With temperatures gradually heating up and flowers beginning to bloom, now is the perfect time to embark on an adventure on Kangaroo Island in Spring. Lying off South Australia’s mainland, over a third of this island is made up of nature reserves and is home to some of the continent’s most stunning natural wildlife. From the adorable penguin colonies of Flinders chase national park to the precariously balanced natural granite formations of the Remarkable Rocks, there’s tonnes to see and do on this island, and now is the perfect time to visit. Here’s why…
1. From late August to mid-October you’ll be able to see the beautiful wildflowers in bloom. From native orchids to bush flowers, the island boasts over 100 varieties, 40 of which are unique to the island, making for a stunning array of colours and smells. Visit the Emu Ridge distillery in Kingscote to take a piece of this idyll home with you; they produce eucalyptus oil directly from the plant.
2. Head to Murray Lagoon with your binoculars at the ready to spot some wader birds flying in from Siberia in the early spring. You’ll also be able to spot swans, ducks and stilts.
3. Spring provides the perfect weather for walking trails; with over 35 different walks there’s something for everyone. For a shorter hike try the Clifftop Hike at Cape Borda, whilst those more advanced should opt for the Rock River Hike, a 3 hour walk which will take you through Snake Lagoon. For a real challenge, embark on the five day Kangaroo Island Wilderness trail – it’s not for the faint hearted!
4. No trip to Kangaroo Island would be complete without a visit to the islands incredible natural granite sculptures, the aptly named Remarkable Rocks. Take a trek in the early morning or evening to see the stunning spring sunset or sunrise provide a backdrop for the rocks – the perfect photo opportunity.
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5. Walk amongst the sea lions in the Seal Bay Conservation Park, the only place in the world where you can get up close and personal with endangered Australian animals. Take one of the tours on offer to see the gentle giants in their natural habitat; we recommend the Twilight Beach Tour, where you’ll get to witness the stunning sight of the sea lions coming on to the beach in the golden light.
6. Want to spot some dolphins? Visit Cape Borda to get some front row seats! The Cape Borda lighthouse sits perched on cliffs overlooking Investigator Strait and provides the perfect lookout for spotting not only dolphins, but whales too.
7. Take advantage of the warmer weather and enjoy lunch al fresco. Kangaroo Island has a brilliant gastronomic scene, with freshly caught seafood, locally made cheese and wines all featuring on menus. Head to the farmers market in Penneshaw on the first Sunday of every month to pick up your own delights.
8. Keep an eye out for the unique and diverse animal species on the island. From platypuses burrowing nests and wild koalas climbing trees to bandicoots scurrying along in the grass and kangaroos hopping around, you’re sure to spot some exciting (and unusual) creatures.
9. Get involved with some of the awesome activities the island has to offer. From sand boarding the dunes of Little Sahara to biking around the rugged landscape and even kayaking along the Harriet River, there’s plenty of activities for the thrill-seeking visitor.
10. After all that adventuring you might want to cool off. Swim, surf or snorkel in the waters of the Island; the rock-enclosed pool of Stokes Bay provides the perfect swimming spot, whilst those looking to surf some waves should head to the beach at Stoke Bay.