Kangaroo Island Tour information
Kangaroo Island is in the state of South Australia, approximately 112 km southwest of Adelaide. It covers an area of 4,405 square kilometres (1,701 square miles). The length is 155km at the longest point and 55 kilometres wide. The island is seven times the size of Singapore and the coastline stretches 540 kilometres long.
After Tasmania and Melville Island, Kangaroo Island is considered as Australia’s third-largest island. To the northwest, it is separated from Yorke Peninsula by Investigator Strait, and to the northeast from the Fleurieu Peninsula by Backstairs Passage. The Pages is a group of islets that lies off the eastern end of the island.
Kangaroo Island has been the site of the first settlement in South Australia. In Pre-historic times, it was said to have separated from the Mainland Australia due to the rising of sea level after the last glacial period, 10,000 years ago.
The island was named by Matthew Flinders, a sea explorer who circumnavigated Australia in 1802 as he saw the abundance of kangaroos (of which they had a feast on).
Winter months are between June and September, they are mild and wet. Summers are usually warm and dry with maximum temperature of 40 degrees Celsius with February being the hottest month.
Kangaroo Island is known to be one of South Australia’s most popular tourist destinations.
Popular tourist spots are:
- Seal Bay to see basking Australian sea lions
- Kelly Hill Caves, a main attraction park
- Flinders Chase National Park on the west end of the island. A sanctuary of endangered species and where you can find a few geological phenomena, such as Remarkable Rocks, Admiral’s Arch, lighthouses at Cape Borda and Cape du Couedic. Camping areas are there and multiple walking trails.
- Huge sand dunes at Little Sahara, on the south coast
- The Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary where you can see the Koalas
- Parndana Wildlife Park. Parndna being in the centre of the island, serves the farming community.
- The abundant aquatic bird life to be seen in Murray Lagoon
- Raptor Domain for in-flight bird of prey presentation and reptile show
- Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre at Kingscote
- The Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery which manufactures Eucalyptus oil
The island is home to the purest bees in the world - Ligurian bees. Kangaroo Island is noted for this and its honey. The only one in the world with pure-bred and disease-free population of this type of bee. It is a notable industry of the island to be exporting pure bred queen bees.
There are many wineries. There are 30 wine growers and 12 wineries.
Kingscote is the biggest town on the island. It is one of the main towns, together with Penneshaw, Parndana, and American River.
There is a reliable ferry service that goes to and from the mainland, currently being provided by Kangaroo Island Sealink. Penneshaw at the east of the island is where the ferries arrive.
Air transport is also available.
Wildlife in Kangaroo Island
A unique region and a home to a diverse range of native animal species. Many of which are now threatened . The island has 891 species of native plants. Wildflowers can be found in every season, September and October being the flowering months. 400 of these can be found in Flinders Chase National Park. In uncleared areas Mallee scrubs abound on the East of the island, and mainly are the multi-trunked Mallee, as well as Narrow-leaf Mallee where eucalyptus oil is extracted. Along the river banks and creek banks, would grow and find the much taller single trunk eucalyptus such as Blue Gum, Cup Gum, River Red Gum, Sugar Gum, Swamp Gum.
Kangaroo Island is best known to have accessibility to viewing Australian wildlife in their natural setting.
Seals, kangaroos, koalas abound.
A wide variety of birds can be found in Kangaroo Island such as Emus, Megapodes, Gamebirds, Wildfowl, Grebes, Penguins, Diving-petrels, Petrels and shearwaters, Albatrosses, Storm-petrels, Tropicbirds, Gannets, Darters, Cormorants, Pelicans, Herons, Ibises and spoonbills, Hawks, Osprey, Falcons, Cranes, Rails, Buttonquails, Sandpipers, Painted-snipe, Stone-curlews, Oystercatchers, Avocets and stilts, Plovers, Skuas, Gulls, Terns, Pigeons and doves, Cockatoos, Parrots, Cuckoos, Owls, Frogmouths, Nightjars, Swifts, Kingfishers, Bee-eaters, Rollers, Australo-papuan wrens, Pardalotes, Thornbills, Honeyeaters, Australian chats, Australian robins, Whipbirds, Whistlers, Monarch flycatchers, Mudnest-builders, Fantails, Drongos, Cuckooshrikes, Woodswallows, Bellmagpies, Crows, Larks, Pipits and wagtails, Old world sparrows, Waxbills, Finches, Swallows and martins, Old World warblers, White-eyes, Thrushes, Starlings.
So when you are heading to Kangaroo Island next for a tour or holiday, be sure to look out for the wildlife and we hope this information has been helpful!
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