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Visiting Kangaroo Island from Adelaide

By Viator, June 2014

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Kangaroo Island is one of Australia’s most significant natural attractions. An abundant diversity of wildlife, flora that isn’t found anywhere else, naturally carved stone formations and the attraction of passing whales are only some of the environmental wonders of the island. A rich history and modern attractions round out the lure of Kangaroo Island.

Sitting a little to the south and west of Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is just off the mainland. It’s easy to get to Kangaroo Island whether or not you have your own transport. Coach transfers run from Adelaide and Cape Jervis, the closest point on the mainland. From there it’s as easy as walking (or driving if you have your own transport) onto the ferry for a quick 45 minute trip across the Backstairs Passage to Penneshaw.

Once on the island its entire 155km length is your playground. Much of the island is declared protected and conservation is a huge part of many of the businesses and attractions on the island. Start your trip by seeing the natural wonders of the island. Admiral Arch and the Remarkable Rocks in Flinders Chase National Park are  windswept sandstone sculptures and are prime viewing positions for the sea life around the islands – colonies of New Zealand fur seals, dolphins and migrating whales are a joy to watch. The Cape Borda Lightstation also sits within the park and guided tours explore the history of the structure.

Continuing on the nature theme, pop into the wildlife sanctuaries that dot the island. The Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary has a self-guided koala walk that allows you to see koalas in their natural habitat. The Seal Bay Conservation Park shouldn’t be missed. Taking advantage of the local colony of the rare Australian Sea Lion the park takes visitors on tours down amongst the seals daily.

For something a little different visit Kingscote. The commercial hub of the island, Kingscote is the oldest European settlement in South Australia. Historical monuments, preserved buildings and a 177yr old mulberry tree are just some of the connections to the past to explore.

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