Isaac Forman, Serio
South Australia
Kangaroo IslandWhen more than a third of an island is protected National and Conservation parks, you know you're in for a wealth of inspiring nature-based experiences, you won't miss its famous wildlife...
Kangaroo Island more than earns its ranking as Australia’s fourth major tourism icon. You simply can’t beat its wildlife and wilderness. Being in South Australia, the wine is pretty good too. Kangaroo Island (KI to the locals) is a short flight from Adelaide or a ferry ride from Cape Jervis. There’s so much to do on this island. Explore untouched bushland, fish on pristine beaches, see the wild-life and go on an eco-tour or charter. Kangaroo Island is rich in history. In 1802, British explorer, Matthew Flinders landed near Kangaroo Head on Dudley Peninsula. French explorer, Nicolas Bau-din, followed soon after and mapped most of the island. Kangaroo Island became Australia's first free settlement, with sealers, escaped convicts and runaway sailors calling the island home. Today, life on Kangaroo Island is a lot easier. The locals are a happy and friendly lot. Wildlife surrounds Kangaroo Island. The ocean is teeming with fish, sea lions and little penguin colonies. Stand on the shore in the cooler months and watch migrating southern right whales and their calves. This place is like a zoo without fences, with rare birdlife, tammar wallabies, short-beaked echidnas and plenty of kangaroos and koalas. There are loads of accommodation options, from simple lodgings to breathtaking luxury. Be pampered with a day spa and beauty treatments, then go straight to the dining table for exquisitely prepared regional produce. Sleep in a swag under the stars. You’ll have no trouble finding a beautiful place to camp. The clarity of the night sky on Kangaroo Island is something you’ll never forget. Absorb Kangaroo Island’s heritage and natural beauty at your own pace by car or four-wheel drive. Go on a self-guided audio tour, coach journey, four-wheel-drive adventure, boat trip or fishing charter.
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Things to do
Flinders Chase National Park
This park is a rugged wilderness featuring iconic landmarks such as the world-famous Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Enjoy the park and its diverse wildlife on the walking trails and experience a stay in a heritage-listed light keepers cottage. The park’s coastal scenery includes Admirals Arch, a beautiful natural rock arch shaped by the powerful Southern Ocean, and the sculptured granite boulders known as Remarkable Rocks. Other attractions include wild beaches, the unspoiled Rocky River, vast wilderness areas and cultural heritage sites – including two lighthouses. Discover some of Kangaroo Island’s secrets at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre where our natural and cultural heritage are showcased with interactive screens, a touch table and a fossil dig pit for kids. It’s a great place for families, with coffee, lunch and souvenirs available from the Chase Café. The majority of the park is accessible by 2WD, so it’s perfect for day visits and an ideal place to view wildlife in its natural habitat.
Explore Kelly Hill Caves
Discover the magical underground world of Kelly Hill Caves and admire the ornate cave decorations. For the bold and inquisitive there are also adventure caving tours that take you crawling through the underground maze. Or you may like to go bushwalking to appreciate the diverse landscapes above ground and take advantage of the picnic facilities. *Please note during extreme weather events the park may be closed for guests safety. Visit our website for further details.
Capture sunset aboard Seal Bay Sunset Experience Tour
The Seal Bay Sunset Experience Tour is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We guarantee it will become one of your treasured memories. This tour is a must for those who take their wildlife photography, and their sunsets, seriously. You’ll have up to two hours to walk among the Australian sea lion colony in the early evening. You’ll observe the sea lions – without the disturbance of any other tour groups – in peaceful tranquillity as the sun cloaks the beach with golden light.
Clifford's Honey Farm
Clifford’s Honey Farm is Dave and Jenny Clifford’s family business with three generations currently working at the farm situated at Elsegood Road, Haines, Kangaroo Island. Dave started with a couple of hives as a hobby in 1973. During the late 1980’s when the wool prices dropped, Dave and Jenny diversified their sheep farm by expanding the honey business. They opened the farm gate shop in 1993. The family runs the honey production business and farm gate. a range of products we can mail order.
Grab a beer at Kangaroo Island Brewery
Kangaroo Island Brewery is Kangaroo Island's first cellar door microbrewery. Offering great craft beer and excellent food, it is located close to Kingscote. There are eight different craft beers available to sample and an awesome place to chill and enjoy a few hand-made beverages. Situated on 20 acres, there is plenty of room for the kids to run around. Alternatively, find a place in the paddock for you and that special someone to relax. Kangaroo Island Brewery also offers regular live music and events.
Do a gin tasting at Kangaroo Island Spirits
Kangaroo Island Spirits (KIS) is South Australia's first boutique distillery and was established in 2006. KIS partners Jon and Sarah Lark produce a range of high-quality liqueurs and spirits, with an emphasis on using local and native ingredients. While Gin is our passion, we also produce a variety of liqueurs and vodkas. All the products are handmade in small batches using handcrafted copper pot stills. Our products have received international awards in London, New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong. Products are available online and in discerning local restaurants and outlets. (See website for more details). Our cellar door is open 7 days, 11 am to 5:30 pm (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day). We also offer both a Gin Blending and Gin Platter experience which can be booked before you visit the cellar door.
See the Remarkable Rocks
Perched above the sea in Flinders Chase National Park, the impressive Remarkable Rocks form what appears to be a cluster of precariously balanced granite boulders. This stunning work of nature has been shaped by the erosive forces of wind, sea spray and rain over some 500 million years. The golden orange lichen covering some of the rocks offers visitors wonderful photo opportunities at different times of the day. Interpretation signs share the story of how these intriguing rocks were formed. There is a viewing platform providing a vantage point for disabled access. The area also provides an excellent vantage point for viewing the photogenic Casuarina Islets.
View Admirals Arch
Admirals Arch is a natural rock arch created by amazing forces of nature. It's situated within Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island. You can take an easy walk on a boardwalk around the cliff face. This leads you to a viewing platform overlooking the arch. The arch is sculpted by weathering and erosion from the sea over thousands of years. Fur-seals often play among the rocks. These dark brown seals feed at sea but return to land to rest and breed. In summer, each of the large males establishes a territory with a number of females. You can often see Fur-seal pups playing near the rock pools beneath the arch. There is an interpretive centre at the park with more information, maps and ideas for walking and viewing wildlife nearby. You can also stay nearby in the heritage lighthouse cottages at Cape de Couedic. These have been beautifully restored with modern facilities.
See the sea-lions of Seal Bay
As Kangaroo Island's premier tourist attraction, the award-winning Seal Bay offers visitors an unforgettable wildlife experience. Learn about the amazing lives of these endangered animals as our experienced guides take you on a tour into the colony. There will be plenty of time for photos as the sea lions shelter in the dunes, rest on the sand or surf in the ocean. Set your own pace on our 800-metre wheelchair-accessible boardwalk which meanders through the dunes to a number of viewing platforms. Seal Bay is a 45-minute drive from Kingscote. Beach access to the sea-lion colony is by guided tour only but sea-lions can also be seen from the self-guided boardwalk. Special twilight tours are also available in the summer school holidays. Entry tickets can be purchased from Seal Bay Visitor Information Centre, where you can learn more about these fascinating creatures and also browse for souvenirs.
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