Kangaroo Island is located 16kmoff the coast of South Australia. It is brimming with more wildlife than any other location in the country and is a natural wilderness in its purest sense.
Coordinates: 35°50’S137°20’E/35.833°S 137.333°E
Area: 4,405km² Coastline: 540km
Length: 150km Width: .9km to 57km
Main town is Kingscote
Population: 4612 as at June 2012
Access to Kangaroo Island is easily achieved via a 45minute ferry trip departing from Cape Jervis, south of Adelaide or a 25minute flight from Adelaide. Bookings for both ferry and flight are essential to guarantee availability.
Kangaroo Island Wilderness retreat is only 1.5 – 2 hours drive from the Sealink ferry terminal or 1 hours drive from the Kingscote airport. All roads are sealed to the retreat, although take care driving at dawn or dusk or after dark due to the wildlife. Follow the signs to Flinders Chase and we are located 700m before the national park entrance. We recommend arriving on the island during the day and taking your time to explore the coast along the south on your way to the retreat, to arrive before dark. Self Drive touring – We recommend self-driving as the most affordable and convenient way to experience Kangaroo Island and its many attractions. The majority of the islands attractions are accessible in a 2WD on sealed and unsealed roads.
The retreat is the ideal location for exploring the western part of the island, at the gateway to Flinders Chase National Park, home to Remarkable Rocks (voted number 6 best view in Australia) and Admirals Arch (colony of New Zealand fur seals).
Kangaroo Island has a mild island climate and is perfect to visit all year round, each season producing a unique experience.
Autumn – March to May – pastures begin to green and waterways begin to flow, a time of transition providing wildlife with fresh growth to feed on. Max temperature 22°C min temp 12°C and average rainfall 40mm.
Winter – June to August - spectacular lush green countryside with flowing rivers and abundant wildlife. The young start to emerge from pouches and the Southern Right Whales cruise along the coastline. Max temperature 16°C min temp 7°C and average rainfall 55mm.
Spring – September to November – season of rebirth. Wonderful time to see the spectacular array of wildflowers , birds and animals that all put on a show. Max temperature 21°C min temp 10°C and average rainfall 35mm.
Summer – December to February – Conditions are dry and warm, with a contrast of summer pastures and summer wildflowers and the earth becomes sun bleached. Wildlife tends to shelter in the heat of the day. Max temperature 27°C min temp 15°C and average rainfall 20mm.