About Kangaroo Island

Sea-lions basking on white beaches, koalas dozing in lofty eucalypts, pelicans soaring over shimmering lagoons...

Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness - a place that has offered protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape. Kangaroo Island (or ‘KI' as the locals call it) is also big and surprisingly diverse.
You'll find soaring cliffs, dense bushland, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive arcs of bone white beach.

A BIG Island - as the third largest island off the coast of mainland Australia, Kangaroo Island is more than a day-trip destination. 

At 155 kilometres long and up to 55 kilometres wide, it covers an area of 4,416 square kilometres.
'We didn't realise the Island was so large' is frequently stated by visitors soon after their arrival.

Getting to Kangaroo Island

By Ferry...

Kangaroo Island SeaLink operates two large, luxurious vehicle and passenger ferries, between Cape Jervis (approx. 2 hour drive from Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula) and Penneshaw KI. There are four departures daily, with additional services during peak times. Bookings are necessary. Travelling time is a comfortable 45 minutes. Mainland coach connections are available to/from Adelaide and Goolwa to Cape Jervis. Island connections are available to/from Penneshaw to American River and Kingscote.

For more information & to book, please contact the 
Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre
+61 8 8553 1185 OR Toll Free 1800 811 080
info@tourkangarooisland.com.au
 

By Air...

Kangaroo Island is also serviced daily by air. The 30 minute flight operates between the main terminal at the Adelaide Airport and Kingscote KI Airport (which is located 14 kilometres from Kingscote; the main township on KI).

Getting Around Kangaroo Island

There are so many fantastic places to see on Kangaroo Island and one of the best ways to experience our splendid scenery
is to self-drive. You can take your own car to Kangaroo Island by ferry or hire a car when you get there.

Exploring Kangaroo Island by car is a wonderful way to travel the 1,600 Kilometers of roads which take you through the major townships. You can expect the majority of our main roads to be sealed,
principally those linking Penneshaw, American River, Kingscote, Parndana and Flinders Chase National Park.

If you wish to go bush, you are welcome to travel on our unsealed roads leading you to tucked away beaches,
natural wildlife habitats and special destinations.

For those who wish to sit back, relax and be guided through the beautiful terrain on Kangaroo Island, there are many tour options available. For instance, you can take tailored tours that include major attractions, lighthouses, wildlife, extreme adventuring, food and wine, heritage and history, boating and fishing, cycling, bush walking and much more!

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Regions of Kangaroo Island


Dudley Peninsula and Penneshaw:  Incorporating Antechamber Bay, Brown Beach, Baudin Beach, Island Beach, American Beach.

American River:  Incorporating Pelican Lagoon, Muston, Red Banks. 

Kingscote:  Incorporating Cygnet River, Brownlow, Kingscote, Nepean Bay, Western Cove, Wisanger.

North Coast:  Incorporating Emu Bay, Cape Cassini, Stokes Bay, Snelling Beach, Middle River, Western River Cove, King George Beach.

Pardana and Heartland:  Parndana is the hub for the heartland of Kangaroo Island. 

South Coast:  Incorporating D'Estrees Bay, Murray Lagoon, Seal Bay, Vivonne Bay, Hanson Bay, Flinders Chase, Macgillivray, Karatta.

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Wildlife & Environment

Kangaroo Island is the place where you can quietly ‘go bush' and see native Australian animals and birds as they were meant to be seen. In the wild.

Kangaroo Island is a true wildlife sanctuary. Owing to its isolation from the mainland, the Island has suffered less from the impact of European settlement and retains more than half of its native ‘old-growth' vegetation - a vast area of some 2,250 square kilometres. Similarly, the Island has been spared the damage done by foxes and rabbits, ensuring the integrity of native bushland. Result? Animal and bird populations have thrived. Today, more than one-third of the Island is declared Conservation or National Park and it has five significant Wilderness Protection Areas. So Kangaroo Island continues to be a special and protected place. Enter and be amazed...

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Food & Wine

Take the road less travelled...
and discover food and wine at nature's pure heart

Take a trail to surprising places on wild and welcoming Kangaroo Island where you can taste the unexpected and wondrous in food and wine. The Kangaroo Island Farm Gate and Cellar Door Trail introduces you to producers and products at their source. It invites you to enjoy the rich fruits of Kangaroo Island producers' labours in your own time in a natural unspoilt environment. Farm gate and cellar door locations are listed separately and alphabetically. Each has its own specialities and personality. The three listed itineraries cover three areas, each about a day's drive (but you're welcome to take two). The Dudley Peninsula, Central and South Coast, and Kingscote and surrounds trails are a suggested guide to a variety of sensations and connections with locals. Choose your own, guided by the listed farm gate and cellar door venues, and mix in a splash of art, scenery and natural delights.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT KI FOOD & WINE

Rich History

A Wild Island with Wild Stories

Islands across the world have more than one thing in common. They share a frontier bound by water and a history and culture of ingenuity, borne out of their inherent isolation. Kangaroo Island's history is no different; it is full of interesting and compelling stories. Be sure to travel through time at one of the many museums and history - inspired attractions dotted across the Island.

