Kangaroo Island packs the best of Australia – pristine beaches, dramatic coastal scenery, iconic wildlife and wonderful local produce – into one irresistible, isolated island.
One-third of ‘KI’ is national park or conservation area, and with its isolation from the mainland sparing the wildlife the ravaging effects of foxes and rabbits, nature lovers and kids will delight in the many opportunities to get up close and personal with the ‘locals’. You can spot sea lions, wild koalas, echidnas, distinctive Kangaroo Island kangaroos (a subspecies of the mainland western grey kangaroo, which is smaller and darker, with longer fur) and wallabies, either by chance or on guided tours. You’re also spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting which outrageously pretty beach to enjoy each day.
The island’s culinary scene is heating up, too, with bountiful local produce and stunning scenery combining to create a unique setting for some memorable meals. Or head across for Kangaroo Island Feastival (24 to 28 April 2014), with 15 dining events held around the island.
Staying there: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat has interconnecting suites or apartments for families, set among 113 acres of natural bush land.