A Weekend on Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third-largest island and definitely worth a visit for the beautiful beaches and adorable wildlife. Although I’ve been to many beaches in Australia already, every new one I see is just as gorgeous as the last one. KI did not disappoint.

Pennington Bay

Pennington Bay

The first view upon getting off the ferry in Penneshaw:

Clear water

Clear water

Sadly, I did not see any (live) kangaroos on the island, but I did see plenty of sea lions, wallabies, echidnas, goannas and koalas.

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Sleepy sea lion at Seal Bay

My friend and I drove down for the weekend (it’s only a 1.5 hour drive from Adelaide, plus a 45 minute ferry) so we weren’t able to visit all of the towns and attractions. We mostly did the southern coast along the highway (the only paved road) since riding in my little car probably wouldn’t have been too comfortable in the north, where almost all of the roads are gravel. The major tourist attractions are mostly along the southern coast too.

Remarkable Rocks

Remarkable Rocks

Weirs Cove

Weirs Cove

You can also fly to Kingscote from Adelaide and rent a car (there are no taxis or public transportation on the island) instead of driving. There are some bus tours that depart from Adelaide but the one day tour sounds extremely exhausting, so I would highly recommend driving and staying for a few nights. Just try not to drive after dark when the animals come out!

Watch out for wildlife on the roads

Watch out for wildlife on the roads

Check out the Kangaroo Island album in the Gallery for more photos.

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  • Samantha

    My family are thinking of taking a trip to Adelaide for Christmas, I’ve always wanted to go to Kangaroo Island – but I had a look at the cost for some of the day tours and they were really expensive! Are there any cheap ways to do a day trip there?

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    The ferry alone is $92 per adult and $176 per car R/T so even if you were to drive yourself for one day, it’s still more expensive than the one day bus tour because you’d also have to factor in food, petrol and car hire. That’s why I’d recommend staying a few nights and seeing everything so you get your money’s worth. You can also get a coach transfer from Adelaide to Cape Jervis for $50 R/T, take the ferry for $92 R/T, and then hire a car once you arrive in Penneshaw. That might be cheaper, depending on the car hire prices.

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