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Kangaroo Island, 13 kilometres (eight miles) off the coast of South Australia and 30 minutes by plane from Adelaide, is one of the best places in Australia to see wild native animals, like koalas, kangaroos, sea lions and seals.

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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island, 13 kilometres (eight miles) off the coast of South Australia and 30 minutes by plane from Adelaide, is one of the best places in Australia to see wild native animals, like koalas, kangaroos, sea lions and seals.

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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island, 13 kilometres (eight miles) off the coast of South Australia and 30 minutes by plane from Adelaide, is one of the best places in Australia to see wild native animals, like koalas, kangaroos, sea lions and seals.

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Throw in some incredible geology and an easily accessed local food and beverage scene, and Kangaroo Island is a magnificent place for a self-drive holiday.

The largest town, Kingscote, sits on Nepean Bay and is home to the island’s airport, making it a popular base for tourists. If you’re hungry there’s lots of great places to eat. For brunch, head to Cactus where fresh, seasonal and local produce is on the menu, sit down for an Italian feast paired with a local drop at Amadio Wines or sample Ligurian honey at Clifford’s Honey Farm. Wash it all down with a local brew from Kangaroo Island Brewery or venture a little further to Kangaroo Island Spirits for a G&T.

There’s an unmistakable sanctity about Kangaroo Island. With its raw and rugged coastline, impeccably clear waters, natural wonders and wildlife, Kangaroo Island is another of South Australia’s nature playgrounds. As you step off onto the island, it’s impossible not to relax.

Many people remark when they arrive on the island, it’s a big place – bigger than they expected.

The third largest island off the coast of Australia, Kangaroo Island is home to unique natural beauty and a wide variety of things to see and do. Kangaroo Island is an island with 509km of Coastline and 155km from the East Coast to the West Coast and covers an area of approximately 4,415 square kilometres.

To put it into perspective, Kangaroo Island is seven times the size of Singapore! It takes over 2 hours to get from one side of the island to the other!

Bushfires on Kangaroo Island burnt about 200,000 hectares of land in December 2019 which was nearly half the island. Fortunately, the Island and it’s inhabitants have shown tremendous resilience and bounced back.

There really aren’t enough adjectives to accurately describe the beauty of Kangaroo Island.

In fact, words can almost spoil the moment. Even photos don’t do this wildly gorgeous destination justice. 

Isaac Bober, Symmetry, Australia.

Kangaroo Island – Stunning Viewpoint of the mainland

Bay of Shoals Kangaroo Island

Bay of Shoals is just north of Kingscote and celebrated the opening of its Cellar Door and Winery on Easter Saturday 2006.

Bay of Shoals chose the distinctive pelican label to honour Councillor Milton Turner who was born on Reeves Farm, which is where the winery was later established. It was artist Bernie Walsh who was the creator of their distinctive pelican labels.

The original pelican has become widely known, and coupled with the unique setting of the winery among the vines, with magical sea views, we can provide you with a wonderful wine tasting experience.

The winery commenced operation with the 2007 vintage and there are future plans for a gallery cafe and a marina, complete with a foreshore museum of old boats for the sailors visiting Kangaroo Island. Discounts and showers are available to sailors who arrive by yacht! 

The cellar door includes tantalising Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Savagnin, Rose, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Island Blend, Tawny and Vintage Fortified.

Accommodation is available at Cordes House at Bay of Shoals is a self-contained house and is a great starting point from which to tour the island’s many attractions. You can enjoy fantastic views over the Bay of Shoals vineyards to the water, watch the pelicans greet the fishing boats returning to the boat ramp or take a leisurely stroll around the foreshore to historic Reeves Point, South Australia’s first settlement.

Raptor Domain

Experience one of the best animal experience shows in South Australia at the Raptor Domain. Reptiles and birds of prey are the main attraction. Get close and personal to these amazing creatures and learn a little about them too. You could easily spend the best part of a day at this attraction.

The owls, eagles and other birds of prey will demonstrate their incredible aerial skill, they’ll put on a show at the behest of their keepers and you may even get to pet them, these graceful creatures will happily sit on your arm.

The display is educational for adults and children. It is extremely entertaining – learn how some of these beautiful birds have been rehabilitated from some extreme situations.

You can also check out the Reptile Show for an interactive talk and show about some of Australia’s most dangerous beasties and creepy crawlies. Or visit the Reptile Show to marvel at the cold blooded creatures of Australia.

There’s a cafe so you can relax and enjoy a beverage or light meal after the show.

Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery

Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery is located at 691 Willsons Road, Macgillivray, just 15 minutes from Kingscote. As a family owned business since 1991, Emu Ridge successfully revived a lost Australian export industry and is the only commercial Eucalyptus Oil distillery in South Australia.

Pure Australian Eucalyptus Essential Oil is produced from the Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee, along with a range of natural products available through their farm gate retail shop, craft gallery and online store.

The business provides a craft gallery retail area not only for their own art, craft and products, but also provides an outlet for over 20 other local producers.

Emu ridge has a huge range of locally produced souvenirs available to buy, and they market a range of other Australian made oils and natural Australian products. Emu Ridge proudly employs many Kangaroo Island locals.

The business also houses the Cellar Door for Kangaroo Island Ciders, (tastings group bookings only) complimented with a full bar license, Light meals and Tea and Coffee facilities. Make sure you add Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery to your list and drop in to say hello!

Incredible Nature and Wildlife

Kangaroo Island and its marine waters are home to many species of terrestrial mammals, reptile and amphibian species, fish species and several unique kinds of seagrass. The sight of kangaroos and tamar wallabies grazing in the bush is commonplace here yet never taken for granted. Kangaroo Island’s intact and resilient ecosystem has meant it is the last stronghold for Rosenberg’s goanna.

Kangaroo Island still retains much of its native flora, catalogued to include 891 native plant varieties. These include the unique and impressive Tates Grass Tree, delicate native orchids, melaleuca and a range of grevillea, some of which are extremely rare and endemic to the island.

There are more than 200 different types of birds here, some gloriously coloured, including endangered and threatened species such as the Red Tailed Glassy Black Cockatoo, Hooded Plover and the Osprey. Ligurian bees were brought to Kangaroo Island in the early 1880’s and the island is now home to the purest remaining strain of Ligurian Bees in the world.

The unimaginable beauty of this part of the world has to be seen to be believed.

There’s so much to explore, particularly in the national parks that conserve an array of natural environments and provide habitat to an abundant range of wildlife.

The following national parks were untouched by bushfires, so they make a great addition to any KI itinerary:

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