Kangaroo Island in South Australia boasts of unspoilt and pristine beauty as the authorities did not want the natural beauty of the place to be diminished by overdevelopment and excessive tourism. It is one of the rare places in the world where civilization and wilderness co-exist in harmony and peace. The place is replete with a wide array of flora and fauna, cliffs, and beaches.
As far as the fauna of the island is concerned, besides kangaroos, you can also see sea lions, penguins, dolphins, and koalas here in a natural environment. The island houses the premier sea lion watching destination, the Seal Bay Conservation Park that boasts of 600 sea lions. The park allows you to see the sea lions from close quarters, you can see them idling about in the sun, nurturing pups, or heading into the ocean for fish. The island also features the Flinders Chase National Park that is located on the south-western tip of the island, and is home to a wide spectrum of flora and fauna.
Kangaroo Island’s coastline is replete with spectacular beaches and cliffs. Some of the popular beach destinations in the area are Stokes Bay, Emu Bay, and Vivonne Bay. These beaches are an ideal place to rest and relax and also offer breathtaking natural beauty and scenery. Antechamber Bay on Dudley Peninsula is a site for camping and bush walking on Kangaroo Island.
Things to do at Kangaroo Island
- Tasting honey made by Ligurian bees.
- Fishing on pristine beaches.
- Going on an eco tour or charter.
- Surfing under the dramatic rock arc of Admirals Arch
- Staying at the super-luxe clifftop Southern Ocean Lodge (if budget is not a constraint)
Kangaroo Island Map
Facts about Kangaroo Island
- Kangaroo Island covers an area of 4,405 sq km.
- It is Australia’s third largest island.
- The island features a coastline of 540 km.
- Prospect Hill is the highest point of Kangaroo Island.
Where is Kangaroo Island?
Kangaroo Island is located near the tip of the South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. The journey to Kangaroo Island from Adelaide Airport takes around four hours and the trip includes a ferry.
Best time to visit Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island can be visited throughout the year. It has milder winters and cooler summers.
December through February are summer months and the wildlife takes refuge in the bush habitat to escape the summer heat. The beaches look spectacular at this time. From March through May due to the rainfall there is greenery and the waterways start flowing. The months of September to November mark rebirth. It is spring time, and a number of animals, birds, and flowers are seen on the island. From June to August the island experiences winter and is the most appealing time as in the backdrop of the lush green countryside abundant wildlife can be spotted performing their natural activities.
Nearby Attractions: Fleurieu Peninsula, Adelaide, Flinders Ranges, and Eyre Peninsula.Published On: Monday, November 25th, 2013