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All you need to know Kangaroo Island

| 16 Jan 2014

Aaron Jennings lets us in on some secrets about Kangaroo Island, and the best way to explore.

Southern Ocean Lodge

THE BACKGROUND

LOCATION: Australia’s third largest island is located 13km off the continent’s southern coast, 112km south-west of Adelaide.

LANGUAGES: English.

POPULATION: 4,000.

TIME ZONE GMT: +10 hours.

CURRENCY: Australian Dollars (A$ / AUD) £1=A$1.67.

VISAS: eVisitor visa required for UK passport holders.

POTTED HISTORY: In 1802, a French explorer was the first to carry out a thorough survey of Kangaroo Island’s coast, giving many places on the island French names. At the time he found the island uninhabited, although archaeologists have since found evidence of Aboriginal habitation dating back around 2,250 years.

TOP TIP
Kangaroo Island can be visited on a day trip from Adelaide, but to really explore and experience this incredible island, it is best to stay overnight.

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
WHEN TO GO
With a range of different landscapes, South Australia is a year-round destination, with a Mediterranean climate in the south and east, and a desert climate in the north and west.

WHAT TO READ
Walkabout
by James Vance Marshall
Novel about two American siblings who get lost in the Australian outback following a plane crash.

Cloud Street
by Tim Winton
Recalls the life of two working-class Australian families.

WHAT TO WATCH
Australia with Simon Reeve
Simon Reeve sets off on an extraordinary adventure across Australia.

FIND OUT MORE
tourkangarooisland.com.au
The official website of Kangaroo Island.

BEING THERE
WHERE TO STAY
Seascape Lodge
Located on the north coast of Kangaroo Island, amid five acres of bushland, Seascape Lodge offers a hosted, luxurious stay with just three guestrooms.

Southern Ocean Lodge
Southern Ocean Lodge is a 5-star wilderness lodge located on the south-west coast of Kangaroo Island at Hanson Bay. Adjoining two national parks, it offers stunning views of the spectacular coastline.

WHAT TO EAT
Ligurian Honey – made by the last genetically pure population of Ligurian honey bees, which live on Kangaroo Island – about as far from their native Italy as a bee could be.

THROUGH A WRITER’S EYES
‘Flowers turned to stone! Not all the botany of Joseph Banks, hung pensive in a porthole, could find the Latin for this loveliness, could put the Barrier Reef in a glass box tagged by the horrid Gorgon squint of horticulture. Stone turned to flowers it seemed – you’d snap a crystal twig, one petal even of the water garden, and have it dying like a cherry bough.’
Kenneth Slessor, ‘Five Visions of Captain Cook’ in One Hundred Poems, 1944.

SET YOUR COMPASS
Flinders Chase National Park Some of Kangaroo Island’s best attractions are found in Flinders Chase National Park. From wind-sculpted rock formations known as the Remarkable Rocks to Admirals Arch, a perfect sweep of rock under which the surf pounds and New Zealand fur seals play.

Seal Bay Conservation Park At Seal Bay Conservation Park you can walk down on to the beach and get up close to the endangered Australian sea lions in their natural habitat.

Koala Avenue This avenue of tall eucalyptus trees is the perfect setting for spotting some of Kangaroo Island’s wild koala population.

TRAVEL WITH COX & KINGS
Please contact one of Cox & Kings expert travel consultants for a tailor-made itinerary featuring Kangaroo Island and the Great Barrier Reef.



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