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Welcome to Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

Australia's third largest island is home to colonies of sea lions, fairy penguins, pelicans, marine life and, of course, kangaroos, and provides so much to do and discover that visitors are advised to stay for at least two days. Kangaroo Island is situated eight miles (13km) from the mainland of South Australia. It is inhabited by a small farming community that produces speciality foods - this, combined with the fact that the fishing is excellent, means it is worth visiting for the food alone. The island separated from the mainland during the last Ice Age, and has many plants and animals no longer found elsewhere. A third of the island is protected to preserve the natural heritage. Organised tours visit the parks and protected waterways, or visitors can 'do-it-yourself' with the aid of a walking trails brochure available at the tourist office and many of the hotels. Walking close to wildlife is a unique experience - glance around at kangaroos, wallabies, goannas, echidnas, possums and platypus; along the coast watch dolphins and seals frolic while penguins come to roost.

Information & Facts

Howard Drive, Penneshaw (Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre)
English is the official language of Australia.

The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies (e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout the country. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.

Opening Times
The Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre is open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays, and from 10am to 4pm on weekends and public holidays
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