An exclusive sunrise excursion to Seal Bay Conservation Park – home to Australia’s third largest colony of sea lions – where a walk among the ‘locals’ offers an experience reminiscent of the Galapagos.

Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island has announced a new sunrise tour for guests with private access to the Seal Bay Conservation Park for an up-close encounter with the resident sea lions. Around a thousand sea lions live in the sand dunes at Seal Bay, making it Australia’s third-largest sea lion colony.

The Australian sea lions at Seal Bay are living the Australian lifestyle – a great seafood diet, stretching out on a white sandy beach before heading out for a quick surf. The colony of around a thousand animals live on the beach year-round and are accustomed to visitors, but only a privileged few may enjoy the encounter at sunrise.

A pre-dawn departure from the lodge offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience as the day breaks over the ocean and the sea lions emerge from the protection of the sand-dunes and head to the beach. Private access to Seal Bay is guaranteed, promising a tranquil and unforgettable experience with the resident sea lions. It’s an extraordinary experience to walk among the colony and observe these wild animals in their natural habitat with no-one else in sight.

Throughout the tour, the Lodge guide shares an informative commentary providing insight to the mammal’s unique breeding cycle and the ongoing research programs conducted on site. After the personal-meets-nature encounter, travel to nearby Bales Beach where a gourmet breakfast feast set among the dunes will be waiting, a satisfying antidote to the early start.

James and Hayley Ballie, who created Southern Ocean Lodge, say, “The Australian sea lions at Seal Bay are living the Australian lifestyle – a great seafood diet, stretching out on a white sandy beach before heading out for a quick surf. The colony of around a thousand animals live on the beach year-round and are accustomed to visitors, but only a privileged few may enjoy the encounter at sunrise.

“A pre-dawn departure from the lodge offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience as the day breaks over the ocean and the sea lions emerge from the protection of the sand-dunes and head to the beach. Private access to Seal Bay is guaranteed, promising a tranquil and unforgettable experience with the resident sea lions. It’s an extraordinary experience to walk among the colony and observe these wild animals in their natural habitat with  no-one else in sight.”

Throughout the tour, the Lodge guide shares an informative commentary providing insight to the mammal’s unique breeding cycle and the ongoing research programmes conducted on site. After the personal-meets-nature encounter, travel to nearby Bales Beach where a gourmet breakfast feast set among the dunes will be waiting, a satisfying antidote to the early start.

For more information: visit Southern Ocean Lodge.