Emu Bay & Kingscote
Duration: 4 hours
Tour Code: KAN-004
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.