The wild attractions of Kangaroo Island

Have you considered travelling to Kangaroo Island?

Despite the name, you'll find a lot more to this island than just kangaroos. A veritable zoo when it comes to wild life, Kangaroo Island is Australia's third largest offshore land mass and is home to animals, humans and some great experiences.

The best thing? With a ferry ready to transport you and your Adelaide hire car across to the island, you can easily include it in your East Coast road trip adventure. 

Much more than a day trip

Don't be fooled into thinking Kangaroo Island is a small stopover – with over 4,000 square kilometres of land to its name it's a trip unto itself. Almost everything is on offer here. Just take a look:

  • Beaches that arc around the coastline – Australia is known for its beaches, but check out Stokes Bay for something special. With a natural rock pool to laze in that's framed by waves and white sand, you can't go wrong. Or how about Vivonne Bay, which was named the world's best beach in 2003?
  • Massive sand dunes – Mounds of sand, reaching 70 metres above sea level, are just calling for you to go tobogganing down them. Either that, or you could try sand boarding instead. 
  • Bush to get lost in – If you need to stretch your legs after time spent in your hire car, there's plenty of tracks for you to explore. For example, check out the Sculpture or Wilderness Trails.
  • Food and drink – Did you know that Kangaroo Island is home to the last pure colony of Ligurian bees? What's more, these buzzing critters originated from Italy. The tasty honey they produce isn't the only foodie bonus here though. There is a range of amazing restaurants available, and the island even has its own wineries and distilleries for you to enjoy. Take turns being the sober driver each night of your stay, and enjoy!
  • Natural scenery to admire – There's more to photograph here than just the beaches, bush and sand dunes. Just take The Remarkable Rocks, or Admirals Arch.

Protection for native animals

Due to its distance from the mainland, the island is a refuge for Australia's native animals.

Endangered Australian sea lions have a home at Seal Bay Conservation Park. Depending on the time of year, you can spot them feeding their young after long days spent in the sea, hunting for food. 

At the western end you'll find Flinders Chase National Park. It's one of Australia's largest areas of untouched bushland, and in it you'll find koalas, tammar wallabies, long-nose fur seals, endangered Cape Barren geese and other wild life. Oh, and of course, the kangaroos the island is named after. Take a closer look at these ones though – you'll spot that they have longer and darker fur than their counterparts just across the water.

Between its size, the lack of human intervention and the range of animals that call it home, Flinders Chase National Park is counted amongst the most significant South Australia has to offer. 

In addition to the above, take the time to stare out to sea and keep an eye out for any dolphins amongst the waves.

East Coast Car Rentals is here to make sure you don't miss out on anything. Book your hire car with us today, so you can set off on your unforgettable Australian road trip.

About the Author

Chester is a foodie and loves to explore the great land of Australia. He is currently blogging for East Coast Car Rentals.

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