Kangaroo Island by the Numbers

Remarkable Rocks - Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail | Morgan Sette
Remarkable Rocks - Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail | Morgan Sette

If you like numbers, Kangaroo Island is your place. It’s got lots of everything, and if you add all the everythings up, they equate to the simple fact that it’s about time for a trip to this wild and special place.

We offer a range of active adventures on this wonderful exotic island that’s both large in stature and large in numbers.

1, 1, 1

There is one national park (Flinders Chase NP—one of Australia’s oldest) on Kangaroo Island. The island is home to the single oldest protected aquatic area in South Australia (Pelican Lagoon). It’s also home to a historical whaling station.


There are two lighthouses on Kangaroo Island.


Kangaroo Island’s Seal Bay is a protected areas that boasts the third largest colony of Australian sea lions.

Remarkable Rocks - Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail |  <i>Julie Fletcher</i>

4, 4

Kangaroo Island is home to four marine parks. Also, there are four are very special animals on Kangaroo Island. They include the Australian sea lion, long-nosed fur seals, Australian fur seals, and tammar wallabies. (Kangaroo Island is home to the largest remaining population of tammar wallabies in Australia; you’ll know them when you see them—they have a dark grey coat and reddish arms, feet, and flanks.)


There are five wilderness protection areas on Kangaroo Island.


That’s how many conservation parks there are on Kangaroo Island.


There are 27 designated geologic monuments. There are some of the tallest cliffs in South Australia. There are wind-carved granite boulders and spectacular outcrops of tightly folded, thinly bedded schists.

Exploring beaches on the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail |  <i>Isabelle Hardinge</i>


There are dozens of habitats (beach and shore, coastal cliff, limestone reefs, islands, sheltered bays estuaries, salt marshes, sea-grass meadows, sandy sea floors and deep-water trenches—to name a few).

155 and 55

That’s how long and wide Kangaroo Island is in kilometres. That’s about the size of Bali or Singapore.

Two thirds

Two-thirds of the coast of Kangaroo Island is protected by four marine parks, meaning you’re going to see sea creatures as easily as you would anywhere on earth. Dolphins, whales, sharks, harlequin fish, western blue devils, crabs, groupers, ospreys, white-bellied sea eagles, white-faced storm petrels—if you can think of an Australian bird or fish, Kangaroo Island probably has it.

Other numbers?

You’re likely to also see goannas, eagles, waterfowl (swans and ducks), grassbirds, sea birds (pelicans and gulls), and even the endangered glossy black cockatoo. It’s no wonder Kangaroo Island once boasted its own species of emu.

So, there are a few numbers for Kangaroo Island. And if you do the maths properly, you will realize it’s about time for a trip to this wild and special place.

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