Penneshaw, located in Southern Australia is renowned for its wildlife. Take the famous nocturnal tours or walk amidst sea lions, see penguins, seals and more. Penneshaw also has its famous cellar door wineries, national parks and hill caves. Its bays, lagoons, coves and white sand beaches make it a peaceful retreat. Other attractions include a honey farm, eucalyptus distillery and more.

Port: Penneshaw (Kangaroo Island)
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Penneshaw (Kangaroo Island)

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  • Wine, Food & Sheep Shearing

    Sit in on a cooking demonstration at a local farm renowned for its natural ingredients, and then venture to a well-respected winery for a tasting and to watch sheep being sheared.

    Depart from the pier and drive to Kangaroo Island Source, a 125-acre farm overlooking the lovely town of Penneshaw. The farm consists of vegetable and herb gardens, olive trees, figs, berries and animals such as Jersey cows, Suffolk lambs and free-range chickens. While here, you'll enjoy a cooking demonstration of traditional Australian dishes that uses only fresh, naturally produced ingredients from throughout the region. Afterwards, you'll be treated to a sampling of the foods that were prepared during the demonstration.

    Kangaroo Island is also becoming known for its wines, a variety of which you'll have the chance to sample at Dudley Wines on the nearby Dudley Peninsula. Started by a fourth-generation Kangaroo Island farmer, whose spread is called Porky Flat, the winery first produced a Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon blend in 1997 to take advantage of the farm's limestone soil and favorable climate. Today, the offerings have expanded to include more than a dozen wines, including a lightly wooded Chardonnay that's won numerous awards.

    This part of Australia is also sheep country, as you'll discover firsthand at a sheep-shearing demonstration at Dudley Wines. It's a fascinating to watch as the woolen fleece is shorn from the sheep by hand or by machine. Cattle are also raised at Dudley Wines, and you'll surely see them wandering about. After visiting the winery, you'll return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Guests must be at least 18 years of age to participate in the wine tastings.

  • Emu Bay & Kingscote

    Delight in the natural beauty of Kangaroo Island, observing its wildlife, strolling the beach, and then venturing into a seaside town for a bit of independent sightseeing.

    Depart from the pier and drive west toward the town of American River, which was named by American seal hunters who sheltered there in the early 1800s. Overlooking Eastern Cove and Pelican Lagoon, the surrounding area is actually an inlet not a river, and naturally attracts a variety of birds, including black swans, Cape Barren geese and Glossy Black Cockatoos.

    Following your photo stop here, you'll drive to Emu Bay. This long stretch of white sand on the north shore invites a stroll, and you'll have time to enjoy its serene beauty. You may also see fossils of marine trilobites embedded in the shale around the beach, which date to the Cambrian period that began more than 500 million years ago.

    Continuing on, you'll drive to Kingscote, whose population of about 1,750 makes it the largest town on Kangaroo Island. You'll have free time here to shop, watch the fishing boats unload their day's catch, snack along the harbor, or wander over to Reeves Point to see an old mulberry tree that was planted by the first settlers in 1836. To see some local wildlife up close, there's the Penguin Centre on the wharf, where you can watch fish being fed in the aquariums and observe a colony of Little Penguins. Afterwards, you'll drive back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There are sandy surfaces at Emu Bay. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, sturdy walking shoes are recommended.

  • Scenic Town of Kingscote

    Venture to Seal Bay to watch a colony of rare Australian Sea Lions and then enjoy free time in Kingscote, the first European settlement in South Australia.

    Depart from the pier and driving across KI (as Kangaroo Island is known to the locals) you'll soon be amazed by the astounding natural beauty. Because of the island's isolation from the mainland, more than half of it is pristine "old growth" vegetation.

    Upon reaching Seal Bay on the southern shore, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a colony of Australian Sea Lions in their natural environment. Highly endangered, they are the world's rarest sea lion, but easy to recognize by their blunt, dog-like snout and ear flaps. Watch these furry creatures basking in the sun and frolicking in the water.

    Continuing on, you'll drive to Kingscote, whose population of about 1,750 makes it the largest town on Kangaroo Island. You'll have free time here to browse for artwork and crafts, watch the fishing boats unload their day's catch, snack along the harbor, or wander over to Reeves Point to see an old mulberry tree that was planted by the first settlers in 1836. Afterwards, you'll drive back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 45-minutes of moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time in Kingscote. The surfaces at Seal Bay will be sandy. There will be over 2 1/2 hours of driving included. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • Kangaroo Island Wine & Art

    Spend the day sampling various vintages at three boutique wineries on the eastern portion of Kangaroo Island, one of Australia's newest and most promising wine regions.

    Depart from the pier and drive east towards picturesque Antechamber Bay, where you'll find the Chapman River Wines Cellar Door and Art Studio. One of Australia's most unusual wineries, the cellar consists of a converted tin aircraft hangar surrounded by just four acres of grapes vines. Although small and relatively new, Chapman River has already earned a fine reputation for its signature Happiness wines, some of which you'll have the opportunity to sample.

    Then, it's on to Dudley Wines on the nearby Dudley Peninsula. Started by a fourth-generation Kangaroo Island farmer, whose spread is called Porky Flat, the winery first produced a Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon blend in 1997 to take advantage of the farm's limestone soil and favorable climate. Today, the offerings have expanded to include more than a dozen wines, including a lightly wooded Chardonnay that's won numerous awards.

    Finally, you'll stop at the boutique Sunset Winery, which sits on a lovely parcel of native bush land, where 400 she-oaks were planted to provide food for the endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo. The winemakers are just as dedicated to their products, which include a lovely plum-red Shiraz and a creamy Chardonnay with luscious tropical fruit flavors. Following this tasting, you'll return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Guests must be at least 18 years of age to participate in the wine tastings.

  • Seal Bay Discovery

    Discover the unique attractions of Kangaroo Island, including its highly endangered Australian Sea Lions, a traditional eucalyptus oil distillery and a honey farm.

    Depart from the pier for a drive across the interior native bush land of Kangaroo Island to beautiful Seal Bay on the southern coast. More than a third of the island is devoted to parkland, and Seal Bay offers the unusual opportunity to walk along the beach among a colony of Australian Sea Lions in their natural environment.

    Highly endangered, they are the world's rarest sea lion, but easy to recognize by their blunt, dog-like snout and ear flaps. A park ranger is on hand to answer any questions, as you watch these furry creatures basking in the sun and frolicking in the water.

    A different sort of natural attraction awaits you at the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, a throwback to the days when distilling eucalyptus oil was one of Kangaroo Island's chief industries. Known for its pungent aroma, the oil is distilled from the leaf of an indigenous species of eucalyptus. While at the factory and shops, you'll have time to browse for a variety of local products, including soaps, lotions and conditioners, all scented with eucalyptus.

    Honey is also a staple on Kangaroo Island, largely produced by a Ligurian bee found nowhere else in the world. At Clifford's Honey Farm, you'll see their handiwork in products as diverse as beeswax candles, honey lip balm, and salad dressing. Afterwards, you'll drive back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, sturdy walking shoes are recommended.

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