If you want to keep expenses down, you can't go wrong with one of the tours organized by Kangaroo Island Ferry Connections (tel. 08/8202 8688; www.sealink.com.au). The most popular includes early morning pickup from the main bus station in Adelaide, coach and ferry to the island, and a full day of touring, taking in most of the main attractions. That evening you return to Adelaide. It's a very long day. The tour costs A$234 for adults, A$148 for children.

More expensive options include Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours (tel. 08/8559 5033; www.wildernesstours.com.au), which operates from the island with several small four-wheel-drive vehicles (maximum six people). The 1-day trips cost A$412 to A$432 per person, including lunch with wine and park entry fees. Two- and 3-day trips, including all meals and accommodations, start at A$1010 and A$1,607 per person, respectively, but vary according to the type of accommodation you choose. Packages are also available that include flights.

Another excellent operator on the island is Exceptional Kangaroo Island, Playford Highway, Cygnet River, SA 5223 (tel. 08/8553 9119; www.exceptionalkangarooisland.com). Day trips cost A$377 a day with lunch, or A$733 for a 1-day safari including flights to and from Adelaide. A 2-day and 1-night safari with hotel and flights costs A$1,445 per person, twin share.

Another option is Wayward Bus (tel. 08/8132 8230; www.waywardbus.com.au) from Adelaide. Two-day trips depart daily between December and March, with fewer departures at other times. They cost A$389 in a hostel bunk and A$409 per person in a twin/double shared room.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.