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Located approximately 112km south-west of Adelaide in South Australia, Kangaroo Island is the third largest island in Australia and can be easily accessed by plane or ferry. An area of scenic beauty with an abundance of wildlife, tranquil rivers, historic towns, and stunning beaches for diving, surfing, and sailing, make Kangaroo Island a fabulous holiday destination to visit and explore.
The island is about 150km long and has a population of a little over 4,000. Kangaroo Island features a wonderful array of natural beauty within its 540km of coastline. With plenty of things to see, do, and explore, from visiting the Admirals Arch, Remarkable Rocks, Kelly Hill Caves, and Seal Bay, to snorkelling, surfing, fishing, bushwalking, and bird watching, there never seems to be a dull moment here.
You will find plenty of accommodation options to choose from on Kangaroo Island, including modest holiday cottages, modern beach apartments, luxury villas, and cosy nature retreats. If you book a self-catering holiday letting on Kangaroo Island, you'll have a great home base from which to enjoy all the sights and attractions this destination has to offer.
The tastes of Kangaroo Island
The cuisine scene on Kangaroo Island is fresh, seasonal, and close to its source. During your stay, head to some of the island's popular cafes, restaurants, and wineries to try locally-produced cheeses, yogurt, wine, crayfish, and marron.
Kangaroo Island is also home to a pure Ligurian honey farm, Clifford's, where you can sample some of the best honey-flavoured ice creams. Kick-start your gastronomic adventure at Sunset Food and Wine. This bistro-style restaurant offers delicious seafood and fantastic local wine.
Savour oysters, marron, King George Whiting, and abalone at the Oyster Farm Shop, and award-winning sample gins at KI Spirits. Relax with a glass of wine while enjoying fabulous scenic views at Dudley Wines Cellar Door.
A visit to Kangaroo Island Fresh Seafoods in Kingscote is a must if you are looking to try authentic, fresh seafood. With something to suit everyone's taste, this spot offers seafood platters with fish, chips, salads, and other accompaniments.
Art and culture on Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is home to various galleries, art spaces, and studios where artists both create and exhibit their work. Fine Art Kangaroo Island and Kangaroo Island Gallery are ideal places to check out local paintings, photography, drawings, and handcrafted jewellery.
Learn about the first European settlement at Reeves Point in Kingscote. Parndana Soldier Settlement Museum exhibits photographs, memorabilia, and information related to the development of Kangaroo Island and surrounding districts.
Hope Cottage Museum is well worth a visit. It provides fascinating details about the rich heritage and unique history of Kangaroo Island. Don't miss the Penneshaw Maritime and Folk Museum in Penneshaw, which is home to models, photographs, and artefacts related to island's historic past.
Activities with children
The island also has plenty to offer families travelling with kids. Children will enjoy fantastic wildlife, great fishing, swimming with marine animals, and picture-perfect beaches. With thriving and abundant wildlife all around Kangaroo Island, the kids will love the experience of seeing furry wallabies, cuddly koalas, and lovable sea lions.
Both adults and children alike might enjoy the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, where you can spend time with various animals in a fun and educational environment. Everyone in your family can learn something new during a guided tour of Island Beehive, where they can learn about Ligurian bees, visit the production factory, or sample the organic honey.
The Penneshaw Penguin Center is a scenic penguin education centre where guided tours are conducted every night by experienced guides. Taking the tour is considered the best way to see these elusive birds, and gain insight into their fascinating life cycle.
Things to do and see on Kangaroo Island
The island features over 500km of diverse coastline, covered with protected coves, rugged cliffs, and spectacular geological landmarks. Go surfing at Pennington Bay or Vivonne Bay.
Soak up some sun at Nepean Bay and discover the rock pools at Stokes Bay. Try kayaking and fishing along the Chapman and American rivers. Get up close and personal with leafy sea dragons, Harlequin Rasbora, and colourful coral at D’Estrees Bay.
Nestled on the south coast, Seal Bay is one of the best attractions on Kangaroo Island and offers you an unforgettable wildlife experience. Learn about the lives of the endangered sea lions who live here, as an expert local guide takes you on a tour of the Conservation Park.
Discover the magical world of underground caves and enjoy the adventure caving tours at Kelly Hill. Be sure to catch the incredible rock formations at Remarkable Rocks, and hike the walking trails at Flinders Chase National Park.
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