Useful Kangaroo Island Information

Kangaroo Island is a large Island located off the coast of South Australia. Whether you're interested in wildlife, photography, food & wine, the local art scene, celebrating a honeymoon or bringing the family, there is something for everybody.

Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third-largest Island (145×55 kilometres or 90×35 miles) covering over 4,500 square kilometres (3,400 square miles) and to the surprise of many, is of similar size to Long Island (New York) or Bali.

We have summarised some basic information about the Island below. 

Each topic has a dedicated page with more in-depth information.

Located 14 kilometres (9 miles) off the South Australian coast, Kangaroo Island is only a short 20-minute flight from Adelaide Airport. Currently, two regional airlines service Kingscote Airport with daily flights available. Most of our guests fly for convenience and/or time constraints.

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Kangaroo Island has a Mediterranean climate: typically warm to hot dry summers (December-February) with very low humidity; and cool, mild winters (June-August), making it an enjoyable destination to visit year-round. In fact, for those seeking wildlife experiences, the cooler months between May and September are the best time for viewing wildlife in the wild!

Kangaroo Island is a wildlife hotspot. Despite a strong agricultural industry, nearly half of the original vegetation has been retained and over one third of the land is protected across 30 National and Conservation parks. This provides a fantastic habitat for a huge range of wildlife species, with some now endemic to the Island. 

Some key species to look out for include:

  • Kangaroo Island Kangaroos
  • Tammar Wallabies
  • Koalas
  • Short-beaked Echidnas
  • Australian Sea-lions
  • Long-nosed Fur Seals
  • Over 260 individual bird species
  • and much more!


Where is Kangaroo Island located? What is it’s closest city? Find out that and more.

Find out how to get to Kangaroo Island.

Learn more about the amazing wildlife diversity we have on Kangaroo Island.

Wondering what to pack? Find out what sort of weather to expect.

Find answers to your questions about Kangaroo Island.

Learn more about Kangaroo Island’s brief but interesting history.

We have compiled a gallery of videos and images highlighting the amazing experiences Kangaroo Island offers.

Check out our list of recommendations for Kangaroo Island, South Australia and more.

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