Whether you’re planning an action-packed weekend or taking a relaxing overnight trip from Adelaide, two days is just enough time to enjoy Kangaroo Island. Explore Flinders Chase National Park, take a wildlife safari, and visit some of South Australia’s most beautiful beaches. Here’s how to get the most out of two days on Kangaroo Island.
Day 1: Wildlife and Wilderness
**Morning:**Flinders Chase National Park is the star attraction of Kangaroo Island, and a 4WD tour is the best way to explore. Stop along the way to marvel at natural wonders such as the Remarkable Rocks and Admiral Arch, admire the views from the Cape Borda Lighthouse, and look out for wild kangaroos in Kelly Hill Conservation Park.
**Afternoon:**Continue along the island’s scenic south coast to Seal Bay, home to a colony of rare Australian fur seals. Nearby, Vivonne Bay is home to some of the island’s most pristine beaches, where you can cool off with a swim before grabbing a drink at one of the beachfront bars.
**Night:**The island’s wildlife is most active at night, so head out after dark to spot possums, tammar wallabies, boobook owls, and, of course, kangaroos. Venture off-road with a guide on a night safari to maximize your chances of wildlife sightings, or book a night tour at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
Day 2: Fun Activities and Foodie Delights
**Morning:**Kick off the day with a fun outdoor activity and get your adrenaline pumping. There are a variety of options to choose from—zip around the island on a quad bike, paddle along the Harriet River on a kayaking excursion, or head to the Little Sahara dunes, where you can try sandboarding or tobogganing.
**Afternoon:**Discover the island’s homegrown delicacies on a foodie tour. Perhaps stop by the Dudley Cellar Door for a wine tasting of local varietals, visit the American River's Oyster Farm Shop to sample fresh-from-the-ocean oysters, or pick up some edible souvenirs from Clifford's Honey Farm. End the day with dinner at Sunset Food and Wine, where tables look out over the seafront.
**Night:**Penneshaw is one of the few places in the world where you can spot little penguins in their natural environment. Each night at sunset, the penguins waddle back to their burrows on the beach after a day at sea. For the best views, head to the Penneshaw Penguin Centre, where there’s a dedicated viewing platform, or opt for a guided evening walk to learn more about the world’s smallest penguin species.