Looking out over the inky waters of the Backstairs Passage, Kangaroo Island seems normal enough. A little green smudge on the water.
Only friendly locals and the odd clued-in traveller know it for what it really is: one of Australia’s most beautiful and underrated wildlife sanctuaries, a time-warped isle whose clocks seem to stop in about 1973. Kids here still ride bikes to school and farmers chase ‘roos off their front lawns before dawn, but it’s the local wildlife that’s the real drawcard. Grey kangaroos, fur seals, dolphins, echidnas, koalas and dozens of other species that have flourished on the island without the threat of introduced species. Think of it as a mini Galapagos off the coast of South Australia.
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What to do on Kangaroo Island