On Kangaroo Island, animals abounds every way you look. It is as diverse as it is plentiful. So, it’s with good reason that Kangaroo Island is considered by many to be one of the best places in Australia to view wildlife.
All wildlife is beautiful and in a place like Kangaroo Island you are gunna see a lot over the course of a trip. From dolphins to kangaroos, goannas to cormorants, we had some amazing sightings of lots of nature’s very special creatures.
Last week we did an article on Trusted Travel regular, Kristin’s, most beautiful places in Kangaroo Island. This time round we look back at Kristin’s top 3 wildlife and animal experiences during her time on the island. Enjoy! 😊
#3 – Koala’s While Kayaking
Not far from the shores of the beautiful Vivonne Bay, you can find Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action. They do quad bike tours and various outdoor activities. Trusted Travel were keen to dip an oar so we hired a kayak and paddled up the beautiful Harriet River where we met some unexpected friends.
“We went canoeing and we heard this deep noise near the shore. We paddled in to see what it was and there was a koala in a low tree right in front of us. We tried to give him some space but it was very cool being that close still.
When we got out of the canoe there was a mumma koala and a joey right there in a tree near the car.”
#2 – Raptor Domain Birds of Prey
Not technically a wildlife experience (the birds are trained), Raptor Domain offers educational shows that focus on the conservation of Australian native birds. All their birds are rescued and for some reason unable to be returned to the wild.
Their trainers are very passionate and they even offer the chance to hold some of their more impressive birds.
“I got to hold a wedge-tailed eagle. It was so heavy I couldn’t hold it for very long without my arm getting sore. The trainers said that wasn’t even a big one.
I also got to hold and owl which was very cute. I was allowed to pat that one”
#1 – Australian Sea Lions at Seal Bay
Not to be confused with the fur seals that abound on the island, Seal Bay is home to the world’s most accessible colony of endangered Australian Sea Lions anywhere in the world. Being on the beach amongst these giant creatures is like something out of a David Attenborough documentary. The large males can weigh up to 400kg!
“It was great being down on the beach to see them up close. There was a really big one that was getting agro with the younger males. That was impressive.
On the walk back up there was a sea lion hanging out right under the board walk. It was looking me straight in the eyes”