Twelve thousand years ago Kangaroo Island was part of mainland Australia. The Ice Age and low sea levels allowed the Island to be populated with an amazing array of wildlife. Kangaroo Island’s plants and animals are now isolated and are clearly different from their mainland relatives.
The Island’s diverse landscapes are home to sea lions, fur seals, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, echidnas, platypus, goannas, 253 bird species (many rare or endangered), possums, bandicoots and even whales which pass through its waters in winter. But it’s not all about wildlife — the Island’s farmers run sheep, cattle and produce some extraordinary quality foods whilst the grape growers complement that with elegant wines.
The wildlife, farmland and rugged coast, combined with friendly locals producing wonderful food often elicits the response from guests — “...at last I feel like I am in Australia”.
Former wildlife ranger and Islander Craig Wickham, Exceptional Kangaroo Island’s founder, has assembled a team of dedicated, sharp-eyed, outdoor enthusiasts who combine the role of naturalists, historians, driver, guides and storytellers who share their knowledge of the Island’s plants, animals and people. The promise is “good food, good wine and wildlife in the wild”.