Kangaroo Island Travel Guide

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    Afternoon de-light
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    Remarkable Rocks
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  • The sea lion cub continues its search for its mum
    The sea lion cub continues its search...
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Kangaroo Island Things to Do

  • Remarkable Rocks

    Remarkable Rocks are on every Postcard and every show on Kangaroo Island. I have seen their photos many times, so I was looking forward to seeing them "in the flesh," so to speak! I never realized just how huge these granite boulders were. I had to stand beside one to get the height into perspective. They really were amazing, a MUST SEE if you come...

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  • Seal Bay Conservation Park

    A short walk on the boardwalk at Seal Bay Conservation Park brings one to the habitat of the Hair Seal. Some were within thirty yards of us. Pups suckled. Seals slept. Some entered the water - perhaps with trepidation. The seal would not return for three days, staying awake and alert the whole time to remain safe. On the beach one convulsed,...

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  • Pennington Bay

    This beautiful bay just calls to the fisherman, the photographer, and the person who likes to sit on a rock and meditate on the beauty found in nature. I can claim two of the three interests. I can imagine visiting here with an 8x10 view camera, but that is not what I have. Digital SLR with a quality zoom lens and no tripod will suffice. I found...

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Kangaroo Island Restaurants

  • Cafe-Restaurant-Pizza Bar

    Ever worry about where your next meal is coming from? Arriving on Kangaroo Island by ferry to pick up a hire car and drive to a motel in Kingscote very late on a Sunday afternoon, we thought our dining options might be somewhat reduced. No problem : Bella was going full swing!Bella is a café/restaurant/pizza bar with inside and outside dining...

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  • Crustation Delight

    We had to have lunch at the Marron Café at the Andermel Marron Farm located right in the centre of Kangaroo Island.I suggest you time your visit so that you can enjoy eating fresh marron for lunch after visiting the processing plant to see the tanks in which they are grown. An extra attraction is wine tasting of Two Wheeler Wines made from grapes...

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  • Sorrento's @ Kangaroo Island Seafront

    Informal elegant dining with stunning ocean views. Modern Australian cuisine using regional produce including Island Pure cheese and Nepean Bay oysters. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch seasonal. Ferguson's Lobster.

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Kangaroo Island Nightlife

  • Daytime eating

    Had a nice Pizza for lunch at the Cafe Bella in Kingscote and a super 3 course meal in the adjoining restaurant one night.Definately wouldnt recommend Rogers Deli and Cafe. Greasy food, warm red wine, when we asked Roger the dodger what he recommended he proceeded to suggest anything that was about to go out of date - not great. Infact his...

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  • Penguin sighting

    Australia's smallest penguins return to their burrows after dusk.They can be seen and heard around Kingscote and Penneshaw.The smallest (and probably the noisiest) of the world's penguins, seems to have found a very happy home here on Kangaroo Island.It is very hard to get their picture because it is dark and you cannot use a flash.

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  • Discovering Penguins Walk

    Tour starts with an introduction in the aquarium, then a guided walk along the beach for glimsps of penguins.Penguins come home @ night. Check for penguin season for more sighting. Dress comfortable and warm.

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Kangaroo Island Transportation

  • Car rental

    Hiring a car is essential in the island, and its easy getting around with your own vehicle as some of the sights are hard to reach with public transportation

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  • Ferry Boat

    Sealink, departing the port of Cape Jervis from the mainland, and arrives at the port of Penneshaw on the Island. Booking in advance are required especially if you are going with vehicle, there are a daily ferry to Kangaroo Island

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  • SEALINK FERRY

    Cape Jervis is where you come to catch the SeaLink Ferry. The ferry service operates daily (except Christmas Day) between Cape Jervis (two hours south of Adelaide) and Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. I booked online, so just turned up at Cape Jervis about half hour before hand, went inside and had my piece of paper exchanged for a ticket, then waited...

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Kangaroo Island Shopping

  • SOUVENIRS

    The Flinders Chase Visitor Information centre is also home to a good Gift Shop If you have forgotten to bring a Hat on a warm sunny day, then you could buy one here. They range from cheap caps to the more expensive Aussie Hats, not sure if they were Akubra's but are the same style.On a cold day, Aussie Stockmens coats were sold here and plenty of...

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  • Cinderella stamps

    Kangaroo Island residents sometimes get a bit annoyed that Norfolk Island issues its own stamps but they have to use regular Australia Post stamps. A few years ago some of the residents produced a set of lighthouse stamps, which can be bought in local stores around the island. They can't actually be used for postage, of course, but they look nice...

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  • Honey

    The pristine wilderness of Kangaroo Island is the only area in the world where pure Ligurian bees are known to exist - the bees were brought to the island in 1881 and their descendants now produce superb honey from flowering eucalypts and other flora.

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Kangaroo Island Local Customs

  • Animal orphanage

    Emu Ridge Is the only commercial Eucalyptus Oil Distillery left in South Australia and are totally self sufficient. generating their power by steam. They also have an animal orphanage there, So many Kangaroos and other animals are hit by cars leaving babies behind.they take them and keep them until they are adults and some can go back in the...

