Kangaroo Island Parks and Wildlife

Bursting with wildlife

We may call this place Kangaroo Island but there’s so much more to our wildlife than Australia’s favourite marsupial. The Kangaroo Island kangaroo is similar to the eastern grey but as the name suggests, it’s unique to the island.  

Echidna, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

You’ll find many other native animals here including the short-beaked echidna, tammar wallaby, brushtail possum, and southern brown bandicoot. The amazing wildlife continues underwater with unique marine life, fish and leafy sea dragons. 

National parks

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, Admirals Arch and many endangered animal species. Like the rest of the island, there are brilliant wild flowers and towering gum trees.

Cape Willoughby Conservation Park is home to South Australia's first lighthouse; explore stunning limestone caves in the Kelly Hill Conservation Park; and Seal Bay Conservation Park is home to a colony of Australian sea lions. At Cape Borda, climb the lighthouse and enjoy some of South Australia’s best views.  

It’s an adventure

Walking trails are common on Kangaroo Island. Many are well sign-posted, making your bushland walks educational and beautiful. Attention cavers! Explore Kelly Hill Conservation Park and its maze of dry limestone caves and tunnels.

Whatever your plans, why not book a guided tour? The locals really know Kangaroo Island’s secrets, so tell them what you’re interested in and leave the rest to them.   

Conservation

The critically endangered Kangaroo Island dunnart shares its environment with native goanna and snake species, six unique types of bat and six frog species specific to Kangaroo Island.

Australian sea lions and New Zealand fur seals live around Seal Bay and Admirals Arch. It’s easy to tell one from the other. If the seal has ear flaps, it’s a New Zealand fur seal. 

Quarantine

Kangaroo Island has tough quarantine laws. When you are packing, leave any honey and all bee-handling equipment at home. Pets are not allowed in national and conservation parks.

Potatoes, yes potatoes, must be in new, unopened packaging. Destroy any peels or unused potatoes. Please don’t bring vine cuttings or grapevine soil here. Ensure your vehicle, boats, camping gear and hiking boots are free of mud and seeds.

Kangaroo Island, it’s truly something special. 

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