The Accessible Remoteness Of Kangaroo Island

10 November 2014

A three hour drive or short flight from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island elicits a sense of being thousands of miles from anywhere.

Kangaroo Island gives you the opportunity to experience natural beauty, amazing wildlife and to disconnect from life’s hustle and bustle, in truly a unique part of Australia.

 The stunning waters that lap the coasts of Kangaroo Island

What to do

KI (as the locals call it) offers a wide selection of activities – from guided foodie, wine, and wildlife tours to indulgent luxury experiences. If you're seeking peace and quiet there's also the opportunity to explore untouched bushland, fish on the pristine beaches, hike, walk and cycle around this 155 kilometre island.
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National Parks
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More than one third of the island is dedicated to national and conservation parks. Flinders Chase National Park is the biggest, taking up most of Kangaroo Island’s western side. Here you'll find the wind-sculpted Remarkable Rocks, Seal Bay and Admiral’s Arch.

 Meet the locals

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Seal Bay
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The Seal Bay Conservation Park is a 45-minute drive from Kingscote (the main township on KI) and has regular guided tours to see the endangered Australian sea-lions. Guided tour tickets can be purchased from Seal Bay Visitor Information Centre.

Beach access to the sea-lion colony is by guided tour only but sea-lions can also be seen from the self-guided boardwalk that meanders through the limestone cliffs and dunes to viewing platforms. You can watch the sea-lions surfing the waves and sunning themselves on the beach.
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Admirals Arch
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Admirals Arch is located a short distance from Cape du Couedic in the Flinders Chase National Park. Here you can admire the spectacular natural rock arch that has been carved out by weathering and erosion over thousands of years. You'll also be able to observe the colony of New Zealand fur-seals on the rock platforms nearby.
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Heli Experience
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By taking a Kangaroo Island Helicopters Heli Experience Flight, you'll obtain a true sense of this island’s natural beauty. Departing from the heliport on the south west coast of Kangaroo Island, the flight offers a bird’s eye view of the Island. Be sure to take your camera to capture the breath-taking scenery.

Kangaroo Island Heli Experiences office is located at Hanson Bay Koala Walk and Wildlife Sanctuary visitor centre, where you will be transported for a short ride in their four wheel drive to the heliport. Flights start at AUD125.00 per person.

 The truly Remarkable Rocks

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Food and Wine
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Kangaroo Island produced food and wine has developed a serious reputation amongst foodies in Australia and beyond. There is a whole raft of signature produce to be sampled including local crayfish, Ligurian honey straight from the hive and handcrafted sheep’s milk cheese.

Worthy of mention also is the Kangaroo Island Spirits, a distillery specialising in handcrafted premium gin, vodka and liqueurs made from all local ingredients.

 Escape to Southern Ocean Lodge Eco-resort

Where to stay

Whether you’re in a five star suite or a lighthouse keeper’s cottage, you’ll love waking up on Kangaroo Island. There are loads of accommodation options, from simple lodgings and hotels to mind-boggling luxury.

Permanent tents with modern conveniences or self-contained beachside shacks provide upmarket 'camping' option for families or couples. Or if you want to fully embrace the remote coastal lifestyle, escape to one of Kangaroo Island’s historic cottages nestled against the rugged coastal scenery. Rich in history, the pioneer and lighthouse keeper’s cottages offer unique experiences into the island’s past.

There is also the pure luxury of the Southern Ocean Lodge Eco-resort. Australia’s first true luxury lodge, it offers a unique and exclusive travel experience on Kangaroo Island.

Floating on the of top a secluded cliff along coast, every room of the lodge has been designed to maximise the views of the wild Southern Ocean and the Kangaroo Island wilderness. Every detail of refined comfort and luxury has been considered and is integral in the Lodge’s design.

How to get there

You can ferry or fly to Kangaroo Island from Adelaide.

Kangaroo Island SeaLink operates two large, comfortable vehicle and passenger ferries, between Cape Jervis (approx. two hour drive from Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula) and Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. There are four departures daily, with additional services during peak times. Bookings are necessary. Travelling time is a 45 minutes.

Mainland coach connections are available to/from Adelaide and Goolwa to Cape Jervis. Island connections are available to/from Penneshaw to American River and Kingscote.

Kangaroo Island is also serviced daily by air. The 30-minute flight operates between the main terminal at the Adelaide Airport and Kingscote KI Airport (which is located 14 kilometres from Kingscote).

Tara Young

The experience of travel changes a person. I see my job as highlighting what amazing travel opportunities there are to broaden your knowledge of that great big world beyond your doorstep and what you may learn about yourself on the way.