Many creatures of the creatures of the animal kingdom are facing an uncertain future even extinction. However, there is an island off mainland South Australia whose people are dedicated to preserving their wildlife animals such as koalas, sea lions and various bird species. This island is called Kangaroo Island.
Kangaroo Island was discovered by British explorers who were stunned to see that animals on the island were very approachable. Kangaroos in the mainland are usually very wary of humans but the island had no human inhabitants for nearly two thousand years so animals who lived there were not as terrified of our kind.
Since its discovery, Kangaroo Island has become a prime tourist attraction. Over 140,000 tourists visit the island each year. If you plan to visit the island any time soon, here are five must-dos in Kangaroo Island:
- Watch the sunset at Flinders Chase National Park
Flinders Chase National Park is known for its natural wilderness. Its coast boasts beautiful rock formations sculpted naturally by the Southern Ocean. The remarkable ones have been named Admirals Arch, which is a large arch-shaped rock and the Remarkable Rocks, which are large boulders of granite rocks. Watching the sunset from the other side or Admirals Arch is like looking through a portal to another world of endless beauty. The area is also known for spotting long-nosed fur seals.
The park’s lighthouse keeper cottages also serve as accommodation so you can always stay the night and enjoy other park attractions the next day. In the Summer or Springtime, camping sites are also open. The park also has walking trails for visitors to be able to explore and see diverse species of plants and animals.
- Experience the wildlife at Seal Bay
For thousands of years, a large Australian sea lion population has lived in Seal Bay. Sea lions are considered endangered species and the people of Kangaroo Island are trying to preserve the species. Seal Bay Conservation Park is the only park that keeps the sea lions in their natural habitat instead of placing them in an enclosure. You are able to see them at close quarters and watch them in their natural environment. Visitors are taken to the colony to for a full experience with the sea lions.
- Crawl through the caves at Kelly Hill Conservation Park
Kelly Hill Conservation Park is known for it ornate cave formations. You can hire a guide and go on adventure tours in the caves. This allows you to visit the natural formations in the park, which includes a silt chamber with fauna fossils and bones.If you’re not one for crawling into caves, you can always enjoy activities above ground. Like most other conservation parks in Kangaroo Island, Kelly Hill Conservation Park boasts a natural diverse ecosystem that visitors can experience by firsthand.
- Engage in a bird show at Raptor Domain
Raptor Domain is an environmental educational and rehabilitation centre. As such, most of the birds that they keep have been injured so they are not suitable for release to the wild. The conservatory does not display the birds in cages or enclosures, they believe that an interactive and spectacular show shows their birds in a way that generates interest in the viewers. The birds fly to you and you are able to hold them and experience the birds first hand.
- Play with the animals at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park is home to over 600 animals of different species from koalas to snakes to birds, you name it! The park allows you to interact with the animals, including koala cuddling, snake holding and bird feeding. Entrance is a bit pricey ($25 per person) but it’s nothing that a sufficient budget or a holiday loan couldn’t cover.This is definitely the place to go to for a family fun-filled affair! The park is open from nine in the morning to five in the afternoon every day. facilities include restaurants and cafes open for you to grab a drink or a bite to eat.
As you can see, most activities in Kangaroo Island involve experiencing the natural wildlife. It is definitely a must-go for anyone who wants to connect with nature.