Kangaroo Island Explorer

Marvel at the regenerative powers of nature while exploring Australia’s third-largest island from the comfort of your floating base camp



per person, twin share
Marvel at the regenerative powers of nature while exploring Australia’s third-largest island from the comfort of your floating base camp. Following on from the devastating bushfires of January 2020 this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see new life bursting forth, the return of koalas, wallabies, echidnas and dunnarts. Each day you’ll choose from a menu of activities, from swimming with dolphins and sea lions, to exploring wilderness tracks and participating in post-fire ecological surveys. By ship, Zodiac or kayak, encounter spectacular granite coastlines and fossils of ancient sea creatures. Treat your taste buds with local fare, from gin and wine to fresh seafood and honey while gaining new insights into habitat restoration from renowned experts. Local artists will share their insights, and local guides will introduce their natural world on an expedition you will cherish forever.
This expedition is subject to regulatory approval and only open to Australian residents.

Kangaroo Island Explorer

Adelaide return
Onboard Greg Mortimer
15 & 21 October 2021
7 days


per person, twin share in a balcony stateroom
Price includes save 20%


  • Swim or snorkel with dolphins, Australian sea lions and long-nosed fur seals^
  • Marvel at the artistic works of locals, from Janine MacIntosh’s ‘assemblages of nature’ to Indiana James’s sculptures
  • Participate in habitat restoration, bird banding and other citizen science projects, and enjoy encounters with koalas and short-beaked echidnas
  • Experience remote coastlines few have seen before you, and learn about Kangaroo Island’s unique geology, including the highly eroded granite of Remarkable Rocks and unique fossil record at Emu Bay
  • Discover the unique ecosystems designated as “Hope Spots” by Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue team, including the ‘Great Southern Reef’ and Kangaroo Island’s North Coast
  • Enjoy the warmth and gratitude of the locals as you help their recovery efforts

    ^Optional activities at additional cost


Embark the Greg Mortimer in the afternoon. After boarding, take time to settle into your cabin before attending important safety briefings. Enjoy the thrill of departure as we pull away and sail south in St Vincent Gulf. In the evening, meet your expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner as the sun sets over Yorke Peninsula.
Anchor in the area first surveyed by Matthew Flinders in 1802, and named for a group of American sealers who landed a year later of the brig Union hailing from Rhode Island. Following a chance meeting with French explorer Nicholas Baudin in King George Sound, the Union’s captain, Isaac Pendleton, took Baudin’s advice and sailed to Kangaroo Island. Not only did he find abundant seals, but also excellent timber for shipbuilding. In just four months, the sealers built the 35-ton schooner, Independence, South Australia’s first ship. A memorial plaque honouring the sealers can be seen. Today sets the style of this unique voyage. Most days you’ll have a number of adventures to choose from. In American River, this means walking and cycling, bird banding, habitat restoration and recovery programs focusing on glossy black cockatoos, short-beaked echidnas and dunnarts. Watch for the return of koalas in the wild, a beautiful sight after the bushfires.
Land in Penneshaw, a small town on the northeast coast of the Dudley Peninsula and walk to Frenchman’s Rock, a replica of the original carving by one of Baudin’s crew marking their arrival in 1803. Join an e-bike tour, participate in a post-fire ecological survey in the bush, searching for dunnarts and little pygmy possums with Heidi Groffen and Pat Hodgen from Kangaroo Island’s Land for Wildlife programme.
During the night, our floating base camp is repositioned to the south coast, anchoring in Vivonne Bay. Zodiac ashore at the head of a perfectly U-shaped bay, landing on a stretch of white sand once-voted ‘Australia’s best beach’. Relax, jump off the jetty into tur quoise waters, beachcomb, kayak or snorkel. Follow a local guide into Seal Bay Conservation Park, where we hope to get close to a wild colony of some 1000 Australian sea lions. Other activities might include watching local artist Janine MacIntosh create ‘assemblages of nature’, or Indiana James producing exquisite Pelican sculptures from found materials. Enjoy an afternoon surveying the spectacular scenery of KI’s wild, west coast from our ‘mother ship’. Marvel at soaring sea cliffs, and note the uniquely square shape of Cape Borda lighthouse as we round the north-western corner of the island.
After breakfast, Zodiac ashore in stunning Emu Bay on KI’s north coast, with its long beach and clear waters, to join a local guide to snorkel with dolphins (additional expense). Discover the joy of organic bee keeping, learn about the unique fossil record at Emu Bay, or enjoy a gin tasting with Kangaroo Island Spirits. Finish your day’s adventures in Kingscote, South Australia’s oldest settlement and the island’s largest town.
After breakfast, farewell your expedition team and disembark to be transferred to the airport or your hotel.

Important note: In the spirit of expedition travel, we encourage exploration and adventure offering flexibility in challenging environments. This itinerary is only a guide and is subject to change due to weather, sea state and other conditions beyond our control.


Arrival transfer from airport or hotel to Greg Mortimer on Day 1
Departure transfer from Greg Mortimer to airport or hotel on last day
Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)
A spray jacket per person
Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
Gratuities for ship crew


International or domestic flights, not mentioned in the itinerary
Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
Airport arrival or departure taxes
Passport, visa, and vaccination charges
Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
Optional activity surcharges
All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges


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