With its 500 kilometers of coastline, Kangaroo Island, the third largest Australian island by area, offers many opportunities for surfing enthusiasts, starting with surfers who can enjoy the many deserted breaks hidden in bays at the base of wild cliffs. Gone with the wind. Among these places, Vivian Bay. Accessible by road, this six kilometer stretch of white sand beach, once voted “Australia’s most beautiful beach”, is suitable for both beginners and experienced surfers, with waves varying in difficulty depending on where you are on the beach. . Further west, small tides, this location works best with northwest or west winds. Bennington Bay, which is busier than the others, with northwesterly winds, is perfect for beginners, while Hanson Bay, with northeasterly or northerly winds, is reserved for better, more experienced surfers. If the wind blows northwest or west, choose D’Estrees Bay, located in the southeast of the island.
Surfing is not the island’s only maritime asset. The clear waters of Kangaroo Bay offer the best moderate water diving conditions in Australia. Dive into the blue waters along the island’s coast and you’ll discover walls of gorgonians and numerous marine species such as the blue devil, porphyry or leafy sea dragon, the seahorses of southern Australia. There are also about sixty wrecks along the coast of the island. You can swim with dolphins and meet sea lions or even giant dolphins. For snorkeling and swimming, choose the North Beach. The sea is much shallower than the south coast of the island and therefore dangerous for families.
Vivonne Bay is one of the most beautiful surf spots on the island and is easily accessible by road.
Discover wildlife in its natural environment
In addition to waters ideal for surfing and diving, Kangaroo Island, easily accessible by plane from Adelaide (south of Australia) or by sea from Cape Jervis, is one of the most beautiful places for those looking to discover the Australian essence. Fauna in a small area. Nature rules here. By exploring the island’s roads on foot or by car, you will be able to observe many animals in their natural habitat, especially some of the island’s species of kangaroos, or koalas, wallabies, penguins, seal fur or the very rare black cockatoo. Divided into seven regions – Dudley Peninsula, American River, Kingscote, Heartland, North Coast, West End and South Coast – the island is dotted with national parks and nature reserves, occupying over a third of its land area.
You can swim with dolphins and meet sea lions or even giant dolphins.
Finder Chase, the island’s largest nature reserve, is home to remarkable cliffs and Admiral’s Arch, two stunning natural attractions. There you can find many endangered species like the Dunnard, a small marsupial that shares its environment with monitor lizards and snakes or local species of bats and frogs. Cape Willoughby Nature Park was the first lighthouse built in South Australia.
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