Kangaroo Island Cruise Port

Port of Kangaroo Island: An Overview

Australia's third-largest island, located off the coast of South Australia, is known for its landscapes and abundant wildlife, all wrapped up in a colourful history. If you've never been to Kangaroo Island before, a ship's tour is probably the best way to experience some of what this special place has to offer, but you need to travel long distances (about 150 kilometres across) from one sight to another, so you won't be able to do it all in a day.

Much of the best landscapes and animal life is found in the Flinders Chase National Park, including the Remarkable Rocks, a cluster of granite boulders sculpted by the weather and perched on a granite dome rising steeply from the ocean. It's formed into all manner of weird and wonderful shapes.

A highlight of wildlife-watching, however, is Seal Bay, with its colony of sea lions -- the third-largest breeding colony in Australia. With a National Parks officer as a guide, groups can watch the seals from a distance of about 8 metres as they bask in the sun, swim and jostle for position on the beach.

Ships anchor off the small town of Penneshaw and use tenders to transport visitors to a pier, and if you just want to hang locally, it's about a 10 minute walk to town. There's a nice swimming beach known as Hog Bay, which also has a nice picnic area and barbecues, or you can try out the town's gourmet seafood joint on North Terrace. The 2 Birds & a Squid seafood shop sells in-season produce, including lobster, scallops, marron, prawns, whiting, oysters and garfish.

--By Joanna Hall, Cruise Critic contributor

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