Kangaroo Island Parks and Wildlife

Bursting with wildlife

Kangaroo Island is special; we have our own species of kangaroo, that’s only one reason to come here.


Echidna, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

There’s almost an A-Z of native animals, including bandicoots, brushtail possums, echidnas, koalas, penguins, sea lions and tammar wallabies. Underwater, Kangaroo Island is a whole new world, with unique marine life, fish and leafy sea dragons.

You’ll find many other native animals here including the tammar wallaby, brushtail possum, short-beaked echidna and southern brown bandicoot. The amazing wildlife continues underwater with unique marine life, fish and leafy sea dragons.

Seal or sea lion?

Yes, there is a difference but it’s easy to tell an Australian sea lion from a New Zealand fur seal. If the seal has earflaps, it’s a New Zealand fur seal. A guided tour of Seal Bay will take you onto the beach to meet the resident Australia sea lion colony. This is the only place you can do this!

National parks

More than a third of Kangaroo Island is dedicated national and conservation parks. Flinders Chase is the biggest park and features the awesome Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. A lot of the Flinders Chase wildlife are endangered species.

Kelly Hill Conservation Park features some breathtaking limestone caves, while Cape Willoughby Conservation Park is home to South Australia’s first lighthouse.

It’s an adventure

Kangaroo Island is a walker’s delight. Walking trails are well sign posted with directions and information. Explore Kelly Hill Conservation Park and its maze of limestone caves and tunnels.

Guided tours are an easy way to see the best bits of Kangaroo Island. They’re even better because it’s local folk who show you around. They really know Kangaroo Island’s secrets, so tell them what you want to see and leave the rest to them.

Walking trails are common on Kangaroo Island. Many are well sign-posted, making your bushland walks educational and beautiful. Attention cavers! Explore Kelly Hill Conservation Park and its maze of dry limestone caves and tunnels.

Whatever your plans, why not book a guided tour? The locals really know Kangaroo Island’s secrets, so tell them what you’re interested in and leave the rest to them.


Some of Kangaroo Island’s little critters are critically endangered species. The Kangaroo Island dunnart shares its environment with native goanna and snakes, six unique types of bat and six frog species that you’ll only find on Kangaroo Island.


Kangaroo Island has tough quarantine laws, so if you’ve been staying anywhere on the mainland, there are plenty of things you can’t bring here.
This includes any honey or honey products, vine cuttings or grapevine soil.
Potatoes must be in new, unopened packaging and throw away any peelings. If you’ve been camping, make sure your vehicle, camping gear and hiking boots are free of mud and seeds.

Kangaroo Island is pristine and unique; please help it stay that way.

Things to do

Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.

What's on

There are plenty of events in Kangaroo Island. Here are some ideas you might like.

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