Kangaroo Island is the country's third-largest island, also known as “island of the dead,” is situated seventy miles southwest of Adelaide in South Australia. It is mostly famous for its wildlife, food and some of the world's best hotels. In this article, we will tell you the best way to reach the island safely and also what you can do once you set foot on the beautiful shores.
How to get to Kangaroo Island
There are two options to get to the island – the sea and the air. If you don't like heights, you can take the daily ferry service from Kangaroo Island SeaLink, which takes you from the town of Cape Jervis to Penneshaw (one of the major cities on the island). There is also another way to get to the island if you don't like the water that much. You can travel with Regional Express's airline from Adelaide, which also offers daily flights. While on the island, you will need a car to get to the attractions you wish to see, and you can hire one when you arrive on the island or take your vehicle on the SeaLink ferry.
The Best Sights and Activities on Kangaroo Island
Explore a Conservation Park
You can take a day to explore one of the conservation parks on the island. You can choose from the five main parks listed below or explore some of the smaller ones.
- Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area
- Flinders Chase National Park
- Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park
- Ravine des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area
- Seal Bay Conservation Park
You can see kangaroos and tammar wallabies across many of the island's reserves. There are also race bird species that you can only see on this island, such as the glossy black cockatoo, which is endangered, and you can only see it in either Budin or Lathami Conservation Parks.
Remarkable Rocks & Admirals Arch
If you are a rock lover, then this is the best place for you on the island. Visit Flinders Chase National Park for a chance to walk near the orange-lichen-covered granite boulders that were carved in an array of shapes thanks to the millions of years of waves, wind, and rain. The next natural rock exhibit that attracts any tourists every year is Admirals Arch. The specific stalactite-covered eroded rock bridge sometimes acts as a temporary host to basking New Zealand fur seals.
Explore the Gourmet Attractions on the Island
The island is mainly known for its fresh cheese, seafood, and great wine. If you are an alcohol enthusiast, you can visit the Kangaroo Island Spirits, where you can taste handmade vodka, gin, and other liquors. Kangaroo Island Brewery and Dudley Wines are great places to drink craft beer or explore the wine world. The fresh seafood you can taste seasonally on the island is oysters, abalone, King George whiting, or marron. You can also buy products from one of the local farmer's markets hosted on the first Sunday of each month in Penneshaw and on the second and fourth Sunday of every month in Kingscote.