Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

Overview

Freedom isn’t a state of mind, it’s an island.

Minutes from the mainland, but a million miles away, Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary for wildlife and natural, rugged beauty. A place where people can walk among endangered Australian sea lions, watch kangaroos feeding at dusk or catch a glimpse of a shy koala.

Home to 15 bird and 52 plant species found nowhere else on Earth, Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness. Yet over time agriculture on the island has led to areas of land degradation. So it’s perfectly fitting that Kangaroo Island is our first carbon neutral destination. 

All direct flights to and from Kangaroo Island are being carbon offset through South Australia’s first accredited carbon offset project to restore native forests by planting local species on degraded farmland. This activity will reduce the risk of soil erosion and reintroduce important habitat for native wildlife including the glossy black cockatoo.

Flights to Kangaroo Island

Don't miss

Your Kangaroo Island adventure starts as soon as you touch down. Take a look at our top picks of what to see on Australia’s third largest island.

  • Dine on the local seafood, including: oysters, abalone, prawns, Southern Rock lobster, King George whiting, snapper and freshwater marron.
  • Dive into the exciting local art scene at Artworks Gallery or Rustic Blue Gallery.
  • Taste local gin, vodka and liqueurs at Kangaroo Island Spirits.
  • Visit Flinders Chase National Park and its iconic Remarkable Rocks & Admiral’s Arch.
  • Meet the friendly locals at Seal Bay – home to the third-largest colony of Australian sea lions in the world.
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Where to go

See the island in a day or spend a little longer and let the quiet serenity calm your soul.

Kingscote and districts

The ‘hub’ of the island, Kingscote is home to a number of shops, facilities and hotels. 

The nearby attractions of Island Pure Sheep Dairy, Clifford’s Honey Farm and wineries make this an easy base for the island.

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Flinders Chase National Park

Known for its wild, natural and rugged landscape, Flinders Chase National Park is on everyone’s ‘must do’ list when visiting Kangaroo Island. 

Visit the windswept shapes of Remarkable Rocks and the surprising formation of Admiral’s Arch.  For the more active, hike the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail which takes in some of the park.

Dudley Peninsula

The Dudley Peninsula houses the seaside village of Penneshaw, the stunning beach and holiday houses at Island Beach and the magnificent Cape Willoughby.

The area features many things Kangaroo Island is known for: wildlife, safe swimming beaches, rugged cliffs, art galleries, stunning views, cellar doors and a historic lighthouse.

South coast

Teeming with wildlife and adventure, the South Coast is home to many of the island’s famous attractions. 

Vivonne Bay was once voted Australia’s best beach whilst Little Sahara is a great spot to hike to the top of giant sand dunes and sand board your way down.

Quick facts

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Currency

Australian Dollar (A$)

Electricity

Electricity

230V / 50Hz

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Population

4,600

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Seasons

Kangaroo Island has four distinct seasons. Hot summers are the perfect opportunity to visit some of the islands great beaches.  Autumn is ideal for outdoor types who wish to make the most of the warmer day and cooler nights by hiking, biking or kayaking.  Winter is a great time to catch sight of some wildlife including Tammar wallabies, kangaroos and echidnas.  Spring is a sea of colour as native plants burst and oysters in abundance.

Getting around

From the airport

Kingscote Airport is located 14km from the main town of Kingscote.  Other larger towns of Penneshaw (51km) and American River (29km) are also not far.  Car hire is available at the airport or transfers are available – both are recommended to be booked in advance.

In and around the city

You'll need to hire a car or go on an organised tour to see the best of the island.  Due to its size, there is no public transport or taxis on the island.  

Kangaroo Island car hire

Take off on a road trip around the island after you fly from Adelaide.

Your flight with Qantas

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Pack more into your trip with complimentary checked baggage allowance on every flight.

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Enjoy complimentary meals or refreshments every time you fly with us.

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Important Information

^^Flights scheduled to commence December 2017, subject to change and government and regulatory approval. Adelaide flights scheduled year round and Melbourne flights scheduled December and January only.

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