If you’ve never heard of Kangaroo Island, prepare to be amazed. This sandy and rugged island off the coast of South Australia is one of Australia‘s best kept secrets in terms of stunning landscapes, plentiful wildlife and sumptuous food. It’s got it all without the crowds and, when it comes to Instagram, there really is no filter required.
With over 300 miles of pristine coastline and 96 miles between the east and west ends of the island, Kangaroo Island is relatively large. The third largest island in Australia in fact. As such, it’s a great place to explore by car. While it is possible to hire a car on the island, vehicles are limited so it’s recommend to book in advance. Alternatively, if you hire a car in Adelaide you can drive it onto the SeaLink vehicle ferry which travels to Kangaroo Island daily. Once on the island, there are plenty of roads to explore, including the sprawling stretch below that travels through the Flinders National Park on the way to Remarkable Rocks.
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While driving is necessary for seeing as much of the island as possible, it’s not the only way to explore Kangaroo Island. Bike hire offers a fantastic way to see the island at your own pace, along with a fantastic range of on and off road cycling paths and guided tours.
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If you don’t like cycling but still want to be active, Kangaroo Island is home to some incredible surf waves, particularly at Stokes Bay and Vivonne Bay. If you prefer to stay on the sand, you can still try your hand at surfing with sandboarding. True to its namesake, you’re bound to see actual kangaroos while exploring Kangaroo Island. In fact, Kangaroo Island is home to a thriving native wildlife population with western grey kangaroos, tammar wallabies, common brushtail possums and koalas, which can be spotted high up in the Eucalyptus trees near Cygnet River and in Flinders Chase National Park. Kangaroo Island is even home to an albino kangaroo which you can feed at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.
In addition to cute and cuddly marsupials, Kangaroo Island is home to an incredible array of marine life as well. While you can scuba dive off the island, Seal Bay Conservation Park lets you spy a thriving colony of Australian sea lions without having to get wet.
Once you’ve driven, walked, cycled, sandsurfed and wildlife watched, you’re going to want to eat at some point. And you should because Kangaroo Island will not disappoint. The island is beloved by mainland Australia for its gourmet offerings, namely its fresh lobster, crabs, sheep’s milk cheese and oysters. For the freshest oysters around, enjoy a spread from The Oyster Farm Shop.