I was recently asked by my blogger pal Plotlessone whether I’d been to Kangaroo Island. I’ve been twice, once before we had kids and more recently with them. So this is a great excuse to post on a place that I absolutely love. Australia’s third largest island, 13kms off the mainland. If you haven’t seen any of Australia and you like to explore without the crowds this place has it covered … scenery, wildlife, great hikes, gastronomic food.
The island, which I’ll call KI for short, is reached by a fast ferry ride from the mainland. You can hire a vehicle, take your own car (which is what we did) or do an oragnised tour, but I reckon the best way to see KI is independently. It’s easy to get around and the pace is slow and relaxed (there’s no traffic lights on the island. Forget the clubs and bars here, the most night life you’ll see on this island is the hopping and furry kind.
We spent five days on the island which gave us plenty of time to do it justice.
Plenty of time to find the best swimming spots.
Plenty of time to find the best beaches you can drive right onto. Then it’s out of the car and straight into the water. But there’s much more to KI than just beautiful beaches.
Here are my must do places to visit on Kangaroo Island
Flinders Chase National Park – Cape de Couedic
This National Park has some of the most spectacular coastline on the island. Inside the National Park you can visit the lighthouse, hike along rugged coastal cliffs and visit the dramatic Admirals Arch where a colony of New Zealand Fur Seals steals the show.
In some places on the island, like Seal Bay, you can get pretty close to these guys – they are absolutely adorable creatures, just don’t get TOO close.
The Remarkable Rocks are set high above the sea and are a true work of nature.
They really do live up to their name.
Birds of Prey
The Raptor Domain Birds of Prey is on the road to Seal Bay. Shows are held every day of the year so If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with an owl, a falcon or a magnificent Wedge tail eagle, this is the place for you.
This is Dave the handler, doing what he loves best, interacting with these amazing birds.
But I wouldn’t want to be a mouse.
Then it was my turn with something a tad smaller. Do I look a bit nervous?
For more wildlife this is a crazy place and so full of fun. Paul takes in orphaned animals and looks after them and his wildlife encounters are undoubtedly up close and personal. Pat a snake, cuddle a koala, bottle feed a kangaroo, meet some emus. Yep, you’re bound to come away with some whacky photos and a heap of fun memories.
Me in the shearing shed. Don’t ask.
The other half getting friendly with the reptiles.
And even friendlier with the emus, ouch!
In Little Sahara you can hire a sandboard or toboggan and slide down some massive sand dunes. This is guaranteed to give you a huge adrenalin rush and get you fit as, once you reach the bottom, you get to trudge all the way back to the top again. My tip: don’t go down on your stomach.
We had loads of thrills, and plenty of spills, as we rode the dunes to the bottom. Anyone doing this is guaranteed to be picking sand out of their crevices for weeks. But what fun.
There are so many brilliant bush walks on the island, amongst rugged cliffs and coastal heathlands. Take a map, plenty of drinking water and wear good walking shoes. This is a nature lovers paradise.
KI is renowned for its food and wine, its Ligurian honey and much more. My tip: if you only go to one restaurant on the island make sure it’s the Marron Cafe. It has some of the best seafood on KI with the island’s prized freshwater crayfish an experience not to be missed. It wasn’t cheap but it was worth every cent.
So there you have it, a snapshot on Australia’s wildest island. Hopefully it’s whetted your appetite Plotless1..
Has anyone else been?