Seal Bay Conservation Park on Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest sea lion colony, home to around 1,000 Australian Sea Lions who surf the waves to shore and – once on land – make tracks and burrow in the protected sand dunes and coastal scrub.

A pre-dawn departure from the lodge offers guests an incredible experience as the sun rises over the ocean and the sea lions emerge from the protection of the sand dunes and head to the beach.

Access at this sunrise hour is exclusive to the Southern Ocean Lodge guide and guests. It’s an extraordinary privilege to walk among the colony and observe these wild animals in their natural habitat with no-one else in sight.


An informative commentary provides insight to their unique breeding cycle, classic ‘Aussie’ lifestyle and the ongoing research programs conducted on site. After this very personal nature encounter with nature, guests travel with the guide to nearby Bales Beach where a hot gourmet breakfast will be waiting, including local fried haloumi and eggs, freshly baked banana bread and hot tea and coffee. It’s just the ticket after an early morning beach adventure.

This bespoke experience includes return lodge transfers. Additional charges apply.