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Kangaroo Island is surrounded by unspoilt beaches, with one third of the island conserved in 21 National Parks, and teeming with wildlife, this unspoilt wilderness area is a must visit attraction.

September through October is an ideal period to enjoy the flowering flora with the wildlife. With over 250 recorded bird species, possums, platypus, koalas, wallabies,  goanna, sea lion, fur seals, just to name a few, there is plenty of wildlife to see and enjoy.

Remember, to increase your chances of seeing the wildlife throughout the island, you should be aware that many of the mammals are nocturnal, that ‘wild animals’ frighten easily, and successfully viewing is usually from a distance, especially when you do not interrupt their natural behaviour.

Kangaroo Island Attractions
American River
This popular holiday destination is a small settlement named by the American sealers who settled there in the early 1800s. Today you can enjoy aquatic activities including swimming, fishing, boating and sailing.
Cape Borda Lighthouse
When the French sailor Nicholas Baudin first sighted this rugged cliff top, he named it after the French mathematician Jean Charles de Borda. The Cape Borda lighthouse was built in 1858, 155 metres above the sea. There is a small graveyard nearby where 13 people are buried and there is also the Cape Borda Maritime Museum providing a detailed history of this lonely outpost.
Emu Bay
Is a little settlement which was once the main port on the island’s north coast. All that is left now is a jetty which was built in 1916 to ship grain and timber.
Flinders Chase National Park
A park that takes up most of the western half of the island, and is one of the largest national parks in South Australia. The parks main attractions include Remarkable Rocks, the Admirals Arch and the Cape Borda lighthouse. The formations like Remarkable Rocks and the Admirals Arch (both located at Cape du Couedic) show the unrelenting power of the winds and the oceans, as they are weather into fantastic shapes by the sea. Admirals Arch being carved out of the rocks.

It is here that bushwalkers, whilst wandering trails through vegetation from gum forests to mallee scrub, will find sea lions, New Zealand fur seals, kangaroos, wallabies, sea eagles, ospreys, Cape Barren geese, and black cockatoos.
Hope Cottage Museum
 Located on the hill above Kingscote and is part of a trio of cottages built in 1859, originally called Faith, Hope and Charity (Faith no longer in existence).
Kelly Hills Conservation Park
6,306 ha conservation park located between Seal Bay and Flinders Chase on the southern coast of the island. The park is named after a horse called Ned Kelly, which stumbled into the caves in the area. The landscape is dominated by mallee and coastal scrub and includes extensive walking trails. The park Kelly Hill Caves are open to organised tours by contacting (08) 8559 7231.
A small settlement first settled in 1836, looking over the waters of the Bay of Shoals. Named Kingscote after Henry Kingscote, a director of the South Australian Company.
Ligurian Bees
Also found on the island are the unique Ligurian Bees. Twelve hives of the Ligurian Bee was brought to the island in 1881, by August Fiebig, from the Italian Province of Liguria. He established an apiary near Penneshaw and since then no other breeds of bee have been introduced to Kangaroo Island. The present-day honey bees on the island are now all descendants of those twelve hives and unique in the world. Renown for their gentle nature and golden colour, the Ligurian Bees on Kangaroo Island are used for breeding and exported interstate and overseas. Take the time to taste some of the honey and many other local produce.
Little Sahara
Can be difficult to locate, as it is not signposted from the road. Ask at the General Store at Vivonne Bay for directions. There is a rough unsealed track to a car park and beyond it the sand dunes, which are swept up by the winds from the Southern Ocean, rise dramatic formation.
The Mulberry Tree
This large and historic mulberry tree was planted by some of the island’s earliest settlers. No one knows for sure who planted it and a sign indicates that there are no fewer than four families including the Powells, Christians, Kleemans and Baeres, who all believe that their forebear planted the tree.
Ozone Hotel
Ozone Hotel
Just up from the jetty, was opened in 1907 and enjoys great views across the ocean and the harbour.
Only 16 km between Cape Jervis to Penneshaw, this small township on Backstairs Passage is the major entry point by ferry to the island. There is a local Folk Museum in the old school house that contains relics of the island’s maritime past. Contact (08) 8553 1176 for details.
Seal Bay Conservation Park
A park covering 750 ha and includes both the Seal Bay area (where visitors can see seals lying on the beach, under supervision), and the Little Sahara set of sand dunes. These dunes lie between Seal Bay and Vivonne Bay.
Stokes Bay
On the north of the island, is a great ‘hidden’ beach, accessible by following the signs from the car park. You wind through the rocks and around the headland, where you will emerge from this ‘secret tunnel’ to a natural swimming pool and a great beach from which to swim and surf.
Vivonne Bay
With a General Store and a jetty, it boasts fantastic views across the bay. Nearby is the Vivonne Bay Wildlife Reserve, a privately run park with 40 km of walking trails. Contact (08) 8559 4232 for details.
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