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  • First stop: Bottle shop

    Nope, it's not bottles _per se_ that they sell in that shop, but rather the *contents* of the bottles!As I mentioned in my "packing list" tip, you will want to stock up on your beverage of choice. We bought a few cases of beer at the "bottle shop" before heading off to our campsite. In the parking lot was ample evidence of the national leisure...

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Kangaroo Island Warnings and Dangers

  • OFF SEASON AT PENNESHAW

    We were at Penneshaw in May, which is Autumn, and already many of the shops were closed.It looks like there isn't enough business to make it worth while their opening, so they close their shop, and head off on holiday.....or as the sign on the Fish & Chip shop said..."Gone fishing"We still managed to find some places to get a meal!

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  • THE ROARING 40'S

    The "Roaring 40's" may not be what you think they are!This is the name of the strong, wild wind the western end of Kangaroo Island receives. With it comes wet weather and cold temperatures. The winds are at full strength in Spring and slightly weaker in Autumn, although this when there is a lot more wind. This is why you see wild seas around...

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  • CAPE BORDA CLIFF TOP WALK

    There are three different hikes you can choose from at Cape Borda. The one I chose, was the 1 km clifftop hike.This would be the worst walk I did on Kangaroo Island. Have a look at my photo's and you will see why! The path was terrible, dangerous to walk along because of all the potholes, so easy to twist an ankle or have a fall. It took longer...

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Kangaroo Island Tourist Traps

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    by Longnosedbandicoot Written Jun 25, 2010

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    Sealink (the ferry company) is trying to capture the tourist market on Kangaroo Island.

    Unique Suggestions: You will get the same price accommodation whether booking through an accommodation service yourself or through the ferry company Sealink. Sealink will take a commission from the accommodation owner if you book through them. Many small businesses feel Sealink is trying to get a stanglehold on Kangaroo Island businesses.

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Kangaroo Island What to Pack

  • Windbreakers are a must

    If you bring your own car over on the ferry, you can bring anything you want. If you are walking bring something easy to carry on and off the boat. Wind breaker by kyoub It is very windy out on the island so you will need a wind breaker. It may not be as warm as you expect either. I needed sweaters instead of light weight clothing when I was...

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  • Warm clothing is a must, even in summer!

    If you are bush camping, you don't want a suitcase at all. Put everything you need in a pack or a small duffle. 1) You might like a rain slicker. It rained a lot while I was there.2) Not many changes of clothes, except, of course, clean undies and socks. You'll need one/two pair of long pants and one/two pair of shorts depending on the length of...

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Kangaroo Island Off The Beaten Path

  • On the beach

    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.

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  • Little Sahara

    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...

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  • Cape Gantheume Wilderness Protection...

    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...

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Kangaroo Island Sports & Outdoors

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    by kyoub Written Feb 8, 2005

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    D 'Estrees Bay is a good surfing-fishing beach.
    You can walk around the coast from here to Seal Bay and see colonies of New Zealand fur seals and Australian sea lions along the way.
    It is an enjoyable walk but it will take you two days. Be sure to carry along your own water.

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Kangaroo Island Favorites

  • KANGAROO ISLAND QUARANTINE LAWS

    As Kangaroo Island is remote and without pests, legislation forbidding or restricting the importation of some items to Kangaroo Island applies, so do the right thing, or cop a large fine! This is more for locals, not tourists.....No rabbits or foxes allowed, can't imagine a tourist having one on them! Grape vine cuttings and soil in which...

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  • WILDLIFE BABIES

    A lot of people come to Kangaroo Island to see the abundance of wildlife on the island.You can come here when the weather is good, or perhaps when you are most likely to see babies.So what time is the best to come to see what?Between December-February (Summer) is when the New Zealand Fur Seals give birth to their chocolate brown pups, and the...

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  • PARNDANA - ABOUT THE TOWN

    Parndana was a disappointment to me! This small town is located approx in the centre of the Island and is known as ‘Scrub Gum Place'' - a typical Australian country town. I guess that is why there are gum-nuts on the town entrance sign.As Parndana isn't located on the coast, this is the area where you see farmers working their land and Sheep...

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Top 5 Places to See Animals in the Wild: Kangaroo Island

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Only 15 kilometers (miles) off the South Australian mainland, Kangaroo Island is a great site for seeing all kinds of animals, but two species in particular have drawn VirtualTourist members there: kangaroos and seals. One spot not to miss is Seal Bay Conservation Park, located on the island's southern shore where visitors can observe Australian sea lions via the self-guided boardwalk or opt for beach access through a guided tour. Another recommended location is Flinders Chase National Park which is home to hundreds of kangaroos and New Zealand fur seals. While they are not an animal attraction, many members enjoyed photographing the Remarkable Rocks, a unique collection of rock formations also located in Flinders Chase National Park. Although there is animal activity on Kangaroo Island year round, two times of year provide special sights. In the Australian summer (December to February), kangaroos and wallabies can be seen at dawn and dusk. It's also the time when the Australian sea lion breeding season begins, so Seal Bay will be populated with cute pups. In Australian winter (June to August), kangaroo and wallaby joeys (babies) start to emerge from the mother's pouch and feed alongside them, and southern right whales pass along the island's shores during their migration from Antarctic waters.

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