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KANGAROO ISLAND

Kangaroo Island is the third largest island of Australia about 45 minutes by ferry off the coast of South Australia. The island is 160 km across, and has an abundance of wildlife, natural scenery, wineries and beaches.


Kangaroo Island was separated from the mainland around 10,000 years ago. The first European to explore Kangaroo Island by Matthew Flinders in 1802 whilst en route from UK to Sydney. He named the island in honour of the feast of Kangaroo he and his crew enjoyed on the island. More extensive mapping (especially of the south coast) was done by the French explorer Nicolas Baudin which is why a number of geographical features have French names.


Kangaroo Island has abundant wildlife and large sections of untouched forest. Many species for which Australia is famous for can be found here like kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, echidnas and penguins. There are plenty of opportunities to see these animals close up in their natural habitat.


- Wikivoyage

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