Kangaroo Island

Watching kangaroos on Kangaroo Island. Photo: Australian Tourism.

 

If you want to relax and rejuvenate your mind and spirit on your next holiday, then a trip to South Australia’s Kangaroo Island is just the ticket. Kangaroo Island, located just over the water but a ‘world away’ 112km south-west of Adelaide, is Australia’s third largest island. With one-third of the island designated as national parks, it’s a place where substantial populations of native Australian animals live and thrive; a place of beauty; a place of escape.

 

Seal Bay

Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island. Photo: South Australian Tourism Commission.

 

With pristine sandy-white beaches, local wineries and a host of spectacular and intriguing landscapes to explore, you’ll want to allow plenty of time to fully immerse yourself in the magnificence of Kangaroo Island. The island’s size surprises many visitors who expect it to be much smaller, with a length of 155km, a width of 55km (at its widest point) and 4350 square km in area.

 

 

Being such a vast island to see, the longer your stay, the better; there is just so much to do that you’ll be disappointed if you miss any of it! Kangaroo Island is surprisingly diverse with soaring cliffs, dense bushland, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive arcs of pristine white beach. It’s the ideal place to immerse yourself in the powerful healing forces of nature.

 

Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island. Photo: Australian Traveller.

 

There really is so much to experience on Kangaroo Island. You can view sea-lions on the beaches at Seal Bay and Admirals Arch; barbecue with friends at spectacular American River; tour historic lighthouses; participate in penguin tours and the nightly pelican feeding shows; explore underground limestone caves and sample the world’s only pure strain Ligurian bee honey.

 

The Pelican Feeding Man at Kingscote, Kangaroo Island

 

And yet these experiences merely scratch the surface! To get a deeper appreciation of Kangaroo Island and to experience the feeling of being part of this powerful natural environment, activities like fishing at Emu Bay; picnics at remote beaches and sitting peacefully on the beach watching the sunset over the ocean will give you a genuine appreciation of the beauty and brilliance of this wilderness escape.

 

View of sunrise over Nepean Bay from a Holiday House Deals' property located in Kingscote, Kangaroo Island

 

While on Kangaroo Island, be sure to also experience some of the lesser known attractions this tourism destination has to offer. One that comes to mind is Will’s Rare Breeds Animal Farm, which is a unique collection of rare and unusual breeds of farm animals including cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry not on public display anywhere else in the world! You get to take a tour with farmer Will Marshall on his sprawling property that overlooks stunning Stokes Bay. Best of all, you get to meet and pat these fascinating rare animals that have survived for 200 years in genetic isolation and evolved into their own unique strains. It’s great for families and anyone wanting a unique and memorable experience.

 

Animals grazing at the Rare Breeds Animal Farm - Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island

 

There really are so many unique and memorable experiences that await you on Kangaroo Island. It’s a great place to explore and once you go there, you’ll want to return again and again.