Day trips to Kangaroo Island are very popular. Most originate in Adelaide, the closest big city and an outstanding destination in itself. There are lots of reasons why day trips to this fascinating island are a must-see on any Australia trip. Two top reasons are the wildlife and the unique natural rock formations, which would also make for a great backpacking day trip.  Kangaroo Island has a very interesting collection of rocks named “The Remarkable Rocks.” Now, before you start asking yourself, “what’s so remarkable about a bunch of rocks” take a look at them.

Wind and rain over millennia have carved the rocks into these bizarre formations.  The whole place looks like a movie set for a science fiction epic. Words that come to mind are…otherworldly, surreal, Dali-esque. These are just some of the interesting sights on Kangaroo Island.


Kangaroo Island lies about 130 miles southwest of Adelaide, Australia, making it the perfect destinations for day trips. Melbourne and Sydney are a 3 and 3-and-a-half-hour flight away making too far for day trips but certainly doable and worthwhile for multi-day trips.  The island makes a living in agriculture and, increasingly, tourism.  There are several ways to get to Kangaroo Island or, as the locals affectionately call it, KI.

We booked with Sealink which combined bus and ferry transportation with a gourmet lunch. This is a very long day with a 6 am pick-up at your hotel followed by a 90-minute bus ride and 45-minute ferry sailing just to reach the island.  Once there another bus takes you to the key attractions. Many travelers opt to return by airplane, an option any tour company can also accommodate.  Despite the distances, it is worth every minute of the journey.


Besides The Remarkable Rocks,  the Flinders Chase National Park has many other outstanding attractions including wildlife viewing. This is where I got my one and only sight of the elusive echidna in the wild! Also wandering around blissfully oblivious to the humans are wallabies, hawks, koalas (actually koalas don’t wander much, they just sit in trees for hours) and, of course, the ubiquitous kangaroo.  If you like wildlife, a day trip, or even a one or two-night stay in KI, is a great option.

Other sights in the park include The Cape du Couedic Light House with it’s sad and inspiring legend, which I won’t spoil by revealing, and the Admirals Arch.  The arch is a big photography spot with professionals waiting for hours to get the perfect shot just right.

If you are looking for more in-depth tours, check out these local tours. 


On to the Seal Bay Conservation Park where you can get closer to a seal than you ever imagined you could. Seal Bay maintains a colony of about 15,000 Australian sean lions which has been in this location for thousands of years. The guides, who also function as park rangers, are very knowledgeable providing visitors with a unique learning experience and a delightful walk amongst these majestic creatures.

Learn more about other Australian animal sanctuaries visiting “Best wildlife sanctuaries to see amazing animals of Australia.” 

Read more about the history, wildlife and culture of Kangaroo Island.

What are your thoughts on day trips to Kangaroo Island? Are national parks must-see destinations during your travels?

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