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From the river to the sea – Kangaroo Island and the Murray River

Discover Australia’s third largest Island, Kangaroo Island, and its fascinating wildlife, spectacular coastal scenery, stunning landscapes, pristine beaches and unique local wines and produce with SeaLink Holidays.

Only a quick 45 minute ferry ride from Cape Jervis, south of Adelaide,, Kangaroo Island offers a range of amazing sightseeing and food and wine experiences.

See wild Australian Sea Lions in their natural environment as they sleep, play and swim at Seal Bay, marvel at the spectacular Birds of Prey free-flight show, be entertained at the pelican feeding at Kingscote and visit Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery – South Australia’s only Eucalyptus Distillery.

Nature lovers can get up close and personal with kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and other nocturnal wildlife in their natural habitats or at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. Spot Koalas in Eucalyptus trees at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

Other must see attractions include Flinders Chase National Park. Here witness nature’s breath-taking creations – Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, before falling in love with the Long-Nosed Fur Seal colony that call Admirals Arch home.

Renowned for its thriving food and wine industry, guests to Kangaroo Island can visit a range of cellar doors for tasting. Foodies will not want to miss Clifford’s Honey Farm for a try of their famous homemade honey ice-cream or the Island Pure Sheep Dairy for a taste of their award-winning Mediterranean style cheeses and yoghurts.

Marine adventures are also available and guests can see Dolphins swimming in the ocean from the comfort of a boat or swim beside the Dolphins with no ropes or boundaries.

From 4×4 luxury small group tours, to comfortable coach tours, to fully escorted holidays to self-drive holidays, SeaLink has a range of Kangaroo Island tour or holiday packages that will suit everyone and encompass all the islands attractions.

Overnight tours offer accommodation and breakfast and all tours include a delicious gourmet lunch. For self-drive holidaymakers, SeaLink book over 150 accommodation properties on Kangaroo Island including holiday houses, apartments, cabins, hotels, B&B’s and hostels.


For those wanting to experience more of South Australia, SeaLink has a range of packaged 8, 9 or 12 night Combo Tours combining a 2 Day Tour of Kangaroo Island, 4 nights’ accommodation in Adelaide, a free City Highlights Tour and your choice of a three, four or seven night cruise on the spectacular Murray River aboard the romantic paddlewheeler, PS Murray Princess.

Be captivated by the rivers beauty as the Murray Princess cruises along the Murray River departing from Mannum and cruising north on its 4 night cruise to Blanchetown and south on its 3 night cruise to Murray Bridge while experiencing the incredible terrain, wildlife, Australian history, culture and adventure of this region.

These two cruises can be combined to make up a 7 night cruise and also includes a complimentary Barossa Tour!

Each day while cruising will feature exciting day trips to historic ports, the sacred Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Conservation Park, a sheep station and woolshed, a native wildlife shelter and even a backwater wildlife flat-bottomed boat tour. Led by on-shore guides passengers can even enjoy nature walks, eco-tours and learn about the thriving ecology of the river.

Delight in the delicious food and wine on the Murray River and follow the food and wine trail for tastings at a number of vineyards and cellar doors. An Aussie style

barbecue is enjoyed on the riverbank one night.

Bird watchers will love the abundance of Australian birds along the Murray River including Swans, Swamp Hens and Wood Ducks and their young. Plant life is also thriving with Lignum bushes flowering and rushes and reeds getting a vibrant green colour to them.

On-board guests can just sit back in one of two air-conditioned paddlewheel lounges and enjoy the amazing views as the Murray Princess cruises past towering limestone cliffs, through picturesque gorges and along riverbanks lined with mallee scrub and red gum forests.

The working paddle wheel can even be watched through a spectacular two-story glass window in the Paddlewheel Lounge. The Murray Princess can accommodate 120 passengers in 60 staterooms and cabins spread over three levels with some cabins designed for wheelchair access.

Although only a small ship, the Murray Princess offers a range of facilities including a sun deck, a bar, two lounges, a restaurant, a gift shop, a spa, mini gymnasium and free WiFi. The cruise includes all meals, accommodation, activities, onboard presentations, the Captain’s Dinner and Cocktail Party and live entertainment.

Complimentary scenic coach transfers from Adelaide are included with accommodation in Adelaide based at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel, located close to all of Adelaide’s main tourist attractions including Rundle Mall, Skycity Casino, museums and art galleries.

Coach and ferry transfers are also included to get you to Kangaroo Island to join the 2 Day Best of Kangaroo Island Tour which includes all touring, accommodation and two lunches.

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