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Western K.I Caravan Park and Wildlife Reserve

Western K.I Caravan Park and Wildlife Reserve is situated on 550 hectares of natural bush and grasslands right next door to the internationally acclaimed Flinders Chase National Park, featuring world renowned Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks.  Kelly Hill Caves Conservation Park and Hanson Bay are also just a short drive away. This property has been family owned and operated since the 50′s when it was a soldier settlement farm, since then it has evolved into a holiday hot spot for people to see the natural wildlife that Kangaroo Island has to offer.   

Introduction to Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Kangaroo Island (KI) is off the coast of South Australia. 160km wide by 60km north-to-south, most of KI’s settlements and accommodation are on the island’s eastern shore.

The island is very laid-back, with just four towns: Kingscote, Penneshaw, Pardana, and American River. These towns provide visitors with opportunities to shop for food, sip a latte at a café, read at a bookstore, eat or drink at one of the restaurants or bars, fill up with gas, and explore the island’s history.

KI is known for its wineries, with 30 growers on the island.

Hindmarsh Island, South Australia

Hindmarsh Island is an island on Fleurieu Peninsula, within the lower part of Murray River near Goolwa, South Australia.   Hindmarsh and neighbor Mundoo Island separate Murray River from two freshwater lakes – Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert.

The island is linked to Goolwa by a bridge, opened in 2001. About 300 residents call Hindmarsh Island home.

History

The island has been predominantly agriculture-based since the mid-nineteenth century when it was first settled by Europeans.  At that time, Charles Price purchased a large parcel of land, settling on the island and importing Hereford cattle and Shropshire sheep.

South Australian Whale Centre, Victor Harbor, South Australia

The South Australian Whale Centre is located at Victor Harbor in a 150 year old heritage listed building. The building was originally a railway goods shed built in the late 1800s. You can still black soot marks from the steam engines that used to unload their goods in the building, the old railway tracks can still be seen at the eastern end of the building. Inside the Centre, there is a large crane where freight was unloaded from the trains on to platforms.

Granite Island Recreation & Nature Park, Victor Harbor, SA

Granite Island is located off Victor Harbor on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, and is connected to the mainland by a causeway. The island is managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, with some of the northern shore leased for development. One of the popular attractions of Granite Island is the Little Penguin (or Fairy Penguin) colony, with guided tours to see the penguins commencing at dusk every night. To get to Granite Island you can walk across the Causeway (less than a kilometre), or travel in style on the Horse Drawn Tram from Victor Harbor. Granite Island is noted for its huge granite boulders, marked with patches of orange and green lichen. The island is of importance to the local Ramindjeri Aboriginal people and is known as Kaiki. European history dates back to 1802 when Captain Matthew Flinders discovered the area.

White Kangaroos at Bordertown Wildlife Park, South Australia

Bordertown in South Australia is the birthplace of Bob Hawke, the former Prime Minister of Australia, and is also known for the colony of white kangaroos, found in the Bordertown Wildlife Park. The 4.5 hectare park was developed in 1968 and is situated near the turn-off from the Dukes Highway at the eastern approach to Bordertown. The Park is unusual in that there is no public entrance to the park. However, you can walk or drive around and see the white kangaroos through the fence.

Gluepot Reserve, Birds Australia Conservation Reserve, South Australia

Gluepot Reserve is 64km north of the town of Waikerie in the Riverland district of South Australia. The Reserve was established by Birds Australia (formerly the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union) and is a publicly funded Reserve. Gluepot has protection under a South Australian Heritage Agreement, and is the largest land area in SA protected by a Heritage Agreement. The Reserve also protected by Commonwealth law as part of National Reserve.

Avenue Emus, Emu Farm, South Australia

Avenue Emus is an emu farm situated between the towns of Naracoorte and Kingston in South Australia, in an area known as the Limestone Coast. For city folks and overseas visitors who don’t get the chance to see emus in the wild, emu farm is a fascinating experience to see lots of emus and get up close to these Australian birds. At Avenue Emus you can wander amongst the emus, and photograph the birds up close, and maybe hand feed an emu. There are guided tours, where your guide will tell you about the emu, its habits, and how they are looked after on the farm. During the egg laying season, you might have the opportunity to hunt for emu eggs.

Urimbirra Wildlife Park, Victor Harbor, South Australia

Urimbirra Wildlife Park is located in the Hindmarch Valley just five minutes from Victor Harbor. Urimbirra is privately operated, and opened in 1993. The site has Aboriginal history, and some of the trees show evidence of having been used by Aborigines for bark canoes and shields hundreds of years ago. The name Urimbirra is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘to preserve’.

With over 400 Australian native animals, and over six hectares of wetland bird sanctuary, Urimbirra gives you the chance to see more than 70 species of Australian animals in their natural surroundings. The paths through Urimbirra allow you to see the animals up close as you walk the 16 hectare site.

Saunders Gorge Sanctuary, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Saunders Gorge Sanctuary is located at Sanderston, 18km east of Mt Pleasant in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia about 75km from the city of Adelaide. The Sanctuary is a private conservation area of over 1300 hectares offering bed and breakfast accommodation, four wheel drive tracks, scenic areas, picnic area and bush camp sites. The property, formerly known as Clovelly Sheep Station, has been declared a Sanctuary to protect its native fauna and flora, and is now a combination of Wildlife Sanctuary and Sheep Station.