Five Kan­ga­roo Is­land must-dos

QantasLink Sprit - - News & Views - Max An­der­son

1 Cast your­self adrift Aus­tralia’s third­largest is­land is in­hab­ited by 4700 peo­ple, with most of them liv­ing in Kingscote. The rest of the 155-kilo­me­tre-wide is­land (in­clud­ing the 33,000-hectare Flin­ders Chase Na­tional Park, the 500 kilo­me­tres of coast­line and the skein of coun­try lanes) is yours to ex­plore. Switch off the sat nav, stop the clock and go find your­self.

2 In­dulge in mar­ron, honey and gin Or, more pre­cisely, fresh­wa­ter cray­fish from the is­land’s mar­ron farms, honey from the planet’s last re­main­ing pure Lig­urian bees and the award-win­ning Old Tom lemon­myr­tle-in­fused gin made by KI Spir­its at its rus­tic dis­tillery at Cygnet River.

3 Dine in the Enchanted Fig Tree Close to Snelling Beach is a 150-year-old fig tree with a foot­print the size of four ten­nis courts. In­side the dense, gnarly space, food spe­cial­ists Rachel Han­naford and Sasha Sachs have cre­ated mag­i­cal “rooms” in which they serve a 10-course lunch of lo­cal pro­duce ($115 per per­son; han­nafor­dand­sachs.com.au). The tree is open from De­cem­ber to mid-April.

4 Go high or go hum­ble South­ern Ocean Lodge (south­er­nocean­lodge.com.au), one of Aus­tralia’s finest lux­ury lodges, is built atop a cliff over­look­ing the pow­er­ful swells of Han­son Bay. If you don’t fancy the $2000-a-night tar­iff, try an Airbnb shack made with tim­ber and love at Vivonne Bay (qan­tas.com/airbnb) for the quin­tes­sen­tial sand-and-sea es­cape.

5 Sur­ren­der to the sea lion pups On beau­ti­ful Seal Bay beach, park rangers lead tours among one of the world’s largest colonies of Aus­tralian sea li­ons. Stand me­tres from the an­i­mals as they bask, frolick and fight. You’ll no doubt nod earnestly while the ranger ex­plains ecol­ogy and be­hav­iour but at the sight of big-eyed sea lion pups, it’s per­fectly okay to sim­ply buckle and go “Awww!”

Qan­tasLink will fly to Kan­ga­roo Is­land from Ade­laide and Mel­bourne from De­cem­ber.

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