Technically speaking, to get to Kangaroo Island you need to cross over the Backstairs Passage from Cape Jervis in the Fleurieu Peninsula, so if you’re dreaming of taking that ‘over-seas’ trip – look no further than the wonderful K.I.. A melting pot of delectable cuisine, pristine beaches, adorable wildlife and astounding national parks; Kangaroo Island enables you to comfortably get back to nature.
After being hit hard by the devastating bushfires in the summer of 2019-20, Kangaroo Island and its inviting locals are slowly, but surely, recovering. Nonetheless, this island paradise is still bursting with charm and is just waiting to be explored! Let's check out what awaits you in the beautiful Kangaroo Island.
Flinders Chase National Park
A visit to Kangaroo Island wouldn’t be complete without discovering the incredible Flinders Chase National Park. Located on the western end of the island, this national park is about 100 kilometres from K.I.’s main town, Kingscote, but it’s exotic landscape will transport you to a world a million miles away. Flinders Chase boasts rugged wilderness and diverse wildlife, making for an experience like no other. While exploring the park, you’ll get the chance to spot the native kangaroos, wallabies, and echidnas - so keep an eye out!
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This cluster of abstract rocks are truly as remarkable as they sound. Sitting above the sea in Flinders Chase National Park, the Remarkable Rocks are a group of spectacularly balanced granite boulders. Over 500 million years of elements such as rain, wind, and waves, all contributed to creating this signature landmark. Hues of bright, golden orange lichen cover the surface of many rocks, making for a vibrant, and incredibly photogenic, site.
Photo credit: Laura Roemekso
Created by the incredible forces of nature, Admirals Arch is a sight to behold. The arch is situated within Flinders Chase National Park and has been carved over thousands of years by erosion. This unusual landmark is one of Kangaroo Island’s most famed attractions and it’s not hard to see why! Accessed through viewing platforms that wind their way down the cave, it’s an ideal place to spot the adorable New Zealand fur seal colony that has established itself under the arch.
Photo credit: Amie Bunnik
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Crystal clear beaches
Finding a great beach on Kangaroo Island is something that’s pretty easy to do when the island boasts over 500 kilometres of pristine coastline. The island makes for an ideal beach destination, as you’ll find everything from bright, white sand beaches to those spots perfect for surfing. Kangaroo Island is home to an internationally award-winning beach, the gorgeous Vivonne Bay, so the beaches here mean business!
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Renowned for its local produce, Kangaroo Island’s products have a reputation for purity and excellent quality. Due to the island’s isolation, the locals are required to lead a self-sufficient lifestyle and have naturally placed great importance on ethical production to protect their surrounding environment. There are plenty of places to check out the local wares, and if you’re keen on a drink (or two!), Kangaroo Island is also home to the first boutique gin distillery in South Australia!
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If exploring the stunning Kangaroo Island is next on your list, then check out our 9-day A Taste of South Australia with Dennis Bunnik small group tour! We'll spend 2 nights discovering all this incredible island has to offer.