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Tour tip: Kangaroo Island
| The third largest island in Australia is about 145 km long, between 900 m and 57 km wide and 60 km wide and has an area of 440 square kilometers. The highest point is 307 meters above sea level. The island is only 16 km from the mainland at Cape Jervis. |
Several bushfires burned on Kangaroo Island in January over an area of over 210 square kilometers (about 48 percent of the island). Vacationers were able to be evacuated from the affected region in good time. At the time of publication of this announcement on February 1, 2020, the island was still burning. The fires are considered "under control".
The fires destroyed well-known accommodations and attractions such as the luxury resort Southern Ocean Lodge, Western Kangaroo Island Caravan Park, Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat, Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Vivonne Bay Lodge. Tourist infrastructure such as the visitor center of the Flinders Chase National Park was also destroyed.
The region west of Kingscote is closed to travelers. Clean-up work is taking place in this area. Army veterinarians and reservists ensure the removal of animal carcasses and put incurably injured farm animals and wild animals to sleep. Damage to power, water and telecommunications lines will be repaired. This work should be completed within a few weeks.
We will update this page when access to the national park is permitted again and we have information on reconstruction.
There are also long beaches and good hiking opportunities. There are also numerous ecotourism offers on the island. The island is largely agricultural. The economy is determined by tourism, wine, honey, wool, meat and grain.
|location||Kangaroo Island: 35 ° 49 'S 137 ° 16' E |
Location / region representation in online maps
Google Earth views from: Cape du Couedic Remarkable Rocks Seal Bay Conservation Park Kingscote
Current time:GMT +9.5 Central Standard Time
|Residents||approx. 4,500, main town Kingscote: 1,790 (2016 census)|
|Foundation & history||After its discovery in 1802, the island was forgotten again and was initially left to whale and seal trappers. Originally the capital of South Australia was supposed to be on Kangaroo Island. Kingscote was founded in 1836 - earlier than Adelaide. An old mulberry tree that was planted back then still stands in the middle of Kingscote today. Too little drinking water supplies on the island changed the settlement plans in favor of Adelaide. The First Post Office and the Hope Cottage Pioneer Museum commemorate the beginnings of settlement. |
Until about 1945 there were the towns of Kingscote on the island, which could almost have become the capital of South Australia, the ferry terminal Penneshaw and a town in between with the strange name American River. The rest of the island consisted of largely untouched nature.
After the Second World War, the island's agricultural utility came into the focus of development. In 1961, the city of Parndana was founded in the center of the island, also to provide a home for veterans of the Australian Army, who have been settled here since 1948. In the mid-1960s, Kangaroo Island was an area that was used intensively for agriculture except for smaller areas in the west (Flinders Chase National Park) and south. At the end of the 1960s a rethink began. The settlement in Parndana had largely failed economically, the determination of Kangaroo Island as a natural monument came back into focus.
Kangaroo Island is full of inspiring impressions.
The gallery below is presented with the kind support of the South Australian Tourism Commission.
Kangaroo Island: Hanson Bay
Kangaroo Island: Remarkable Rocks
Kangaroo Island: Boardwalk to Remarkable Rocks
Kangaroo Island: Southern Ocean Lodge
Kangaroo Island: encounter with kangaroos
Individual travelers should plan to spend three nights on the island if possible. We recommend planning two nights in the west of the island and one night in the east. We definitely recommend staying overnight on the island at least once and not just visiting the island as a day trip from Adelaide to watch the penguins in the evening after sunset. Organized trips to Kangaroo Island are offered by Adelaide as single and multi-day trips.
|Your days on Kangaroo Island|
If you want to stay longer in the western part of the island as a self-caterer, you should stock up on groceries in the supermarket in Penneshaw or Kingscote.
|view||You can walk through and on up to 40 m high white sand dunes in the Little Sahara (55 km SW Kingscote). They appear out of nowhere between Seal Bay and Vivonne. Really worth it. By the way, the desert grows two centimeters a year.|
|Literature tips||Travel literature for South Australia|
A special feature: Because of bee protection, the import of bee products (especially honey) from the mainland is prohibited.
|Airport||regional: Kingscote (KGC), international: Adelaide (air route 60 km N)|
|Streets||Adelaide is on the Stuart Highway (# 87), distances are direct |
Adelaide via Cape Jervis: 180 km
General information about road conditions on the island: Around 75% of the roads on Kangaroo Island are unpaved, mostly gravel roads (as of 2016). The main attraction of the island - the Flinders Chase National Park (Cape Couedic, Remarkable Rocks, Rocky River, Admirals Arch) - can be reached by tarred road.
Please drive carefully and calculate with a maximum of 60 km / h for routes on Kangaroo Island. There are only four police officers on the entire island (as of 2018) and it can take a long time before an ambulance service arrives at an accident site. There is no ambulance on the island. For severe cases, the Royal Flying Doctor Service's helicopter from Adelaide is organized and it can take up to an hour. Pay particular attention to Kängrus and other wild animals when driving at dawn, dusk and in the dark. Unfortunately, there are many accidents with wild animals. Ideally, you do not drive during these periods.
