This post is about Kangaroo Island in South Australia. I have no problems declaring that it is one of my favourite places in my home country of Australia.
Kangaroo Island is what I like to refer to as the quintessential Australia. No highrise buildings, small roads, wide open spaces- the visual of what the rest of Australia would have been like 50 or so years ago.
Kangaroo Island is located off Adelaide in our southern State of South Australia. There are 2 ways to get there whether by ferry or by flight. I prefer the flight as the ferry does not depart from right in Adelaide itself so it takes more time to get to the departure point.
There are options of taking a motorhome or hire car across by ferry onto the Island, but this is not something I would overly recommend- as these vehicles do not allow you to go off road and often this is where the best things to be seen are. You also miss out having a local as a tour guide and they are the folks who really show you their Island.
Kangaroo Island has an abundant Marine and Wildlife population. Birdlife including Pelicans and Eagles. Marine Life including big Seal colonies and Penguins. Plus the real Aussie experience of Kangaroo’s and Koalas. We like to book our clients on small group tours in which they actually get to see Koalas in the wild not in a physical wildlife park. When you go on big bus tours the vehicles can often not get into these areas.
The island itself is very large and Flinders Chase National Park ( which is only one of the National Parks on the Island) is actually the size of Singapore. There are so many wide open spaces that it is not unusual to not see another person for 30 minutes.
Kangaroo Island is also starting to get a name for itself as a real “foodie” island. There is a lot of local produce there and we love to send our clients out to see where it is being produced.
We prefer to keep our clients on Kangaroo Island for a minimum of 2 nights. This allows us to have our clients do 2 full days of touring on the Island- as the Island is so large you can see both areas then and get different experiences.
There are several accommodation options. My personal preference is a homestay with a local family. We have an awesome one that we put our clients in and people love it. They especially love the owners cooking as it includes breakfast and dinner! Kangaroo Island is about having an experience- and in my eyes the homestay with some locals tops that off perfectly. If you want to step it up a notch there is also the luxury Southern Ocean Lodge.
As mentioned Kangaroo Island is about wildlife and marine life. As I am sure you all understand there are never any guarantees of seeing wildlife when you go anywhere. If it is to hot then some wildlife may go into hiding, some are more so seasonal as well.
There are beaches on the Island but it is also quite rugged. If you do choose to swim off a beach then remember these wise words from me. ” Where there are seals there are usually sharks” .
All in all a visit to Kangaroo Island is a must when coming down to Australia. Most of our clients tell us that it was one of the highlights of their trip.
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P.S The pic above is from a mate of mine Craig who lives on Kangaroo Island. This Koala actually came a knocking at his door!