Kangaroo Island Dramatic cliffs and pristine, secluded beaches and national parks dominate Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third largest island and one of the country’s top natural wonders. Just a short flight from Adelaide or ferry from Cape Jervis, Kangaroo Island is rich in European history and like a zoo without fences, with numerous wildlife viewing opportunities. Wild native species you may encounter during a stay on the island include tammar wallabies, short-beaked echidnas, kangaroos, koalas, sea lions, little penguins and brushtail possums.
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4x4 adventure on Kangaroo island
Explore Kangaroo island by 4x4, allowing you to cover more distance and see more of the island. See Australian sea lions in the Seal Bay Conservation Park, continue further south for a pleasant, easy walk through the bush and come out at the base of the spectacular and vast sand dunes of Little Sahara. From the south coast, traverse the rural areas of the middle of the island via the Parndana Wildlife Park, a refuge for sick, injured, orphaned or unwanted animals and also home to range of Australian birds. Drive up to the north coast beaches of Snellings and Stokes bay, perfect for a leisurely stroll or a swim in the clear coastal waters. Later in the day enjoy a nature walk through the drooping oaks of the Lathami Conservation Park, where there is a good chance of spotting kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and, if you are lucky, rare glossy black cockatoos.
Wildlife watching on Kangaroo island
Kangaroo island has a range of possible animal sightings and encounters. Flinders Chase National Park is renowned as a sanctuary for native Australian animals; look out for koalas sleeping overhead in the tall eucalyptus trees, wallabies and echidnas hiding in the bush and kangaroos relaxing in the shade. At Seal bay you can walk on the beach among a colony of rare and wild Australian sea lions accompanied by an experienced guide, or stroll down Admiral's Arch boardwalk down a rugged cliff face into a small cove, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful New Zealand fur seals that can be seen resting on the rocks, or swimming and playing in the waves.
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