Kingdom of the Kangaroo

Australia’s South

October 16 - 27, 2017
Cost: $6,280*
Leader: Tonia Cochran
Group Size: 10
Days: 12

Safari Overview

*Get $350 off your two-trip total when combining this safari with our Tasmania safari on October 24 - November 4, 2017 that includes rare marsupials, for over two weeks of incredible wildlife action.

Journey to South Australia’s Kangaroo Island and traverse the Red Outback in search of strange and wonderful wildlife surrounded by stunning scenery. Explore National Parks and wildlife reserves in these wildlife-rich regions to see echidnas, Koalas, kangaroos, cockatoos, parrots, and rare endemic birds. Challenge your senses and sense of adventure with night explorations. Travel from the Samphire Coast, through the Flinders Ranges of the outback to the wetlands of the Murray River. Visit Flinders Chase National Park and other scenic reserves on Kangaroo Island. Make your dreams come true by experiencing the wondrous wildlife indigenous to the Land Down Under.

• Get $350 off your two-trip total when combining this safari with our Tasmania safari that includes rare marsupials, for over two weeks of incredible wildlife action.
• Photograph iconic Australian mammals such as wombats, echidna, Koala, and three species of macropod: Red Kangaroo, Western Grey Kangaroo, and Euro.
• See colorful birds such as lyrebirds, parrots, rosellas, honeyeaters, and finches, and search for rare endemics.
• Take a three-hour boat cruise through Coorong National Park.
• Experience night spotting for nocturnal wildlife including the endangered Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat.
• Add a four-day extension in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales or a customized extension to other parts of Australia.

Contact us if you’re interested in extensions to the Great Barrier Reef (snorkeling or diving), O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in Lamington National Park, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Western Australia, or other destinations Down Under.

Itinerary updated: April 2017

Print Trip Safari Options
Date Description Lodge Meals
Oct 16 - 17 Travel to Australia (lose a day if flying west across the International Dateline)
Oct 18 Arrive in Adelaide, South Australia Grosvenor Hotel, Adelaide D
Oct 19 - 20 South Australia’s Samphire Coast and Flinders Ranges National Park for Red Kangaroo Wilpena Pound Resort, Wilpena Pound Resort, Flinders Ranges B, L, D
Oct 21 Wetlands and Uplands of the Murray River Morgan Colonial Motel, Morgan B, L, D
Oct 22 Birdlife Australia’s Gluepot Reserve, night tour for Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat in Mannum Mannum Motel, Mannum B, L, D
Oct 23 Coorong National Park by boat and foot, return to Adelaide Grosvenor Hotel, Adelaide B, L
Oct 24 - 25 Fly to Kangaroo Island, visit Flinders Chase National Park and other reserves for wildlife and coastal scenery Kangaroo Island Lodge, American River B, L, D
Oct 26 Fly to Adelaide, walk through Adelaide Botanical Gardens or explore the city on your own Grosvenor Hotel, Adelaide B, L, D
Oct 27 Fly home from Adelaide or fly to Hobart for our Tasmania safari Grosvenor Hotel, Adelaide B

Our Trip Leaders

Tonia Cochran

Tonia Cochran is a wonderful guide, naturalist, and conservationist with a wide range of experience in Australian fauna and flora. Armed with a PhD in Zoology, she has a diverse professional career in science, conservation, and tourism. Her specialty is knowing the best places in Australia to find wildlife, something that is hard to do on your own. Tonia is a superb leader as proven by the many accolades she receives and will help you really understand what makes Australia tick.

Detailed Itinerary

A glimpse into our journey

Travel to Australia

Oct 16 - 17

Travelers flying west across the International Dateline will lose one day.

Arrive in Adelaide, South Australia

Oct 18

Arrive in Adelaide and transfer to our hotel in the city center near the River Torrens and Adelaide Botanic Garden. Meet the group leader for orientation and welcome dinner.

Samphire Coast and Flinders Ranges in South Australia

Oct 19 - 20

Western Gray Kangaroo

South Australia has a variety of habitats including the dry and red interior outback, the lush and green Mount Lofty Ranges, the wetlands and mangroves around Adelaide, the estuaries in the Coorong, the floodplains of the Murray River, and the vast expanses of the semi-arid, mallee eucalyptus scrub. From Adelaide, we’ll follow the Samphire Coast north through mangrove forests, samphire flats, and inter-tidal seagrass meadows. The Samphire Coast is frequented by thousands of shorebirds, including the enigmatic Banded Stilt, which breeds only when the ephemeral inland lakes fill with water. Visit the Arid Lands Botanical Gardens to examine indigenous plants, shrubs, and flowers adapted to this semi-arid landscape. Amid a backdrop of red sand dunes, flowering plants attract a variety of colorful birds such as White-winged Fairy-wren and Redthroat. Turning inland, we’ll reach the edge of Australia’s outback and the Flinders Ranges with impressively steep hills and rock formations. The ranges are home to Emu and three species of macropod: Red Kangaroo, Western Grey Kangaroo, and Euro (Wallaroo). We’ll watch and photograph as they graze on the natural grasslands, surrounded by ancient native Southern Cypress Pine forests.

