Kangaroo Island Expedition

Kangaroo Island Expedition

Published: 21 April 2010

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The first exclusive annual expedition will take place 24-31 July and be led by naturalist Craig Wickham who has more than 20 years’ experience running personalised small group natural history tours on Kangaroo Island.

Highlights of the tour will include visiting Seal Bay, home to Australia’s third largest colony of Australian Sea Lions; seeing Admiral’s Arch, home to over 50,000 Australian and New Zealand fur seals; wandering among Cape Barren Geese; a nocturnal tour of Hanson Bay Sanctuary to see koalas during their wakeful period; and a coastal cruise to view seabirds, penguins, sea eagles, albatross, pelicans and dolphins.

The Kangaroo Island Expedition is being organised by James and Hayley Baillie, who run the award-winning eco-wilderness Southern Ocean Lodge as well as the Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island.

The couple said the unique voyage would be well-timed and filled with exceptional guided experiences, first-hand wildlife encounters, education and plenty of exploration, with a number of lectures from world-leading authorities.

"We’ve chosen July as the ideal time for an expedition as daytime temperatures are perfect for exploring and wildlife is active," they said.

Kangaroo Island is widely regarded as Australia’s Galapagos, and sits a mere 15 km from the shores of mainland South Australia. The Island is 155 km long by 55 km wide and covers some 4,500 sq km.

The Southern Ocean Lodge is open year-round and offers one of Australia’s first true luxury lodge experiences.

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