Kangaroo Island is one of the most amazing places, not just in South Australia, or Australia but in the whole world. It’s the third biggest island in Australia behind Tasmania and Melville Island and is 70 miles southwest of Adelaide but it feels like a world away from the big smoke.
The island offers walking tours of the beautiful coastline where you’ll feast your eyes on fur seals, sea-lions, platypus and Cape Barren geese, and that’s just in the water! On land, you’ll find what Australia is famous the world over for – kangaroos, koala bears, wallabies, possums and even an evening walk to see penguins in their rookery.
Walk through native bushland, limestone caves full of unusual helictites (deposits formed from calcite-heavy water pouring through rocks over millions of years), Remarkable Rocks, a half-billion year old wind-formed rock formation that looks more like a Las Vegas sculpture as well as the opportunity to sleep in a lighthouse-keeper’s cottage and recent winner of Australia’s best beach, Vivonne Bay – some claim in a country famed for its world-class beaches.
Only 4,600 people live on the island – most of whom are descended from islanders who have worked the land for generations – and it’s one of the most peaceful, serene places you’ll ever visit. Walking around Kangaroo Island is an unforgettable experience and tours range from four to seven days, catering for walkers of all ages and fitness levels. You’ll see the most stunning wildlife including fur seals, sea-lions, platypus and Cape Barren geese in the water and kangaroos, koala bears, wallabies and possums as well as a thriving bird population as you wander around. Don’t forget the 891 species of native plants and 46 endemic species you can only see when you come here.
The phrase ‘trip of a lifetime’ is often overused but it’s never truer than when referring to Kangaroo Island.