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Kangaroo Island: A Pristine Adventure

Kangaroo Island: A Pristine Adventure

Is there any better way to experience the wilderness and charm of Kangaroo Island than on a road trip throughout one of South Australia’s purest treasures?

Just a ferry ride away from the Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island has become a go-to destination for local, interstate and international visitors. The combination of pristine surrounds, an abundance of wildlife, emerging farm gates, cellar doors and a variety of accommodations to suit all budgets make “KI” a must do, at any time of the year.

One perfect spot to experience the very best of Kangaroo Island is a stay at Vivonne Bay. Whether it’s a cosy retreat with family in the Vivonne Bay Holiday House or a bigger trip with friends at the Vivonne Bay Lodge, this is a brilliant place to immerse yourself in nature and set your clock to island time. With accommodation and facilities suiting families, groups, kids and couples, Vivonne Bay is a place for one and all.

Based on 206 hectares of bushland, both the Lodge and Holiday House have direct access to the Harriett River and a kilometre of beach.

Photo: Heidi Linehan

A trip to the beach comes highly recommended as Vivonne Bay was named – quite literally – the best beach in Australia in 2004. One glance at its pearl white sands and crystal-clear waters will leave no questions as to why. What’s more, tranquil bushland and creeks enveloping the beach leave guests with plenty more to explore.

Once you’re all tuckered out from a day of exploring these natural surrounds, it’s time to eat and the facilities of the Holiday House and Lodge have you perfectly set up to feast with friends. Grill on the barbeque, use the modern kitchen facilities or even roast on an open fire and cook the night away. Soak up the moment as you enjoy good food and great company underneath the stars.

If you have more time up your sleeves, take the car and see the sights further afield on Kangaroo Island. A relatively short drive away from Vivonne Bay are icons such as Flinders Chase National Park, including Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch; Seal Bay Conservation Park, complete with dozens of dozing sea-lions; and Little Sahara, where the thrills (and spills!) of sandboarding and tobogganing are par for the course.

Vivonne Bay Lodge

Don’t forget to enjoy some country hospitality and delectable fresh produce while on Kangaroo Island. An often under-appreciated aspect of the Island is its awesome food output and experimental, entrepreneurial attitude towards food and drink.

Be it locally caught fish and chips, oysters fresh from the ocean, organic free-range eggs or even a good old classic pub meal, you can find some truly unique foodie experiences. For instance, did you know that Kangaroo Island is the only remaining place in the world to breed pure-strain Ligurian bees? Their calm demeanour and delicious honey make a journey to one such farm well worth a visit. There are also quite a few different types and flavours of honey visitors can try.

credit: Nikki Redman

Kangaroo Island’s burgeoning beer, wine and spirits industry is also worth a sip. Try a nip of gin, a glass of smooth shiraz or a pint of honeyinfused beer and enjoy the high quality produce sourced from the pristine environment and fertile soil.

Kangaroo Island has a smorgasbord of activity, where memories of stunning natural bushland, remarkable rock formations, delicious food and wine and time with loved ones will remain forever. Hop in the car, take the ferry and enjoy the ride.

Feature Image: Isaac Forman

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