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Kangaroo Island Travel Guide: 256 reviews and 691 photos


On the Island are kangaroos, Koalas, Echidnas, Platypus, Goannas, Birds (255 species, many rare or endangered), Albatross, Seals, Sea lions, Dolphins, Whales (in season) and little Penguins.

It was during the last Ice Age that Kangaroo Island became separated from the mainland. This is the reason why so many plants and animals no longer found elsewhere can be found on the Island. There are over 850 native plants registered on Kangaroo Island with over 400 different species found within the Flinders Chase National Park.
Its shores are also home to the elusive leafy-sea dragon.

Throw in fantastic coastal scenery and you will understand why this island is special! .

Kangaroo Island is Australia's third largest island (after Tasmania and Melville Island).
It is separated from Cape Jervis on the mainland by the narrow Backstairs Passage, and from Yorke Peninsula to the north by Investigator Strait.
Often visitors are deceived, finding the island is much larger than they expect it to be........... about 155 km long and 55 km wide at its widest. Still, lots of the roads are dirt and can only be slowly driven along.

Kangaroo Island is located 110 km south-west of Adelaide.

It was Captain Matthew Flinders aboard the Investigator who was the first European to officially site the Island in March 1802.
Flinders landed and named the Island....'Kanguroo Island," only the spelling is now Kangaroo Island.

Aboriginal artefacts and campsites have been found on the Island, so it is thought to have been inhabited maybe 10,000 years ago.
It is still a mystery as to why the Aboriginal people may have left the Island.

The first European settlers of the Island were deserters from English and American whaling ships and sealers who arrived on the Island in the early 1800's.

So now, let me take you on a virtual tour of "KI" as it is affectionately known by Australians.


We have packed our bags and are on the Ferry again heading to Cape Jervis from where we will continue our 11,500 road trip around Southern Australia.
We will stop at historic STRATHALBYN to pick up our van, and then head onto the Grape growing area of LANGHORNE CREEK.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of wildlife and fabulous scenery
  • Cons:Quite windy, and can be quite cold
  • In a nutshell:Fantastic! A must visit when in Australia!
  • Last visit to Kangaroo Island: May 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    I loved Kangaroo Island, one of my favorite stops on that trip :-) We even saw an echidna, I was so thrilled when we saw it!

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2015 at 3:42 AM

    Me again, visiting your lovely page :)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2015 at 3:15 AM

    Dee, thanks for your interesting narration, excellent photographs and valuable tips on KI...What a great destination!

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      May 30, 2015 at 4:12 PM

      Thanks Victor! Wish you could come and see it for yourself! So different to your country.

  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Interesting destination with some of my favourite animals in it Kangaroos and penguins.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Very nice page! Kangaroo Island is definitely someplace I'd like to visit. The scenery is terrific -- the sea views and Remarkable Rocks are fantastic. Wildlife is something I never get tired of seeing. Too bad the "Yank" had no sense of who was around him when you wanted to take photos. You really should have said something. This type of thing happens to me all the time no matter where in the world I've visited with also sorts of tourists.

  • briantravelman's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    That's a funny looking kangaroo

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Jan 5, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      He is a Kangaroo Island Kangaroo, native to Kangaroo Island. A big Kangaroo, you can see them in wildlife parks on mainland Australia. They do have a very different looking face to other Kangaroos.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    G'day, Dee! Bugger me dead! It's a great destination!)

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    I think this might be one of your best pages, Dee :D

  • black_mimi99's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    Nice island, it so many kangaroo there?

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Hi Dee. I loved the diversity of wildlife you can see here and the scenery, this looks fabulous!

    • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
      Dec 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      the kangeroo and the koala are all over Australia?

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Dec 12, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      The koala is found in coastal regions of eastern and southern Australia, from Adelaide to the southern part of Cape York Peninsula. It is not found in Tasmania, the Northern Territory or Western Australia.
      The Kangaroo is found everywhere. In the Outback they are in plague proportions, and it is here where you find the big "reds" and orangery red colour coat they have. They are the biggest Australian Kangaroo, and prefer inland to the coastal areas where the "greys" frequent.


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