Regions of Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island Information
The South West of Kangaroo Island
Most visitors to Kangaroo Island incorporate a visit to Seal Bay and to the Flinders Chase National Park. It is a very good idea to allow at least 8 hours to fully savour all of this natural Kangaroo Island beauty, and spend plenty of time observing all the wildlife that can be seen along the way.
With all of this in mind, it is recommended that these two exceptional sites be separated in to two one day trips. Accordingly, Seal Bay is incorporated into a separate tour of the South Coast.
Depart Kingscote along the Playford Highway to the Airport intersection, then follow the Birchmore Highway. Allow 1 hour to reach Vivonne Bay.
Penneshaw and American River you travel past the Kingscote Airport,
turning left on to the Birchmore Highway. Allow 1 hour 15 minutes from
American River; 1 hour 20 minutes from Penneshaw to reach Vivonne Bay.
Bay has been voted as the best beach in Australia, and can only be described
as a stunningly beautiful beach. The long curved sandy beach is a superb
site for picnics, swimming, beach combing, or fishing expeditions. Experienced
surfers may enjoy the tremendous turquoise waters. Fishing from the
jetty, beach, boats, or the Harriet River mouth is excellent.
The beach can be reached by taking either of the roads off to the left just past the Vivonne Bay Store. Safe swimming areas are near the jetty and boat ramp, or the sandy bottomed Harriet River that enters the bay nearby. Elsewhere the bay has an undertow that should be respected.
On the other side of the Harriet River, the Vivonne Bay western headland, Point Ellen, provides photographers with spectacular coastal scenery views with the Southern Ocean sending its waves crashing on to the cliff face.
Bay is the only safe harbour on the south coast of the Island and is
the base for a fleet of cray and game fishing boats. Four world record
tuna catches have been made off these shores.
area features an extensive undulating limestone ridges that are covered
in dense mallee with stunted coastal heath along the coastline.
a further 16 km west to the Flinders Visitor Information Center, headquarters
for the Flinders Chase National Park.
Here you can view the lighthouse, which was constructed in 1906, and considered to be the Island's finest structure. With the automation of the lighthouse, the nearby keeper's residences are available for short term tourist accommodation.
After parking your vehicle proceed down the walkway to Admirals Arch. This area is also home to a colony of New Zealand Fur Seals.
On return to your vehicle, proceed 4 km east of Cape du Couedic to Remarkable Rocks, you may also choose to detour to Weirs Cove. The old jetty and light house store ruins visually depict the extreme isolation of the area in early development of Australia.
A huge cluster of weather sculptured granite boulders perched on a large granite dome that drops 75 metres to the sea. You will need to park your vehicle and walk down to the rocks on the boardwalk provided
We recommend 3 to 4 Days on Kangaroo Island is if you want to see a good sample of the scenic & wildlife wonders of Kangaroo Island.
The South West Coast of Kangaroo Island - Kangaroo Island Tourist Information
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