There’s no denying that Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia is a nature lover's paradise.  With the island's 150 kilometres of scenic and mostly unsealed roads surrounded by wildlife and native fauna, not to mention its soaring cliffs, stark white sand beaches and epic hiking trails, you can expect to have some real life-changing experience upon visiting this dramatically beautiful island.

 

If you haven't included Kangaroo Island in your bucket list, then it's about time. Here, we share the best of what this amazing island can offer. Enjoy!

 

1. Western River Cove

 

Western River CoveWestern River Cove, a hidden paradise. Photo: talesofardour.com

 

Located on the rugged north coast of Kangaroo Island is the spectacular Western River Cove which is sheltered by two headlands just 200 metres apart. This gem of a place is quiet and is less crowded than other beaches. The headland protects the area from huge swells making the water calm and ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

 

 

 

2. Dining with Spectacular Ocean Views

 

Restaurants with a View

Wine with a view at Dudley Wine Cellar Door. Photo: dudleywines.com.au

 

Take your lunch on the deck, perched atop Kangaroo Island's stunning north coast. Taste award-winning food and wine while gazing at majestic views over the cliff.

 

3. Remarkable Rocks

 

Remarkable Rocks

 Remarkable Rocks at Flinders Chase National Park.

 

Admire the Remarkable Rocks at Flinders Chase National Park. Perched over the sea and created over millions of years by the wind, rain and waves, these giant rock boulders do justice to their name. Drop by sunset or sunrise and witness them draped in the warm tones of the sky.

 

4. Emu Bay

 

Emu Bay

4WD along Emu Bay. Photo: ytravel.com

 

Emu Bay with its gorgeous sandy beach is located 20 minutes from Kingscote, Kangaroo Island's main town. Walk along the foreshore at night and see the colony of Fairy Penguins which is the smallest of all penguins.

 

 

 

5. Cape Willoughby Lighthouse

 

Cape Willoughby LighthouseBeautiful Cape Willoughby Lighthouse. Photo: Steven Parish

 

Built in 1852, the spectacular Cape Willoughby Lighthouse was the first lighthouse built in South Australia. Located at the eastern end of Kangaroo Island, you’ll find sheep-dotted hills as you travel along the beautiful winding road leading to this. Atop the lighthouse, jaw-dropping views of the Great Australian Bight awaits you.

 

6. Seal Bay Conservation Park

 

Seal BaySea lions sprawled on the beach. Photo:  expedia.com

  

A trip to Kangaroo Island would be incomplete without visiting Seal Bay, home to Australia's third largest colony of sea lions. Get up close and personal as you watch legions of sea lions play in their natural environment. Catch them sprawled on the beach, yawning, stretching and feeding their young.

 

7. Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park

 

Kangaroo Island Wildlife ParkAdorable koala, up on a tree. Photo: Elo-Tom59

 

Experience Kangaroo Island wildlife at your fingertips when you visit this sanctuary which is home to over 600 animals. Hand feed the kangaroos, cuddle koalas, see little penguins being fed, watch the Echidnas play and laugh with the Kookaburras- it's a fun day out for all ages!

 

8. Kelly Hill Conservation Park

 

Kelly Hill Conservation Park

Stalagmites galore. Photo:  Adam Bruzzone

  

Visit a subterranean wonderland of underground caverns, towering columns, and jagged stalactites and stalagmites at Kelly Hill Conservation Park. These dry limestone caves were 'discovered' in the 1880s by a horse named Kelly, who fell into them through a hole.

 

 

9. Admiral’s Arch

 

Admiral's ArchStunning Admiral’s Arch. Photo: asherworldturns.com

 

Do more seal spotting at Admiral’s Arch located in Cape du Couedic, Flinders Chase National Park. Enjoy watching some 7,000 New Zealand fur seals swim through a stunning natural rock arch, which has been sculpted by weathering and erosion from the sea for thousands of years.

 

10. Weirs Cove

 

Weirs CoveViews of cliffs from Weirs Cove. Photo:@christopherdford

 

Not far from Admiral’s Arch is the beautiful Weirs Cove. There are walks with spectacular views you can do around here. The view from the top is simply stunning.

 

11. Raptor Domain

 

Raptor DomainKids having fun at Raptor Domain. Photos: Shabek22

 

Get up close and personal with the birds and watch one-hour educational, fun and interactive shows featuring eagles, falcons, owls and kookaburras. To be with these engaging birds is an amazing experience.

 

12. Kingscote Pelicans

 

Kingscote PelicansThe Pelican Man flings fish to the pelicans. Photo: Kalpana Sunder

 

Head to the Kingscote Wharf in the late afternoon and watch the Pelican Man, a local celebrity, give bits of fish to the large, pink-billed pelicans. He also provides an entertaining discussion about these hungry birds.

 

13. Vivonne Bay

 

Vivonne BayWooden jetty at Vivonne Bay. Photo: citiestips.com

 

Known as one of Australia's best beaches, Vivonne Bay with its pristine waters and gorgeous sandy beach is the only safe harbour on the south coast of the island for swimming, fishing and surfing. It is a perfect location for family picnics.

 

14. Little Sahara

 

Little SaharaSandboarding at Little Sahara. Photos: lacartes.com

 

Visit Kangaroo Island's very own Sahara desert. It was formed from eroded limestone over millennia of erosion. Climb the ridge and sand board your way down. While on top, enjoy the view of white peaks and valleys beyond.

 

15. Stokes Bay

 

Stokes BayHidden treasure, Stokes Bay. Photo: ytravelblog.com

 

Walk through a narrow walkway of rock formations and find an expansive hidden beach at the end. Again, the beach looks like paradise.  

 

 

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