Kangaroo Island is Australia’s answer to the Galapagos Islands, an enchanting combination of surreal rock formations, untouched sandy beaches and pristine national parks teeming with the most iconic species of the Australian bush.
Kangaroo Island’s wilderness has remained largely unchanged over millennia for two major reasons: half of its landmass has never been cleared, and the island is geographically isolated from continental Australia. Distance-wise, the mainland is merely 14km from Kangaroo Island at its closest point, yet the latter’s lonely lighthouses, abundant wildlife and rugged landscapes make it feel a million miles away.
The island has two fantastic geological features; the Remarkable Rocks, a Salvador Dali-esque collection of weather-sculpted granite boulders and the Admirals Arch, a stalactite-studded cavern carpeted with rock pools, forming a natural nursery for New Zealand fur seal pups.
As Kangaroo Island’s attractions are mostly outdoors, all that fresh air is bound to make you hungry – luckily, the region’s pure waters and pristine soils produce some of the highest quality foods in Australia. Look for “Eat Local” signs at dining establishments to sample the best seasonal fare on offer.