Minutes from the mainland but a million miles away; Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary for wildlife and natural, rugged beauty.
refresh your spirit
Freedom isn’t a state of mind, it’s an island. A short trip across the water from the mainland, but a million miles away. As you step off the SeaLink
ferry in beautiful Penneshaw, it’s almost impossible not to relax. Escape to an island you will never want to leave. Kangaroo Island is the perfect place to disconnect from the world and reconnect with what and who is truly important to you.
If a show is what you want, a show is what you’ll get. Kangaroo Island’s scenery is breathtaking. Travel through bushland, to beaches, over rolling hills and around rocky cliffs.
Kangaroo Island’s scenery is breathtaking. Travel through bushland, to beaches, over rolling hills and around rocky cliffs. Wildlife reigns supreme with only a few towns in between.
Where the wild things are
on Kangaroo Island, which is known as a zoo without fences, and yes, you'll see lots of kangaroos too. The unique Kangaroo Island kangaroo is similar to the eastern grey, but has brown soft fur and big brown eyes.
It's home to plenty of other native animals including rare birds, tammar wallabies, short-beaked echidnas and lots and lots of koalas. The amazing wildlife continues underwater with unique marine life, fish and leafy sea dragons. Stand on the shore in the cooler months and watch migrating southern right whales and their calves and walk among a colony of sea lions at Seal Bay
Picture location: Kangaroo Island - home to lots of native animals including tammar wallabies.
A natural adventure
More than one third of the island is dedicated to national and conservation parks. Flinders Chase National Park
is the biggest, taking up most of Kangaroo Island’s western side. Here you'll find the wind-sculpted Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. The best way to explore this end of the island is on the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
- a 5-day hike through bushland, wildlife, towering gum trees and along the rugged coastline.
on the water and on the sand! Kangaroo Island is prized for its quality and quantity of uncrowded surf-breaks. From gentle swells in sheltered coves, to super-chilled reef and beach breaks all the way from Antarctica, you’ll often have the beach all to yourself. For something a little different, head to the Little Sahara desert and surf the sand dunes
Picture location: Little Sahara. Hire a sandboard from Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action and hit the slopes.
Island gin just the tonic
Soothe your palate while filling your senses with remarkable ocean views, rolling hills and natural bushland. Kangaroo Island Spirits is South Australia's only boutique distillery, producing delicious liqueurs and cordials. They make Limoncello with organic lemons, and their Wild Gin with native juniper is simply amazing.
Savour seafood plucked daily from the sea. Crack open sweet, freshwater crayfish or feast on spit-roasted organic lamb. Kangaroo Island’s artisan producers
add to the bounty, with Ligurian honey straight from the hive and handcrafted sheep’s milk cheese.
Picture location: Kangaroo Beach Lodges, with Kangaroo Island Spirits.
Now start planning your trip
Getting to Kangaroo Island is easy - hop on a ferry from Cape Jervis to Kingscote with SeaLink
. You can even take your car with you. Or the flight from Adelaide is just 30 minutes.
There are loads of accommodation options
, from simple lodgings to breathtaking luxury resorts. Try a permanent tent fitted out with modern conveniences, a wilderness lodge or a historic lighthouse keeper's cottage. At the spectacular eco-resort, Southern Ocean Lodge
, be pampered with a day spa and beauty treatments, then go straight to the dining table for exquisitely prepared regional produce.
Book a wildlife tour
your way around the island. Download some maps and brochures
before you go or, when you're on the island, ask a local. The Visitor Information Centre
located at Penneshaw is open seven days a week and the friendly staff are always on hand to help you with your plans, so drop in and say hi.
Visit Tourism Kangaroo Island
for more local information and helpful travel tips.