Kangaroo Island, Australia

May 24, 2017

 

 

Why Kangaroo Island? Because it never gets too hot or too cold on the island and there is wonderful wildlife to see. Kangaroo Island lies off the mainland of South Australia, southwest of Adelaide. Over a third of the island is protected in nature reserves, home to native wildlife like sea lions, koalas and diverse bird species. Meet Australian sea lions on the beach, kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, penguins, echidnas and diverse birds. Discover rugged rock formations, underground caves, bush-cloaked national parks, and beaches and bays to swim, snorkel, dive and fish. 

 

What you can see and do on Kangaroo Island: 

 

Explore the national parks, see native wildlife and marine life, whilst you indulge in the bounty of Kangaroo Islands food and wine. The Island is also home to breathtaking scenery. Rugged coastal cliffs, sheltered bays cupped between steep headlands, vast native bushland and rolling hills of farmland are just some of the breathtaking landscapes on offer.Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch are two of Australia's most fascinating coastal landmarks. Swim on a secret beach at Stokes Bay, surf at Vivonne Bay and fish from Emu Bay. Tour the underground caves at Kelly Hill Conservation Park and immerse yourself in the wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park. With accommodations ranging from five-star clifftop resorts, through to hotels and simple lodgings, there's something for everyone on Kangaroo Island. 

 

Things to know about Kangaroo Island: 

 

~ The island has 30 wine growers and 12 wineries. The first vineyard was planted near

    Eastern Cove in 1976 and the first wine made in 1982.

~ Kangaroo Island is noted for its honey and its Ligurian honey bees. The island has the

    world's only pure-bred and disease-free population of this type of bee.

~ Kangaroo Island is reliant on ferry services for the majority of its transport to and from the

    mainland. Ferries from Cape Jervis (the mainland) take about 45 minutes. 

~ The biggest town on Kangaroo Island is Kingscote with about 2,000 people.

~ Quantas Airlines offers direct flights to Kangaroo Island. 

 

 

 

Resources: 

 

Sarah Baxter & Paul Bloomfield. Lonely Planet's Where to go When (2016). Global Limited. 

Wikipedia: Kangaroo Island. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangaroo_Island 

Australian Tourism Website: http://www.australia.com/en-us/places/kangaroo-island.html?

 

 

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