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3 days to visit Kangaroo Island, a Honeymoon destination for Italians, not explored as much as it deserved by Aussies

Kangaroo @ Kangaroo Island (Photo credit: http://www.lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

Kangaroo Island as experienced by my mother. Guest Post written by Beatrice Porrati with some “add-ons” by me.

Beach on Kangaroo island (Photo credit: http://www.lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

Beach on Kangaroo island (Photo credit: http://www.lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

Let’s start – How to get there? For example, from Melbourne take a flight to Adelaide, then rent a car and drive until Cape Jervis, roughly 1 hour and 40 minutes, so if you are arriving on Friday night, you might want to think of spending the night somewhere halfway or close to Cape Jervis. 40 minutes on the ferry and you’ll reach Penneshaw, one of the little town on the Island. Here, before starting your visit through the third biggest island of Australia, you can stop for coffee & cake or a quick lunch at Ultima tule Cafe’.

Ultima Tule Cafe, Pennshaw, Kangaroo island (Photo credit: http://www.lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

Ultima Tule Cafe, Pennshaw, Kangaroo island (Photo credit: http://www.lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

Kangaroo Island is simply beautiful: three days is the minimum stay to have a taste of its nature, wilderness and peaceful life. But if you have more time you can stay all week to appreciate its people, environment and culture. The people who live here are mostly farmers and fishermen, but there are also some artists. Approximately 4.600 people live here, mostly in the towns.

#pelikan S/S 2015, Kangaroo Island (Photo credit: http://www.lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

#pelikan S/S 2015, Kangaroo Island (Photo credit: http://www.lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

The history of this Island starts in 1802 when it was first sighted by European explorers and Captain Matthew Flinders. The National Park has been named after him: the Flinders Chase National Park. Walking through it you can encounter a lot of different wild animals: Koala, kangaroos, wallabies, possums, parrots, hundreds of species of birds and also many snakes (luckily we didn’t encounter them!).

View of the beach not too far from Pennshaw, Kangaroo island (Photo credit: http://www.lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

View of the beach not too far from Pennshaw, Kangaroo island (Photo credit: http://www.lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

Well let’s go on with the animals, there is a beach, Seals beach, where you can see many sea-lions playing with the waves or just lying and sleeping on the beach. An amazing show as you can see them from very close.

At sunset especially you can meet wallabies, little kangaroos, in the wild that come next to the cabins at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat, where we stayed. There’s also a decent Restaurant, not that there are many options around! They come out from the bush to eat, and if you are lucky, like I was, you can kneel and gently approach them. They are very cute. My daughter in another occasion and in another place caressed them and she told me that they are soft: nice!

Kangaroos skipping, Seals beach, Kangaroo island (Photo credit: http://www.lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

Kangaroos skipping, Kangaroo island (Photo credit: http://www.lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

Two wild animals very shy, because it’s fairly impossible to meet them, are the echidna and the platypus. The first is a sort of porcupine and the second one is an ornithorhynchus.

Uselessly waiting for the Platypus to show up, Kangaroo island (Photo credit: http://www.lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

Uselessly waiting for the Platypus to show up, Kangaroo island (Photo credit: http://www.lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

Kangaroo Island isn’t only about wild animals, but also has a spectacular and diverse coastline. Here you can find the tallest coastal cliffs in South Australia (Remarkable Rocks), a gorgeous cove in the North and some of the best fishing and surfing beaches.

If you have time stop at Kingscote. It’s a tiny, but cute little town and you cannot miss the art Gallery: Fine Art Kangaroo island.

Fine Art Kangaroo Island, Kangaroo Island (Photo credit: http://www.lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

Fine Art Kangaroo Island, Kangaroo Island (Photo credit: http://www.lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

And to finish, because it is a small island, there are some, not many, cafès and restaurants spread across the island, where the locals offer you their produce and baked goods with a smile.


If you are planning to go to Australia: don’t miss Kangaroo Island, it’ll be an unforgettable experience!

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