Rugged mountain scenery, peaceful gorges, and a huge array of wildlife and flora make the Flinders Ranges National Park one of the finest landscapes in Australia. The centerpiece of the national park is Wilpena Pound, a natural, sickle-shaped amphitheater of mountains. The elusive Short-tailed Grasswren hides in the spinifex grass that covers these slopes and the majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle soars overhead. Search the park for Red Kangaroo and follow streambeds lined with gum trees and inhabited by Elegant Parrot and Grey-fronted Honeyeater. Wind through a narrow gorge to discover an 800-million-year-old stromatolite fossil and watch the rock formations transform into deeper shades of red while we observe and photograph a colony of endangered Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby.

Wetlands and Uplands of the Murray River

Oct 21

Eucalypt forest

This morning we will enjoy the Flinders Ranges for the last time before heading south to encounter Australia’s greatest river: the Murray. Lined with spectacular cliffs, the broad floodplains of the Murray River are home to wetlands teeming with water birds while the upland supports populations of the endangered and localized Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat. Our exploration of the Murray River will also include visiting a breeding colony of the beautiful, endangered Regent Parrot.

Birdlife Australia’s Gluepot Reserve, night tour for wombat

Oct 22

Laughing Kookaburra by Debbie Thompson

Spend the morning exploring Birdlife Australia’s Gluepot Reserve, home to no less than six endangered bird species. Photograph in the soft light of dawn while the sun rises over centuries-old mallee eucalypts and sand dunes covered in spinifex grass. From one of the bird hides that overlook a watering trough, we have a chance of observing Mulga Parrot and many of Gluepot's ten species of honeyeater. In the afternoon, we’ll travel to Mannum where we have access to a unique property on the banks of the Murray River with superb views of the water lapping against the majestic, orange-colored cliffs. After a sunset dinner in a refurbished, chandelier-lit farm building, we’ll go night spotting for owls, Tawny Frogmouth, and the nocturnal Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat.

Coorong National Park by boat and foot, return to Adelaide

Oct 23

White-breasted Sea-Eagle

After breakfast, walk through a reserve typically teeming with waterfowl including the rare Blue-billed Duck and watch as eagles, harriers, and kites soar over the cliffs. Continue to the Coorong Wetlands, the estuary of the Murray River; Coorong National Park contains a huge freshwater lake, a coastal lagoon, and a tall chain of sand dunes. This range of habitats is important for endangered mammals and is a breeding area for egrets, ibises, cormorants, Australian Pelican, Fairy Tern, and Nankeen Night Heron. Explore the diversity in this region on a three-hour cruise, including landings to explore on foot. We’ll travel through the scenic Mount Lofty Ranges on our way back to Adelaide.

Kangaroo Island, Flinders Chase National Park

Oct 24 - 25

Flinders Chase National Park by Debbie Thompson

Kangaroo Island has beautiful coastal scenery and is home to fascinating wildlife, including an abundance of Koala (introduced to the island) and Western Grey Kangaroo. Observe how these large kangaroos use their powerful legs to bound across a field or use their long tails for balance while slowly grazing. We’ll keep an eye out for the solitary Short-beaked Echidna as it forages for ants and termites, and Tammar Wallaby, which are now extinct on the adjacent mainland of South Australia. Flinders Chase National Park is breeding ground for the rare Cape Barren Goose, so we hope for a close encounter. We’ll visit Duck Lagoon for waterbirds, including Black Swan, and seek out the endangered Kangaroo Island subspecies of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo.

Fly to Adelaide, River Torrens and Adelaide Botanical Garden

Oct 26

Short-beaked Echidna

Fly from Kangaroo Island back to Adelaide, arriving late morning. Enjoy a bit of free time to explore Adelaide on your own this afternoon or join Tonia on an interpretive walk along the River Torrens and through the Adelaide Botanical Garden.

Fly home or continue on our Tasmania safari

Oct 27

Fly home from Adelaide or extend your stay in Australia. Travelers flying east across the International Dateline will gain one day, arriving home on the same day you depart. For those continuing onto Tasmania, fly from Adelaide to Hobart, where we will meet our outstanding local Tasmanian bird and mammal expert, Nick Mooney. See the Tasmania itinerary.

Australia South

Journey to South Australia’s Kangaroo Island and traverse the Red Outback in search of wonderful wildlife surrounded by stunning scenery.

