Kangaroo Island is approximately 145 km long by 60 km wide, and is the third largest island off the coast of Australia, exceeded in area by Tasmania and Melville Island. See here for a comparison of some other well known islands.
With about 500 km of coastline, consisting of wide, sandy beaches, secluded coves, rugged, rocky shores and steep headlands, there is plenty of exploring to do. The island is noted for it’s flora and fauna with sea lions, fur seals, penguins, pelicans, gulls, cormorants, parrots, kangaroos, wallabies, possums, emus, koalas, echidnas and goannas all likely to be spotted in the wild or in one of the island’s many conservation parks. The native coastal vegetation is not only hardy but surprisingly attractive when in bloom and a bushwalker’s delight.
Because of the large size of Kangaroo Island, we recommend allowing plenty of time to enjoy your visit.
3 days might comfortably cover the main attractions, but a week or more will give you the time to really get out there. Relax alone on a remote beach, take a long bush walk into untouched areas and really experience the true beauty and wilderness of the island. After all this is what K.I. is so famous for!
Kangaroo Island is a destination for all seasons. The busiest tourist months are from September to April, but because Kangaroo Island is such a large island, visitors can still feel like they are in a wilderness area.
Winter – June to August
The greenest months. Because South Australia is the driest state in Australia, Kangaroo Island has a typically low rainfall. Most of our rain falls during these months, greening the countryside and stimulating the early wildflowers into bloom.
Penguins are at their most active during this time, busily nesting and breeding. With nests along the foreshore in front of Seaview, their calls can be heard from Seaview’s verandahs.
Being an island, our winter minimum temperatures tend to be warmer than those of Adelaide.
Spring – September to November
Locals will tell you these are by far the most beautiful months for bushwalks and sightseeing. Most of the wildflowers are in bloom, birds a plenty and wildlife can be seen by roadside pools of water. It’s warming up, the days are getting longer and the wind can hold off for that perfect calm spring day. Enjoy the island at it’s best without the big crowds.
Summer – December to February
Typically time for the beach and water sports. Apart from the occasional summer thunderstorm, our warmest and driest months. Long summer days, lots of beaches where you could be the only ones there, good chance of catching some fish – Kangaroo Island’s famous King George whiting.
Ideal time for birdwatching, particularly water birds by the lagoons, and wedge-tail eagles soaring above the scrublands.
Autumn – March to May
Still quite summery but without the hot days. Ideal days for just about any activity. Clear nights great for star gazing. Penguins returning to their nests and resuming courting and egg-laying.
Don’t mistake K.I for a tropical island! The wind chill factor can be quite overbearing especially on the south coast, the sun can also seem to be more intense than the mainland so no matter what time of year you visit make sure you bring a wind proof jacket and sun hat. The best thing is that no matter which way the wind is coming from the opposite side of the island will have the preferred off shore winds. Keep this in mind when planning your day trips so coastal sightseeing will be so much more comfortable.