Kangaroo Island Travel Destinations
Kangaroo Island destination guides will tell you that it’s wild — and, yes, that it’s home to hundreds of kangaroos as well as plenty of other curious species — but what they might neglect to mention is just how wild you’ll be about the experience you’ll enjoy here. Imagine waking up in a visually striking lodge set along the edge of a cliff, showering with a panoramic view of the sea crashing ashore, enjoying a breakfast incorporating fresh local sheep’s cheese and honey, and then heading out to “go bush” on a guided excursion to explore the dramatic vistas (from soaring cliffs to shimmering sand dunes) and spot the native species (adorable koalas, parading penguins, flitting cockatoos, spiky echidnas and more) that abound on this 1,680-square-mile island. You’ll even walk among sea lions. Next to Kangaroo Island, travel to other destinations seems utterly tame by comparison!
Located just off the coast of South Australia near Adelaide and named by Captain Matthew Flinders in 1802, Kangaroo Island boasts an astounding 316 miles of coastline and a population of 4,600, many of them farmers, fishermen and food producers. Its beaches also make it ideal for travelers who want to swim, surf, snorkel, kayak and more. Its landscape is also perfect for hiking, biking and horseback riding, while landmarks like the spectacularly shaped Remarkable Rocks and Admiral Arch mean your vacation photos will have friends and family asking, “Where is that?” So will up-close images of the KI Kangaroo — a subspecies of the Western Grey Kangaroo found only here — and shy but photogenic koalas munching on eucalyptus leaves. The wildlife alone is reason enough to travel here.
But if your travel budget allows, the island’s celebrated luxury lodge is equally enthralling. Located on the southwest coast, with nothing on the horizon between it and Antarctica, this exclusive five-star enclave is as visually captivating as the landscape and as welcoming as its friendly first-name service is endearing. Sitting in the Great Room, glasses of local South Australia wine in hand, you will undoubtedly rate this exceptional experience among the most memorable trips of your life.