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Kangaroo Island was separated from the Australia's mainland during the last Ice Age and as a result has many unique species of plants and wildlife.
Named after its abundance of Kangaroos by English explorer Matthew Flinders, Kangaroo Island is a cultural icon of Australia.
One-third of the Island is listed as national park lands, conservation and wilderness protection areas. Seven times bigger than Singapore, Kangaroo Island is a world-apart with flora, fauna and landscapes unlike anywhere else on the planet.
Where is Kangaroo Island?
Located 110 kilometres off the coast of Adelaide in South Australia, Kangaroo Island is the third biggest island in Australia after Tasmania and Melville Island.
How to get to Kangaroo Island?
You can either take a ferry from Cape Jervis or plane from Adelaide Airport in South Australia to get to Kangaroo Island.
The Kangaroo Island Sealink ferry departs daily from Cape Jervis, 108 km from Adelaide. It's about a 45-minute ride across. Bookings are essential. To get to Cape Jervis you can either drive (allow 2 hours) or you can book a coach from Adelaide. To book a seat on a ferry or coach call 13 13 01 between 0730 and 1900 or go to www.sealink.com.au
Regional Express (REX) operates flights from Adelaide Airport to Kingscote Airport (KGC). It's a 30-minute flight to Kangaroo Island's airport, located 13km from Kingscote. Shuttle transport is available. For bookings call 13 17 13 or go to www.regionalexpress.com.au
For more information about getting to and around Kangaroo Island visit the Kangaroo Island tourism website.
When is the best time of year to visit Kangaroo Island?
You can visit Kangaroo Island at anytime of the year. Summer (December - February) is the Island's peak tourism season and offers warmer weather (maximum of about 25 degrees celsius) for water activities.
Some people prefer to visit during the winter months (June - August) when the Island is quieter and at its greenest with all the rivers flowing and an abundance of wildlife. Strong winds blow from the arctic so Kangaroo Island is often cooler than the coast of South Australia and can reach an average of 15 degrees celsius during the day and average of 8 degrees celsius at night during winter.
Most people say if they were to pick a season, Autumn (March - May) or Spring (September - November) are the best times to visit Kangaroo Island.