Kangaroo Island lies off the mainland of South Australia, southwest of Adelaide. Over a third of the island is protected in nature reserves, home to native wildlife like sea lions, koalas and diverse bird species. In the west, Flinders Chase National Park is known for penguin colonies and striking coastal rock formations, like the sculpted Remarkable Rocks and the stalactite-covered Admirals Arch.
Established in 1836 as South Australia's first colonial settlement, the island’s main town of Kingscote is now a small tourist centre. On the south coast, Vivonne Bay is known for cray fishing and the Little Sahara sand dunes. Nearby, Seal Bay Conservation Park is home to a large colony of Australian sea lions. Also, around the island are colonies of 33cm-tall Little penguins. On the northwest tip, the circa-1858 Cape Borda Lighthouse has daily cannon firings. Offshore, the Western Kangaroo Island Marine Park is home to dive sites around shipwrecks. Back on land, the Kelly Hill Conservation Park features dramatic limestone caves.
The Seal Bay Conservation Park on Kangaroo Island's south coast is the only place in the world where you can walk among endangered Australian sea lions. You can walk along a 900 metre (2950 foot) wooden boardwalk on a Boardwalk Tour and see the animals on the sand and in the surf, or you can take a guided 45 minute Seal Bay Experience tour onto the beach itself. There is also a two hour Twilight Beach Tour. As well as being longer, this tour has fewer people. If you feel like taking to the water yourself, the safest swimming spots are off the north coast. Emu Bay, near Kingscote, is one of the most popular thanks to its clear waters and long shoreline. Stokes Bay offers a good camping spot and a sea pool enclosed by rocks.
Kangaroo Island is a gourmet destination known in particular for its freshly caught seafood, cheeses and wines. Drink craft beer at the Kangaroo Island Brewery, or sip within the cellar doors of the island’s wineries, including Dudley Wines, near Penneshaw, and Bay of Shoals Wines, near Kingscote. Kangaroo Island Spirits makes small batch, handcrafted Australian gin, vodka and liqueurs that you can taste at a rustic cellar door. For local eucalyptus products, try Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery. The Kangaroo Island ART FEASTivle showcases local art and food across the island in September and October.
• Flinders Chase National Park
• Seal Bay Conservation Park
• Remarkable Rocks
• Admirals Arch
• Kelly Hill Caves
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