One of Australia’s premier eco tourism destinations is becoming easier to visit thanks an airport expansion that has attracted direct flights from Qantas. Kangaroo Island is just 200 kilometres from the South Australia capital of Adelaide but was only accessible by ferry or limited air services. An AUD $18 million upgrade of the Kangaroo Island runway and terminal has allowed Qantas to offer direct flights from Adelaide and Melbourne during the island’s busy summer months. The flights will commence from December 2017, as part of an agreement between Qantas, the South Australian Government, Kangaroo Island Council and Adelaide Airport Limited. “Kangaroo Island is already one of our State’s most popular destinations and now thousands more people will get to experience one of our great natural wonders,” said South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill. “The Island is world-renowned for its premium food and wine and is the ultimate taste of Australia for visitors with its abundant wildlife.” “Kangaroo Island is a must-see destination for visitors to South Australia. It’s truly one of the most spectacular places to visit in Australia due to its rugged landscape and abundance of wildlife,” Young said. The airport upgrade and increased flights come as more tourists are expected to experience the $5.8 million Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, which opened last year and was ranked third on Lonely Planet’s list of top new travel destinations for 2017.