The kangaroo island was separated from the mainland of Australia about 10,000 years ago due to rising sea levels. It is accepted by the aboriginal people as Carta or the “Island of the Dead”. Traditional owners do not know, but shell middens and stone tools show that the aboriginal people lived on Kangaroo Island for about 16,000 years and disappeared from the island as recently as 2000 years ago. Kangaroo Island is located about 15 kilometers off the southern coast of Australia. With long, hot, and sunny days in every season, Kangaroo Island is a great destination throughout the year. Flight flights from Adelaide Airport are 30 minutes or 45 minutes from Cape Jervis on the Florio Peninsula to Penshaw on Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island, off the coast off the mainland, is the third largest island in Australia, 155 km long and 55 km wide.
A fire in January 2020 damaged Kangaroo Island, leaving many parts of the island completely unchanged and ‘KI’ (as the locals call it) is still open to business. The kangaroo island, which is rich in native wildlife, is widely regarded as the Galapagos of Australia.
Visitors can wander among the sea-lion colonies in Seal Bay and swim in the sands of the Little Sahara on the north coast with dolphins. There are wine factories to visit on the Kingscote, Signet River, and Dudley Peninsula, and fresh oysters to climb the American River. An award-winning gin distillery showcases beer and excellent dining in cafes and restaurants, as well as island-wide producers, delicate ingredients made from organic Ligurian honey and freshwater maroon.
As Kangaroo Island recovers from a wildfire (a fact of life in Australia and many other countries), more than ever, the resilient local community is eager to welcome visitors to their island home. The Antarctic winds that buffet the Kangaroo Island for about 500 million years have carved granite rocks into a marvelous work of natural art. Sentinel, fluid, surrealistic shapes on the southwest coast stimulate the imagination, and outdoor surfing is the best way to truly appreciate their sheer scale and evolving beauty. This is just one of the many unusual wonders of the island that invite exploration.