Hopping to see all the unique sights of Kangaroo Island

Rock Formations. Photo credit: Navin75 (Flickr)

Rock Formations. Photo credit: Navin75 (Flickr)

Kangaroo Island is the third largest island in Australia and consists of seven major regions. The island offers a variety of activities for visitors, from wildlife tours to snorkeling, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here are five things to see and do on Kangaroo Island:

See some kangaroos: A trip to Kangaroo Island wouldn’t be complete without seeing the famous Australian marsupial. There are multiple ways to check them out, including a Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tour. There are also various trails and national parks across the island that you can walk through to view them up close. You’ll see other Australian wildlife along the way, including the short-beaked echidna, tammar wallaby, brushtail possum, wild fur seals and southern brown bandicoot. Oh my!

Photo credit: Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble (Flickr)

Photo credit: Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble

Go to a museum: There are multiple museums on Kangaroo Island with a variety of exhibits. One of them is the Penneshaw Maritime and Folk Museum. Opened in 1968, it has three separate rooms to showcase various points in Australian history. The S.S. Karatta, a steam-powered vessel that operated in South Australian waters from 1907 to 1961 sits right outside. There is also the Hope Cottage Museum, a restored home of Charles and Michael Calnan, which showcases period life of 1860s Southern Australia, complete with vintage artifacts and photographs on display.

Surf’s up! It wouldn’t be Australia without kangaroos and some serious surfing opportunities. On Kangaroo Island, there are five main surf bays which can be easily driven to. Vivonne Bay, Stokes Bay, and Pennington Bay are good for surfers of all experience levels. Hanson Bay and d’Estrees Bay are meant for more experienced surfers. There’s also Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park, but be careful if you surf here. There are reef banks, channels, sand surfing and rips.

Indulge in wine tasting and fine dining: Adelaide, right above Kangaroo Island, is considered by many to be a wine-lover’s paradise. There are over 30 growers and 200 hectares of vines, with 18 home-grown flavors for visitors to taste. There are multiple restaurants to choose from that serve exotic foods with incredible views. You can also eat more casually at various cafes, or eat like the locals with food such as sheep’s milk yogurt that is common to the area.

Take a kayak tour: The Cruising Kangaroo Island Kayak Tours take groups of 5 or less and provide the passengers with life jackets as well as all other kayak supplies needed. Get ready to experience some incredible views of nature as well as the wildlife as a knowledgeable and experienced tour guide tells you all about Kangaroo Island.