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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island lies 3 hrs (127 km) south of Adelaide.

Kangaroos are not the only wildlife on Kangaroo Island. Echidnas, wombats, emus, koalas, dolphins and seals have made this beautiful island their home. It’s like a wildlife sanctuary without any fences.

Kangaroo Island is a microcosm of di fferent landscapes, pristine native bush, coastal hideaways and farms. One third of the island is protected by the Flinders Chase National Park.

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Kangaroo Island seal by Kangaroo Island Odysseys.

Getting to Kangaroo Island

Taking your campervan on the SeaLink ferry to Kangaroo Island is not problem, but you must pre-book.Check the timetable while you are on their website. In winter there are not many ferries so if you miss one you might have to wait until the following day.

Camping on Kangaroo Island

There are two national park run campsites in Flinders Chase National Park which are first-come first-served, no bookings. 

There are also plenty of privately run caravan parks suitable for campervans on Kangaroo Island, which you can book ahead. We recommend that you check the reviews of each place before booking because there are some terrible ones and some good ones. Discovery Lagoon and Western KI are both well-reviewed scoring four stars or more. Discovery Lagoon is run entirely on renewable energy.
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Photo by Kangaroo Island Odysseys

Kingscote

Kingscote is the main town on Kangaroo Island. Highlights here include:

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Photo: Kangaroo Island Odysseys
 

Flinders Chase National Park

Flinders Chase National Park covers one third of Kangaroo Island and can be explored by a network of walking tracks. Highlights include:

  • The sculpted granite boulders know as Remarkable Rocks
  • Admirals Arch, where you might see some seals.
  • Tours through the 1858 Cape Borda lighthouse.
  • Rocky River Campsite, a wildlife hotspot with friendly kangaroos, wallabies and geese, and a lot of walking tracks from the visitor’s centre.
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Elsewhere on the island, visit;

  • Emu Farm Eucalyptus Oil Distillery, completely powered by renewable energy and selling Eucalyptus oil products.
  • The Oyster Farm Shop, a little shack by American River selling sustainable Kangaroo Island seafood (cooked while you wait or take it away fresh) and excellent oysters.
  • Seal Bay where you can observe Australia Sealions playing and snoozing on the beach.
  • Kelly Hill Conservation Park, where you can explore limestone caves and wetlands.
  • Dudley Cellar Door on Dudley Peninsula near Penneshaw has a deck with eye-popping views, oysters and prawns, pizza and fine wine.
  • Kangaroo Island Dive Adventures where you can dive or hire a kayak, encountering leafy sea dragons, seals, dolphins, and other marine life.
  • Paul’s Place Wildlife Sanctuary where you can have close encounters with the wildlife, always a special experience. (Check their website for opening times.)
  • Raptor Domain on Seal Bay road where you can see magnificent birds of prey, such as owls and eagles, in flight.

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Admiral Arch - Kangaroo Island Odysseys

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