Kangaroo Island – See Wildlife In The Wild
If wildlife and nature are what you're looking for, Kangaroo Island is regarded as one of the best places in Australia to see it. Nowhere else on the continent features such a concentration of pristine beaches and abundant flora and fauna.
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1 Seal Bay Conservation Park
Seal Bay Conservation Park
One of the best-known attractions at Kangaroo Island is Seal Bay Conservation Park, home to a colony of around 600 rare Australian sea lions. A guided tour will get you as close as possible.Add to wishlist
2 Remarkable Rocks
Visit the impressive Remarkable Rocks in the Flinders Chase National Park. Forming what appear to be a cluster of precariously balanced granite boulders, this is one of the most scenic spots on the whole island. Don't forget your camera!Add to wishlist
3 Taste Ligurian bee honey
Taste Ligurian bee honey
Sweet tooth? Gain an appreciation of the different varieties of honey produced from the rare Ligurian bee at the Island Beehive or Clifford's Honey Farm.Add to wishlist
4 Tour historic lighthouses
Tour historic lighthouses
You can join a guided tour, or even stay in a restored lighthouse keeper's cottage, at remote Cape Willoughby, Cape Borda or Cape du Couedic.Add to wishlist
5 Kelly Hill Caves
Kelly Hill Caves
As one of the few dry limestone caves in Australia, Kelly Hill Caves is an ideal spot to try adventure caving. Above ground, interpretive walking trails offer the chance to spot native wildlife and enjoy the island's natural beauty.Add to wishlist
6 Dudley Wines cellar door
Dudley Wines cellar door
Dudley Wines is one of the island's original wineries. The cellar door is open seven days. Stay for the afternoon and relax on the deck overlooking scenic Backstairs Passage while you indulge in a platter of local produce.Add to wishlist
7 Swim with dolphins
Swim with dolphins
For a different view of the Island, swim with dolphins on a trip with Kangaroo Island Marine Tours, or snorkel over cool climate reefs and one of more than 50 shipwrecks around the Island.Add to wishlist
8 Sand board at Little Sahara
Sand board at Little Sahara
Relive your childhood and sand board down Little Sahara's spectacular white sand dunes. Or take an organised quad bike tour along the many purpose-built tracks around the south coast.Add to wishlist
9 Dive with Leafy Seadragons
Dive with Leafy Seadragons
Dive with rare leafy seadragons, blue devils and harlequins in the clear, temperate waters off the north coast of Kangaroo Island.Add to wishlist
10 Kangaroo Island Art
Kangaroo Island Art
Kangaroo Island offers a fabulous range of handmade arts and crafts. See one-off original glass pieces made using Millefiori, a 5000 year old glassmaking technique.Add to wishlist
Wild Nature on Adelaide’s Doorstep
Just a short flight from Adelaide, or a 90 minute drive and 35 minute ferry ride, Kangaroo Island is easily accessible by day tour from Adelaide. Or pick up a rental car and enjoy 3-4 days exploring. Kangaroo Island is one of the world’s most pristine wilderness destinations and one of Australia’s iconic National Landscapes. In Penneshaw watch the nightly penguin parade, or at the West end of the Island walk amongst koalas and kangaroos at Hanson Bay wildlife sanctuary. Attend the nightly Pelican feeding on the wharf at Kingscote, or book a tour with Exceptional Kangaroo Island to Grassmere, a secret spot where you can view wild kangaroos come out to feed at dusk.
Food and Wine
You might visit Kangaroo Island for the wildlife but you’ll fall in love with the wine. It’s one of South Australia’s newest wine regions, where the wines have strong fruit flavours and intense colours. The Kangaroo Island Farmers market is held on the first Sunday of the month. Purchase fresh local produce from the people who grow, farm and make it. Artisan producers add to the island’s bounty, with Ligurian honey straight from the hive, handcrafted sheep’s milk cheese, and even a eucalypt distillery.
Kangaroo Island is a walker’s delight. Explore Kelly Hill Conservation Park and its maze of limestone caves and tunnels. Guided tours are an easy way to see the best of the island’s abundant nature. There’s nothing like having a local show you around – tell them what you’d like to see and leave the rest to your guide. Hanson Bay’s Koala Walk is a must, or spend the day exploring the many trails through Flinders chase National Park.
The island’s extensive accommodation options include eco-accredited lighthouse cottages, log cabins, wilderness retreats and a luxury resort. Kingscote is the main township, but accommodation can be found all around the island.
A series of festivals through the year celebrate the island’s unique blend of arts, food and wine. The annual Kangaroo Island Art Feast bursts into life every September with an opening night street fiesta in Kingscote. The Kangaroo Island Carnival Cup is a fantastic event spread over two huge days of horse racing. It’s the island’s biggest party, attracting spectators and horses from around Australia. Food and wine lovers should time their trip with the Sealink Seafood Feast-ival. The event showcases the island’s local food and wine including the stories, locations and people behind them.
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