Sunday, May 19, 2013

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island, once part of mainland Australia thousands of years ago, is now the third largest island, although that fact is a bit deceptive when you look on a map.  Considered part of South Australia, it is located approximately 113 km (70 miles) south west of the capital city, Adelaide.  Although I briefly mentioned Kangaroo Island in a previous post, it's a destination that deserves its own story.

Kangaroo on Kangaroo Island
This is a great place to holiday for many different reasons.  One of the biggest draw-cards is the wildlife.  It was given its name by British explorer, Matthew Flinders, for the Western grey kangaroo.  You'll see an abundance of kangaroos and wallabies over most of the island.  Sea lions and seals can be seen in great numbers around Seal Bay and Admiral's Arch.

Sea Lions on Kangaroo Island
You've got a good chance of seeing koalas (who doesn't love that?), goannas (big lizards), possums and plenty of species of birds.  The best way to see some of the wildlife in their natural habitat is to get out of your car and hoof it (walk) around the island's many national parks and conservation areas.  At least a quarter of the island is conserved, allowing the wildlife to flourish.  Just remember not to feed your picnic scraps to the animals, as you'll do more harm than good regardless of your intention.

To see some great wildlife and scenery photos check out this previous post that has a Smilebox dedicated to Kangaroo Island.

Below is a sight you may recognize - the Cape Willoughby lighthouse, located on the eastern tip of the island, closest to Cape Jervis and the first lighthouse built in South Australia.
Cape Willoughby Lighthouse
There's more than just beautiful scenery and unique wildlife to capture your imagination though.  For alternate activities you can consider a number of art galleries, lavender farms, a Eucalyptus distillery, go scuba diving or watch a shearing demonstration.  Rich in history, there are a number of museums to peruse where you might even learn a thing or two.

If you're planning to visit, you have 2 options - see Kangaroo Island in a day tour from Adelaide or stay in a hotel on the island.  Either way, can help you out.  To get across to the island you can fly or take a ferry.  Due to the size and popularity, this is one destination that I'd definitely recommend making advance bookings.

We hope to see you there soon!

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