Of the more than eight thousand islands off the coast of Australia, Kangaroo Island the the third biggest, with only Tasmania and Melville Island in the Northern Territory being larger.
The island covers 4,416 square kilometres and is home to a huge variety of wildlife, stunning coastal scenery, Flinders Chase National Park and more than 20 parks and reserves.
Places to Visit
- Flinders Chase National Park has vast areas to explore, with wild beaches, a huge variety of wildlife to spot, and natural attractions including Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. The park has numerous walking trails of varying difficulty to enjoy and take in the scenery. Other places to visit include Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse and Weirs Cove.
- Kelly Hill Conservation Park has limestone caves that you can visit, there are even deep caving tours available.
- Seal Bay Conservation Park has cruises available, where you can visit the colony of Australia Sea Lions.
- Cape Willoughby Conservation Park where tours of the first lighthouse in South Australia, built in 1852, are held. You can even stay at one of the lightkeeper’s cottages overnight, or explore Antechamber Bay at the nearby Lashmar Conservation Park.
Getting to Kangaroo Island
The trip from Adelaide to Cape Jervis is 106km, from there, you can take the ferry to Penneshaw on the island. There are also tours operating from the city, including for the Night Fairy Penguin Procession. Bring a coat, sunscreen and a hat, the weather on the island is very variable, going from sunny to wet and windy and back in the course of a few hours. Self drive tours are possible, you can even get a guided audio tour of the island at one of the tourist information centres.
Further Reading Kangaroo Island SA
Description: Taking a self drive tour through Kangaroo Island is one way to view this place.
Accommodation include hotels, motels, caravan parks and camp sites.