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Kangaroo Island wildlife

Take the kids to Kangaroo Island on a family holiday

Planning a family holiday on Kangaroo Island? There are plenty of things to keep kids and adults busy with wildlife, quad biking. Find out more today.

Fun for the whole family
Kangaroo Island will delight the whole family with its brilliant beaches, fabulous fishing, wonderful wildlife, tasty treats, beautiful landscapes, and fine food and wine.

The kids will love the chance to get up close and personal with a host of wildlife on Kangaroo Island, including laughing kookaburras or slithery snakes. Visit the Maritime and Folk Museum to see how the first island settlers lived.

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park

Kangaroo Island is one giant wildlife park - the kids will love it. 

Sea lions, stars and sand dunes

You can’t miss the seals at Seal Bay or Admirals Arch. You won’t be able to miss the stars either. Kangaroo Island is an awesome place for stargazing. There’s no city glare and the skies are pollution free. In the evening, visit the "underwater" interpretive centre to begin your guided tour.

West of Seal Bay is the spectacular surf beach, Vivonne Bay. For something a little different, head to the Little Sahara desert and surf the sand dunes. 

Learn about island life

Early settler history on Kangaroo Island includes stories of seal and whale hunters and shipwrecks. The old whaling equipment and seal skins at the Maritime and Folk Museum at Penneshaw will take you back to those rugged times.

Visit the Hope Cottage Folk Museum in Kingscote to see some rare South Australian history. Kingscote was the state’s first official settlement and the museum is in one of three cottages built there in 1856. Take time to admire the old farm machinery, car memorabilia and photographs. There’s even a lighthouse to explore.

Visit a farm

Kangaroo Island’s locals love getting involved in your holiday. You can watch sheep shearing or see some of the rarest farm animals not on public display anywhere else in the world.

See more than 60 varieties of lavender on the island’s two lavender farms and there are also two honey farms, where you can sample some unique Ligurian honey and honey ice cream. Yum!

It's all about the animals

No one will pass up a chance to hand feed animals and it's also a great learning experience for the kids. Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park lets you feed their kangaroos and other native animals. For a real eye-opener, visit Paul's Place. You won’t leave without patting or holding the wildlife. If you’re game, he even has some very friendly snakes.

The two parks also feature large collections of rare birds. For more, visit Raptor Domain, which has daily interactive birds shows and a "Fang-Tastic" reptile display.

Kangaroo Island - refresh your spirit

Kangaroo Island’s scenery is breathtaking. Travel through bushland, to beaches, over rolling hills and around rocky cliffs. Wildlife reigns supreme with only a few towns in between.

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See Australian wildlife at home on Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is one of the best places to see Australian wildlife. More than a third of the island is national parks. Learn more today.