Australia's third largest island is home to colonies of sea lions, fairy penguins, pelicans, marine life and, of course, kangaroos, and provides so much to do and discover that visitors are advised to stay for at least two days. Kangaroo Island is situated eight miles (13km) from the mainland of South Australia. It is inhabited by a small farming community that produces speciality foods - this, combined with the fact that the fishing is excellent, means it is worth visiting for the food alone. The island separated from the mainland during the last Ice Age, and has many plants and animals no longer found elsewhere. A third of the island is protected to preserve the natural heritage. Organised tours visit the parks and protected waterways, or visitors can 'do-it-yourself' with the aid of a walking trails brochure available at the tourist office and many of the hotels. Walking close to wildlife is a unique experience - glance around at kangaroos, wallabies, goannas, echidnas, possums and platypus; along the coast watch dolphins and seals frolic while penguins come to roost.
Address: Howard Drive, Penneshaw (Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre)
Telephone: (08) 8553 1185 (Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre)
Transport: The SeaLink Ferry Service provides transport to the island from Cape Jervis, and there are flights from Adelaide
Opening times: The Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre is open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays, and from 10am to 4pm on weekends and public holidays