Fly from Adelaide, Australia aboard Regional Express or Air South from Adelaide, South Australia to Kingscote Airport, about a 25-minute flight. regionalexpress.com.au; airsouth.com.au Eat Kangaroo Island honey, made from the last strain of Liguarian bees, and Kangaroo Island olive oil. Find it at the general stores in downtown Kingscote and at restaurants all over the island.
See more than 600 Australian Sea Lions at Seal Bay Conservation Park, one of the last colonies of these endangered mammals; the erosion-formed Remarkable Rocks covered in orange lichen located in Flinders Chase National Park; koala bears hanging from the eucalyptus trees on the sides of every road; and thousands of wild Kangaroo Island Kangaroos feeding on the acreage at Grassdale Conservation Park. Arrange a tour with Exceptional Kangaroo Island Tours to see it all or customize your experience to include lunch in the bush, honey tasting near the bee hives, for example. Whatever you plan, you can be certain your tour guide, Craig Wickham will be pointing out Kangaroo Island’s wildlife throughout your journey. exceptionalkangarooisland.com
Stay at Southern Ocean Lodge on Hanson’s Bay. Situated on the wild cliffs between Southern Ocean and Hanson’s Bay, the lodge is nestled far from civilization, offering travelers the first eco-luxury experience of its kind on Kangaroo Island. Walk down a breeze- way constructed of reclaimed timbers from your ocean-view suite — named for one of Kangaroo Island’s sixty-plus shipwrecks — to the main living area. There, surrounded by limestone walls crafted by a local sheep-farmer-turned-mason, you can help yourself to a Kangaroo Island Brew pale ale, curl up with a wool blanket next to the fire and compare your days adventures with lodge mates until supper. southeroceanlodge.com
Go Eco at any of Kangaroo Island’s four major national parks: Flinders Chase National Park, where you’ll find the Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch; Kelly Hill Conservation Park, home to limestone cliffs and caves; Seal Bay Conservation Park, your opportunity to mingle with Australian Sea Lions; and Cape Willoughby Conservation Park where you can take a tour of Australia’s first lighthouse. parks.sa.gov.au Learn more at tourkangarooisland.com.au.