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Cost & Payments

Costs (in US$)

Type Cost Per Person
Trip Cost, double occupancy $6,280
Single Supplement $1,120
Get $350 off your two-trip total when combining our Tasmania and South Australia safaris $350 off

We reserve the right to charge for cost increases that occur between when we set tour prices and the date of travel, for example, changes due to the cost of lodging and transportation or change in exchange rate. If you are a single traveler and you desire, we will find a roommate for you. If we cannot find you a roommate, we may charge you a single supplement fee. Single rooms are subject to availability.

Payment Schedule

Payment Due Date Amount Per Person
Deposit Due now to reserve your space $500
Second December 1, 2016 $1,000
Final May 15, 2017 Remaining Balance

Payments will be due based on the following schedule. All reservations require a deposit to confirm reservation of your space. For reservations made after a due date, all past payments will be due with registration. By sending your initial deposit, you agree to accept our payment schedule as a contract. If payments are still outstanding two weeks after the due date, your space may be forfeited.


Until the Final Payment due date, deposits are refundable except for a cancellation fee of $150 per person, which can be applied toward another tour if reserved within six months of the cancelled trip’s departure date. Cancellations are non-transferrable. No refunds are given after the Final Payment due date.


  • All leaders, transport, park entry fees, and permits for all activities unless described as optional or not included.
  • Lodging for the nights of October 18 through October 26.
  • Meals from dinner on October 18 through breakfast on October 27, except one dinner as listed in the Not Included section.
  • Round-trip flights Adelaide/Kangaroo Island on REX (Regional Air Express).
  • The Coorong National Park boat cruise.
  • Airport transfers in Adelaide on October 18 and October 27.
  • Trip Materials – information about flights, packing, entry and departure requirements, airport transfers, gratuities, etc.

Not Included

  • Airfare (except flights listed as included), airport and departure taxes, and excess baggage fees. International airfare to/from Australia varies by departure point, typically $1,000-$2,500 from the US.
  • Separate airport transfers.
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Dinner on October 23 in Adelaide.
  • Gratuities: Tipping is, of course, discretionary and is earned, not expected. We suggest budgeting a total of about $15 to $20 per day (about $120 to $160 per participant) for the resident naturalist guides.
  • Emergency medical and evacuation insurance and trip cancellation insurance. Read more about travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, medical costs or hospitalization, room service, alcoholic and other bottled beverages, and items not on the regular menu, etc. If you have special dietary needs, please indicate them on your Reservation/Release Form.


Expect daytime temperatures to range from 60˚F to 80˚F, with nighttime temperatures usually around 45˚F to 55˚F, with occasional colder nights in the southernmost regions. There should be plenty of sunshine, but be prepared for the occasional rainstorm.

Fitness Level

Walks are typically no more than one or two miles and will be at slow pace with frequent stops to observe and photograph. You should be able to get in and out of the bus reasonably well and carry all of your own luggage, although a guide or porter may be able to assist you at times.


Airfare (except for flights listed as included) is not included in the tour cost. Detailed flight information and the contact information for our recommended flight-ticketing agent are included in the Trip Materials we will send you.

Flights you (or a travel agent) book: Arrive in Adelaide, Australia by October 18. For those flying west across the International Dateline, you will lose a day, so you’ll need to leave home by October 16. Depart from Adelaide on October 27, unless you are extending your stay. For those going back east across the International Dateline, you’ll gain a day and arrive home on the same day.

Participants continuing on our Tasmania safari: For those combining our two Australia safaris, you’ll fly from Adelaide to Hobart on October 27 to join the Tasmania safari. We will provide flight details after registration; please contact us before booking flights between safaris.

Flights we book for you: Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris will arrange the round-trip flights Adelaide/Kangaroo Island; the cost of these flights is included in the tour.



Our lodging ranges from basic to deluxe, depending on what is available in the remote locations we travel to for wildlife. Rooms throughout the safari are comfortable and have private baths.




  • Non-smoking policy: We have a strict non-smoking policy. Smoking is not permitted at any time or any place during our tours.
  • Maximum time in nature: We try to spend as much time in nature as possible, sometimes resulting in long days, but giving you a more in-depth experience.
  • Itinerary route: The itinerary route, stops, and plans are subject to change by unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather or road conditions.
  • Additional forms: For some of our tours, you may be asked to fill out additional forms (e.g., medical questionnaire).
  • Medical conditions and travel risks: Travel to remote places is exciting, but it is important to understand and accept the risks, both medical and logistical. Minor medical problems can usually be treated, but because we are often far from medical facilities, there can be no expectation for immediate medical treatment or evacuation, even in cases of trauma. Anyone with health problems needing close medical supervision should not consider going on this tour. Bring enough medication for the duration of the trip for any chronic medical needs, since pharmacies are usually not available. When you send your deposit and signed Reservation/Release Form, you certify to us that you do not knowingly have any physical or other conditions that would create a risk for yourself or for other trip participants.