Located off the coast of South Australia is one of the nation’s best-kept secrets; Kangaroo Island. Aptly named, the island is a wildlife lover’s dream. Sure, there are kangaroos… but you’ll also experience a range of rare wildlife viewings in abundance: wombats, echidnas, and the country’s third largest sea lion colony (with their very own protected beach, mind you!) If I haven’t quite convinced you yet, here’s how Kangaroo Island stole my heart!
If there’s just one wildlife lodge you should visit in your lifetime, make it Southern Ocean
Lodge. This all-
inclusive lodge doesn’t come cheap, but it does involve an experience of a lifetime. Guests
are picked up from the airport on arrival and treated to every luxury throughout their stay:
three meals a day with an open bar, daily guided tours to various points of interest around
the island and a complete oasis tucked neatly away down a guest-access-only driveway on the
Southern coast of the island.
With so much to see and do on the island, you will need at least a few days to explore. With just
two nights on the island, we hit the ground running with a hybrid rental car and our camera in
Our first point of call was all the way on the other side of the island, but after seeing photos
of the stunning coastline we decided our short amount of time on the island should be spent here
on the West Coast. Whilst inside the National Park be sure to stop at the Remarkable Rocks, Cape
Du Couedic Lighthouse, Admiral’s Arch, and of course spot the sea lions lazing in the sun!
Wildlife lovers beware – you’re about to fall head over heels for these guys! Seal Bay
Conservation Park is just as it sounds – a safe haven for sea lions and the second largest
population in Australia of the endangered species. We spent at least an hour here commentating
the leisurely life of a sea lion – too cute!
Over on the eastern end of Dudley Peninsula you will find one of Kangaroo Island’s best spots to
watch the sun set – complete with its own lighthouse and extremely scenic views!
Just a short drive away from Kingscote (the largest town on Kangaroo Island and the point of
entry to the island), you will find Emu Bay on the North of the island. If you find yourself
arriving on Kangaroo Island in the morning and are looking for an immediate pit stop, this is
one not to be missed!
Of the short time we spent on Kangaroo Island, I’d say about half of that time was spent eating.
With so much fresh local produce on offer there’s every excuse to indulge!
Yup, you read correctly! As quirky as it sounds, one of our best experiences on the island and
hands down our best dining experience, was inside the Enchanted Fig Tree, indulging in a
A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents.
“World of Wanderlust visited South Australia with the South Australian Tourism Commission. All
opinions, recommendations and photos are my own!”