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11 Days | Wild Islands of South Australia

Adelaide - Kangaroo Island - Reevesby Island - Flinders Island - Coffin Bay - Boston Island - Cape Donington - Penneshaw

Visit some of South Australia’s most historic lighthouses

See native wildlife including playful dolphins, sea lions, emus, rock wallabies and kangaroos

Collect and shuck your own oysters fresh from the sea at Coffin Bay, paired with local wines

Enjoy refreshing dips in the turquoise waters and relax on deserted silica white beaches

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On this 10-night voyage explore South Australia’s islands and gulf waters, which are some of the best-kept secrets of the Australian coastline. With 5000km of deserted shoreline and more than 300 islands, this region offers a diversity of natural wilderness including spectacular bays, remote islands and stunning sea-cliffs. Best of all, it remains wild and unspoilt. Experience a real sense of adventure and a vast array of wildlife – many of the islands are important sanctuaries for birds, kangaroos, wallabies, seals and sea lions. Along the way, indulge in the tastes of South Australia with fresh local seafood and wines complemented with our traditional warm Australian hospitality.


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Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11


Day 1


Arrive at the Lakes Resort Hotel Port Adelaide at 2PM to meet with the Coral Expeditions team for your for SailSAFE check-in. A pre-cruise transfer will then transport you to Coral Geographer or Coral Adventurer for boarding at 4:00pm, ready to depart Adelaide at 5:00 pm. Settle into your cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship before your first delicious dinner as we cruise towards Kangaroo Island.

Meals: All meals onboard

Accommodation: Coral Geographer/Coral Adventurer

Day 2

 Kangaroo Island (Antechamber Bay - Cape Willoughby)

Antechamber Bay, located on the north coast of the Dudley Peninsula, is one of Kangaroo Island’s finest coastal havens. The deserted, untouched long beach of the bay is where Chapman river meets the sea. The area is covered with Forest of gum trees and narrow-leaf mallee which makes the walk at Lashmar Conservation park truly a magnificent experience.

At the other end of the bay, Cape Willoughby juts into the ‘Backstairs Passage’ – the narrow strait between Kangaroo Island and the Fleurieu Peninsula that was named by Matthew Flinders as the ‘private entrance’ to the two gulfs. Lighting this 14km wide strait is the Cape Willoughby Light Station. We will visit the Lighthouse keeper’s cottage and learn of it’s interesting stories and have opportunity to climb the Light house itself. In the grounds, we will do a loop walk from the Lighthouse to the beautiful smuggler’s Cove and often the special KI wallaby are spotted along the way.


  • Cape Willoughby Light Station Heritage Walk (1 Hour Return, 1.9km, Moderate)

A hike into the sheltered gully of the original light station settlement. An insight into how the early light keepers lived, with demanding routine and isolation heightened by the distance between their homes and the light house. Visit the Cape Willoughby Lighthouse (Sturt Light), the first lighthouse in South Australia.

  • Antechamber Bay Walk – (1 Hour Return, 4.2km One Way, Easy-Moderate)
  • Cape Willoughby Smuggler’s Cove Walk (1 Hour Return, 1.5km one way, Easy)
  • Lashmar Conservation Park (1 Hour Return, 1km, Easy-Moderate)

Meals: All meals onboard

Accommodation: Coral Geographer/Coral Adventurer

Day 3

Kangaroo Island (Western River Cove)

Today, land at isolated Western River Cove to visit the beautiful historic homestead. There may be an opportunity to meet the homestead owners and hear their stories. A walk along the ridge reveals spectacular views of the valley at the back of the property, and the beach offers excellent swimming. Weather permitting, visit beautiful Snug Cove. Later, cruise past the rarely viewed norther cliffs of Kangaroo Island towards Cape Borda.

Meals: All meals onboard

Accommodation: Coral Geographer/Coral Adventurer

Day 4

Reevesby Island

Head to Reevesby Island, part of the Sir Joseph Banks Group; an archipelago on the eastern coast of the Eyre Peninsula. Accessible only by boat, this island is one of the largest of the group. Women played a major role in the island’s history, especially in the early days leading up to the Great Depression. Take a hike around this important seabird breeding site and visit the homestead and machinery sheds. This beautiful chain of islands offers a range of sheltered bays, golden sand beaches and reefs teeming with marine life.

