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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.

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