Owing to its name, there is a strong chance you’ll come across kangaroos on your visit, but at the top of the list of many visitors are the New Zealand fur seals and the Australian sea lions. These playful marine creatures can both be admired. While not native to the island, koalas now flourish, so be sure to look up into the trees. The Remarkable Rocks deserve attention, as does the Lighthouse at Cape du Couedic. To relax, head to the beaches in the north of the island or grab a toboggan and enjoy sand-boarding at Little Sahara.
Consistently rated as one of the top beaches in the world, Vivonne Bay is a sun-soaked oasis. The long stretch of golden sand boasts sparkling turquoise waters, making it the ideal spot for swimming, snorkelling, surfing or sunbathing. Even in the cooler months, you can appreciate the pristine surrounds by enjoying a picnic or barbecue near the jetty. You’ll also find the Vivonne Bay Conservation Park nearby, a stunning 887 hectare nature reserve.
The Seal Bay Conservation Park offers the rare chance to view endangered Australian Sea-lions in their natural environment. Only accessible by guided tour, you will be escorted right into the heart of the colony to view these playful creatures up close. Meander along the 800 metre boardwalk and admire the coastal vegetation, sand dunes and the beautiful beach. Watch the seals sunbake on the shores and frolic in the waves from the specially designed viewing platforms. You could also join a twilight tour and watch in awe as the sun descends over the beach in the early evening.
Kangaroo Island is blessed with stunning natural surrounds and as a result, boasts an extraordinary wealth of wildlife. Paul’s Place Wildlife Sanctuary offers guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with many native Australian animals. The guided tour will take you to feed a kangaroo, cuddle a koala, handfeed an emu and even hold a python. Wander through the aviaries and meet friendly cockatoos, parrots and kookaburras. For more birdlife attractions, consider also visiting Raptor Domain and watching one of their jaw dropping live bird shows.
Rich in maritime history and home to South Australia’s first lighthouse, Cape Willoughby Conservation Park is worth exploring. Join a guided tour of the light station and admire the spectacular seaside views from the top of the lighthouse. You may even catch a glimpse of humpback whales or large schools of salmon swimming by. Inside the Cape Willoughby park visitor centre, there’s also a small museum with a collection of old photographs and relics from a time gone by. You could even choose to stay in one of the Heritage Listed light keepers’ cottages.
To appreciate more of the great outdoors on Kangaroo Island, be sure to visit Flinders Chase National Park. Here you will find incredible natural wonders including the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Keep an eye out for New Zealand fur seals as you wander the idyllic shores of West Bay. There’s also a multitude of bushwalking trails where you can seek out the abundant wildlife at home in the region.