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Jump Over To Kangaroo Island
kangaroo islandKangaroo Island is an unspoilt paradise that is like no other place in Australia. It is the country's third largest island and rate right up there with unforgettable experiences. Located just over two hours from Adelaide, the drive to drive to Cape Jervis and across the ferry will offer you sights of stunning coastline that you will never forget.

One of the fantastic advantages of this island is the great weather. The climate is fairly mild, with cooler nights and a pleasant average daily temperature. There are plenty of camping spots around the island, but it is on a first in, best dressed basis. It is best to pick up your permit at Kingscote but remember it is busy during holidays.

Be prepared for some amazing wildlife experiences because this is essentially what Kangaroo Island is all about. There are of course plenty of kangaroos, as well as koalas in the gum trees, echidnas, goannas, penguins, seals and all varieties of birdlife imaginable. Bring your camera as you are sure to capture some truly memorable moments.

To experience more of Mother Nature, head to D’Estrees or Pennington Bay which is excellent for surfing, or just fossicking on the shore.

The main town centres are American River, Kingscote, Penneshaw and Parndana, and there is an accessible sealed road which runs around the island, which will be perfect for your car or campervan. You will still need to be very careful driving especially on the smaller roads.

The relaxed and quiet atmosphere will allow you to find an uninhabited stretch of coastline so that you can relax for some of the day to enjoy a completely unspoilt existence. A tour of the underground caves is another great way to spend and afternoon, with Kelly Hill the most popular of these. There are so many places to visit that make you feel like you are the only person around for miles.

The Flinders Chase National Park is regarded as the gateway to the island and is a must-see. There is an information centre at Rocky River, and camping is permitted here. With its isolated and rugged coastlines, incredible views and abundance of wildlife you may never want to leave. Remarkable Rocks are just as their name depicts, and worth the trek to see them up close. Follow Snake Lagoon right through to the sea for a relatively easy bush walk. A frequent icon you may notice here are the lighthouses here, with a number of them spread over the island. One of the best known is situated at Cape Willoughby, which is also the oldest in South Australia. Cape Borda and Weirs Cove also have fascinating historical remains, with their lighthouses welcoming all travellers to take a closer look and explore them.

If you are on the island at the right times, you may be able to take a nightly trip to see the cute penguins, a favourite with tourists. Another must-see is the Kangaroo Island Marine Centre, which is based in Kingscote. This centre is home to a large number of marine life common to the island, demonstrating the diversity of marine life present. During daylight hours, there are tours available to visit Seal Bay, an interesting place that is home to a multitude of seals basking in the sun on the rocks. You can also see Admiral Arch rock formation from here, great for that Kodak moment.

For the bird lover, head to Murray Lagoon to see thousands of ducks, swans and birdlife that will take your breath away. There is even a platypus waterholes walk for those who want to see more of this shy mammal up close. It doesn’t matter where you explore on Kangaroo Island, you are sure to come across natural wildlife and striking wilderness in every direction you travel.

The culinary choices here are sure to delight, with cooking demonstrations at the seafood shop, boutique wines and famous cheeses found at the Island Pure Sheep Dairy. Cliffords Honey Farm is known worldwide for its pure honey produced by bees imported from Italy and simply cannot be missed.

Being so close to the capital city, Kangaroo Island really is one of the major natural wonders of South Australia, if not, Australia. Even for a few nights getaway you are guaranteed to return home invigorated by the fresh sea air, long uninhabited beaches and panoramic scenery. It will be an adventure you will always remember, and a place to visit again and again in the future.

Christine Barton

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