Exploring Kangaroo Island's Wildlife

Kangaroo Island is a wildlife wonderland. One of the most diverse communities of native wildlife in Australia, it’s not only brilliant for our native species and conservation, but also for the visitors that come to see the best that Australia has to offer.

Flinders Chase National Park
This park covers most of the western end of the island and packs a whole lot of wildlife into a relatively small area. The Platypus Waterhole Walk leaves from the Visitors Centre and provides the opportunity to spot not only the elusive platypus, but to also see numerous animal habitats. Even on just this short walk, you're likely to see geese, wallabies, echidnas, goannas, and more. And any bush walk in the park is likely to yield wildlife sightings, namely the amazing array of birdlife that lives on Kangaroo Island. As an added bonus, dolphins and migrating whales can be spotted from any of the ocean-facing lookouts within the park.

Admirals Arch
This stunning rock formation is within Flinders Chase and offers sightings of the colony of New Zealand fur seals that hangs out on the rocks around the base of the massive arch.

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
This spot, located along the south coast of the island, features an aptly named koala walk that gives visitors the chance to see dozens of these popular mammals. The sanctuary also runs a nocturnal walk that is taken with a guide who can point out opossums and bats.

Seal Bay Conservation Park
A little ways down the coast from Hanson Bay is the Seal Bay Conservation Park. Unlike the fur seals of Admiral's Arch, the ones that frequent this area are Australian through and through. You can even walk out onto the beach among them on a guided tour.

Clifford's Honey Farm
Set near the island's main township of Kingscote, Clifford's Honey Farm has a working hive of the rare Ligurian bee on display. At dusk, head nearby to see the resident little penguin colony return to shore.
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