About Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is Australia's third-largest island after Tasmania and Melville Island. It is 112 kilometres (70 miles) southwest of Adelaide at the entrance of the Gulf of St Vincent.
At its closest point to the mainland, it is 13 kilometres (8 miles) offshore from Cape Jervis, on the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula in the state of South Australia. The island is 150 km (93 miles) long and between 900 m (980 yards) and 57 km (35 miles) wide, its area covering 4,405 km2 (1,701 sq miles).
Its coastline is 540 kilometres (340 miles) long and highest altitude is 307 m (1,010 feet). It is separated from Yorke Peninsula to the northwest by Investigator Strait and from Cape Jervis to the northeast by Backstairs Passage.
Island Beach is located in the Dudley Peninsula, on the north east coast of the island. The nearest seaside village is Penneshaw, where the Sealink Ferries arrive from the mainland. From Island Beach, you have the pure viewing pleasure of the Eastern Cove, from American River to Rock Point.
Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness - a place that has offered protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape. Kangaroo Island (or 'KI' as the locals call it) is also big and surprisingly diverse.
If you traverse its 155km length you'll find soaring cliffs, dense forest, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive arcs of bone white beach.
But just because it's wild, don't underestimate the welcome... Some 4,400 folk live here, most of them primary producers, many of them descended from Islanders who have farmed the land and fished the seas for generations. Naturally enough, being surrounded by fertile lands and rich waters, Kangaroo Island produces some of Australia's finest gourmet foods.
Gastronomic adventurers should get ready to be amazed by the likes of freshly caught King George Whiting, sheep's cheese, marron, a unique variety of honey and an exciting range of varietal wines.
As if this isn't enough on your plate, you'll also find rich histories, a thriving arts community, and a range of accommodation options ranging from outdoor swags to lighthouse keeper's cottages to super-chic retreats. So we'd like to extend a wild and very warm welcome to Kangaroo Island - Australia's premier wildlife destination.
Things to do on Kangaroo Island
You can view the mainland, go on a walking tour, go on your own, go in a group, explore the sea with a marine tour and immerse yourself in the culture with outdoor cultural tours and much much more. Further information on tours.
There are a number of festivals and events that celebrate the island's unique blend of arts, food and wine. On the first Sunday of every month, the Penneshaw Local Farmers Market showcases KI's top food producers. Full list of Events on Kangaroo Island.
Must See / Must Do
From birds to amazing land formations, sea lions to little penguins, amazing produce, honey and wine to pristine beaches, there is a lot to do on KI. Be mesmerised by just what KI has to offer.
Wildlife and Environment
KI is a true wildlife sanctuary - home to thriving populations of animal and birds and a large expanse of native vegetation. Learn more.
The Beaches and the Coast
KI has it all - surfing, swimming, diving, fishing...the list goes on.
A rich history and culture borne out of its isolation, the island has lot's of stories to tell. Read on.
Food & Wine
Fresh seafood, free range eggs, locally grown olive oil, native jams, sauces and marinades and of course the Kangaroo Island wine region. What more could you ask? Well wait there is more.
Arts and Crafts
From painters to potters, writers to woodworkers and spinners to silk painters, the art and crafts of local artists reflect life on the Island. Read on.
Swim with the dolphins or take an extreme boat ride. Why not try some caving or just relax - there is lots to do.