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Kangaroo Island Australia

Updated on February 21, 2013

Kangaroo island attractions

Kangaroo island is not just about Kangaroos, it is full of other amazing wild life and offers a variety of beautiful coastal views and national parks. The island was named by Sea explorer Matthew Flinders during his journey to circumnavigate Australia, and when he and his crew arrived on the island in 1802, they were surprised by the abundance of kangaroos, and as they had been without fresh meat for months, the kangaroo meat provided them with fresh supply. As a gratitude the island was named Kangaroo island. Today there are still plenty of Kangaroos on the island, but as the name originally relates to the abundance of a specific animal it could just as well have been seals. There is an enormous amount of marine life on the island such as penguins and sea lions making the island well worth a visit.

Note: All photos on this lens are my own.

How to get there

Kangaroo island is located 110km south west of Adelaide and is a fairly large island covering an area of 4500 square kilometers. It takes roughly 1.5 hours to drive from Adelaide to the ferry terminal at Cape Jervis, and about 50 minutes of sailing to get to Penneshaw on the island.

SeaLink operate two ferry services to Kangaroo island. The ferries are comfortable and feature a large sun deck as well as snack bar and lounge.The sea can be rough at times, so if you are prone to motion sickness you might be in for a rough one :-)

What to see and do?

Major attractions on the island

National and Conservation parks covers roughly a third of Kangaroo island, and are the main areas of attraction.


Flinders Chase National Park: Famous for its "Remarkable Rocks" (funny shaped rock formations located with beautiful ocean views) ,"Admirals Arch" (volcanic rock with lots of New Zealand fur seals that live below) and walking trails.

Seal Bay Conservation Park: Rare opportunity to get up and close to a colony of Sea lions

Cape Willoughby Conservation Park: Tours of the first South Australian light house

Kelly Hill Conservation Park: Limestone caves

Flinders Chase National park

Breathtaking views, great walking and lots of seals

Seal Bay Conservation Park

A fantastic opportunity to see Australian Sea lions. There are hundreds of them and you can get amazingly close. Access to beach via guided tours only!

Bird show

A great way to spend the day is to swing past Raptor Domain's FREE FLIGHT BIRD SHOW.

For more information on shows, opening hours and other attraction's on Kangaroo island see:

Free flight bird show

Seal Bay Conversation park

Kangaroo island attractions

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