The Fleurieu Peninsula is located south of Adelaide in South Australia, Australia. This region covers a number of towns, including Victor Harbour, Goolwa, Yankalilla and the wine region of McLaren Vale. Kangaroo Island lies 13 kilometres offshore from Cape Jervis, located on the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula. A ferry frequently travels connecting Cape Jervis and Kangaroo Island, making the journey between the two fairly simple and stress- free. The peninsula and island are often best viewed through aerial photographs, which best capture the natural beauty of these two regions. Add to Description →
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Kangaroo Island is approximately 145 kilometres long and between 900 m and 57 km wide, depending, of course, where you are situated on the island. It covers an area of about 4, 405 square kilometres and is the third largest island in Australia- after Tasmania and Melville Island. Approximately 4, 400 people live permanently on the island, around one quarter of them residing in the coastal town of Kingscote.
Kangaroo Island's economy relies heavily on its agricultural industry. This industry includes the production of wine, wool, meat and grain. Kangaroo Island is also famous for its manufacture of honey and it is the oldest bee sanctuary in the world. The first bees were imported from the Italian province of Liguria in 1881 and now Kangaroo Island has the only pure strand in the world. Tourism and fishing also play large roles in supporting Kangaroo Island's economy.
Almost one third of the total land area is protected in National and Conservation Parks, as well as five Wilderness Protection Areas, due to the fact that almost half the island has never been cleared of vegetation. Flinders Chase National Park, Seal Bay Conservation Park, Cape Gantheaume Wilderness Protection Area and Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area are just to name a few of the national parklands that populate the land mass of Kangaroo Island.
Kangaroo Island also offers many places of interest to the humble tourist. Seal Bay allows for a guided tour of the basking sea lions; Little Sahara offers huge sand dunes on the south coast; Flinders Chase National Park which includes the Remarkable Rocks, Admiral's Arch, lighthouses at Cape Borda and Cape de Couedic as well as multiple park walks and camping sites and Kelly Hill Caves which offers ranger guided tours of massive, breath-taking caves. The climate is usually fairly temperate, winters being mild and wet, summers warm and dry, making this spot, a popular tourist destination all year round.