You’ve made it to Kangaroo Island in South Australia and you’ve only got 24 hours to explore. No worries! Below are my must see’s and must do’s to ensure you maximise your time on one of Australia’s most beautiful, isolated and protected islands.


Admirals Arch

Located in the Flinders Chase National Park, this should be your first stop on Kangaroo Island. Known for its striking coastal landscapes, immense areas of wilderness and a multiplicity of wildlife, Flinders Chase National Park is a protected area located at the west end of the island. Upon entering the park, you’ll soon find yourself driving down winding roads, before arriving at Admirals Arch, which is located at Cape du Couedic. A perfect curve of rock under which the surf batters in all types of weather, Admirals Arch is home to a colony of wild and belching New Zealand dark brown Fur Seals.



The Remarkables

The Remarkables are exactly that, remarkable. Wind-sculpted rock formations that balance precariously on top of a smooth granite dome, The Remarkables are perched on the cliff edge with the Southern Ocean roaring dangerously underneath. With rough wind, harsh sea spray and rain over some 500 million years, The Remarkables has resulted into the unique shape it is today. The golden auburn lichen, unglamorously known as a variety a fungus, covers a fair portion of the rocks, however it looks brilliant and bright in rain, hail or shine.



Vivonne Bay

I consider Vivonne Bay as the jewel of the island - seriously, it’s that gorgeous. Voted as one of Australia’s top beaches, it’s long sandy beach, crystal clear water and remoteness makes it the perfect hidden spot for swimming, picnics, cray fishing and surfing. Make sure you walk to to the end of the jetty and jump into the water - it’s so much fun!



Little Sahara

Little Sahara is quite the surprise on Kangaroo Island! This little desert is home to the only sand dunes on the island and is perfect for hiking, quad biking and sand boarding. I had a blast here! You don’t need to book a tour, simply turn up and pay a small fee to explore the dunes.



Seal Bay

Seal Bay is the only place in the world where you can see the Australian Sea Lion up close. You must pre-book a walking tour with one of the official guides so do this before you arrive as the tours are always fully booked. You’ll enjoy an hour of beach walking, crisp white sand, low lying forrest green native bush, light coloured rock formations, turquoise waters, and of course, the cutest silver coloured Sea Lions dotted up and down the beach.



If you plan on staying overnight, I highly recommend experiencing Southern Ocean Lodge. Whilst it’s might not be for the budget conscience, it certainly is one of the most incredible stays I’ve experienced. Find out why here.




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