Australia is the home of the kangaroo, but it’s unlikely to encounter these iconic animals in the country’s big cities. Instead, animal enthusiasts can head to Kangaroo Island, a haven for diverse wildlife.
Here are some reasons why animal lovers should consider visiting this island:
Abundance of Wildlife
For wildlife enthusiasts, Kangaroo Island offers a chance to observe some of Australia’s most beloved native animals. In addition to kangaroos, visitors can also spot koalas, whales, pelicans, Australian sea lions, dolphins, and more. The island is also home to a healthy population of venomous snakes, including the Tiger snake. Kangaroo Island is easily accessible, located just 15 km from the mainland, with a 45-minute ferry ride or the option to travel by plane.
With a population of around 4000 residents and a landmass of 4,405 square kilometers, Kangaroo Island offers a tranquil escape from the crowds. Unlike many other tourist destinations, visitors to Kangaroo Island don’t have to jostle for space on the beach while trying to catch a glimpse of a koala.
Kangaroo Island is a destination for all seasons, each offering a different animal migration pattern to witness. Autumn is the time to see penguins, while May to February is the season to witness adorable Australian sea lion pups and their mothers at Seal Bay. Winter is the best time to spot whales off the coast, while koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, and dolphins can be enjoyed year-round.
Visiting Kangaroo Island is a feasible weekend trip, requiring only a short time investment. The island’s food scene is also noteworthy, boasting delicious honey, renowned for its high quality, as well as the world’s best crayfish and inviting wineries.
Even if you’re not an avid birdwatcher, a visit to Kangaroo Island might just convert you into one. The island is home to over 250 bird species, including geese, emus, pelicans, eagles, falcons, albatross, cockatoos, and owls. Notable bird sightings on the island include the spangled drongo and the Australasian shoveler, which is also known as the restless flycatcher.
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