There’s something magical about islands, offering endless coastal views, incredible wildlife and a sense that you’ve escaped from everyday life. South Australia has a stunning selection of islands for visitors wanting to get away from it all, discover native flora and fauna or simply lie on sandy beaches all day long. Whether it’s a day trip or you’re looking for accommodation Kangaroo Island, there’s a wide selection of places to stay and things to do!
Probably South Australia’s most famous island, this is a major must see on the tourist trail wherever you’re coming from. With pristine white beaches, breathtaking sunsets and natural wonders at every step, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into another world.
The island has also enjoyed a blossoming food and wine culture in the last decade and visitors can now tour local wineries and eat at some of the country’s top restaurants. Accomodation ranges from sleeping under the stars to luxury five star resorts, meaning that there really is something for everyone here. The website http://clubki.com.au has a wide range of KI accommodation.
Far smaller than Kangaroo Island, Flinders Island is no less of a paradise. It covers 9000 acres and has around 50 kilometres of coastline for visitors to drive along or stop off at. There are 15 white sandy beaches that’ll have you running into the surf, and if you look at to sea your likely to spot whole schools of dolphins. Fishing here is excellent and you can expect to catch tuna and salmon amongst others.
Situated just off Victor Harbour, Granite Island is in fact connected to the mainland by a causeway. You’ll still feel as though you’ve travelled back in time however and even more so if you decide to take the horse drawn tram for the journey. Granite Island is most famous for its colonies of ‘Little penguins’ and you’ll want to make sure you take a tour. Time your visit around the penguins, the best time to spot them is right around dusk
With direct flights taking only one hour from Adelaide, Thistle Island sits just 9 kilometres off the mainland. There’s a whole host of activities to enjoy here including clambering over huge rocks and exploring the dry limestone caves. You’ll find yourself outside in the fresh sea air from dawn until dusk. Definitely pack your binoculars for a trip to Thistle Island as the sea birds are everywhere and you’ll find endless animals on your travels.