Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide : Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide
tourkangarooisland.com.au 2 Be greeted by sea lions basking on unspoiled white beaches, koalas dozing in lofty eucalyptus trees and pelicans soaring across shimmering lagoons. Kangaroo Island is a place that offers protection to huge populations of native Australian animals, as well as being a place of beauty and a place of escape. Australia’s third largest island, Kangaroo Island (or as the locals say, ‘KI’) has many large open spaces and is surprisingly diverse. If you traverse its 155 kilometre length you’ll find soaring cliffs, dense forest, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive arcs of bone-white beach. Remarkably, over half the Island is native ‘old-growth’ bushland, with most of it being preserved and protected, thanks to an innovative responsible tourism program. This means the experience you have today will be the same as the experience enjoyed by generations to come. KI appears to have an endless amount of space, so you’ll always find somewhere to call your own – somewhere to enjoy a little quiet-time and let nature soothe your soul. It may be wild in nature but don’t underestimate the welcome. Some 4400 people live here, most of them primary producers, many descended from ‘Islanders’ who’ve farmed the local land and fished the seas for generations. Visitors are asked to embrace this welcoming spirit by partaking in the ‘Kangaroo Island Wave’ – a friendly gesture of lifting your index finger to acknowledge passing cars. Towns like Kingscote, Penneshaw, Parndana and American River are places for relaxation and indulgence, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re in town, in the country or on the fabulous coast, you’ll discover a real holiday spirit, not to mention accommodation options ranging from outdoor swags to lighthouse keepers’ cottages to super-chic retreats. Not surprisingly, being surrounded by fertile lands and rich waters, Kangaroo Island produces some of Australia’s finest gourmet foods. Gastronomic adventurers should get ready to be amazed by the likes of freshly caught King George whiting, sheep’s cheese, marron, a unique variety of honey and an exciting range of varietal wines. If that wasn’t enough, discover a rich history, a thriving arts community and the famed Southern Ocean Lodge – one of Australia’s most prestigious and exciting wilderness retreats. Kangaroo Island is one of the world’s great pristine wilderness destinations. Kangaroo Island Welcome to “ There really aren’t enough adjectives to accurately describe the beauty of Kangaroo Island. In fact, words can almost spoil the moment. Even photos don’t do this wildly gorgeous destination justice.” – Issac Bober, Symmetry, Australia.