5 Adventure Highlights of Kangaroo Island – The Galapagos of Australia

July 17, 2013 | By More
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When considering Australia’s tourist hotspots, Kangaroo Island is a unique and precious gem that should not be missed. Located off the southern coast, a short distance from Adelaide, Australia’s third largest island offers captivating beauty and a complete wilderness experience. Kangaroos are just the beginning of  the many animal species found here living in the wild. Many consider Kangaroo Island to be the Galapagos of Australia.
Koala on Kangaroo Island Australia
It would not be an overstatement to address this island as a little heaven which presents the opportunity to experience Mother Nature at her best.  The island is dotted with numerous splendid attractions and offers ample of recreational activities. Here is an attempt to give you an overview of the peerless beauty of this little paradise on earth by classifying its adventures into five broad categories.

Enchanting Wildlife

The island boasts of a wide and colorful variety of native wildlife, and many endangered species find a safe haven here.  Without a doubt, you will find kangaroos in the plenty. Echidnas, Wallabies, Platypus, Penguins and Fur Seals are other wild inhabitants of the island. Avail the opportunity to view Australian Sea Lions resting on the beach, feed the Pelicans, cuddle Koalas, hold a Possum and relish an amazing bird watching experience. Come up close and personal with the wildlife on various interactive wildlife tours like never before.
Kangaroos on Kangaroo Island

Pristine Beaches and Bays

The whole island is adorned with clear waters, sandy beaches, rocky cliffs and becalmed coves. Needless to say, you have plethora of beach activities to enjoy. From swimming to surfing, snorkeling, body boarding to sand boarding you will be completely immersed in the beauty of the island. These beaches are ideal for camping and enjoying picnics with your friends and family. Temptation to explore some of the secret beaches and bays on the island would be simple irresistible.

Admiralty Arch Kagaroo Island

Rich Food and Culture

Besides its offerings of sightseeing and recreational activities, the island is also well recognized for its wondrous food and wine. You will be able to find authentic South Australian food in its purest and most organic forms. Relish the fresh produce and gourmet food coupled with exquisite wine. Delve into local shopping at the Farmer and Community markets.

Enigmatic History

The island has a long association with interesting and exciting history. The island is home to various fascinating museums and historical buildings and attractions. Reeves Point, Hope Cottage Folk Museum, Pardana Soldier Settlement Museum , Penneshaw Maritime and Folk Museum are just to name a few of these historical sites. Climb up to Prospect Hill or visit the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery which dates back to 1930s and is still in operation.

Other Exciting Activities

Discover the scenic beauty, spectacular views and picturesque towns on cycling tours. Visit the Stokes Bay Bush Garden and walk across the beautiful flower beds and relish the alluring lush green surroundings. Enjoy a majestic horse ride along the banks of the Harriet River savoring in the stunning views. You can also visit the native honey makers and dairy farms.
Kangaroo Island Seal
Undoubtedly, the island is a haven for the nature enthusiasts and thrill seekers. Enjoy the bounties of nature on this magnificent island which is swarmed with beaches of immaculate beauty, supports a rich variety of flora and fauna and delights its visitors with pure appetizing food and spectacular scenery. The island is easily accessible from all the major towns like Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. There is no dearth of Brighton Holiday Accommodations and lodging options in other towns and suburbs of these cities.
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About The Author:  Ella Borrie is a travel blogger and trip organizer by profession. She has great experience in indigenous tours in Perth and Western Australia. She advocated the importance of Australia business listing to give more exposure to travel business in Australia. Sharing her travel experience through blogging is her real hobby.

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 Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons, Flickr Creative Commons-KayAreWhy, Jayson Emery, Lawrence Murray

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