- Location: About 110 km southwest of Adelaide at the mouth of Gulf Saint Vincent
- Attraction type: Island
- Significance: A clean, pure and serene destination
- Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
- How to Reach: By ferry from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw; alternatively by flights from Adelaide to Kingscote
- Nearest International Airport: Adelaide International Airport
Kangaroo Island in South Australia has aptly been described as one amongst world’s unspoiled recluses by UK Sunday Telegraph. Here seals laze by the sea instead of frolicking with a ball, koalas roam the trees instead of being cuddled, the kangaroos hop around with their ‘joeys’ in pouch, and echidnas remain busy gathering food. The animals stay in gay abandon free from all encumbrances.
Australia Kangaroo Island, seven times the size of Singapore, has one-third of its area under a conservation park. Half the primary bushland of Kangaroo Island is still in its original form. Enticing during all seasons, this island is a kaleidoscope of thriving wildlife, vibrant vegetation, and awesome geographical formations. The Flinders Chase National Park with its ‘Admirals arch’ and ‘remarkable rock’ is fascinating. The Seal Bay Conservation Park allows you to mingle freely with Australian sea lions tired after a fishing foray. The Little Sahara is a series of spectacular sand dunes rising from the bushlands of Kangaroo Island. The Vivonne Bay with its cleanliness, purity and serenity is rated among the best Australian beaches for picnicking, fishing, and surfing.
Kangaroo Islands Activities
It is a marvelous sight watching penguins coming in processions from the seas to the seaside burrows in Penguin Pageantry every night. Explore the exciting marine life of sea horses, cuttlefish, and reef fish on a night tour. The Kelly Hill Caves are an amazing system of caverns and sinkholes with intricate calcite formations. Enthusiastic adventurers would find the deeper caverns more thrilling. Make a trip to Clifford Honey Farm and Island Beehive to taste the honey made from honeycombs of world-renowned Ligurian bees.
Kangaroo marine tours are exhilarating. Apart from the night tours, embark on a half or full-day tour of the island in specially designed boats. Visit dolphins in their natural habitat, or ride to the remotest seal colony. The ocean waters around Kangaroo Island allow you to drive full-throttle which is rarely possible in other islands or beach locations.
Accommodation and Dining
Tempting food is the primary indulgence of one and all visiting Kangaroo Island. Seafood prepared from crayfish, prawns, oysters and freshwater marron are wonderfully delicious. Cheese, honey, and yogurt are other delectable items. Lodge Restaurant with its fireside bar is a specialty seafood restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. Luongo Cafíé, famous for its salt and pepper squid, remains open for lunch and dinner. For a taste of Asian and Mediterranean cuisine drop in at Restaurant Bella which also serves selected wine and liquor varieties. For an intimate and cozy ambiance, The Beachcomber Restaurant is perfect. Its steaks, pasta and seafood recipes are irresistible.
While touring Kangaroo Island you might select among hotels, hostels, motels, and luxury lodges for staying. Southern Ocean Lodge and Life Time Private Retreats are luxury lodges for your asking. If you prefer to put up in a hotel or motel choose amongst Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat, Parndana Hotel Cabins, Timber Creek Lodge, or Aurora Ozone Hotel.