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Kangaroo island

City: Cape Jervis       State: South Australia       Country: Australia
Kangaroo Island is Australia's third largest island - after Tasmania and Melville Island. It is 112 kilometres southwest of Adelaide at the entrance of Gulf Saint Vincent. At its closest point to the mainland, it is 13 kilometres (8 mi) offshore from Cape Jervis, on the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula in the state of South Australia. The island is 150 km (93 mi) long and between 900 m (980 yd) and 57 km (35 mi) wide, its area covering 4,405 km2 (1,701 sq mi). Its coastline is 540 km long and highest altitude is 307 m (1,010 ft). It is separated from Yorke Peninsula to the northwest by Investigator Strait and from Cape Jervis to the northeast by Backstairs Passage. Here, animals that you only see in zoos or at a distance are close by, in their natural habitat. More than a third of the island is proected and is home to kangaroos, wallabies, possums, bandicoots, bats, goannas, little penguins, echidnas, New Zealand fur seals and Australian sea lions, as well as introduced koalas and platypuses. Protected from introduced predators, here these animals thrive. The landscape of the island is varied and the dunes of Little Sahara rise unexpectedly in the middle of the island, emerging from the bush like the keel of an upturned boat. Scrambling up their steep sides and sandboarding down again is an exilharating experience.Despite the island's proximity to the urbanized areas around Adelaide, the beaches here are pristine: Vivionne Bay's is reputedly the best in Australia. There are four conservation parks on the island: Flinders Chase, Kelly Hill, Seal Bay and Cape Willoughby. Flinders Park has the Admiral's Arch and Remarkable Rocks formations, while Kelly Hill has the magnificent limestone karst caves with their spectacluar stalactites and stalagmites and Seal Bay has a large colony of Australian sea lions, which visitors can walk among.

Climate | When to Visit

Visit during: September to April

Directions | How to Reach

By ferry from Cape Jervis or by air from Adelaide.

miscellaneous | Important Information

Don't miss a night-time trip to see the little penguins return to their burrows.

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