Island Australia is a lovely destination.
Kangaroo Island is the
third largest island in Australia.
It is a quiet
place with some wineries, wildlife parks,
sheep farms, cheese and honey factories. The island is
famous for its Remarkable Rocks, Cape Borda and Cape du Couedic
Lighthouses, and its populations of wild koalas and colonies of seals
and sea lions.
Remarkable Rocks, Poster by AllPosters.
Penneshaw Kangaroo Island Australia
The ferries from the Australian mainland arrive in Penneshaw – a small
laid-back town with lovely beaches, an old school house and a local
Folk Museum with some interesting memorabilia from the island’s
maritime past. When Matthew Flinders and Nicholas Baudin moored here in
the early 1800s, they carved inscriptions in Christmas Cove and
Frenchman’s Rock. The original inscriptions have been moved to South
Australian Museum in Adelaide
and the Visitor Information Centre in Penneshaw because water was
damaging them. Just outside Penneshaw, on the way towards Kingscote, is
the island’s visitors centre with information about history
and attractions of the island.
Remarkable Rock. Poster by AllPosters.
Kangaroo Island Australia - Nepean Bay
The main road goes west from Penneshaw towards the rest of the island,
where there is a turnoff to American River, named by the American
sealers who lived here in the early 1800s. Today it is a popular spot
for swimming, fishing, boating and enjoying other water activities.
West from here is
Nepean Bay, and then the island’s largest town, Kingscote.
Beach views. Poster by AllPosters. Click on
Kingscote Kangaroo Island Australia Kingscote is
little town with pretty shops and cafes
along the waterfront; a salt-water aquarium in the Kangaroo Island Marine Centre;
the Discovering Penguins Walk, although there is a similar
penguin-watch, probably better, in Penneshaw. You can have a dip in the
tidal pool south of the jetty, but if you really want to enjoy
swimming, you are probably better off heading to the neighbouring Emu
Hervey's Return Bay. Poster by AllPosters.
Western River Cove, Emu Bay and Stokes Bay
Emu Bay is a sleepy old settlement that was once an important port on
the north coast, and nowadays a popular family holiday destination. The
jetty, built in 1916, is still used by fishermen, and if you have a 4WD
you can drive on the beach. There are several beautiful small secret
beaches along the northern coast of the island, such as Stokes Bay,
Snelling Beach and Western River Cove.
Pennington Beach. Poster by AllPosters.
Kangaroo Island Australia - Cape Borda and Cape Borda
In the north-western corner of the island is the Cape Borda Lighthouse,
built in 1858. The cannon next to it used to be used to warn ships if
they were in danger. There are 45-minute guided tours, and Cape Borda
Maritime Museum also provides some information about this lonely and
Cape Borda Lighthouse. Poster by AllPosters.
Kangaroo Island Remarkable Rocks
South of Cape Borda is the Flinders Chase
National Park, which covers large areas of the south-western
Kangaroo Island. It contains some famous attractions such as Remarkable
Rocks and Admirals Arch, and on the western coast there is a lovely
beach at Weirs Cove.
Remarkable Rocks. Poster by AllPosters.
Cape Barren Goose and other Australian Animals
There are bushwalking trails through gum forests and mallee scrub; and
plenty of wildlife such as kangaroos
Cape Barren Geese and
ospreys and sea eagles.
Kangaroo. Poster by AllPosters.
Cape du Couedic and Cape du Couedic Lighthouse
Turn south from the Rocky River and you come to the Cape du Couedic in
the southwestern corner of the national park, with the isolated Cape du
Couedic Lighthouse. New Zealand Fur seals
are often seen on the beach
Cape du Couedic Lighthouse. Poster by AllPosters.
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Kangaroo Island Australia - Hanson Bay, Karatta and Kelly
Further east along the southern coast of the island, there is a pretty
swimming spot in Hanson Bay. Near Karatta are Kangaroo Island’s
caves - Kelly Hill Caves with some beautiful stalagmites and
stalagtites. You can visit the caves on an organised cave tour. Further
east are Vivonne Bay and Point Ellen, with a jetty and
a little shop, and beautiful blue-water beaches.
Hanson Bay. Poster by AllPosters.
Kangaroo Island Australia - Kangaroo Island Australia -
Nearby is the Vivonne Bay Wildlife Reserve, a private wildlife park
with many bush walking trails, where wild koalas
can be seen in trees.
Further east is Seal Bay, home to about 500 sea lions, which can be
seen on organised tours that take you down to the beach along walkways.
You can get quite close to the colonies of sea
lions laying on the beach.
Sea lion pup. Poster by AllPosters.
buy. Kangaroo Island Australia - Accommodation
There are various accommodation options on the island.
Hotels and motels
and include All
Seasons Lodge Hotel, Aurora
Ozone Hotel, KI
Bed and Breakfast
accommodation includes Correa
Corner Bed and Breakfast, Open
House Bed and Breakfast, Seaview
Lodge Bed and Breakfast, Stranraer
Homestead Bed and Breakfast and The
Fig Tree Bed and Breakfast.
Bates Cottage, Ficifolia
Wilderness Retreat, KI
Seafront Resort, Koopalanda
Dreaming Cottages, Lifetime
Private Retreats, Seascape
Lodge on Emu Bay, Southern
Ocean Lodge, Wanderers
Rest Guest House, and Wilderness
Valley Studio Accommodation.
Beales Beach. Poster by AllPosters. Click on
Here's a Kangaroo Island map,
have tagged the places that I mentioned on this web page. You can click
on the tags to see what places they are, and double-click anywhere on
the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move
around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth,
click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.
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