Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary for native wildlife and one of the best places to see animals up close in their natural habitat. Located off the coast of South Australia, the island is 155 kilometres long and up to 55 kilometres wide and is covered with dense bushland, soaring cliffs, sand dunes, wet lands, and massive arcs of pristine white beach.
Escape to Kangaroo Island and indulge in a relaxing and luxurious retreat, enjoy sumptuous food and cellar doors, go on exciting coastal adventures, and discover the wildlife through nature walks and hikes.
See the sights and wildlife
Popular among tourists and sightseers, Flinders Chase National Park is known for its many species of native animals and is home to the Remarkable Rocks —an enormous collection of orange-lichen-covered granite boulders by the sea. Another major attraction in the park is Admirals Arch, a stalactite-covered eroded rock bridge smashed by waves.
Kangaroo Island is abundant with native birds, koalas, short-beaked echidnas, and of course – kangaroos. Take a day trip with the kids to Hansen Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on the island’s south-west coast and experience a natural zoo where you can spot adorable koalas in eucalyptus trees. Kangaroos and tammar wallabies can be seen at several reserves, including at Lathami Conservation Park, and at Grassdale in Kelly Hill Conservation Park.
If you’re looking for a truly unforgettable experience that you won’t find in many other places in the world, head out to the Seal Bay Conservation Park on the island’s south coast and walk among endangered Australian sea lions. You can also visit the Baudin Conservation Park and see different species of rare birds, including the critically endangered glossy black cockatoo.
Kangaroo Island offers plenty of exciting experiences and activities for everyone to enjoy, including sand boarding in Little Sahara, quad biking, kayaking, adventure caving and more. The island’s pristine coastlines offer one of the best settings to share an intimate picnic with someone special. The enticing clear water is perfect for a refreshing swim and other water activities such as diving, snorkelling, and sailing.
Be sure to bring your cameras and discover the island’s many secrets and scenic terrain. With over 23 hikes around the island, there are trails to suit everybody. The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail is 75 kilometres long and offers a unique nature-based experience of the most rugged, remote and amazing coastlines in the country.
Where to eat
Gastronomic adventures are a thing in Kangaroo Island, and naturally enough, the island produces some of Australia’s finest gourmet feasts. With many of the folks who live here descended from islanders who have farmed the land and fished the seas for generations, every meal is guaranteed to be genuine and unforgettable.
If you’re craving modern Australian cuisine and great ocean views, head to one of the newest food destinations, Sunset Food and Wine in Penneshaw. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy great seafood and seasonal produce fresh from the farm. You can also delight in freshly shucked oysters, marron, and King George whiting at The Oyster Farm Shop. The rustic and intimate Kangaroo Island Spirits distillery just outside Kingscote is also a highly recommended experience.
How to get there
Kangaroo Island is only a 30-minute flight from Adelaide airport and serviced by Regional Express Airlines daily. The island is also accessible by ferry; Sealink operates two large ferries between Cape Jervis and Penneshaw KI, with additional services during peak times. QantasLink will will being flying to Kangaroo Island from both Adelaide and Melbourne in December 2017.
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