Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island behind Melville Island and Tasmania. Kangaroo Island is also known as the “island of the dead”; a name given to the island 10,000 years ago after the island was separated from the mainland due to sea level rise after the last glacial period. The largest and best-known nature reserve on Kangaroo Island is Flinders Chase National Park. Located on the western end of Kangaroo Island, Flinders Chase National Park protects the natural vegetation and native animals in the nature reserve.
Kangaroo Island, the best place in Australia to experience the most memorable nature and wildlife.”TravelMoreVacations.com
Another must see attraction on Kangaroo Island is Seal Bay Conservation Park located on the south coast of the island. The Seal Bay Conservation Park is the only place in the world where you can walk among endangered Australian sea lions. Take a 45 minute guided Seal Bay Experience tour or the Twilight Beach Tour for an extended tour experience with fewer people.
The Taste of Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island’s well-cared for environment provides the finest food and drink in Australia. Most credit the delicious food and drink available on Kangaroo Island as a perk of the incredible fauna and flora of the “Zoo Without Fences.” The most time efficient, budget travel friendly way to sample the delicious food and drink, including wine, on Kangaroo Island is to take a day tour to sample the best delectable delights Kangaroo Island has to offer. The Kangaroo Island Shore Excursion Food and Wine Tour and the Kangaroo Island Shore Excursion Scenic Tour are perfectly timed day tours if you will be arriving to Kangaroo Island by cruise ship.
The Honey and Eucalyptus day tour is a food and drink lover’s travel adventure wrapped up in an 8.5 hour day tour. Usually beginning in the AM (see Why You Need Travel Insurance), the Honey and Eucalyptus day tour introduces day travelers to the best wines, ciders, spirits, lessons in Ligurian bees and one of a kind honey and lavender products. The affordable price of this memorable tour includes all entrance fees, a light lunch, scones, tea, and coffee.
Travel to Kangaroo Island
Take a ferry from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw for the best route to Kangaroo Island when traveling from mainland Australia or traveling by cruise ship. Getting to Kangaroo Island can be accomplished by air through flights from Adelaide and Melbourne during December and January. Flights into Kangaroo Island Airport from Adelaide operate three times a week increasing to five times a week during peak summer season.
The natural biodiversity of the plants and animals on Kangaroo Island along with the remote location and isolation has created a special environment where none of the pests and diseases in Australia exist. Kangaroo Island depends of nature-based tourism and protecting the natural vegetation. When traveling to Kangaroo Island, you can either commit to the listed environmental protection measure or severe penalties may apply. Our experienced Travel Consultants recommend taking the following measures when playing trips to Kangaroo Island:
- Notify the Kangaroo Island Council you will be bringing a dog on the island per council by-laws.
- Pets are not allowed at Seal Bay or any national park on Kangaroo Island.
- Clean soil and plant material from your vehicle, camping equipment and hiking boots.
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