Kangaroo Island is a haven for wildlife and provides the perfect escape from the regular daily grind. Located just off the mainland of South Australia, some may wonder if the island is worth visiting? Our honest answer is yes, it is.
Consisting of several nature reserves, much of the island has remained relatively untouched over the years. It has maintained its status as a rugged and natural sanctuary. An ideal and sought-after place to escape to and disconnect for a few days.
The island is filled with wildlife and marine life, as well as exceptional scenery and places to indulge in delicious food and drinks. There is something on offer year-round, so whilst summer is of course a popular time to travel anywhere, winter certainly holds a certain charm on the island.
WHAT TO DO ON KANGAROO ISLAND
Flinders Chase National Park
Found at the west end of Kangaroo Island, Flinders Chase National Park is home to the impressive Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. The white sandy beaches are the perfect spot for a stroll.
Fresh seafood at American River
American River is a hidden gem on Kangaroo Island. Here you will be treated to some very fresh local seafood, and you will have the chance to visit the oyster farm. If you join a tour, you can learn about oyster shucking and enjoy a few with a glass of wine. It doesn’t get much better than that.
American River is also home to an abundant birdlife. Keep your eyes peeled for Glossy Black cockatoos.
Kangaroo Island Brewery
Found in Kingscote, the Kangaroo Island Brewery is the ideal place to stop in for a locally produced beverage and take in the views that surround you. You can choose from 8 types of beer, all made in house. The brewery is welcoming and relaxed, and the simple food menu matches this vibe. Cheese boards and pies during the week, and pizzas on weekends.
Koala’s can be spotted all around the island, but they are even easier to see in the gum trees at the Cygnet River.
Seal Bay Conservation Park
One of the best spots on all of Kangaroo Island, Seal Bay is home to a large colony of sea lions. You can enjoy a self-guided tour along the boardwalk and admire the coastal views. To get as close as possible to the seals, you can join a guided tour with a ranger and wander into the heart of the colony.
Stroll through the market stalls of produce, homewares, arts, and gifts. Held on the first Sunday of the month, be sure to check this out if your visit coincides with market day.
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park
Just in case you haven’t had quite enough wildlife, this park will have you as close as possible to Australia’s native animals. You can hold a koala, feed a kangaroo or a marmoset, hold a reptile and enjoy a walk around an enclosure with a dingo and his keeper as company.
HOW LONG SHOULD I STAY ON KANGAROO ISLAND?
There are a few factors that will determine the answer to this. Whilst there is plenty to do, Kangaroo Island is also the perfect place to settle in at your comfortable accommodation and relax. You don’t need to be out all day every day to get the feel of the island.
You can do a self-guided drive around the island or join a guided tour for a full day and say goodbye to the island as the sun goes down having ticked off the key attractions.
If you want to really make the most of the city-escape, you can easily spend 2-4 nights here and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Kangaroo Island.
GETTING TO KANGAROO ISLAND FROM ADELAIDE
Kangaroo Island is not far from the mainland and therefore getting here is straightforward. Drive south from Adelaide for 2 hours until you reach Cape Jervis. The ferry will take you over to the island, and you can bring your car with you. Car hire is available on Kangaroo Island.
Flying is also an option with QantasLink from Adelaide into Kingscote, on Kangaroo Island.
Regardless of how much time you have or how you get here, a trip to Kangaroo Island will be rich in beautiful nature, wildlife experiences and incredible memories.