Kangaroo Island is a visitor's delight, with a plethora of intriguing natural formations and striking pristine beaches; native wildlife and flora; an abundance of quality locally-produced wines, spirits, beers, Ligurian bee honey and associated bee products, lavender farms, oyster farm (the seafood products on the island are some of the freshest, tastiest and healthiest you will ever experience), vineyards and cellar doors, restaurants, local markets, art galleries of talented island artists and artisans; and so much more. There are also many guided tours that can help you maximise your visit to the island.
Kangaroo Island is Australia's third largest island at 155 km long by 55 km wide, and over 540 kms of spectacular coastline, with both bitumenised and gravel roads,. The scenery whilst riding is spectacular.
Access to the island if taking your motorcycle is by Sealink ferry and takes approximately 1 hour from the mainland, leaving Cape Jervis and arriving at Penneshaw. The ferry runs multiple times daily and can be weather-dependent at times of extreme wind.
The island has recently seen devastating fires that destroyed around half of it's vegetation and wildlife. However, as it does, Kangaroo Island is rapidly bouncing back from this devastation and is well worth a visit.
It is truly beautiful, and is an experience you won't forget.
Flinders Chase National Park
Perched above the sea in Flinders Chase National Park, the impressive Remarkable Rocks form what appear 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.
SEAL BAY NATIONAL PARK
As Kangaroo Island's premier tourist attraction, the award-winning Seal Bay offers visitors an unforgettable wildlife experience.
Set your own pace on our 800 metre wheelchair accessible boardwalk which meanders through the dunes to a number of viewing platforms. Boardwalk tour tickets can be purchased on-site at the Seal Bay Visitor Information centre. The boardwalk tour can be taken at any time while the park is open from 9am with the last entry at 4pm.
For beach access to the sea-lion colony, join a guided tour to learn more about the amazing lives of these endangered animals with an experienced guide. 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. This tour can be booked online up to nine hours before tour departure.
Seal Bay is a 45-minute drive from Kingscote.
Raptor Domain is passionate to the protection and conservation of birds and reptiles through rescue, rehabilitation, education and research.
Their passionate trainers have years of experience working closely with the many birds you will meet during your visit.
Their daily presentations are educational, interactive, inspiring and fun, clearly demonstrating the incredible bonds the trainers share with their birds.
Raptor Domain rescues many orphaned, injured and sick birds each year. Unfortunately not all birds are able to go back to the wild so many remain at Raptor Domain where they are ambassadors to help create awareness and appreciation for their species and their habitats.
Raptor Domain also loves to educate and inspire visitors about the misunderstood Australian reptiles and critters. Learn all about snakes, lizards, spiders and scorpions in a safe, fun environment and even face your fears with their friendly critters.
TASTE AMAZING LOCAL PRODUCE
Kangaroo Island has a huge range of natural, high quality produce which you can check out at various places on the island.
Some examples are:
- Wines of all types that can be tasted and bought at many local vineyards/cellar doors;
- Locally produced gin;
- Locally crafted beer;
- Ligurian Honey Bee Honey and products (the only remaining population of the Italian honey bee, and for this reason, honey and bee products are not allowed to be brought to the island);
- Kangaroo Island fresh farmed oysters;
- Kangaroo Island Marroon (freshwater crayfish);
- Incredibly fresh-caught seafood;
- Lavender oil and products;
- Eucalyptus oil from the local distillery;
- Island-made beauty products;
- Garlic, figs, olives, oats.
You can see further details here.
Flinders Chase National Park
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.
New Zealan 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.
KELLY HILL CAVES
Flinders Chase National Park
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 bush walking 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.
Explore the beauty and excitement that Little Sahara natural inland sand dunes has to offer! This incredibly unique site is known as Nature’s Playground as it's great fun for the kids and the kids at heart!
Surf the dunes like a pro on a sandboard or just sit down, hang on and slide on toboggans! You'll be given a few hints and tips to make the most out of your time on the dunes.
Little Sahara's bike tours - the best tour on Kangaroo Island! Observe and learn about the island’s unique flora and fauna with your experienced guide. Wild koala sightings are guaranteed as you meander through the 500 year old gums before emerging out into the breathtaking landscape of the Little Sahara sand dunes! Glide along with your ultra wide low pressure tyres (and do it effortlessly if you opt for an e-bike). Riding down the dunes is an option for the thrill seekers!
Or if you're not a thrill seeker but still want to explore and learn about this beautiful place, a personalised walking tour could be for you!
SWIM WITH WILD DOLPHINS
Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures
Slip into the clear, calm, protected waters Kangaroo Island dolphins call home and enter their amazing world as they swim right up to you to say hello!
If you don’t feel like a swim, enjoy the dolphins' company right alongside the boat while you enjoy a coffee or tea and some home baked delights. As the boat moves around different scenic locations, don’t be surprised if dolphins surf through the wake of the boat behind, jumping and playing … just so you can get some great photos of course!
Over Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures' 13+ years, the local wild dolphins have built up trust in us, so they feel safe to approach the boat. The vessel is a propellor-free vessel, meaning it's safe for you while you swim, and safe for all the wonderful marine life. The unique friendship KI Marine Adventures has built with them ensures you will take home unique memories to last a lifetime … and a heap of photos to share with your friends.
Sea Eagles also often fly overhead as some cheeky seals pop their heads up to have a look. On the way to the Dolphin swim areas, the boat might pass some giant Sting Rays swimming past. Many months of the year, whales surround Kangaroo Island, so you might well be able to say “hello" to them as well!
There is just so much to experience.