Recognised as one of Australia’s iconic National Landscapes, Kangaroo Island offers a wealth of inspiring nature-based experiences. There are many National and Conservation Parks on Kangaroo Island and a great way to see them all is to purchase a KI Family Tour Pass.
The National and Conservation Parks of Kangaroo Island cover almost one-third of the island and are ideal to explore on your next Kangaroo Island holiday.
Fees apply for entry to some parks and for camping. All visitors must display valid entry pass and camping permits where applicable. Fines apply for not doing so.
Kangaroo Island Parks not to be missed include:
- Seal Bay Conservation Park – Guided tours provide visitors with an exclusive opportunity to observe Australian sea lions in their natural environment of sand dunes, beach and ocean with an expert guide at your side. There is also a self-guiding boardwalk and lookout area, souvenir shop, interpretive centre and restrooms.
- Flinders Chase National Park – Some of Kangaroo Island’s best attractions can be found in Flinders Chase National Park, from abundant wildlife, amazing walking and hiking trails, to the wind-sculpted boulders of Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Cape du Coeudic Lighthouse and Cottages. The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail encompasses new and upgraded trails through Flinders Chase National Park, Kelly Hill Conservation Park and the Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area. Along with encounters with some of the island's most unique wildlife, the trail provides access to the iconic attractions of Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, Weirs Cove, Hanson Bay and Kelly Hill Caves. Visit the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre & Café to see the life-size mega fauna displays and a Fossil Dig Pit for the kids. A souvenir shop and restrooms are also available.
- Kelly Hill Conservation Park – This area consists of a maze of underground caves and tunnels. Join one of the regular show cave tours or join one of the caving expeditions. A souvenir and snack food shop with restrooms is set in a tranquil bush setting suitable for picnics.
- Cape Borda Lighstation – Stay in a lighthouse keeper’s cottage for something different , visit the on-site museum to see and read first-hand accounts of the hardship and isolation suffered by the lighthouse keeper, family and staff in the mid 1850’s. Don’t miss the 12.30pm tour for the daily firing of the cannon, once used to set shops clocks and as a warning device in foggy conditions.
- Cape Willoughby Conservation Park - Join one of the daily tours to learn more about South Australia’s first lighthouse, built in 1852. Stay in one of the cosy self-contained lighthouse keeper cottages and take the 1.9km self-guided heritage walk.
- Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park - D’Estrees Bay offers small bays and beaches and the chance to enjoy fishing and explore some wild coastal beaches as well as discover relics of early pastoral pursuits and a short lived whaling industry. Murray Lagoon is Kangaroo Island’s largest lagoon where, in season, you can see large numbers of waterbirds. Secluded campgrounds are also located at D’Estrees Bay and Murray Lagoon.
- Lashmar Conservation Park – Situated at the eastern end of the Kangaroo Island, this small park adjoins stunning Antechamber Bay where the Chapman River enters the bay. Great for fishing, bird watching, camping and visiting boutique wineries!