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Kangaroo Island, just off the southern coast of Adelaide, is a nature-lover’s paradise. With pristine beaches, vast sand dunes, opulent coastline, and a diverse population of wildlife, Roo Island is an oft-missed piece of paradise that simply should not be excluded from an Australian itinerary. There are some magnificent bits of Australia here; it’s a quaint little island with a lot to offer.
Getting Around Kangaroo Island
You’ll have difficulty traveling Roo Island without a car, so that should be your first bit of business. Arriving at the airport, there’s one small rental desk and availability is limited. Plan and book your rental in advance with NU Car Rental or else you’ll end up stuck in the airport!
Navigating around Kangaroo Island is extremely easy as there are only a couple main roads that traverse the entire island. As long as your headlights are pointed in the right direction, the rest will take care of itself.
What to Do on Kangaroo Island
Though many people only visit Cape Willoughby on a day trip, I stayed here for an entire weekend. Located on the east side of the island, it’s the most isolated and, arguably, the most beautiful. Here, visit the oldest lighthouse in southern Australia, and gaze into the lavish blue water from the lush green coast.
Somewhere right in the center of Kangaroo Island is Little Sahara, Australia’s answer to the famous desert. Pick up a sandboard nearby and try your hand at this unique sport. But be careful, it’s not like snowboarding–I busted my tailbone on numerous occasions! After only 45 minutes, I called it quits.
To be honest, it’s harder than you’d think!
When you get to the west side of the island, there are a few places that you’re definitely going to want to see. Any map will have them labeled and everything is well signposted.
Inside the Flinders Chase National Park, visit the Remarkable Rocks, one of the most iconic views of Kangaroo Island. Perched 200 feet above the ocean, you’ll find a collection of fiercely eroded granite boulders sitting atop a dome of lava.
Another one of Kangaroo Island’s impressive landmarks is Admiral’s Arch, a natural rock bridge which took thousands of years of erosion to create. Here you’ll also find a colony of fur seals lazing in the sun on the rocks.
If you want to scout out a bit more wildlife, be sure to visit Paul’s Place Wildlife Sanctuary. Walk along the grounds, but be sure to look up into the trees–there are koalas hanging about! You might even find one with a baby hanging to its mother for dear life! She scrambled down one tree, across the ground, and up another, all from about three meters away.
If you happen to be driving, make sure you slow down at dusk! You’ll see kangaroos and wallabies on a regular basis and, from what I understand, they can do some pretty serious damage to your vehicle.
On second thought, you might want to consider that extra insurance.