Being the third largest island in Australia, Kangaroo Island is one of the highly selected destinations of adventure seekers in the region. It is located after Tasmania and Melville Island, in the state of South Australia. The island’s largest town and its administrative centre is the Kingscote.
Apart from its unique position in the map, Kangaroo Island hosts several natural reserves that protect the remaining natural vegetation and native animals in the area. The island attracts more than 140,000 visitors annually, where Europeans accounts to 25% of its overall tourism volume.
But, planning a trip to Kangaroo Island is not that easy. It requires preparation and further research to ensure you are getting the best trip to this magical island, filled with adventures, even if you’ll be there for a short or long period of stay. Here’s a post to help you prepare ahead:
Hire local transportation instead
The best option to cut some travel cost going to Kangaroo Island is to rent a car in there or bring a hire car from the mainland. Even if you are staying for a long period of time, it will save you a big amount of money if you just hire a car. However, it’s best to know the exclusions of renting one. Some providers will not allow you to travel on unlaced roads, which will make you miss out plenty of attraction. For those planning to take their own car, coordinate with the ferry company to know the full procedure.
In terms of petrol, it’s best to load up in mainland than on the island. The cost will be 1.5 times than the former, so better fill up before you come over. Decide to full your tank in the mainland before you leave. It’s not a small island, so a car is necessary to get around.
Consider the time of the year you’ll visit
This Australian island experience one of the best weather and climate in the continent. It never gets too hot or too cold on Kangaroo Island, with an average temperature of 11 to 19 degree Celsius. During June to September is the winter season where it gets mild and wet, while summer starts in December and ends in February. Just like summer in the other region in Australia, it can be pretty warm and dry in the island too, especially in February, which is the hottest month of the year. May to September is the rainy season, so carry the appropriate clothes and waterproof items.
Kangaroo Island is not safe from natural disasters that plagues the nation, such as bushfires, earthquakes, as well as hurricanes and storms during rainy seasons. This natural disasters guide provides effective tips on how to survive these unexpected natural calamities and maps of the areas that are prone to these disasters. But, given its mild temperature, Kangaroo Island can be visited any time of the year. But, it pays off to be prepared of any sudden weather changes to pack the right clothes and items on your trip.
Buy the necessary grocery items in the mainland
It will save you plenty of cash if you will buy the necessary grocery items in the mainland before your trip to the island, especially bottled water. There are groceries in Kingscote and Penneshaw. Apart from these two locations, you will only get to find smaller shops with limited supply and inflated prices. Bring as much food (light snacks) and bottled water to take on the trip. Water is highly limited here. Some areas do not have mains water and rely heavily on rainwater.
Here are more important tips to help you get by on your trip to Kangaroo Island:
· If you plan to do all the activities covered by the Kangaroo Island Parks Pass, get one as it will save you money. Otherwise, pay for each tour individually.
· There are not many places to eat out in the area. There are a couple of restaurants in Kingscote that are suitable for children, but there are a few choices.
· Kangaroo Island comes with limited phone reception. Only Pennenshaw and Kingscote receive decent phone signal. It’s okay, you’ll get to appreciate nature more without technology anyway.
· The name of the island will not mislead you. Kangaroo Island comes with lots of jumping and sometimes resting kangaroos and wallabies. But, the best time to see them is at dusk and during early morning.
Kangaroo Island is one of the best Australian spots for adventure-seeking and nature-loving travellers. But, preparation will help you get a long way, especially if you are on a budget.