Kangaroo Island is the third largest island off the coast of Australia (after Tasmania and Melville Islands). Although only 155 kilometres east to west and 55 kilometres north to south, it is also one of the world’s great nature-based destinations. Here, you can take a guided beach walk among a colony of rare Australian sea lions, spot koalas dozing in lofty eucalyptus trees and marvel at the pelicans gliding across shimmering lagoons. Across the island, you will find soaring cliffs, national and conservation parks, towering sandy dunes, wetlands, untouched white sand beaches and plenty of fresh air and open spaces.
Accommodation options are wide and varied from caravan parks to luxury holiday homes and lodges, and your tastebuds will be delighted by the likes of freshly-caught King George whiting, oysters, Ligurian honey and an exciting range of small-batch varietal wines, beers, cider and award-winning gin.
There’s plenty of adventure and wildlife experiences for the whole family as well, including the Birds of Prey Show at Raptor Domain, sandboarding at Little Sahara, cuddling a koala at the KI Wildlife Park, kayaking on the Harriett River, fishing for salmon or quad biking at Vivonne Bay.
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Lead image: Pennington Bay © Randy Larcombe/SeaLink