Although situated just off the mainland south coast and a short boat ride away from the vibrant city of Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is one of Australia’s hidden gems. A wonderland of untouched, rugged landscapes and huge national parks, the island is a natural sanctuary for thriving native wildlife including birds, koalas, wallabies and, as the island’s name suggests, kangaroos. It’s also a haven for visitors from the mainland and beyond looking to trade the hustle and bustle for a taste of authentic rural life.
Penneshaw, gateway to Kangaroo Island, is the perfect base from which to explore the spectacular, unspoilt wilderness here.[ReadMoreMob] Not-to-be-missed is Flinders Chase National Park, where you can encounter kangaroos, cape barren geese, rare western whipbirds and much more, and discover huge rock formations such as the Remarkable Rocks, one of Kangaroo Island’s most iconic sites. At Seal Bay Conservation Park, visitors have the chance to walk among colonies of friendly sea lions – a simply unforgettable experience.
Opt to explore the island’s gorgeous coastline and you’ll be rewarded with beautiful bays and secluded, white-sand beaches bathed in sunshine. Alternatively, you might choose to spend some time in laidback Penneshaw, where the Farmers Market and Penneshaw Maritime and Folk Museum are well worth visiting. Don’t miss the Sunset Winery, where you can enjoy stunning views over a glass or two of delicious, locally-produced wine.
Kangaroo Island Wildlife
The 18 kilometres of ocean that separates Kangaroo Island from the mainland has protected it from predatory species such as foxes and rabbits. Therefore native animals and plants are in abundance, and delicate ecosystems have remained unchanged for thousands of years. Kangaroos, tammar wallabies, Rosenberg’s monitors, koalas, echidnas, Australian fur seals, long-nosed fur seals and more roam free across the island.
The Seal Bay Conservation Park on the Island's south coast is the only place in the world where you can walk among endangered Australian sea lions. A 900-metre wooden boardwalk allows visitors to see these animals both on the sand and in the surf, or you can take a guided 45-minute tour on to the beach itself. There is also a two-hour tour with fewer people.
Flinders Chase National Park
This wild, protected park features iconic natural landmarks such as Admirals Arch, shaped by the powerful Southern Ocean, and the sculptured granite boulders known as the Remarkable Rocks. Other attractions include wild beaches, the Rocky River, vast wilderness areas and cultural heritage sites – including two lighthouses.