One of the best places to see koalas in South Australia is Mikkira Station, near Port Lincoln. We were lucky to see this particular animal sitting up and alert, especially considering koalas sleep 20 hours a day.
Yellow-footed rock wallaby
Wallabies are closely related to the kangaroo. The yellow-footed rock wallaby in particular is listed on the endangered species list, but you have a good chance of seeing this animal in Wilpena Pound.
Birds of prey
The Birds of Prey show on Kangaroo Island is an excellent way to get up close and personal with many of South Australia’s feathered friends. All of the birds in the show were rescued and rehabilitated by owners Dave and Leeza Irwin; Dave is the cousin of the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin.
Kangaroos are plentiful in Australia, but there are still sanctuaries to help injured and orphaned kangaroos. Visiting one of these facilities is a wonderful way to see these cute creatures up close. If you go, much like Dave in this picture, you will have the animals eating out of your hands.
Swimming with dolphins
Swimming with dolphins in Baird Bay is an experience you’ll never forget. These wild dolphins love to interact with people, and once you jump in the water, they are eager to play with you. It’s up to them how long they stay, but the more relaxed you are (and the more you flip and twirl yourself in the water), the longer they’ll stick around.
You can get into the Outback quickly from Adelaide, and the Gawler Ranges is an excellent place to view kangaroos in the wild. Make sure to book a camping safari so you can spend time exploring the land, too.
Great white sharks
It’s a two-hour boat ride from Port Lincoln to Shark Bay, where you can hop in a cage and dive with great white sharks. In South Australia, outfitters attract the sharks with music, as opposed to chumming the water (which they do in other places around the globe).
Casper the owl
Casper is the name of a barn owl in the Birds of Prey show on Kangaroo Island. When we visited, the audience yelled the bird’s name, he popped his head from his tree, and then flew onto the stage. What a cutie!
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
The Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is a place where you can go on a koala walk. Sanctuary staffers set out markers each day to let you know where the koalas have been spotted previously. Sightings are guaranteed.
At Kingscote Wharf on Kangaroo Island, you can watch a “Pelican Man” feed hundreds of pelicans, who visit the area daily for a snack. Like clockwork, the animals fly in every evening for their feeding frenzy; a $5 donation will give you a prime seat for viewing.
Seals of Kangaroo Island
If you want to see seals in their natural habitat, there are a couple of different viewing opportunities around Kangaroo Island. First, the pinnipeds like to hang out on the rocks and arches at the Cape Willoughby Lighthouse. They also frequent the conservation area of Seal Bay, where you can spot them basking in the sun or surfing in the waves.
Snorkeling with dolphins
Did we mention you can snorkel with wild dolphins? It’s an activity that is so nice, we had to name it twice!
We thought it was fitting to end this photo essay with a kangaroo. When walking through a conservation area, we saw a dozen kangaroos like this guy, standing on their hind legs to eat leaves high on the trees.