Sand Boarding at Little Sahara

If you’re looking to feel the wind in your hair, get your heart rate pumping, and enjoy some incredible scenery while you’re at it, Little Sahara on Kangaroo Island is the place to go.

Here, the mesmerising dune system provides the perfect backdrop for some adventurous pursuits, including tobogganing and sand boarding down the impressive mounds that dot the landscape.

Located in the region of Vivonne Bay, Little Sahara is a natural phenomenon with a selection of dunes in varying sizes, the highest of which rises 70m above sea level. The scene makes up one of the twenty natural geological features on the Island and has been listed by the Geological Society of Australia.

How Little Sahara Was Formed

The dune system was formed fairly recently – within the last 7,000 years – by storms and erosions after fires. During these natural disasters the vegetation was destroyed, leaving the sand to move around in the wind. The area covers around two square kilometres and is privately owned. It is through the generosity of the owner that tourists are allowed to visit the site, where they can try their hand at all sorts of fun activities.

Sand Boarding at Little Sahara

Sand boarding is the most popular activity at Little Sahara. This is where visitors grab themselves a board and glide down the dunes to the bottom, kicking up a flurry of sand in their wake.

This adventurous pursuit can be made as tame or as adrenalin-pumping as you like depending on which dunes you decide to tackle. There are a number of companies that run day trips to the region, giving you the chance to hire a sand board for one hour (with an instructor to show you how it all works) or for one day, so you can while away the hours sailing down the dunes.

As well as sand boarding, visitors can toboggan down the dunes – which provides something easier for the less adventurous traveller. In this instance, you sit down on a toboggan and slide your way down the dunes.

This weird and wonderful activity provides an element of adventure to your time on Kangaroo Island, which is famed for its extensive collection of native species and amazing scenery, from beautiful turquoise waters that fringe the island to rainforests packed full of ancient plant life and, of course, the stunning dunes that make up Little Sahara.