10 Reasons Why Kangaroo Island Should Be On Your Australian Itinerary

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Kangaroo Island is the third largest island in Australia, and is the fourth most recognised tourist destination in Australia.

It’s a sanctuary for a wide variety of wildlife and boasts naturally diverse and rugged scenery.

We list 10 reasons why Kangaroo Island should be on your Australian itinerary:

1.  Australia’s version of the Galapagos Islands

Kangaroo Island is best known for its abundance of wildlife in their natural environments.

You get the opportunity to see kangaroos, Australian sea lions, possums, goannas, wallabies, New Zealand and Australian fur seals, birds, platypuses, dolphins, penguins, echidnas and even whales during migrating season.

There are more koalas than people on the island!

2.  Close proximity to the mainland

Forget the lengthy inter-island long tail boat trips in Asia, or tiring European ferry rides, if you come to Australia a trip to Kangaroo Island is so close to the mainland you can even manage a day-tour.

Kangaroo Island is a two hour drive south of Adelaide to the coastal town of Cape Jervis at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula, and then it’s just a 45-minute ferry trip to the island and its scenery.

3.  Learning from expert guides

Tour guides to Kangaroo Island are passionate about conservation, wildlife and the environment.  They have a wealth of knowledge about the animals you will encounter on your visit. 

Adventures Beyond are also an Advance Eco Accredited Company, which proves their commitment to environmentally sustainable and culturally responsible tourism.

4. Historical significance

Kangaroo Island was the site of the first South Australian colonial settlement at the largest town, Kingscote. 

In the 19th century, the island was a base for sealers, traders and whalers and today you can follow a ‘Kangaroo Island Shipwreck Trail’ that recounts stories of seven local shipwrecks.

5.  Top beaches

The island is home to some of the best beaches in Australia with over 500 kilometres of coastline. Choose from sweeps of white sand, or secluded bays for swimming and snorkelling. Try your luck at fishing, or diving wrecks along the rocky coves.

Vivonne Bay and Pennington Bay are popular surfing spots and are unpolluted and mostly uncrowded.

Adventures Beyond guides will share their secrets on where to head to spot the island’s penguins, or see the tallest cliffs in South Australia.

6. Flinders Chase National Park

The park features the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch as well as a colony of New Zealand fur-seals at Cape du Couedic.

There are picnic areas and boardwalks for hiking.  You have the chance to walk through native bush and scrub, and watch birdlife in their habitat.

Kangaroo Island birdlife is extensive and includes species like wedge tailed eagles, glossy black cockatoos, honeyeaters, quails, and seabirds.  If you’re a bird-watcher, before your visit source yourself the handy guide by Chris Baxter ‘An Annotated List of the Birds of Kangaroo Island’ (revised edition 1995).

7. Whale hotspot

Two hundred years ago, a major export of the South Australian region was whale oil and whalebone.

Fortunately, today the boats of Kangaroo Island maintain their distance and their relationship with whales is only for sightseeing purposes and taking photographs.

Southern Wright whales frequent in the surrounding waters of Kangaroo Island annually (May-October) on their migration to Antarctica. 

8. Tour options adapted to your time schedule

Kangaroo Island is near to the mainland but a completely different pace of life. 

Adventures Beyond can show you the highlights in one day including wildlife viewing.

Or you can try a 2-day Tour with animal encounters, sprinkled with a few adventurous activities like sand boarding and quad biking to get your blood flowing.

9. Wide range of activities and attractions

As well as wildlife watching, there is a multitude of extra things to do on the island including:

  • Off road driving
  • Surfing
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Bush walks
  • Kayaking
  • Horse riding
  • Wine tasting
  • Camping
  • Lighthouse cottage stays
  • Spa and beauty treatments

10.  Local artisans and food producers

Kangaroo Island is also a place for foodies to visit – sample ocean fresh seafood, free range eggs, delicious honey, handcrafted sheep’s milk cheese and yoghurt, or drop in for a nip or two at the boutique distillery making Limoncello and Wild Gin. 

Book your Kangaroo Island escapade. Visit our Kangaroo Island Tours page now!