Kangaroo Island South Australia is a large sprawling island nestled off the southern coast of Australia. A brutal and rugged coastline encircles an inner-core laden with fine food & wine, laid-back locals & an excellent selection of visitor attractions.
It is still largely unknown to the vast majority of Australians but this writer thinks it’s time to share the secret.
Kangaroo Island South Australia. Getting there…
You can fly onto Kangaroo Island directly from Adelaide but on my visit I took the ferry service from Cape Jervis in both directions. It was quite literally ‘smooth sailing’ for me but I am told this stretch of water possesses quite-the-temper. Maybe something to note and potentially prepare for if you aren’t a great sailor.
My journey across to the island was in the late afternoon and I was very lucky with the gorgeous light that met us upon our arrival. The ‘golden hour’ sun cast warm shadows and honey-coloured shards of sunlight in welcome.
K.I – first impressions
When I disembarked I was immediately struck by how large the island was. The locals tell me that poorly prepared visitors often disembark the ferry from the mainland expecting to wander around the whole island on a day visit?!
Presumably then they might be surprised to find out that Kangaroo Island, or ‘K.I’ to the locals, is actually Australia’s third largest island and measures 150kms long by 90kms wide.
In my travels-to-date ~ spanning the past 25-years or so ~ I have never seen a coastline quite like K.Is. Waves here smash into shore with epic ferocity and bombast. The sound and violence of the foaming, heaving water is almost biblical.
Little wonder that shipwrecks festoon the island’s coast. The entire coastline is testament to, and shaped by, the elements. It is brooding and magnificent in equal measure.
But hold on to your hat! Often you must observe this spectacle of mother-nature whilst leaning into a powerful ocean wind. It all adds to the drama of the setting but does make getting a ‘sharp’ photograph a little difficult on occasion.
The Remarkables – sure are!
A must visit natural phenomena on Kangaroo Island is The Remarkables. Located in The Flinders Chase National Park these natural sculptures hewn from ancient rock will take your breath away. They are one of Australia’s greatest natural treasures and are still little known outside of South Australia.
These amazing formations alone are worth the trip!
Stay & Play
But weight there’s more… No that isn’t spelled incorrectly.
You can really spoil yourself after a day’s sightseeing by sampling the excellent local produce on offer. There’s Kangaroo Island honey, ice-cream, island-made cheese & yoghurt, fresh seafood and local wines waiting to tempt your indulgence.
For an island of only around four thousand inhabitants there’s also ample accommodation on offer. From budget to Luxe. Fancy a splurge? Wedding anniversary, 50th birthday?
Then a stay at the exceptional Southern Ocean Lodge combines fine local fare, luxurious facilities, peerless vistas, thundering ocean views and exceptional, yet not fussy, service all at once. In other words – the epitome of ‘K.I’.
Sorry Kangaroo Island South Australia, but the secret’s out!