Guys, this is HUGE news!
South Australia’s very own Kangaroo Island has been awarded SECOND PLACE in the 2024 Lonely Planet Top Regions in the world awards! In the WORLD, people!!!
But without sounding smug — it’s really not hard to see why.
This incredible little island is literally bursting at its shores with spectacular sights and experiences. Surrounded by rugged coastline, pristine beaches and Aussie wildlife, your dose of Mother Nature’s marvels is guaranteed to be fulfilled here. Not only recognised for its natural wonders, the local produce coming out of the Island is up there with the best in Australia. From fresh seafood and honey to mouth watering gin and wine — Kangaroo Island really is the regional gift that keeps on giving!
We all watched on in horror as the devastating bushfires of 2020 tore through this precious island home, destroying everything in its path. I think that’s what makes receiving this award even more special — what an impressive recovery and reemergence!
With this prestigious recognition added to Kangaroo Island’s long list of accolades, it really just emphasises yet another reason to visit. If you still need convincing, take a look at some of our favourite things to see and do while we’re there!
Boasting more than 500 kilometres of coastline, you are well and truly spoiled when it comes to beaches on Kangaroo Island.
Stokes Bay was awarded ‘best beach in Australia’ by Tourism Australia and it’s not hard to see why. After pulling into the carpark, you’ll weave your way through a labyrinth of cave forming boulders before emerging onto some of the whitest sand and clearest water you’ll ever experience.
Vivonne Bay is another award winning beach due to its white sandy shores, clear turquoise waters and family friendly conditions. This six kilometre long bay is private and secluded and provides the perfect backdrop for a lazy summer’s day on Kangaroo Island.
Kangaroo Island is home to some spectacular natural wonders, many of which are simply jaw-dropping.
Flinders Chase National Park is known for its dense bushland, soaring cliffs, untouched white sandy beaches and pristine rivers and lagoons. Located on the ‘wild and rugged’ end of the Island, Flinders Chase National Park is also home to the famous landmarks of Admirals Arch and the Remarkable Rocks. These geological masterpieces were formed over thousands of years by the unrelenting forces of the sea, rain and wind and are truly something that must be seen to be believed!
More than one third of Kangaroo Island is Conservation or National Park and with so much surrounding bushland, you’re certain to encounter many native animals in their natural setting. Kangaroos are obviously a popular inhabitant, but you’re also likely to come across koalas, emus, echidnas, seals, penguins and dolphins if you keep your eyes peeled. For a more ‘up close and personal’ or educational experience with the wildlife, there are a number of places on the Island who can provide this opportunity.
Image credit :: Nikki Redman Photography
Seal Bay is one of Kangaroo Island’s most popular attractions. Here you’ll be able to witness a sea lion colony in its natural habitat, without the use of enclosures or cages. An experienced guide can take you on a beach access tour and teach you all about these endangered animals. Alternatively, you can choose to explore on your own along the 800 metre wheelchair accessible boardwalk which meanders through the dunes and offers a number of viewing platforms. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot a seal pup — they’re seriously cute!
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park is a wonderful attraction for any age. With around 100 different species from cuddly koalas to slithery snakes, there is truly something to spark anyone’s interest. You can also jump in on an educational talk from the keepers or book in for an interactive experience with a koala or snake. Don’t forget to buy a bag of food on the way in for the kangaroos — they’ll be waiting for you to hand feed them!
For those who love to get out and about, Kangaroo Island has an adventure to suit any age or adrenaline level!
Little Sahara is an area of natural inland sand dunes which plays host to a world of fun and adventure! You can give dune surfing or tobogganing a go or book in for a bike or buggy tour of the area. Alternatively, just take a walk around on your own and explore this uniquely fascinating location. I can assure you that the beauty and excitement of the Little Sahara will leave you with a lasting impression (and a whole lotta sand in your shoes)!
If the idea of swimming with dolphins excites you as much as it does us, then this is the adventure for you! Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures can make this dream a reality by facilitating your encounter with these incredible creatures. They actually guarantee a dolphin swim experience… so you can be sure you won’t be left disappointed!
Image credit :: @kivhdolphinwatch
Amongst the rugged cliffs and breathtaking bushland of KI stands Australia’s first gin distillery. Kangaroo Island Spirits produce a range of high quality liquors and spirits and emphasise the use of local and native ingredients to infuse the character of the land into every sip you take. The cellar door offers a range of different experiences such as guided tastings and cocktail masterclasses. You can even blend your own gin! Settle yourself amongst the beautiful gardens for an afternoon of botanical bliss and let the fun be-gin!
This family owned and operated honey farm is a must on the itinerary whether you’re a sweet tooth or not. You can book in for a fascinating tour of the farm and learn all about how the hives work and the different types of honey these incredible bees produce. There’s even a glass beehive where you can see the busy bees in action and play a little game of ‘spot the queen!’ The farm has a store where you can purchase a range of house made products ranging from the obvious (honey), to sauces, chutneys and confectionery. They even make their own honey ice-cream — drool!
There’s no question that Kangaroo Island deserves this impressive global recognition. And to think we have it sitting right on our doorstep! As Chris Zeiher, the Lonely Planet’s Senior Director of Trade emphasises, ‘Get there before the rest of the world works it out!’ Or should we keep it as our little secret? I’m torn!
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