Current road traffic report (Transport SA)
|ship|| Ferry to mainland Australia: Vehicle and passenger ferry Penneshaw (Kangaroo Island) - Cape Jervis (southern tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula, from Adelaide after approx. 115 km) Sealink, travel time approx. 50 min. The crossing is similar to ferries in Central Europe Distances are expensive. Advance reservations are strongly recommended during the Australian school holidays. |
Tip for online bookers: If you want to reserve a crossing for your rental vehicle, enter "rental car" instead of a license plate number that you do not know at the time of the reservation, otherwise the reservation is not possible.
The swell between Kangaroo Island and Cape Jervis is sometimes stronger. It is advisable to take teablettes with you as a preventive measure against motion sickness.
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Most visitors go to Kangaroo Island for the wildlife. And rightly so: Anyone traveling to Kangaroo Island can assume with 100% certainty that they will encounter kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, sea lions, pelicans and black swans in the wild. The encounter with a beaked hedgehog, an echidna, is possible, in the right season you will also encounter a large number of New Zealand fur seals. Encounters with animals, which elsewhere only come about as an unplanned stroke of luck, are almost certainly predictable here. How is this possible?
Around 1920 the Australian government decided to create a kind of ark on which these animals could survive in case something negative happened to the unique wildlife of Australia - the rabbits, foxes and feral domestic cats were already causing severe damage. It was decided to go to Kangaroo Island. Kangaroos, wallabies (small kangaroos) and echidnas have already lived here. Penguins, sea lions, pelicans and seals were found here. But what was most important, the almost uninhabited island the size of Lake Constance was free of foxes and feral domestic cats. Only one species of bee from Liguria was found among immigrant animals, which today only exists on Kangaroo Island.
It was decided to introduce more Australian animal species. With the koala this worked very well, the settlement of the wombats failed because only two males were accidentally released on the island. To date, there are no wild wombats on Kangaroo Island.
Today, Kangaroo Island is a habitat for many animals in which they can exist safely and in freedom. Today the island has about 4,500 inhabitants, who are concentrated in the island's capital Kingscote and in the ferry terminal Penneshaw. In the east and north of the island are also the farms, the west and south are the areas that are interesting for tourists. In 2006 there were 16,000 koalas on the island. While elsewhere the koala is threatened with extinction due to ever-increasing settlement areas, on Kangaroo Island there was a risk that too many animals would destroy each other's sources of food. The animals were partially sterilized.
Kangaroo Island Koala Management Program
Please refrain from feeding the animals - especially no kangaroos. They eat everything that is offered to them (would be held). The animals die miserably after eating a piece of bread because their stomachs cannot absorb bread.
|flora||The arid island is characterized by heather and dune landscapes. A lush acacia forest (mallees) stands inland with an attractive yellow flower.|
In addition to marron (a freshwater crab) and excellent sheep cheese, Kangaroo Island has made a name for itself above all for honey and wine. There are now also Spritiousen specialties.
|honey|| Kangaroo Island is one of the oldest bee sanctuaries in Australia and is famous for honey made from the pollen of the Kangaroo Island eucalyptus. The bees on Kangaroo Island are immigrants from Italy, more precisely Liguria. Just one year after the first bees came to the island, the island was declared a bee sanctuary by the government of South Australia in 1885. The bee species is said to be particularly gentle. Allegedly people are very, very rarely stung by her. Because the bee is such a specialty, you are not allowed to bring honey products from the mainland. The gene pool of this valuable bee species, which is largely free from disease, should ultimately be protected accordingly. |
|Wine||Due to the mild climate, various wineries have settled on the island since 1990. Many of their wines have now been awarded prizes and there are many companies with the opportunity to try the delicious drops. |
Kangaroo Island Wineries
|Swimming||Kangaroo Island is not a "real bathing island". There are only a few sandy beaches on the north and south coast. The water on Kangaroo Island is around 3-5 ° C cooler than on the mainland coast near Adelaide. In the hot midsummer of South Australia it is pleasantly refreshing. A beautiful, long white sandy beach is located in Vivonne Bay (64 km SW Kingscote), which has been awarded as one of the most beautiful beach bays in Australia. Emu Bay, Stoke Bay and Browns Beach are primarily suitable for swimming on the northeast coast.|
|Diving||About 30 wrecks can be discovered off the western tip - Cape Borda (110 km W Kingscote).|
On Wilson Road (30 km SW Kingscote), the Emu Ridge Distillery produces eucalyptus oil the traditional way (visits and sales on weekdays). It has proven itself many times as a good home remedy for colds (to be inhaled) and as an antiseptic. A very useful souvenir.
Emu Ridge Distillery
You will find tips for your onward journey in our route recommendations.
The following goals are presented in the tour tips from AUSTRALIEN-INFO.DE:
AdelaideBarossa ValleyVictor Harbor
The Google Earth links for Kangaroo Island are provided with the kind support of the South Australian Tourism Commission.
Editor's note: We would like to thank Rudi Francken (Adelaide, South Australia) for additional background information about the island to expand this topic.
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