Last Updated on April 21, 2022

Little Sahara is a dune system in the Australian state of South Australia located on Kangaroo Island in the gazetted locality of Vivonne Bay. It is a naturally occurring sand dune system roughly covering two square kilometres which resembles a desert, hence the name. The dunes vary in size with plenty of small dunes and the highest dune is approximately 70 metres above sea level. Little Sahara is one of the few sandboarding spots in the near proximity of Adelaide.

Little Sahara is one of twenty geological features on Kangaroo Island that have been listed as a geological monument by the Geological Society of Australia.

Sandboarding at Little Sahara, Kangaroo Island

Sandboarding at Little Sahara Adventure Centre

Sandboarding and sand tobogganing are the two main attractions of the park and a must if you visit the island. You can rent a sand toboggan online in advance at the price of A$47 for 2 hours. Alternatively, visitors can also rent a sand board or toboggan from several local merchants located in the town centre of Vivonne Bay.

Other activities

You can rent a dune buggy or electric dirt bike (“fat bike”) to ride across the dunes and explore the park. Guided walking tours of Kangaroo Islands are also popular and allow to spot local wildlife, particularly koalas.

How to get to Kangaroo Island

by air

Kangaroo Island is easily accessible from Adelaide, South Australia’s capital. By air it’s just a 30-minute flight from Adelaide Airport.

by car or ferry

SeaLink Kangaroo Island run four departures to Kangaroo Island from Cape Jervis each day with additional services during peak times. It’s a passenger and vehicle ferry allowing you to bring your own car to drive on the island. Each ferry ride lasts about 45 minutes.


Eric TuckettEric Tuckett
10:11 15 Mar 22
Today we enjoyed a two hour buggy tour with Dave. We were very impressed with the knowledge that he shared with us and showed us a number of wild koalas in the trees as we cruised along the track. Dave also stopped several time to let us take some great photos of the scenery along the way. It was a pleasant time spent looking around with some fun in the dunes on the way back. I would highly recommend this tour if you are on Kangaroo Island.
Shreya RaijadaShreya Raijada
05:53 22 Feb 22
We only did sand boarding but it was so so much fun. Going up the sandy mountains is HARD but so worth it. The adrenaline rush makes you going back and back for more even if you are extremely tired. My 3 year old was sand boarding all by herself on the smaller mountains. A great family activity, must do!
Paddy SullivanPaddy Sullivan
10:44 30 Jan 22
Fantastic 2hr buggy tour with fun guide, James. Nice to get out and walk around, checking out beehives and looking for koalas, even saw a kangaroo! Loved the coastline, loved the sand dunes, lots of laughs with the family. Fun Sunday activity. Thanks James.
Annalise WongAnnalise Wong
05:31 22 Jan 22
This was a great place to come to! We did the one hour buggy ride and it was amazing. We were toured by Bec and Eli and it was such a thrilling and beautiful experience thanks to them! They showed and taught us all about the koalas and the geography of the environment. It was all so fun as we drove around, going up and down on the sand dunes! Definitely recommend to all!!
Chatura RatnayakeChatura Ratnayake
10:50 19 Jan 22
We had a wonderful time. Really enjoyed the buggy tour. A great experience going on the sand dunes on the buggy and seeing the koalas. Our guide Adeline was very friendly and helpful. She also provided us a list of places to visit in the island that would be enjoyable for kids, when we asked. Certainty a must have experience when visiting kangaroo island.
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