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Hire a tour guide or go it alone?

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Hire a tour guide or go it alone?

Hi - we are on KI for three full days 21st - 23rd December. we have a car, but it isn't a 4X4. We are very used to organising travel and sightseeing independently, but will we get more out of booking a 2 or 3 day tour? There are two adults and two kids , 9 and 11 in our party, and we are happy to share a tour, but obviously mindful of the cost - especially with the terrible exchange rate.

If you do recommend a tour - will 2 days be enough or should we book 3, and who do you recommend?

Thanks! Carrie

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1. Re: Hire a tour guide or go it alone?

I am an independent traveller from Adelaide, never really do tours and have travelled to Europe USA and Canada. However did a tour of KI when we first arrived in SA but didn't really enjoy it. Was rushed at some spots, missed others and was left feeling frustrated that we should have done our own thing. I think your best off on your own.You just need to get as much information as you can from the internet, in Adelaide and when you arrive in KI at the tourist centres and sort through what you want to see and do it.. It's very easy to get around. You can drive everywhere. Locals are pretty helpful in pointing out the good spots. They won't want you to miss anything. Where are you staying? the lighthouse cottages are fun.

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if you have a car on k.i. go it alone , save your money . Just beware some of the roads are not sealed but still ok for cars, just drive a bit slower.

your time on k.i. is plenty and the beaches are pristine and if you fish it is very good . Kingcote is the unofficial capital of the island but is only a small town

but has all facilities people need.

Be sure to book your departure dates and times on the ferry at holiday time and if you catch the last trip you can usually get it cheaper around $20 au.

The drive from adelaide to the ferry at cape jervious is about 90mins depending on traffic. get a map and use Main South Road all the way when you hit the water stop and que for the ferry which is 45 min.trip..Have Fun

Warning :Do not speed off the ferry !

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On our first trip to KI, we did a quick fly in/fly out guided tour and it was good. But when we returned a few years later, we had 3 days/nights on the island and a car and did a self-drive tour. Now that's the way to see KI!

With that amount of time, we were able to leisurely see all the highlights of the island, have some beach time and have time to do a hike in the national park (where we didn't see another soul, but we did see a fairy penguin!) And, as Jodrla points out, the locals are quite helpful in pointing out things to see. The owner of the cottages where we stayed also had a tour company, but he took the time to point out some special places to see on our map knowing we were doing a self-drive tour and not his tour!

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Definitely do it on your own, there is so much information about Kangaroo Island that you can research a lot of it at home andformulate a "top list" of places you want to try to get to.

For a video overview of Kangaroo Island you might like to watch this clip which aired on the weekend...

salife7.com.au/kangaroo-island/places/beache…

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6. Re: Hire a tour guide or go it alone?

Watching this thread with interest - we are also planning to visit KI during our trip to Australia, and the tours seem exorbitantly priced!

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@so3003

Yes some tours can be little on the pricey side but then again, being an island with only one transport corridor (the ferry) prices for most things "on the island" are a little higher than the mainland as transportation costs need to be taken into account. Simple economics.. it costs a litle more to live there hence the locals need to charge a little more to offer similar services to their mainland counterparts.

If you are the type who like to explore then Kangaroo Island is a great place to grab a map and head off for a wander...

Agree with Julie-Anne, KI is a bigger place than many people think it is... I also advise at least four days if possible.

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Can we do KI on a budget and in 2 days only?

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hi,

Yes, you can do KI on a budget & in 2 days. Are you planning to self drive or do tours ???

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