Day Trips

Explore the South Coast of Kangaroo Island

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The visual beauty of Kangaroo Island lies in its coastline, and the remote South Coast is home to most of the island's major attractions and national parks

Serenity Cottage at Vivonne Bay is centrally located as a convenient base for day trips to Seal Bay, Little Sahara, Kelly Hill Caves, Hanson Bay, Flinders Chase, Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch - and is no more than 75 minutes drive to anywhere on the vast island.

Situated within a 5 minute stroll to both Vivonne Bay beach and Harriet River, Serenity Cottage is an ideal place from which to explore Kangaroo Island.

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Seal Bay

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Located 26 km (25 minutes drive south east) from Serenity Cottage, Vivonne Bay

Seal Bay is the only place in the world where you can see the Australian Sea Lion up so close, and one of the most popular visitor experiences on Kangaroo Island. Guided beach tours depart from the visitor centre throughout the day, or view the seals from the boardwalk on a self-guided tour. Just magic!


Seal Bay Guided Tours Kangaroo Island

Little Sahara

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Located 8.5 km (approx. 15 minutes drive east) from Serenity Cottage, Vivonne Bay

Hire a sand board or toboggan from the Vivonne Bay General Store or KI Outdor Action and head over to the Little Sahara - a system of naturally occurring giant sand dunes. Covering approx. 2 square kilometres the dunes vay in size, with the highest dune approx. 70 metres above sea level.
When visiting this iconic site, take only photographs and leave only footprints (and sandboard tracks).


Little Sahara Sand Boarding Kangaroo Island

Raptor Domain

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Located 15 km (approx. 20 minutes drive east) from Serenity Cottage, Vivonne Bay

The ultimate, educational, interactive, wildlife experience - suitable for the whole family.
Daily presentations include:
Birds of Prey - Put on a glove and have these amazing birds fly to you.
Fang-Tastic - Hold and learn about reptiles.
Venom Pit - Get up close in a safe environment with some of Australia's deadliest creatures.


Raptor Domain Birds of Prey Fang-Tastic

Vivonne Bay Beach

Located 450m (5 minutes walk)
from Serenity Cottage at Vivonne Bay

When Sydney University evaluated 10,000 beaches across Australia (rating them on aspects such as water clarity, privacy and cleanliness), Kangaroo Island's Vivonne Bay came out on top. Vivonne Bay's long, curved, sandy beach is just a short 5 minute (450m) stroll from Serenity Cottage. Or you can drive to the car park on Bayview Road for easy beach access.

Vivonne Bay Beach Kangaroo Island

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Vivonne Bay Jetty

Located on Jetty Road at Vivonne Bay - 6 km (10 minutes drive south west) from Serenity Cottage

On the other side of the Harriet River, the Vivonne Bay western headland, Point Ellen is home to a fleet of lobster boats. The turquoise water and rustic jetty are a photographer's delight.


Vivonne Bay Jetty Kangaroo Island

Harriet River

Located on Jetty Road at Vivonne Bay - 3km
(5 minutes drive south west) from Serenity Cottage

Paddle up to five kilometres of the calm and meandering Harriet River with a variety of birds and other wildlife. Relax as you enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Single or Double Kayaks available for hire.


Harriett River Kyak Hire Vivonne Bay

Wildlife Dusk Tour

Located on Jetty Road at Vivonne Bay - 3km (5 minutes drive south west) from Serenity Cottage

KI Outdoor Action offers Quad Bike Guided Tours for both beginners and experienced riders. The best way to see an otherwise inaccessible part of Kangaroo Island. Their 'Wildlife Dusk Tour' guarantees you will see kangaroos up close in their natural environment – a highlight for anyone visiting the island.


KI Outdoor Action Quad Bike Tour

KI Wildlife Park

Located 31km (Approx. 1 hours drive north) 
from Serenity Cottage, Vivonne Bay 

Cuddle a koala, feed a kangaroo or hold a snake!
Your chance to get up close and personal with a range of native Australian fauna and reptiles.
The Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park is open 9am to 5pm every day of the year - even Christmas Day!


Island Beehive Kingscote

Kangaroo Island Honey

Indulge your sweet tooth

Kangaroo Island has had a history of honey production for almost as long as it has been settled and is home to the unique Ligurian bees which produce some of the finest honey in Australia. 

Clifford's Honey Farm

Island Beehive

KI Liquid Gold

Hog Bay Apiary

Island Beehive Kingscote

Please be aware that you cannot bring any honey or bee products
(bees wax candles etc) to Kangaroo Island due to quarantine regulations.