(September - November)
Spring on Kangaroo Island is a sight to see. The Island’s farming community opens their doors to welcome visitors, all the native plants are in full bloom and the wildlife come out to play in the sun. The days are warmer, longer and full of life. The activities on offer are endless, including hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, scuba diving, angling and more.
Get hot tips from the friendly locals on the best way to seek out a unique wildlife encounter. Animals can be found all year round but most come out to feed and play at night. If you’re lucky you’ll spot Kangaroo and Tammar Wallaby joeys exploring the world outside their mother’s pouch and returning to feed. Pygmy possums are awakening from their winter torpor at this time of year and echidnas will also be nursing their young. Sightings of the Australian Sea Lions basking in the sand are also common around the island.
photography and wildflowers
Keen photographers will love this time of year on the island, due to the blooming nature and colourful vegetation. Native wattles and orchids burst into flower, with honey bees appearing to gather nectar. About half of the island is covered in native vegetation – you won’t find unspoilt landscapes like this anywhere else in Australia. Permits are required for filming and photography for commercial purposes in South Australian parks and reserves. You can download the permits forms from www.environment.sa.gov.au/licenses-and-permits/filming-photography.
food and drink
Foodies will have plenty to enjoy, with oysters, marron and spring lamb all plentiful and season. Drop into see producers and taste treats like new season cheeses from the local sheep dairy, honey products from the honey farms and new season oysters on the American River. Restaurants will be filled with fresh produce too, and wineries will have their cellar doors open for tastings. Drop into breweries and distilleries for some welcoming Island hospitality. Kangaroo Island Farmers Market is also an excellent place to get an overview of the fresh seasonal produce. Why not buy a few tasty morsels and create your own picnic? There is no shortage of remote beaches, headlands and other private spots to settle down for an outdoor feast. The Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre in Penneshaw is also a great destination to select from an exciting collection of the Island’s produce.
The Island is home to 540 kilometres of coastline and from sunbathing, surfing, fishing, swimming to leisurely strolling, you’ll find that Kangaroo Island is a coastal paradise in springtime. Paddle a kayak or cast a line from the jetties, catching some of Australia’s freshest seafood.
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