Photography by Eric Scott and Marcy Milks

Kangaroo Island is located of the coast of southern Australia. The nearest major city is Adelaide and is easily accessible by ferry or plane. If you are taking a rental car to the island by ferry be sure to make a reservation. I have listed the ferry service contacts at the end of the article. The Island boasts 318 miles of coastline and 1680 square miles of very diverse terrain. A population of 4259 friendly laidback residents gives the Island an atmosphere of a sleepy small town. Every time we passed a local driver coming the opposite direction they would wave, something I am definitely not accustomed to here in NYC.

Just because the island has a small town feel doesn’t mean there is nothing to do. On the south coast you will find seal bay, where you can go down to the beach and get a guided tour or the local seal population. Stay with your group, apparently the bulls can get aggressive with stragglers. From seal bay head north to Little Sahara and hike some very impressive sand dunes. If you want to try sand surfing, boards can be rented at a near by gas station. Continuing down the south coast road stop at the Hanson Bay Sanctuary and try spotting some sleepy koalas.

Photography by Marcy Milks and Eric ScottToward the end of the south coast road you will come to Flinders Chase National Park where you will find Admirals Arch. A massive ocean carved archway where lazy seals spend their day basking in the sun. The park also houses some of the most impressive rock formations I have seen, aptly named Remarkable Rocks. There are many trails in the park that we unfortunately did not have time to hike, but stop and Flinders Chase Visitor Center to see all the park has to offer.

If you want to see the local wildlife up-close, visit Parndana Wildlife Park. Here to can see kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, possums, echidnas, alligators, a multitude of birds and hundreds of other species. Most of the fuzzy animals you can pet. Keep you eye on the kangaroos though, they can get greedy for food.

At night you can take a walk anywhere on the island and see wallabies and kangaroos, or you can go into Penneshaw and take a tour of the penguin nesting grounds there. One of my favorite things about the island was that you could see the Milky Way on a clear night. One of the locals suggested the light pollution from the mainland had ruined their star gazing, but compared to New York and most other places in the world I have been it was pretty spectacular.

Usefull Resources:

Ferry Services:

Photography by Marcy Milks and Eric Scott

Kangaroo Island

Photography by Marcy Milks and Eric Scott

Red Kangaroo

Photography by Marcy Milks and Eric Scott

Kangaroo Island

Photography by Marcy Milks and Eric Scott

Koala

Photography by Marcy Milks and Eric Scott

Remarkable Rocks at Flinders Chase National Park

Photography by Marcy Milks and Eric Scott

Kangaroo Island

Photography by Marcy Milks and Eric Scott

Kangaroo Island

Photography by Marcy Milks and Eric Scott

Kangaroo Island

Photography by Eric Scott and Marcy Milks

Koala at Parndana Wildlife Park

Photography by Marcy Milks and Eric Scott

Kangaroo Island

Photography by Marcy Milks and Eric Scott

Little Saharah Sand Dunes

Photography by Marcy Milks and Eric Scott

Little Saharah Sand Dunes

Photography by Marcy Milks and Eric Scott

Kangaroo Island

Photography by Marcy Milks and Eric Scott

Ham