Discover Kangaroo Island

Surrounded by fertile lands and rich waters, the Island produces some of Australia's finest gourmet foods and wines.

Boasting rugged beauty and extraordinary gourmet food and wine experiences, KI (as the locals call it) is a place of true escapisma tourism icon with a real holiday spirit.

The Island’s biggest drawcard is its pristine wilderness. An isolated sanctuary, Kangaroo Island offers protection to noteworthy populations of native Australian animals.

The Island operates like a fence-less zoo. Sea lions bask on white beaches, koalas cling to swaying eucalypts, pelicans soars above glittering lakes and wallabies bound through untouched bush land.

The best way to appreciate Kangaroo Island's rich natural landscape is on a tour. Take to the Island’s unsealed roads on a four-wheel drive expedition. Learn about the Island’s lively nightlife on Guided Nocturnal Tours through Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Anchor at secluded spots on a boat cruise around the Island. Discover the Island’s highest peaks and most isolated settings on a hike.

There’s no better time to experience Kangaroo Island’s stunning natural elements than now. Winter flushes the countryside and surrounds with lush greenery, flowing rivers and roaming wildlife; and sees baby koalas and joeys emerge from their mothers’ pouches, echidnas and ospreys engage in spectacular mating rituals, and Southern Right Whales migrate past the Island to calve.

Another exciting, yet unexpected drawcard of Kangaroo Island is local gastronomy. Surrounded by fertile lands and rich waters, the Island produces some of Australia's finest gourmet foods and wines.

Freshly caught King George Whiting and freshwater marron, sheep's milk yoghurt and cheeses, a unique variety of honey and astounding range of wines can all be enjoyed locally, in a number of sensational settings.

Follow The Kangaroo Island Farm Gate and Cellar Door Trail to meet the producers and discover their products at the source. Highlights include Island Beehive, where guests can gain a unique insight into the history and complex lifestyle of the Island’s iconic honey-producing Ligurain bee; and The Islander Estate, an 11-hectare vineyard that produces wine variants like Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Sangiovese, Shiraz, Grenache, Viognier and Semillon.

Disconnect from the hustle and bustle, and be inspired by the magic of Kangaroo Island.

Words by Alice Nash - Published 8 July 2013
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