Meals: All meals onboard

Accommodation: Coral Geographer/Coral Adventurer

Day 5

Flinders Island

Located around 35kms from the Eyre Peninsula Coast, Flinders Island has a long history of sealing, whaling, and farming. Owned by the Woolford family since 1979, they run an established sheep farm, abalone harvesting business and are working to establish a safe haven for vulnerable native species. Meet the Woolford family to learn about the history and conservation projects on the island.
Visit the Kapara shipwreck at Bryant’s Bay, and stroll through the shearing sheds at the farm. Taste fresh abalone at Eyrewoolf Abalone.


  • Western River Cove Walk to Viewpoint (1 Hour, 2km Return, Moderate/Steep)

A walk from the beach to the nearby historic Western River Homestead and the river valley beyond. While the beautiful homestead survived, the whole valley was heavily impacted by last summer’s fires, with opportunity to look at the effects of these fires and the bushland recovery since.

  • Flinders Island Shearing Shed Walk (45mins, 1.3km Return, Easy)
  • Bryant’s Bay & Kapara

1. Sealing Ruins Walk (15mins, 500m, Easy)
2. Kapara Boiler Walk (10mins, 500m, Moderate/Rocky-Sandy)
3. Sheok Forrest Walk (30mins, 1.5km, Moderate)
4. Cliff Walk (30mins, 1.5km, Hard/Rocky Climb-Walk)

Meals: All meals onboard

Accommodation: Coral Geographer/Coral Adventurer

Day 6

Coffin Bay

Bordered by sea and National Parks, Coffin Bay is a stunning destination. The pristine waters of the bays in this area are home to numerous pods of dolphins, sea lions, seals and many seabirds. Emus and kangaroos roam and the natural beauty of the turquoise sea, white sand dunes, and bright blue sky is a wonderful backdrop to our day’s adventures.

Here we will walk through the Coffin Bay National Park at Point Sir Isaac to get an understanding of the forests and environment – enjoy the interpretation of the heathlands, mallee forest and she-oak woodlands. Discover the tranquil bays, protected from the might of the Southern Ocean, and snorkel or kayak with the chance to spot some of the marine life.


There is also the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable wild cuisine experience – enjoy a small boat cruise along the oyster beds to collect and enjoy them fresh from the sea.

Meals: All meals onboard

Accommodation: Coral Geographer/Coral Adventurer

Day 7

Boston Island

Today we explore Boston Island, which lies between Port Lincoln and Cape Donington. Roughly 6km long, Boston Island is very hilly and has four beautiful beaches. Within the island landmass there is about 2,500 acres of grassy, hilly slopes with many sheep. Given its sheltered coastal aspect there is much birdlife on the island with Sea Eagles, Cape Barren Geese, Wedge Tailed and some 40 or so other species that make the island their home.


Explore this important seabird breeding area, with walks along golden sand beaches and learn of the history of this island.

Meals: All meals onboard

Accommodation: Coral Geographer/Coral Adventurer

Day 8

 Cape Donington - Maclaren Point

A headland at the most northerly part of the Jussieu Peninsula on the east coast of Eyre Peninsula, Cape Donington is a great spot to enjoy refreshing sea views and rocky coastline. Take a dip at Cape Donington Beach before heading along the 2km trail over to September Beach. Keep an eye out for western grey kangaroos, emus or goannas near the Cape Donington lighthouse, or head out to Donington Island to view long-nosed fur seals or Australian sea lions from the Xplorer.


  • Donington Loop Hike – Lincoln National Park (2 Hour Return, 6.2km Circuit, Moderate)

Admire offshore islands, granite outcrops and sandy beaches as you explore the Donington Peninsula. Populations of Australian Sea Lions and New Zealand Fur-seals inhabit Donington Island near the lighthouse.

  • Walk Donington September Beach (1 Hour Return, 2km, Easy)

A short, easy hike with refreshing sea views and rocky coastlines.


