After being decimated by bushfires final 12 months, an island off the coast of Australia is again higher than ever – and this pure surprise is well worth the journey
After being decimated by bushfires in January final 12 months, the island 112km southwest of Adelaide is effectively and really open for enterprise once more.
And whereas elements of the nation – sure NSW, trying at you – can’t journey to South Australia at the second, it’ll solely be a matter of time earlier than these borders open up as soon as once more.
All you want is a automotive or campervan and also you’re set for certainly one of Australia’s nice street journey experiences.
In April, I spent 5 days travelling round Kangaroo Island with a bunch of seven others. These are my tales (insert Law & Order SVU sound impact).
The greatest autos for Kangaroo Island
KI is 145km lengthy and 54km broad (at its widest half) and the primary points of interest are dotted throughout the island, so a automobile is a should.
My associates and I made a decision to rent campervans – regardless of the very fact we’re not pensioners or hippies – and I can not advocate it extremely sufficient.
It gave us the liberty to take lengthy day journeys and prepare dinner meals wherever we had been. It meant we had all our gear with us at all occasions and most significantly, it meant we at all times had chilly beer.
After touchdown at Adelaide airport, all of us walked a brief distance to the Britz campervan rent workplace to decide up our autos.
Getting to Kangaroo Island
From the airport, it’s a 100-minute drive to Cape Jervis the place you catch the SeaLink Ferry to Kangaroo Island.
On the best way we stopped at a restaurant in Old Noarlunga referred to as Victor’s Place which is rated 5 stars on TripAdvisor (and sure, it lived up to the hype).
Once you get to Cape Jervis, you drive your automobile onto the ferry after which sit upstairs for the 45 minute crossing.
You disembark the ferry on Kangaroo Island in Penneshaw. Most folks select to keep in Kingscote which is the most important city on the island.
The eight of us, cut up into 4 campervans, stayed at the Kingscote Tourist Park which is a 45-minute drive from the ferry terminal.
What is there to do on Kangaroo Island
Natural magnificence, enjoyable actions and booze. They had been the three pillars of our journey to KI, and the island definitely had sufficient choices to fulfill every requirement.
Let’s begin with pure magnificence. An hour’s drive from Kingscote is the Flinders Chase National Park. It’s a should do. Inside you’ll see the long-lasting Remarkable Rocks, the Admirals Arch and a seal colony. You’ll simply spend half a day strolling across the park exploring.
On the identical day you would additionally tick off a go to to the Seal Bay Conservation Park which is a 40-minute drive from Kingscote or a one-hour drive from Flinders Chase National Park.
The space is likely one of the hottest vacationer locations on the island and is residence to the third largest sea lion colony in Australia.
You can guide a guided tour which is able to permit you to rise up shut and private with the ocean lions on the seaside (approx. $37 for adults) or you’ll be able to decide the cheaper choice and do a self-guided tour on the boardwalk ($16.50 for adults).
And lastly within the pure magnificence class, you’ve acquired to go to a few of the island’s gorgeous seashores (significantly in the event you’re there in summer season).
Our favorite was Stokes Bay which is a 40-minute drive from Kingscote. After parking within the carpark, you entry the seaside by strolling by way of a maze of caves. Yes, it’s as enjoyable because it sounds.
Moving onto enjoyable actions. There are so many things on supply on KI. You can go on a fats bike tour, a 4WD tour, you’ll be able to maintain a koala at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. But one exercise that I’d completely advocate is a quad bike tour by way of Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action.
We selected the three-hour Edge of the Earth Quad Adventure which at roughly $297 per grownup might sound a tad costly, however belief me, it’s price it.
You get to expertise so many various landscapes in the course of the tour together with driving by way of rocky trails, by way of dense bushes and finally ending up at a distant seaside which has been rated as one of many prime 100 surf seashores within the nation.
And lastly, let’s speak about booze. Six folks in our group had been British and I’m not suggesting they’re a nation of downside drinkers, however they had been definitely adamant we take a look at the island’s breweries and wineries.
I’d extremely advocate you decide a chosen driver and revel in a gin tasting board within the ‘Gin Garden’ at Kangaroo Island Spirits (six-minute drive from Kingscote) earlier than heading a couple of minutes up the street for a wine tasting at The Islander Estate Vineyards.
Things you must find out about Kangaroo Island
You’ll spot a whole lot of wildlife on Kangaroo Island, totally on the aspect of the highways. There is roadkill in every single place and also you’ve acquired to be on alert when driving to make sure you don’t contribute to the physique rely.
In addition to the roadkill, a few of the roads on KI are unsealed and are due to this fact extraordinarily bumpy. Two of the lads on our journey really discovered the bumps fairly … stimulating, in the event you get my drift.
Why you must go to Kangaroo Island
I’m not being paid to say this and my Kangaroo Island journey wasn’t a media freebie, so belief me after I say: You will LOVE a street journey round Kangaroo Island.
The surroundings is gorgeous, the locals are pleasant, there’s sufficient actions on supply to maintain you entertained for days and the eating places, distilleries and wineries are prime notch.
If there’s an upside to the pandemic, it’s that it’s compelled us to vacation in our personal yard moderately than heading abroad. And Kangaroo Island is worthy of a spot at the highest of your journey checklist.
For a glance at how Kangaroo Island has bounced again from the bushfires, take a look at the video beneath.