Kangaroo Island & Flinders Ranges Holidays

Dramatic geologic features, wildlife havens and incredible stargazing.

For those wishing to delve deeper into South Australia’s natural beauty, then a visit to Kangaroo Island and the Flinders Ranges is a must. Often described as ‘Australia’s Galápagos’, wildlife enthusiasts will not be disappointed with a visit to Kangaroo Island where there is a good chance of seeing many of Australia’s native species including koalas, platypus, echidnas, kookaburras, wallabies and, of course, kangaroos. The rugged coastline is also home to some award-winning wineries and craft gin distilleries.

The Flinders Ranges is South Australia’s outback region. It’s home to the Adnyamathanha Aboriginal community who call the area Ikara, meaning meeting place. Wilpena Pound is just one of the highlights of this 600-million-year-old landscape – a vast natural amphitheatre of rocky gorges and towering peaks stretching five miles wide and 10 miles long, best appreciated from a scenic flight. The dark night sky of the Flinders Ranges offers some of the best stargazing opportunities in the country.

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Kangaroo Island & Flinders Ranges Hotels

Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Kangaroo Island & Flinders Ranges


Combining a wildlife-rich wilderness setting with elegant accommodation, Arkaba executes ‘wild bu...

Rawnsley Park Station

Secluded and serene, Rawnsley Park Station offers breathtaking views across the Central Flinders...

Wilpena Pound Resort

This well-run bush resort is the only accommodation inside the Flinders Ranges National Park.

Flinders Chase Focus, Kangaroo Island

Spend a day exploring the highlights and nature of Kangaroo Island. The day begins in a private wildlife refuge in Kangaroo Island’s northwest corner, where you’ll get an introduction to the island’s fire ecology and see how the land is recovering after devastating fires. Lunch is served in the bush or on a clifftop with South Australian wine, beer, and soft drinks. After lunch, you’ll travel into Flinders Chase National Park and explore the aptly named Remarkable Rocks, a striking natural sculpture eroded by 500 million years of wind, sea, and rain. There’s more evidence of the power of the Southern Ocean at Admirals Arch, a coastal cave accessed by a boardwalk, where a large colony of fur seals swim and play in the crashing waves.

• Duration: 7½ hours
• Start time: 7am
• Departs daily
• Operates year-round
• Group experience

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Where are Kangaroo Island & the Flinders Ranges?
Kangaroo lsland lies just 13 kilometres off the coast of South Australia and is accessible by a 30-minute flight from Adelaide airport or a 45-minute ferry ride from Cape Jervis. The Flinders Ranges is 500 kilometres north of Adelaide and is about a 5-hour drive from the state capital.

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Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island and is a popular and accessible wilderness attraction. The island’s capital, Kingscote, is South Australia’s oldest settlement and natural highlights include the Remarkable Rocks and Admiral Arch, as well as every landscape from soaring cliffs to dense forests and towering sand dunes. Aside from its abundant wildlife and dramatic landscapes, Kangaroo Island is known for its local produce with oysters, honey and even lavender-infused scones to try. The island also produces its own craft beers, botanical gin and there are several boutique wineries open for tastings.

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The Flinders Ranges
The Flinders Ranges have a sunburnt, empty landscape of ochre-coloured mountains and wild bushland inhabited mainly by emus and kangaroos. Unique formations here include spectacular Wilpena Pound – a crater-like feature forming a vast natural amphitheatre that rivals Uluru for its colour-changing beauty. With clear skies day and night, the area is also renowned for its excellent stargazing. Wilpena Pound can be reached on a tour or self-drive from Adelaide.

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Wildlife thrives on the island and you’re likely to spot much more than just the ubiquitous kangaroo – fur seals and sea lions, wallabies, koalas and platypus all call Kangaroo Island home. Seal Bay is home to thousands of sea lions and one of the few places where you can see them so closely. There are over 260 bird species including rare species such as the glossy black cockatoo that is no longer found on the mainland. Despite the harsh environment, the Flinders Ranges is also home to plenty of wildlife. Stay at Akarba where safaris go in search of rock wallabies, red and western grey kangaroos whilst their guided walks may bring you closer to echindas, bearded dragons and snakes.

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