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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT KANGAROO ISLAND

By Tom Ricketts



Internationally famous for its pristine wilderness and wildlife with stunning white sand beaches and abundant native animals, Kangaroo Island has it all. 

The island is Australia’s fourth big destination after Uluru Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney, and whilst it is much celebrated for its wildlife, its food and wine are integral parts of the island experience. From sheep’s milk cheeses and yoghurts, organic honey, fresh local seafood and freshwater Maroon, to home-grown and award winning wines.

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Kangaroo Island, or ‘KI’ as the Aussies call it, is the third largest island in Australia at 155km in length and lies a short flight south from Adelaide or an easy 90 minute drive and 35 minute Sealink ferry ride. You can either book a self-drive package or why not sit back, relax and take an overnight tour to the island. 

Most tours start with an early departure from Adelaide. The ride takes you south through the city and into one of the state’s best wine regions, McLaren Vale. Thanks to an early departure, it’s not uncommon to spot kangaroos and wallabies having their brekkie in the vineyards and farms as you pass by. 

Eventually you’ll arrive at Cape Jervis for the ferry across to the island. It’s a quick 35 minute journey before you land in Penneshaw, a cosy seaside town at the eastern tip of the island. Welcome to KI. 

First stop is Clifford’s Honey Farm. The island is the home to the last remaining population of Ligurian Bee which means the honey here is the purest in the world. Don’t spoil your appetite though, next stop is lunch. Vivonne Bay is the first of several beaches you’ll visit and its long white-sand-beach arcs around perfect turquoise waters, making it one of the most beautiful on the island. 

Kangaroo Island

The next beach though, will surely be one of the most unique places you’ll ever be, and as you descend down the steep cliffs (via a boardwalk) you’ll quickly see why. The beach below you is home to a colony of sea lions! Here, you’ll split into small groups with a park ranger and slowly walk along the beach, not far from the colony. Watch as the sea lions come ashore and socialise, fight amongst each other, or simply have a snooze in the warm sun. 

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The afternoon session will be a highlight for bird fans with a bird of prey show featuring eagles and kookaburras, and then a pelican feeding concludes the day. 

Day two starts with another great wildlife experience at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Here you’ll spot wallabies, kangaroos, possums as well as more rare animals such as an echidna. Oh and yes, you can hold a koala.

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Once you’ve updated your new profile picture, it’s off to the western tip of the island, the incredible Flinders Chase National Park. In 2007 a series of massive fires roared across KI almost prompting an island wide evacuation. As you walk through the bush at Flinders Chase you witness first-hand the regeneration of plant life after the fires, and be able to find the odd blackened stump of an old tree. 

At the end of the park you come to the very aptly named Remarkable Rocks. On a large stone dome is a handful of smaller rocks which have been carved out by water and wind into spectacular shapes – almost like a contemporary art piece. Another geological wonder nearby is Admirals Arch. Here you’ll descend down towards the beach where the arch acts like a window overlooking the sea. On the rocks below is a colony of seals playing in the surf and lazing on the rocks in the warm sunshine. 

Remarkable Rocks

Finally it’s time to head back across the island, whilst looking out for more wildlife along the way. Return to Adelaide via the Sealink ferry or take a short flight for fabulous aerial views. If wildlife, nature, food and wine are what you're looking for in your next holiday, head to Kangaroo Island for a bucket list holiday of a lifetime. 
 
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