Kangaroo Island is a true wilderness. Australia's third largest island stretches 155 kilometres long and 55 kilometres wide: thirty per cent of the island is protected as conservation and national parks. It's several degrees warmer in winter and cooler in summer than the mainland. The legacy of isolation is a richly diverse ecosystem of birds, native animals and flora.
Every itinerary should include a ranger guided beach walk to observe Seal Bay's colony of 500 Australian Sea Lions, and bush walking in Flinders Chase National Park. Take a night-time walk, eyes peeled as many animal species are nocturnal. And make a date to meet the little penguins as they emerge from the sea at the end of their working day.
For a deeper understanding of the Island's ecology, book a personalised 4WD tour with an expert, local guide. Fishing and water sports are big and you can cast a line from a jetty or, ideally, charter a deep sea boat.
Many of the Island's farmers grow specialist food products. Sample the free-range poultry, marron (a fresh water crayfish), King George whiting, sheeps milk cheeses and pure Ligurian bee honey. There is also an Island wine industry and the local drop can be found in Kingscote and Penneshaw. To get to the island you can fly, drive or take a coach to Cape Jervis and connect with the regular passenger and car ferry.