Sea-lions basking on white beaches, koalas dozing in lofty eucalypts, pelicans soaring over shimmering lagoons…
Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness – a place that has offered protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape.
Kangaroo Island (or ‘KI’ as the locals call it) is also big and surprisingly diverse. If you traverse its 155km length you’ll find soaring cliffs, dense forest, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive arcs of bone white beach.
Remarkably, over half the Island is native ‘old growth’ bushland, most of it preserved and protected. And thanks to an innovative program of responsible tourism, the experience you have today will be the same as the experience enjoyed by generations to come.
Naturally enough, being surrounded by fertile lands and rich waters, Kangaroo Island produces some of Australia’s finest gourmet foods. Gastronomic adventurers should get ready to be amazed by the likes of freshly caught King George Whiting, sheep’s cheese, marron, a unique variety of honey and an exciting range of varietal wines. As if this isn’t enough on your plate, you’ll also find rich histories and a thriving arts community.
Getting to Kangaroo Island
SeaLink operates Sealion 2000 and Spirit of Kangaroo Island, two large, luxurious vehicle and passenger ferries, between Cape Jervis (2 hours south of Adelaide) and Penneshaw. There are four departures daily, with additional services during peak times. Bookings are necessary.
Whether you want to dangle a line from a jetty, cast a line from one of the numerous beaches, or charter a deep-sea boat, Kangaroo Island will surrender some of the finest eating and game fish in southern waters. Look forward to landing the fabled King George Whiting, and, if you’re sailing into deep water, trevally, snapper and the world’s biggest samson fish.
Kangaroo Island boasts many great short walks showcasing the stunning scenery it is famous for. Some of the best include the Cape du Couedic Hike, Hanson Bay Hike, the Clifftop Hike at Cape Borda and the Ironstone Hill Hike near Penneshaw. You will also find many white, sandy beaches suitable for a leisurely stroll.
The climate and terrain of Kangaroo Island are excellent for serious cyclists. With sealed roads linking the major attractions and a little planning, the Island provides a rewarding challenge.
Canoes and Kayaks
Hire a kayak or canoe as a great way to get out on some of KI’s waterways.
Caravan & Camping
Kangaroo Island has a wide range of facilities for those camping and caravanning. The Island boasts two full service caravan parks and a number of basic bush camping sites in spectacular locations.
Caravan & Tourist Parks
Kingscote Nepean Bay Tourist Park
cnr First & Third Sts, Kingscote
T(08) 8553 2394
Western KI Caravan Park
South Coast Rd, Kingscote
T (08) 8559 7201
National Park Campgrounds
Harveys Return (West End)
Murray Lagoon (South Coast)
D’Estrees Bay (South Coast)
Antechamber Bay (Dudley Peninsula)
Antechamber Bay Eco-Cabins (Dudley Peninsula)
Stokes Bay (North Coast)
Browns Beach (Dudley Peninsula)
Vivonne Bay (South Coast)
Western River Cover (North Coast)
American River (American River)
Flour Cask Bay Sanctuary (near American River)
Find Out More
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See us at www.southaustralia.com/KangarooIsland.aspx