Known as a ‘zoo without fences’ Kangaroo Island is a destination brimming with wildlife, and at 4,416 square kilometres, there’s a lot to explore. Kangaroo island is a prefect destination to connect with nature and explore ruggedly beautiful clifftops, grasslands and forests. You only need to go outside for the chance to spot kangaroos, birds, lizards, seals and marine life. The island is a spacious playground, with exciting activities like horse riding, swimming, quad biking, hiking, sandboarding and so much more. For those with a more relaxed pace, lounge in one of the nature retreats on the island, or take in the art gallery, gourmet tasting experiences and cellar doors.
What to see and do:
Flinders Chase National Park
This national park dominates a large proportion of the island, with the fascinating remarkable rock formations shaped by the wind, and the popular attraction Admiral’s Arch, a large, overhanging rock formation which frames a view of the sea. You might even spot some seals!
Follow the Food and Wine Trail
Take a tour, or self drive around the island to find many a tasty morsel. Spoils of the island include wine, honey, spirits and lavender products.
If you still haven’t spotted a seal, or you can’t get enough of these cuties, then look no further than Seal Bay. A highly protected wildlife reserve which can be visited either by a short boardwalk overlooking the beach, or by a 45 minute boat tour which takes you even closer to the stars of the show.
Swim, surf, snorkel and dive, in a land surrounded by turquoise waters, it would be a shame not to jump in! For a truly magical experience, you can even take a swim with dolphins tour. There is a whole world beneath the surface of the waves just waiting to be discovered.
Visit the Hanson Bay Wildlife sanctuary where you can fairly reliably spot wildlife including kangaroos, echidnas, koalas and goannas in the wild. For a guaranteed look, visit the Kangaroo island wildlife park and aquarium. For bird enthusiasts, Raptop Domain in Seal Bay is a must see. Watch the birds of prey flight display for an interactive and educational experience and be sure to check out their “Fangtastic” Reptile Presentations too.
How to get there:
To arrive by ferry, take the Sealink vehicle and passenger ferry, or the Kangaroo ISland Connect fast ferry from Cape Jervis to Pennyshaw, Kangaroo Island. Coach transfers are available at both ends, with mainland busses to Adelaide. Vehicle hire is also available from all ports on the island.
To fly to Kangaroo Island, book through REX airlines, or QantasLink. Flights depart from Adelaide year round, and in the case of QantasLink, both Adelaide and Melbourne in the months of January and February.
Best time to go:
The best time to visit Kangaroo Island is within the summer months of January and February, as the water will be warm and all kinds of outdoor activities can be enjoyed. Transitional weather in spring and autumn can also be lovely and the island will be less busy.