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Kangaroo Island

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Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year. Flinders Chase National Park is a big draw for nature gazing, so bring your hiking boots and camera to capture images of koalas, kangaroos, and other protected wildlife. One species plays an important role in the economy, namely the Ligurian honey bee. These little workers produce some of the best honey in the world. The amount of recognition that the bees have brought the island is ironic considering the first settlers made their living off the hunting and export of whales and seals. Nowadays, these two species are protected and live peacefully along the shores of the island paradise. Add Kangaroo Island and other destinations to your itinerary using our Australia attractions planner, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.
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Popular things to do in Kangaroo Island

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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
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Duration: 5h 30 min
Flinders Chase National Park ©
National Park
Flinders Chase National Park
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Duration: 8 hours
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Wildlife Area
Seal Bay Conservation Park Seal Bay
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Duration: 2 hours
Raptor Domain ©
Wildlife Area
Raptor Domain Seal Bay
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Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures ©
Swim with Dolphins
Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures Kingscote
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Duration: 3 hours
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours ©
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Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours
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Remarkable Rocks ©
Outdoor Activity
Remarkable Rocks
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Duration: 2 hours
Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Wildlife Area
Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary Stokes Bay
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Wildlife in Kangaroo Island

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Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari ©
Dolphin / Whale Watching
Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari Penneshaw
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Wildlife Area
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Hanson Bay
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Kelly Hill Caves ©
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Kelly Hill Caves
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Duration: 2 hours
Kangaroo Island Fishing Adventures ©
Fishing Charter / Tour
Kangaroo Island Fishing Adventures
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Duration: 4 hours

Nature in Kangaroo Island

Admirals Arch ©
Geologic Formation
Admirals Arch
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Duration: 2 hours
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail ©
National Park
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
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Duration: 8 hours
Murray Lagoon ©
Water Body
Murray Lagoon
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Lashmar Conservation Park ©
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Lashmar Conservation Park Penneshaw
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Duration: 8 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Kangaroo Island

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Zoo
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park Seddon
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Stokes Beach ©
Beach
Stokes Beach Stokes Bay
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Browns Beach
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Browns Beach
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Duration: 4 hours
Island Beach
Beach
Island Beach
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Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Kangaroo Island

Hope Cottage ©
Specialty Museum
Hope Cottage Kingscote
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Shep's Studio ©
Art Gallery
Shep's Studio
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Duration: 2 hours
Kangaroo Island Gallery ©
Art Gallery
Kangaroo Island Gallery Kingscote
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Duration: 2 hours
Fine Art Kangaroo Island ©
Art Gallery
Fine Art Kangaroo Island Kingscote
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Duration: 30 minutes

Where to stay in Kangaroo Island

Although most of Kangaroo Island remains relatively underdeveloped in a commercial sense, you'll find lodgings that include everything from spacious suites to economical hostels in communities like Penneshaw and Kingscote. The most expensive accommodations on the island, private cottages and beach houses near the water generally require a two-night minimum stay. For something more flexible and less expensive, consider one of the local campgrounds, many of which offer powered and unpowered sites, as well as cozy log cabins ideal for couples and families with kids.
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Message from Tourism Australia

Kangaroo Island, 13 kilometres (8 miles) off the coast of South Australia and 30 minutes by plane from Adelaide, is brimming with native animals, some of which aren't found anywhere else. It is also home to an established artisanal food scene, and one of the world's best hotels. More than one third of the island is protected by conservation areas and national parks, while lush farmland and small towns make up much of the rest. The island, known to the locals as "KI", is divided into seven regions, with four major towns: Kingscote (the island’s relaxed capital), Penneshaw (where daily ferries disembark), American River, and Parndana.