Wander with wildlife at Kangaroo Island
The third largest island off Australia, Kangaroo Island is also commonly seen as a wonderful natural zoo. Animal life here rules and a visit here is a must for animal lovers. In fact, it is a haven that has to be seen to be believed. There are only 4,000 residents here and they are far outnumbered by the populations of wallaby and kangaroo, across an island that is 155 kilometres long and 55 kilometres at its widest point.
On land, expect to see kangaroo as a given but it’s not hard to explore here and come close to other species including echidna, koala, goanna, pelican and black swan. In the conservation parks here, you may also spot the critically endangered glossy black cockatoo – which only resides on this island. Cross the lines between land and sea with a walk on the Seal Bay Conservation Park, where you can walk next to Australian sea lion. Jump aboard a boat and head out to the ocean where you may observe long nose fur seal, bottlenose dolphin and whale.
Hiking here is exceptional – there are long and short treks to undertake. The new Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail is a great taster trip. It’s a three hour walk along the coast with spectacular views over the Southern Ocean and with almost guaranteed wildlife sightings.
The journey to Kangaroo Island is almost as exceptional as the destination. Take the 20-minute plane trip and plan your Kangaroo Island experience. Then when you arrive, find a patch of wilderness and get under the skin of this incredible place.