The majority of people visiting Sydney or Melbourne looking for a wildlife experience head to Tasmania, the easy-to-get-island just opposite Bass Strait. What they don’t know is that a close-by island offer a much more unique experience. A place so wild and full of animals it’s been called the Galapagos of Australia.
For being the third largest island in Australia, Kangaroo Island is surprisingly unknown, even to native Australians. An isolated eco system of rare species and diversified nature. A mix of wild kangaroos, koalas, penguins, and sea lions, surrounded by abstract rock formations, glittering salt lakes, and some of the whitest sand dunes in the world.
Stay in Kingscote, the capital city of the island, for a convenient starting point. Or check in at Stranraer Homestead, an authentic animal farm since 1920. Head to Seal Bay, home to a rare kind of sea lions, and explore the fascinating stone formations at the Remarkable Rocks. End the day by catching the sunset at Stokes Bay, a favourite spot for the island’s many kangaroos. Read a full in-depth article about Kangaroo Island here.
How do I get there?
Where: Kangaroo Island is situated 800 km west of Melbourne, 120 km south of Adelaide, 800 km west of Melbourne.
How: Take the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne or get there in three hours by car from Adelaide. Daily ferries depart from Cape Jervis. The island is small enough to drive around in one day, but provide at least three days to explore the island in full.
When: All year round. Best period September-February.
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