Want to get away from it all? Kangaroo Island has plenty of deserted beaches if you fancy a lonely stroll. Mind you, if you happen to stroll along a beach on the south of the island, with the rain and wind blowing straight from Antarctica, you'll soon realise why it's deserted. If you want a tan, it's better to head for Queensland.
The Little Sahara is an inland Sanddune formed centuries ago. It is the largest sanddune on the island and can be visible from some kilometers away. There are no facilities near the dune so make sure you pack water and lunch, along with your sun glasses. You can climb and run on the sand dunes, but have respect for the environment and stay of the vegetation as this is what holds the dune together. If you can get access to a hardbottomed body board then take that as they make good sand sleds.
a great view from the top of the dune, but you need to be fit to reach it.
If the D'Estrees Bay road is followed to the end, a walking trail begins, leading into the Cape Gantheume Wilderness Protection Area and presumably ending after a very long hike at Cape Gantheume.
I didn't go too far down the trail (about 20 minutes walk) but it was the most interesting part of my venture down to D'Estrees Bay. I found good coastline views, and a variety of fly which was larger than normal with a shiny rainbow-coloured body .
A few minutes drive from Cape Borda Lighthouse is Scott Cove, not much can be seen from the dirt carpark but there are a few dirt trails leading to the rocky cliffside. The view is better than the one at the Cape Borda Lighhouse site so it's worth checking out .
The 1852 Cpae Willoughby Lighthouse, is 28km from Penneshaw
It is a nice drive and you will see rolling hills and many sheep on the way there.
It is the state's oldest lighthouse.
There are guided tours
Halfway between Kingscote and Penneshaw is a settlement called American River.
It was named by the American sealers who built a trading schooner there in 1804.
The calm bay is called Pelican Lagoon.
Daily at 4:30pm you can watch the pelican feeding down on the wharf..
There is a very nice picnic area here among the tall gum trees and some interesting short trails. We saw many beautiful birds in Kelly Caves Conservation Park.
There are also some nice caves here that you can see by guided tour.
DUCK LAGOON BIRD SANCTUARY
is home to a range of birdlife, including Mountain, Shell and Musk Ducks, Ibis and Spoonbill. Wooden hides allow close viewing without interrupting birdlife.
We saw several Black Swans with their chicks.
We rented some board from a local store (similar to snowboards, but a little smaller) and headed to Little Saraha to do some sandboarding. Little Saraha is amazing in itself, these huge sand dunes on this island that appears at first to be covered in vegetation. Sandboarding down the dunes was great, and falling in the sand, is a little softer then wiping out on a ski hill.
(no pics because of the strong wind on top of the dunes, many cameras are ruined that way)
Since Kangaroo Island is kind of off the beaten path, its not hard to find unique experiences on this island. We did a hike though Ravine des Casoars (on the west side of the island) don't be detoured by the sign at the beginning that states it is a 5 hour hike, we did it in 2 hours (not walking too quickly either) We walked though the ravine, out to sand plains that gave way to the ocean in a beautiful bay. We even found a cool cave along the way and were able to climb up inside of it and have a snack in there.
Vivonne Bay has a beautiful sweeping beach.
It is not a good place to swim because of the undertow but it is a good surfing