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Kangaroo Island

The unspoilt beauty of Kangaroo Island wilderness can be found 13km off the coast of South Australia. A natural protected haven for wildlife the island contains a conservation park and is home to many native animals. From koalas and kangaroos in native bushland, to wild Australian sea lions, penguins and fur seals along the rugged rocky coastline of Admirals Arch.

The island's untouched beaches, caves, coastal shipwrecks and bushland scenery make the perfect holiday escape, only a short drive and ferry trip away from Adelaide.

Accommodation on Kangaroo Island ranges from basic cabins, caravan parks, camping grounds, hotels and motels to beachfront resorts, holiday houses or B&B cottages, perfect for a weekend vacation. Best way to see the island is to drive or relax and take a guided tour. Organised tours visit Seal Bay sea lion colony, historic lighthouses atop spectacular cliffs at Cape Borda and penguin rookeries at Kingscote and Penneshaw. For the more adventurous, action tours include quad bike riding, night wildlife tours and plenty of water sports including diving safaris.

Kangaroo Island Ferry departs from Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Day trips can be organised but it is better to stay a few days to experience all the sights on offer. Soak up the weather on an uncrowded white sand beach at Emu Bay or grab a comprehensive island map of walking trails through the Flinders Chase National Park.

Bird feeding, marine centre and tidal pools are some of many sights to see on Kangaroo Island. Minke whales can also be spotted during whale watching season.

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