Kangaroo Island, Australia, an abundance of wildlife, natural scenery, wineries and beaches

Kangaroo Island, Australia, an abundance of wildlife, natural scenery, wineries and beaches

Kangaroo Island or KI is an island about 45 minutes by ferry off the coast of South Australia. The island is 160 kilometers across, and has an abundance of wildlife, natural scenery, wineries and beaches.

KI has abundant wildlife and large sections of untouched forest. Many species for which Australia is famous for can be found here like kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and penguins. There are plenty of opportunities to see these animals close up in their natural habitat.

The island is 160km wide and around 60km from top to bottom at its widest. The north of the island has more protected seas, with the south generally having larger waves, higher cliffs and stronger currents. There are still some white sandy beaches and inlets on the south, though, like at Pennington Bay, and d'Estrees Bay.

The main settlements are within an hour of each other on the east, with more remote areas in the west.

The cliffs and bays can be spectacular, and there are interesting geological formations along the south, the most popular to visit being Admirals Arch and the Remarkable Rocks.

Getting around can be difficult if you don't bring or hire a car. However, there are plenty of one to three day tours to jump on, which can be booked in Adelaide and on the island. There are some scheduled coaches between the towns and transfer services to the airport and wharf. The island has 1600km of roads, both sealed and unsealed, and is 155km long.

There are no taxi services on the island.

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