Kangaroo Island


National parks and wilderness conservation lands cover 30 percent of KI’s peaceful, rolling 1,737 square miles (4,500 km2) filled with native wildlife and flora—over 850 plant species, which flower spectacularly in the September–October spring, plus goannas—great Australian monitor lizards—wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas, penguins, sea lions, fur seals, offshore migrating whales, and among birds, parrots, flightless emus, ospreys, white-bellied sea eagles, and snowy pelicans. Koalas are so numerous the population has been culled repeatedly for reintroduction elsewhere.

KI has guest houses, camping, and is reachable daily by 30-minute air service from Kingscote and Penneshaw and passenger/car ferry from Adelaide and Cape Jervis. Car, moped, and bike rental.


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