to explore the area. I found this experience so peaceful and the history of the land plus the harsh conditions the first settlers endured is quite remarkable.
Home to approximately 1000 Australian Sea Lions, Seal Bay is the only place in the world where you can get up close to these adorable creatures. Stepping down onto the sand does require a guide and this is to ensure you and the sea lions are kept safe. The guides from Southern Ocean Lodge are fully accredited to take guests onto the beach. We were so lucky when we visited as not only was the weather amazing, we were the only people on the beach. With the sun shining there were a few sea lions basking in the warmth. We even saw a couple of them come in from the ocean. It’s almost painful watching them having to exert the energy they do on land to move about. You can find out more about Seal Bay via their website here.
The Remarkable Rocks
Deep within Flinders Chase National Park and almost perched on the edge of the earth are the Remarkable Rocks. Said to be over 500 million years old they’re naturally occurring formations balanced on a granite outcrop. It was quite windy when we visited but within the rocks there are plenty of nooks and crannies to hide within to escape the gusts. Just like clouds can form the shape of animals so do the Remarkable Rocks. You should be able to spot an eagles beak and an elephants head to name a few.
Admirals Arch And The Fur Seal Colony
Thousands of years of erosion is to thank for what now is Admirals Arch. This impressive rock bridge formation area is now home to a plethora of New Zealand Fur Seals. A well maintained boardwalk enables guests to take in distant views of the ocean and crashing waves before heading down a series of stairs to the arch. Watching the seals play in the rock pools was a real highlight. These guys can definitely move a bit quicker than the sea lions!
Kangaroo Island is definitely a place for a nature and wildlife lovers. There is so much to see and do you could easily spend a week on the island and be busy every day. Our guides from Southern Ocean Lodge were fantastic and in true credit to the lodge this is what makes a stay here so unique and memorable. Plus of course, all touring can be capped off with a nice glass of wine by the fire when you return.
Southern Ocean Lodge offers a range of Signature Experiences that are included in your rates during your stay. Other touring options are available at a cost. Check their website here for more information. To read more about our weekend stay at Southern Ocean Lodge click here.