Most adventurers start their Aussie exploration trip from Cairns and only rush to see the Great Barrier Reef. However, by doing this, you’re missing out on a whole world of adventure offered by South Australia! So, forget about classic tourist destinations and experience the real wildlife encounters down south. Here are a few amazing experiences in South Australia for all animal lovers!
Watch the giants of the sea
A sight of a whale sailing the oceans will stay etched into your memory forever and there’s no better place to watch whales than South Oz! Travel to Victor Harbor just outside Adelaide for an attraction of your life. First whales can usually be spotted in May and sightings last all the way to early October. You can watch them cruise, hunt and play from the safety of cliffs along the coast, but if you want to get a closer look, you can book a boat or even a chopper tour that will take you closer. These leviathans will really put things into perspective and make you understand why people put so much effort into whale conservation.
Hang out with kangaroos
One of the best wildlife adventures in South Australia is definitely a visit to Kangaroo Island. When the British explorers set foot on this island at the beginning of 19th century, they were truly amazed by its wildlife. The island was (and still is) full of tame kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, fur seals and other unique Aussie animals. Even penguins come to the island to breed in April! Today, you don’t have to catch a ride with explorers, but simply find affordable Sydney cruises that will take you to your destination in style! Chill on board until you arrive, hang out with famous Aussie wildlife and go back to the comfort of your cruiser when you get tired. It’s a perfect mixture of comfort, luxury and raw adventure! Just keep in mind that animals are a bit more cautious today than 200 years ago, but they are still pretty relaxed around humans, especially if you move slowly and keep quiet!
Camp with koalas
Most foreigners think spotting a koala in Australia is very easy. However, the koala population is in serious decline and they’ve learned to be much more secretive creatures. Luckily, there are places like Mikkira Station near Port Lincoln that still have plenty of these furry cuties and sightings are practically guaranteed! This station is the home to the only wild koala colony in the area, probably thanks to its tasty eucalyptus trees that can be found in abundance. You can visit Mikkira Station and spend the entire day surrounded by the fuzzy marsupials or set a camp and spend the night in the reserve as koalas snooze above you!
Australia is probably the most famous places in the world when it comes to marine wildlife. The southern part of the Great Barrier Reef offers a variety of different scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities for both seasoned divers and absolute beginners. However, there are other diving spots that are separated from the GBR. For instance, take a 45-minute drive from Adelaide to Port Noarlunga Reef beloved among both snorkelers and scuba divers. The best thing about this diving spot is that you don’t even need a guide! There’s a self-guided diving trail that allows you to see hundreds of marine plants and corals and more than 60 different fish species! The reef is situated only 400 meters from the shore and is quite big, so you can explore it the whole day.
Swim with seals or sea lions
If you love the marine world, but need something more interactive than looking at fish and corals, you can visit Port Lincoln and go swimming with sea lions! These “puppies of the sea” are super playful and friendly and will not miss a chance to hang out with humans. Don’t hesitate to splash around and be active, since these fun-seeking sea creatures love to hang out with playful individuals. Pro tip: grab a waterproof GoPro or an underwater camera and you’ll manage to capture amazing photos.
Southern Australia has so many amazing wildlife adventures to offer to all types of travelers. So, no matter whether you’re in love with the marine world or prefer the firm ground, you will meet all sorts of interesting Australian animals. The south is calling you, so pack your bags and get ready for the wildlife adventure of your life!