  • Stamford Hill Hike to Woodcutter’s Beach (1.5 Hour Return, 4km, Hard/Steep and Irregular surface)

Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Lincoln National Park, Boston Bay and numerous offshore islands from the historic Flinders Monument at the top of Stamford Hill. A reasonably challenging hike, this trail has some moderate inclines but has a good trail surface.

Meals: All meals onboard

Accommodation: Coral Geographer/Coral Adventurer

Day 9

As a secondary option, we may visit historical Penneshaw. Landing at Hogs Bay where we will learn of the history of Baudin and Flinders.


  • Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail (1.5km, Easy)

The trail is 1.5 km in length; an easy walk but with some steps, offers original artwork in a beautiful natural setting.

  • Fireball Bates Walking Trail (1-2 hours, 3km)

George Bates, called Fireball because of his red hair, was one of the first settlers to Kangaroo Island. He joined a sealing expedition in 1823, jumping ship 13 years before settlers arrived. The trail begins at the now closed Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre and loops down to near the ferry and back.


  • Wallaby Track (3km, moderate)

It’s a 3 km return hike which follows a natural spring fed creek bed with naturally occurring waterfalls into limestone features. A  little more challenging, so wear good sturdy walking shoes.

Meals: All meals onboard

Accommodation: Coral Geographer/Coral Adventurer

Day 10

Open Day

As advertised this is a 10 Night Cruise. As it is classified as an 'Expedition Cruise' the itinerary is flexible and each day there will be visits to the many islands listed in this itinerary. This day in our itinerary does not have a destination listed and is being utiliesd to reflect the 10 nights, but rest assured on your cruise the expedition team will have an exciting itinerary planned for you.

Meals: All meals onboard

Accommodation: Coral Geographer/Coral Adventurer

Day 11


This morning we arrive into Adelaide at 730AM for an 830AM disembarkation.

Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • All excursions with our Expedition Team
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and Kayaks
  • Snorkelling & SCUBA equipment (SCUBA diving at an additional cost)
  • Daily lectures and briefings with Guest Lecturers
  • All meals, chef-prepared on board
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell events, and open bridge access
  • Selected wines, selected beers and house spirits, juices, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour barista-style coffee and tea station
  • All entrance fees to National Parks, ports, traditional owner fees and charges imposed by governing authorities
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Use of all onboard facilities, incl. a reference library
  • Your expedition photos captured during the voyage
  • Post-cruise transfers
  • Wifi Access – Standard speed connectivity enabling email, social image sharing, web browsing and messaging

About the Ships:


Coral Adventurer carries a maximum of 120 guests, inspired by the company’s Australian ethos and the wide-open spaces the ship visits, is purpose-built to take you closer to unspoiled vistas in comfort, style, and safety.


Coral Geographer, the newest addition to our fleet, carries a maximum of 120 guests, delivering Coral Expeditions’ renowned warm Australian hospitality, intimate onboard atmosphere, and world-class expedition experience.


  • Airfares to and from Adelaide
  • Pre-cruise transfers
  • Pre and post cruise flights/charter flights
  • Pre and post cruise accommodation
  • Travel Insurance
  • SCUBA Diving
  • Entry visas & travel permits for the country you are traveling to/from
  • Alcoholic drinks (including beer and wine) outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Laundry service (available at a cost)
  • Items of a personal nature such souvenir purchases
  • Optional Extras (in some destinations)

Travel Insurance: We recommend Covermore travel insurance. To quote and book, please click HERE.

Cabin type: Coral Deck Stateroom. Upgrades Available, contact us NOW for a quote.

Important: All travellers must have insurance for this cruise and be vaccinated against covid19.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions, and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.

Please note Coral Deck Staterooms are sold out for 4th November 2023 departure.

2023 Departures are on Coral Geographer

2024 Departures are on Coral Adventurer

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Departure Dates

OCT 2024
31 st
Thursday 31 Oct 2024  ‐  Sunday 10 Nov 2024
NOV 2024
10 th
Sunday 10 Nov 2024  ‐  Wednesday 20 Nov 2024
NOV 2024
20 th
Wednesday 20 Nov 2024  ‐  Saturday 30 Nov 2024