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.

Where Is Kangaroo Island?

Located 14 kilometres (9 miles) off the South Australian coast, Kangaroo Island is only a short 20-minute flight from Adelaide Airport (ADL). Currently, QantasLink services Kingscote Airport (KGC) with daily flights available. Most of our guests fly for convenience.

Map of australia showing kangaroo island

Getting to Kangaroo Island

Find out about the best ways of getting to Kangaroo Island with our easy guide. Choose to take a quick 20 minute flight, or take the ferry. Interstate and international access tips included.

Map of how to get to kangaroo island from adelaide - getting to kangaroo island

Weather & Climate

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!

Snelling beach on kangaroo island in winter

Wildlife

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!

History

Learn about the fascinating history of Kangaroo Island, including both Indigenous history and the more recent European discovery.

Cape du couedic lighthouse on kangaroo island

More About Kangaroo Island

Tammar wallaby

Kangaroo Island Wildlife

Learn about our incredible Kangaroo Island wildlife. This island is home to a large range of wildlife species & 260+ bird species.
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Kangaroo Island Weather & Climate

Before you visit Kangaroo Island, make sure you're aware of the weather conditions to expect. Kangaroo Island is a beautiful place to visit year-round, but it is important to pack accordingly.​
Backroads of kangaroo island

Getting to Kangaroo Island

Find out about the best ways of getting to Kangaroo Island with our easy guide. Choose to take a quick 20 minute flight, or take the ferry. Interstate and international access tips included.
Cape du couedic lighthouse on kangaroo island

Kangaroo Island History

Learn about the fascinating history of Kangaroo Island, including both Indigenous history and the more recent European discovery.