Discover one of the world’s most pristine, pure places...
The 18 kilometres of ocean that separates Kangaroo Island from the mainland has protected it against introduced species like foxes and rabbits that have decimated native animal and plant populations across Australia. The island is therefore a time capsule of Australia as it once was, with native animals and plants in abundance and delicate eco systems unchanged for thousands of years.
You’ll discover a few other things that haven’t been introduced to Kangaroo Island either, like fast food outlets, traffic jams, traffic lights, cinemas and nightclubs. But with magnificent beaches, scenic wonders, artists, wineries and great local food and wine in plentiful supply, we don’t think you’ll miss them one bit.
The first surprise is the size...
We always smile when people arrive on Kangaroo Island with a bike, expecting to do a leisurely ride around the island in an afternoon. Australia’s third largest island, KI (as the locals call it) is 155 kilometres long and up to 55 kilometres wide, with an area of 4350 square kilometres. The kangaroos and wallabies far outnumber the human population of around 4600, or about one person per square kilometre. Although just 110 kilometres from Adelaide, the island couldn’t feel further away from life in the city.
Where the wild things are...
Even though a third of Kangaroo Island is national park, you don’t have to be in one to see its famous wildlife. Across the island, kangaroos, Tammar wallabies, Rosenberg’s goannas, koalas, echidnas, Australian fur seals and long-nosed fur seals roam free. In addition, the island is home to over 250 species of birds, including Little Penguins and one of the world’s largest birds of prey, the magnificent Wedge Tailed Eagle.
Kangaroo Island is also the world’s only sanctuary for Ligurian bees. Introduced from Italy in the late 1800s, the bee has created a thriving honey industry.
Flinders Chase National Park dominates the western end of the island, and although 326 square kilometres in size, has just four permanent residents, all of whom are Park Rangers. It’s also home to some of the island’s most spectacular sights, like Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Cape du Couedic Lighthouse.
Wildlife and Natural Events Calendar
No matter what time of the year you visit Kangaroo Island, there will be plenty of wildlife to discover and enjoy. For detailed information on what wildlife and natural events you can expect to see on Kangaroo Island during each season, view the Wildlife and Natural Events Calendar.