• Wild Thing

    Wild Thing

    Maxime Coquard

    It's a Wild Thing

    SealsIf you are planning a trip to Kangaroo Island, you can begin with its wild history - think sealers, escaped convicts and runaway sailors. Before they arrived, the island was known to the aboriginal people on the mainland as Karta, “Island of the Dead”,  probably because a creation being from the Dreamtime, Ngurunderi, crossed to the island, from where he travelled to the Milky Way. The spirits of the dead of a number of tribes were believed to follow his track to the afterlife in the sky.

    Then there's the wildlife – you’ll be surrounded by it. Literally.  With seals, sea lions (yes, they are different), penguins and dolphins being a few of the stand outs in the sea life world to inhabit the pristine waters that meet the sparkling white beaches and towering cliffs encircling the island.  Back on terra firma is where Kangaroo Island gets its reputation of being a "zoo without fences".  Preserved by its isolation from the mainland, this is the place to experience many of Australia's unique wildlife in a pristine environment.  

    Kangaroo Island’s namesakes are a little wilder than the ones on the mainland with longer fur and darker colour.  You'll also find rare bird life, Tamar wallabies, short-beaked echidnas and loads of happy koalas, relaxing in their favourite eucalyptus branches, gorging themselves on their staple diet of leaves and giving a new definition to the word "chilled". For the patient and determined, there are also opportunities to spot the elusive and intriguing egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal platypus – oh yes, they’re special alright.

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      How to See Kangaroo Island

      To see all the best places accompanied with expert information and loads of fun, you’ll need to go on a tour.

       

      Our favourites are:

      • To really see the island and pack in a bit of adventure - Kangaroo Island Adventure Tour - 2 day touring/1 night Departs Adelaide daily from September to April. From $399.
      • Or if you’re on a tight budget, try Kangaroo Island YHA Super Special – only 1 day touring/2 nights on the island at Kangaroo Island YHA – conveniently situated across the road from beautiful Hog Bay and the Penneshaw Sealink Ferry Terminal. From $287
      • Self Drive – take your car to the island and explore at your own pace.  Ferry departs from Cape Jervis several times daily.  Car space and ferry tickets must be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.

       

      Email travel.sa@yha.com.au for more info and bookings.

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      Food and Wine of Kangaroo Island

      Vivonne BayKangaroo Island has a growing a reputation for clean and green food and wine production. 

       

      Try honey from the Ligurian Bees – believed to be the last remaining pure stock of this bee found anywhere in the world.

       

      Healthy sheep are in abundance, and from the healthy sheep comes quality sheep’s milk products at Island Pure who tell us that “Sheep produce highly nutritious milk that naturally makes premium cheeses and yoghurts” – what’s not to like about that.

       

      With an abundance of ocean comes a bounty of seafood. Try the Marron, the island’s iconic freshwater crayfish for something a little different, and you’ll also find local oysters, ocean crayfish and an impressive variety of fish.

       

      And to wash it all down, check out the excellent cellar doors at wineries across the island.

       

      If food and wine are your thing, why not make the Farm Gate and Cellar Door Trail part of your itinerary

    Be sure your camera is fully charged as once you’re done taking photos of the unique thesaurus inhabitants of the "Galapagos of Australia" you'll be wanting to capture some lasting memories of the wild scenery. From underground caves and awesome rock formations, it’s all here. You’ll include- Remarkable Rocks, where fun images of travellers interacting with the rocks seem to be the go.  Admiral's Arch boasts what appear to be stalactites that are in fact fossilised rock formations, framing the ocean beyond and offering a playground for the charming New Zealand Fur Seals to show off their incredible dexterity in the lapping waves.  Then there’s the long winding roads wreathed by dense native forest, isolated beaches with caves filled with fairy penguins resting their eyes from the harsh light of day.

    Keep the oxygen pumping through your veins with some wild experiences. Try your hand at sand boarding on the mirage-like Little Sahara Desert sand dunes, swim with the local dolphins on a boat tour, have a go at surfing the wild ocean waves, and don’t miss walking amongst the seals at Seal Bay - one of the most special experiences in the world.  And there’s also kayaking, swimming, mountain-biking and bushwalking.

    So if you like a bit of wild in your life, Kangaroo Island should be at the top of your list.  There is no bad time to visit the island as the colder months see beautiful green landscapes and an abundance of wildlife happy not to require respite from the sun, and the summer months offer the warmth required to dip happily into the Southern Ocean’s bracing waters.

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