Meet native animals in pristine natural settings on Kangaroo Island, easily accessible from Adelaide. See sea lions in their habitat at Seal Bay and little penguins waddling to shore in Penneshaw. Then discover the island's rugged adventure landscapes and blissful beaches. Hike Hanson Bay, go caving in Kelly Hill Conservation Park and see the sun set on the ancient Remarkable Rocks. Along the coast you can swim with dolphins, go surfing, snorkel vivid reefs and dive shipwrecks. The island also has a rich and layered Aboriginal story to uncover.
Five reasons to visit Kangaroo Island
Feed pelicans and see little penguins at Kingscote and Penneshaw. Then see tammar wallabies, brush-tailed possums and kangaroos at their most active on a nocturnal tour from American River. Bushwalk past ducks, swans and waders on Murray Lagoon in Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park, just one place to observe some of the 267 species of birds found in various habitats on the island. See Australian sea lions at Seal Bay and thousands of New Zealand fur seals playing in and around Admirals Arch in Flinders Chase National Park. It's also home to hundreds of peaceful kangaroos.
Walk through Flinders Chase National Park, and discover the awe-inspiring formations of Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Explore the historic lighthouse precincts at Cape du Couedic and Cape Borda, where you can learn about the solitary lifestyles of lightkeepers and their families. Trek along remote clifftops and through forested valleys or cycle the island's quiet open roads. Enjoy the diversity of the Hanson Bay Hike or surf the sand dunes at Little Sahara. Go adventure caving in Kelly Hill Conservation Park or meet crimson rosellas in the sugar gum forest beneath the caves.
Dive with rare leafy sea-dragons, snorkel over brilliant reefs and swim with dolphins off Kingscote or Emu Bay. South in D'estrees Bay, you can scuba dive some of the shipwrecks which are scattered around the island. Fish from the historic Emu Bay jetty, American River or Penneshaw. Sail past secluded sandy beaches around Nepean Bay and surf the uncrowded waves at Stokes and Pennington Bays. You'll also find lots of idyllic swimming spots, from Snellings Beach on the north coast, to sheltered Brown Beach on the east coast and Vivonne Bay in the south.
Visit the island's cellar doors, many with stunning views to whet your palate. Sip boutique liqueurs in Cygnet River or sample wine in a converted airport hangar for a bohemian feel. Sample honey icecream and taste sheep's milk cheese and Ligurian honey from farms in Kingscote and MacGillivray. Feast on fresh, local produce across the island. Dine on local marron, King George Whiting and American River oysters overlooking the ocean. Fill your beach house or picnic hamper with gourmet produce and a bottle of your favourite wine.
Listen to the legend of Ngurunderi, the Dreamtime figure who chased two disobedient wives to Kangaroo Island before rejoining the spirit world. Trace Ngurunderi's journey through the Coorong before travelling to Kangaroo Island. Join a guided walk or kayak tour with a descendant of the Ngarrindjeri people, who mysteriously left Kangaroo Island thousands of years before European settlement. You can also explore the island with the Ramindjeri people, descendants of mainland Aboriginal women brought here by early whalers. Connect to this unique natural landscape through both ancient creation tales and more recent histories.