Kangaroo Island is one of Australia's great scenic treasures and
must for anyone interested in travel to wilderness destinations.
Located 110 km (70 miles) south-west of Adelaide and easily accessible
by Ferry or Plane. A mix of attractive small townships and fascinating
wilderness; Kangaroo Island is Australia's third largest island.
Due to its size and the number of things to do and discover, it
is impossible to see it all in a day or 2. If you only have one
or two days available on your itinerary, choose places from
the things that interest you most.
Kangaroo Island statistics:
509 km (318.2
155 km (96 miles) from east to west
55 km (34.5 miles) at its widest point
1 km (.6 miles) at its narrowest point
Area about 4350 square km (1680 square miles) making it
the second largest of the southern Australian system of
islands after Tasmania
Approximately 1600 km (1000 miles) of sealed and unsealed
Population 4261 (2006 Census)
The Island has a fascinating History and was almost claimed by
the French in 1804.
Throughout the nineteenth century various attempts were made to
establish a viable industry on the Island. Salt was mined; farmers
tried to carve pastoral leases out of the poor soils; eucalyptus
oil stills were set up, Yacca was threshed for it's gum to produce
lacquer and explosives; commercial fishing was undertaken, gypsum
mining established itself and the tourism industry began.
From the start of the 20th century tourism became a fundamental
component of the islands economy. To this day Kangaroo Island's
numerous natural wonders, beaches, conservation parks and wildlife
sanctuaries are visited by tens of thousands of people each year.
The agricultural industry has adapted to the poor soil and forestry,
sheep dairying, bee keeping and marron farming has become popular.
There are still traditional farms but these are diminishing in
number as the land is broken up into smaller 'hobby' style farms,
making this island an ever changing wonder of lifestyle choices
and experimental agricultural pursuits.
Viticulture has commenced here and the vines grow well in the
moderate climate. The wines produced are world standard.
A fabulous place to stay and explore, this relatively large Island
has many facets and is an interesting and welcoming location.
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