Situated at the base of the Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island is the third largest in Australia, with much of the island protected within spectacular nature reserves. It’s home to not only kangaroos but also koalas, sea lions, penguins and a diverse array of native bird species.
Be sure to visit Flinders Chase National Park in the west of the island, which is renowned for its penguin colonies and the wind-sculpted boulders known as the Remarkable Rocks. Admire the stalactites within Admiral’s Arch, an eroded rock bridge that is constantly weathered by waves, and photograph the New Zealand fur seals that are often seen basking on the surrounding rocks.
Along the south coast of the island is the Seal Bay Conservation Park, the only place in the world where visitors are allowed to walk amongst endangered Australia sea lions. Take in the views from the wooden boardwalk and watch the sea lions surfing the waves, then step onto the sands to photograph giant bulls fighting or newborn baby sea lions.
There are plenty of beautiful beaches where you can take a dip, including the crystal clear waters of Emu Bay. Or hit one of the many hiking trails to explore the rugged wilderness of Kangaroo Island.
Kangaroo Island is famed for its fresh produce, with everything from freshly shucked oysters and rock lobsters to Ligurian honey, craft beers and wines. Head to Kangaroo Island Spirits to sample handcrafted gin, vodka and liqueurs, visit the Island Pure Sheep Dairy that creates delicious cheeses and stop in at the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery to pick up native beauty products.