If you’re planning your travels around Australia then you won’t want to miss South Australia.
As swarms of working holiday makers head up Australia’s east coast, you may want to consider going in another direction. Easily accessible from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island presents the perfect opportunity to see the native Australian wildlife against the backdrop of some of the most dramatic landscapes Australia has to offer.
A trip to KI will encompass the very essence of Australia, from tasting local produce, to sweeping bays, and stunning rock formations, there’s something to appease every traveller when they visit this off shoot of South Australia.
You may have heard about the smaller Australian islands such as the Whitsundays, but Kangaroo Island is anything but small as it spans a whopping 4,405 km2.
Wildlife on Kangaroo Island
One of the main pulls for visitors to Australia is to see its unique wildlife. On the island you’ll have the chance to spot a variety of birds, mammals and marsupials including; Eagles, Black Cockatoos, Echidnas, Kangaroos, Tammar Wallabies, Australian Sea lions, Long Nosed Fur Seals, and even Southern Right Whales and Dolphins frolicking in the waters off the coast line.
Local Produce on Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island has a number of local products to offer any visitor to the island. For those of you wanting to sample the local cuisine be sure to try the fresh seafood as well as the locally produced honey. Top tip – don’t miss out on Clifford’s Honey Farm’s very own honey ice cream for a totally melt in your mouth experience and while you are there, pick up a few bottles of their new Drunken Drone Honey Wheat Ale
When it comes to drinks, your taste buds will also be thanking you as Kangaroo Island produces some of the most delectable red wine Australia has to offer. But it doesn’t just stop there – Kangaroo Island is also home to Old Tom Gin, which scooped the Champion Gin Trophy at the Australian Distilled Spirit Awards. You’ll find this fabulous gin at Kangaroo Island Spirits.
Points of Interest on KI
As we previously mentioned, KI has one heck of a dramatic landscape. Whilst visiting the Island you can sandboard down the dunes at Little Sahara, visit the craggy and otherworldly Remarkable Rocks in Flinders Chase National Park as well as the imposing Admirals Arch. If you want to see one of the most stunning beaches in South Australia, then Vivonne Bay is where you’ll find sweeping sandy beaches and stunning blue waters. For those who enjoy surfing, then Hanson Bay and Pennington Bay take the crown as fantastic surfing locations on KI.
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