Kangaroo Island in South Australia has long been regarded as one of the world’s most pristine natural environments where wildlife thrives. It is blessed with abundant native Australian wildlife and a variety of coastal scenery as well as its thriving produce industry.
Location & Size
As Australia's third largest island, Kangaroo Island sits 110 km south of Adelaide, South Australia. The island’s size surprises many visitors with a length of 155 km (96 miles), 55 km (34.5 miles) at its widest, and 4350 square km (1700 sq miles) in area. It will take approximately 1.5 hours to drive from end to end. Kangaroo Island has a population of around 4600.
Nature, Wildlife and National Parks
Kangaroo Island is well known for its nature and wildlife. kangaroos, tammar wallabies, koalas, Australian sea lions, Long-nosed fur seals, Rosenberg's goannas and echidnas all roam free. There is over 250 species of birds on Kangaroo Island, some of which are endemic to the island.
Kangaroo Island is the only sanctuary in the world for Ligurian Bees. These bees were introduced to the Island in the late 1800s.
Approximately one third of Kangaroo Island is national park and protected areas like conservation parks or reserves. The larger and one of the first national parks in Australia is Flinders Chase National Park, declared a national park in 1919. Within Flinders Chase you find such famous attractions as Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and the Cape du Couedic lighthouse.
Wildlife and Natural Events Calendar
Kangaroo Island can be visited year round with regular viewing of Kangaroo Island kangaroos, tammar wallabies, echidnas, brush-tailed possums, bottle-nosed dolphins, Australian sea lions, Long-nosed Fur Seals and hundreds of species of birds.
For detailed information on what wildlife and natural events you can expect to see at Kangaroo Island during each season, you can view a Wildlife and Natural Events calendar here.