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Kangaroo Island: Penguins and Sea Lions

Habitat of Marine Wildlife


Sea lions at Kangaroo Island

Sea lions cast curious eyes at Kangaroo Island visitors

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Kangaroo Island is the habitat of marine wildlife which includes penguins and sea lions.

There are 21 national and conservation parks on Kangaroo Island covering almost a third of its land area which insure the continuing protection of native fauna and flora.

Free tours and walks

With an Island Pass from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, you can join any of a range of free tours and walks through the island’s conservation areas and points of historical significance.

The penguin walks at Kingscote and Penneshaw are not covered by the Island Pass.

Seal colonies

Fifty-five kilometres south of Kingscote lies Seal Bay with its long stretches of golden sand.

Seal Bay and other areas on Kangaroo Island are a habitat of the Australian sea lion and guided tours to the seal colonies are available.

National park

The western section of the island is occupied in large part by the Flinders Chase national park which covers an area of 74,000 hectares.

Inquire at the Visitor Centre about the various hikes available through the wilderness areas. (At Rocky River, for instance, you can view koalas in nearby trees.)

Historic sites, natural features

Of course, Kangaroo Island is more than beaches, wilderness and wildlife.

There are historic sites to visit as well as interesting and unique geographical features such as the Admirals Arch at Cape du Couedic and, about three kilometres east, the Remarkable Rocks, a cluster of weather-sculptured granite boulders sweeping out to sea.

History and culture

And don’t forget the museums at Kingscote and Penneshaw for fresh insights into the history and culture of Kangaroo Island.

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