Kangaroo Island Instagram Guide

15 June 2015
Read Time: 2.3 mins

If you've never heard of Kangaroo Island, prepare to be amazed. This sandy and rugged island off the coast of South Australia is one of Australia's best-kept secrets in terms of stunning landscapes, plentiful wildlife and sumptuous food.

It’s got it all without the crowds and, when it comes to Instagram, there really is no filter required.

Take me back!!! Stunner of a day at Western River Cove. #easter #beachlife #kangarooisland

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With more than 483 kilometres of pristine coastline and 155 kilometres between the east and west ends of the island, Kangaroo Island is relatively large. The third largest island in Australia in fact. As such, it’s a great place to explore by car. While it is possible to hire a car on the island, vehicles are limited so it’s recommend to book in advance. Alternatively, if you hire a car in Adelaide, you can drive it on to the SeaLink vehicle ferry, which travels to Kangaroo Island daily. Once on the island, there are plenty of roads to explore, including the sprawling stretch below that travels through the Flinders National Park on the way to Remarkable Rocks.

#kangarooisland#road#travelling#australia#wanderlust #bestvacations A photo posted by @beautiness_of_travelling on

While driving is necessary for seeing as much of the island as possible, it’s not the only way to explore Kangaroo Island. Bike hire offers a fantastic way to see the island at your own pace, along with a great range of on and off-road cycling paths and guided tours.

If you don’t like cycling but still want to be active, Kangaroo Island is home to some incredible surf waves, particularly at Stokes Bay and Vivonne Bay. If you prefer to stay on the sand, you can still try your hand at surfing with sandboarding.

Sand surfer #sandsurfing #kangarooisland #littlesahara #gnarly A photo posted by Maureenjohnson (@jas48) on

True to its namesake, you’re bound to see actual kangaroos while exploring Kangaroo Island. In fact, the island is home to a thriving native wildlife population with western grey kangaroos, tammar wallabies, common brushtail possums and koalas, which can be spotted high up in the eucalyptus trees near Cygnet River and in Flinders Chase National Park.

Hey, i saw you ! #Australia #southaustralia #kangarooisland #wallaby #freedom #wildlife

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Kangaroo Island is even home to an albino kangaroo, which you can feed at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.

In addition to cute and cuddly marsupials, Kangaroo Island is also home to an incredible array of marine life. While you can scuba dive off the island, Seal Bay Conservation Park lets you spot a thriving colony of Australian sea lions without having to get wet.

Between all the driving, walking, cycling, sandsurfing and wildlife watching, you’re going to want to eat at some point. Gastronomy is another area where Kangaroo Island does not disappoint. The island is beloved by mainland Australia for its gourmet offerings, namely its fresh lobster, crabs, sheep’s milk cheese and oysters. For the freshest oysters around, enjoy a spread from The Oyster Farm Shop.

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Visit your local Flight Centre store or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest deals on travelling to Kangaroo Island.

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Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.