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4 Reasons Kangaroo Island Is Australia’s Paradise Getaway

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Bucket List Worthy   Off the Beaten Path  

 

Photo Credit: Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble

 

Kangaroo Island is a natural Eden off the coast of Adelaide. With abundant beaches, rich history, an expansive wildlife and a hub of food and culture, it remains one of the best getaway sites for relaxation, exploration and raw adventure. With 509 kilometres of coastline, there is so much to enjoy that you’ll need at least a few days to experience everything this utopia has to offer. You’ll need to bring your camera.

 

1. The Wildlife

Photo Credit: Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble

 

The Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park is a must-visit. The beauty on this island is unparalleled. There are so many different excursions offered that you’ll want to try a new one everyday. It’s a fun, vibrant, educational experience with more than 50 acres and 100 animals. To get a closer look at the island’s animal residents, visit the Penshaw Penguin center or take a walk down to Seal Bay. There are even nocturnal tours throughout the island for those that love to stay up late.

For something with a bit more edge, check out the island’s quad bike adventures. The company offers thrilling rides through wild terrain, caves and coastline.

 

2. The History

Soldier settlements, maritime museums and conservation parks make up just a small portion of the unique antiquity of the island. Check out local landmarks and museums to piece together a truly exceptional aspect of Australian history. Notable visits include Hope Cottage Museum (built in 1856) and Cape Willoughby Lightstation and Conservation Park for magnificent coastal views.

 

3. The Scenery

A couple of sites that cannot be missed on any visit to Kangaroo Island are the miraculous rock formations of Admirals Arch and Flinders Chase by the cliff side. Visitors will also want to check out the variety of blossoming bush gardens, azure lagoons, stunning conservations parks and the endless coastline just waiting to be discovered through walking tours and hiking paths.

If you decide to venture beneath the water, you’ll find there’s even more to explore. Try scuba diving to see historic, sunken vessels off of Cape Borda. Or check out the ancient lighthouse keeper records for tales of mysterious shipwrecks and treacherous waters.

 

4. The Food (and Drinks!)

Photo Credit: Sunset Food and Wine

 

Everything is fresh, local and of sublime quality on the island. The near perfect conditions allow vineyards to produce a variety of fine wines and spirits to tour and taste at your leisure. The cafés often feature unique food and dining options and the restaurants accommodate guests with gorgeous verandahs to appreciate the landscape. Sunset Food and Wine is top among these must-visit cafes, for its unforgettable ocean views.

 

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About the Author: Rachel Gross

Rachel Gross is a nationally-recognized author, women’s voice advocate and proponent of self-improvement. Her work can be found in several niche-interest lifestyle publications, blogs and more. A life enthusiast and natural creative, Rachel is driven by the strength within each of us. She believes in the power of exploration, travel which excites, and a good cup of coffee.

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