Embark on an adventure to Australia’s third largest island and surround yourself in a wealth of natural beauty and spectacular coastal scenery.
With its beautiful beaches, rugged rock formations, national parks and underground caves, Kangaroo Island, (just off the coast of South Australia), is definitely worth a visit! With a huge array of attractions and activities to offer and has something for just about everyone! Here is a list of the most popular things to see and do during your stay:
VIVONNE BAY – This piece of paradise is often voted as one of the best beaches in the country and is home to the Little Sahara sand dunes, (which offer you the opportunity to slide face-first down mountains of sand…)
It is also worth grabbing lunch at the Vivonne Bay General Store so you can feast on one of their famous whiting burgers!
KANGAROO ISLAND WILDLIFE PARK – This award winning Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park is home to 150 species of Native Australian wildlife and over 600 animals! Get up close with koalas, see penguins swim and play, hand feed kangaroos and wallabies, learn about our endangered species and interact with snakes, crocodiles and reptiles!
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park is home to 150 species of Native Australian wildlife and over 600 animals!
SEAL BAY – Home to Australia’s third-largest colony of sea lions; you can walk on a beach where pups play, bulls fight for supremacy and resting mothers suckle their young. If you prefer to view the action from afar, you can set your own pace on the wheelchair accessible 900 metre (return) boardwalk.
KELLY HILL CONSERVATION PARK AND CAVES – An underground world filled with amazing limestone. You can take a guided tour and find out all about how everything was formed, or if you are feeling adventurous, you can even head through an underground maze of smaller caverns!
FLINDERS CHASE NATIONAL PARK – Occupying the western end of the island, this beautifully rugged national park has some stunning and fascinating sights. Flinders Chase National Park is home to the Remarkable Rocks, (sculptured granite boulders perched over the sea) and Admirals Arch (a beautiful natural rock arch shaped by the Southern Ocean). It is also home to a large colony of long nose fur-seals at Cape de Couedic. There are also over 200 species of bird in the park!
RAPTOR DOMAIN – Located at Seal Bay on a beautiful 150 acre property, Raptor Domain is a must visit for bird lovers! It is an environmental, educational and rehabilitation centre for orphaned, injured and sick birds of prey. Witness educational, interactive and inspirational presentations and will get a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the birds. They have presentations on offer and its home to rare birds such as the White Goshawk, Sooty owl and the Black-breasted buzzard.
AMAZE N’ FUN – Home to the largest hedge maze in the country, Amaze ‘n’ Fun offers a fun filled day out for the whole family! With activities including train rides, a giant chess board, crazy golf, catch and release fishing, (and of course the giant maze), the park offers hours of entertainment and is approximately thirty minutes from Kingscote.
HOPE COTTAGE MUSEUM – Located in Kingscote, this fascinating museum offers a wonderful insight into the history and heritage of Kangaroo Island. Get a glimpse of the Cape Willoughby lighthouse, take a tour around Hope Cottage (originally built in 1859 and filled with period furniture, china, clothing and artefacts), and see a wonderful display of tractors and machinery used on farms, as well as hand operated machines, a 1913 electric washing machine, a display of early communications equipment and an old blacksmith shop.
PROSPECT HILL – If you feel up to a bit of a hike, it is definitely worth the 512 steps to view the magnificent sights from Prospect Hill. The wonderful view includes Pelican Lagoon, American River, Pennington Bay and the Southern Ocean. Prospect Hill is among the most popular visitor attractions on Kangaroo Island and was named by Captain Matthew Flinders, who originally climbed the hill so he could survey the island back in 1802.
PELICAN FEEDING – Make sure you are down at the Kingscote Wharf by 5pm to view the ‘Pelican Man’ in action! Witness the pelicans flying, taking flight, landing, swimming and trying to dive, whilst listening to an entertaining and informative talk by the Pelican Man. The Pelican Man is down at the wharf by 5pm daily!
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