READ more about KI History

Lighthouses
Lighthouses
Modern Settlement
Modern Settlement
Early History
Early History

Caring for our Island

Kangaroo Island is home to many endangered and unique
species of flora and fauna...

 Learn More

 
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Descriptions

 

By The Coast 

Kangaroo Island is bordered by many beautiful beaches, some of which you are sure to visit during your time on the Island. These beaches are home to wildlife species such as Little Penguins, Australian Sea-lions and beautiful beach birds such as the Hooded Plover. You can make the most of your beach experience without disturbing the natural environment by following these simple principles: 

Walk rather than drive on to the beach. Emu Bay is the only beach where vehicles are permitted onto the sand unless you are using a boat ramp to launch a boat. Keep dogs controlled or on a leash at all times. This will help protect beach birds such as Hooded Plovers - their nests, eggs and young - and Little Penguins. 

When viewing penguins, move slowly and speak softly so as not to frighten them. If watching penguins at night, do not shine light directly in their eyes. You could join a guided tour in Penneshaw, where the guides will use filtered light to spot them and provide interesting facts about these night critters. 

Birds of prey such as White-Bellied Sea-eagles and Ospreys are prone to disturbance in spring and summer when nesting - if you see one or two birds circling and calling please leave the area immediately to minimise risk to their young. 

Going Bush 

One-third of the Island is protected in national and conservation parks and Wilderness Protection Areas. You can help to conserve this beautiful wilderness and its inhabitants for the future, by following these simple principles: 

Save yourself the trouble of having to navigate and follow the designated walking trails provided. Help prevent the spread of the Phytophthora fungus, clean your shoes or boots free of any soil after walking. 

Many of the trails have cleaning stations for your use. Admire the beautiful species of wildflowers and plants, leaving them there for others to enjoy and so they can continue to grow and reproduce. Stick to designated camping sites and be aware of fire restrictions. 

Leave your pets at home - they are prohibited in all protected areas. Take your rubbish when you leave and dispose of it in an appropriate facility to help keep the bush clean and healthy. 

 

Along The Way 

 

Travelling from one place to the next is sure to become one of the highlights of your stay. Wildlife are frequent users of the roads and you can often delight in the experience of seeing a Heath Goanna sunning itself to keep warm, a Koala sampling the roadside eucalyptus or an echidna or kangaroo making their way home. Keep yourself and the animals safe by following these few tips: 

Allow plenty of time to get to your next destination and plan your day to avoid driving at night. Expect to see wildlife on or by the road, particularly at dusk and during the night. If you spot something of interest along the way, safely pull right off to the side of the road and observe from a distance. Keep the local wildlife wild. They are quite happy to feed themselves because they know what is good for them. Don't be tempted to feed them human food, as this is bad for their health. 

Most importantly remember when observing wildlife Observation not interaction - keep your distance - use binoculars for that close-up view - be especially quiet. 

 

Help Protect Kangaroo Island's Industries 

 

Kangaroo Island's remoteness has created an environment that is very special. Many of Australia's pests and diseases are not found on the Island. Please help to keep it that way. The Island depends on primary industries and nature-based tourism as a major part of the economy. 

The introduction of just one new pest or disease could have devastating consequences. Your attention is drawn to legislation forbidding or restricting the importation of some items to Kangaroo Island. Significant penalties apply for infringements. 

Honey products and bee-handling equipment are not to be brought onto the Island. Potatoes brought to the Island must be in new packaging. Peels and unused potatoes must be disposed of to ensure that regermination is not possible. 

Vine cuttings and soil in which grapevines have grown are not to be brought onto the Island without prior inspection and approval. 

Foxes and rabbits are prohibited under state legislation. Help Kangaroo Island protect its natural and unique environment by ensuring these pests are not introduced. 

The risk of invasive weed introduction can be reduced by ensuring that vehicles, caravans, trailers, camping gear, hiking boots etc are free of mud and weed seeds prior to traveling. 

Aquatic pests are a major threat to this environment. You can help protect the waters by cleaning your boats and gear prior to coming to the Island. Particular attention should be paid to boat surfaces (hull, propeller, rudder, anchor etc) and gear (including nets, wetsuits, life jackets, fishing tackle etc).

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Visit with our friendly staff at Kangaroo Island's only Accredited Visitor Information Centre and let us help you customise an itinerary as unique as you are to get the most from your time on Kangaroo Island.

Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre - Howard Drive, PENNESHAW SA 5222
Open: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Weekends & Public Holidays 10am - 4pm, Closed Christmas Day.

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