South Aus­tralia’s Kan­ga­roo Is­land.

DestinAsian - - DEPARTMENTS - —James Louie

An­chored off the shores of South Aus­tralia, sparsely pop­u­lated Kan­ga­roo Is­land—known to lo­cals as K.I.—is a magnet for fans of weird and won­der­ful wildlife, es­pe­cially dur­ing the warm, dry months of the south­ern sum­mer. More than a third of its 4,400odd square kilo­me­ters is pro­tected park­land that shel­ters rab­bit­size wal­la­bies and elu­sive platy­puses, echid­nas and bandi­coots and pos­sums, en­dan­gered glossy black cock­a­toos, and (of course) kan­ga­roos aplenty. K.I.’s rugged land­scapes are equally thrilling: the year-old Kan­ga­roo Is­land Wilder­ness Trail in the south­west takes in tow­er­ing sea cliffs, bone-white beaches, fresh­wa­ter la­goons, and ge­o­log­i­cal land­marks such as the aptly named Re­mark­able Rocks. And when meal­time comes around, vis­i­tors can look for­ward to a din­ing scene un­der­pinned by de­li­cious lo­cal seafood, wine, and pro­duce, in­clud­ing honey made by pure­bred Lig­urian bees.

A scenic spot at South­ern Ocean Lodge, the is­land’s ac­claimed cliff-top re­treat.

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