through October is an ideal period to enjoy the flowering flora with the
wildlife including: Goannas, Koalas, Kangaroos, Tammar Wallabies, Brushtail
Possum, Western and Little Pygmy Possum, Sooty Dunnart, Bush and Swamp Rat,
Short Beaked Echidna, Southern Brown Bandicoot, Rosenbergs Sand Goanna,
Platypus, Black Tiger Snake, Pygmy Copperhead, Australian Sea Lion, New Zealand
Fur Seal, Australian Fur Seals, Dolphins, and Whales just to name a few.
Then there is the bird life, with over 250 recorded bird species. These include:
Superb Fairy-wren, Noisy Rainbow, Purple-crowned Lorikeets, Crimson Rosella,
Honeyeater, Bush (Southern) Stone-Curlew, Southern Emu-Wren, Firetail,
Bassian Thrush, Western Whipbird, Hooded Plover, White Bellied Sea-Eagle,
Osprey, the popular Little Penguins, and the rarer Glossy Black Cockatoo.
to increase your chances of seeing the wildlife throughout the island, you
should be aware that many of the mammals are nocturnal, that 'wild animals'
frighten easily, and successfully viewing is usually from a distance, especially
when you do not interrupt their natural behaviour.
found on the island are the unique Ligurian Bees. Twelve hives of the Ligurian
Bee was brought to the island in 1881, by August Fiebig, from the Italian
Province of Liguria. He established an apiary near Penneshaw and since then no
other breeds of bee have been introduced to Kangaroo Island. The present-day
honey bees on the island are now all descendants of those twelve hives and
unique in the world. Renown for their gentle nature and golden colour, the
Ligurian Bees on Kangaroo Island are used for breeding and exported interstate
and overseas. Take the time to taste some of the honey and many other local
If fishing is your interest, there is much to enjoy from just dangling a line
from a jetty, fishing from the beaches, rocks, rivers, or charter a deep sea
Check out our listing of
Kangaroo Island accommodation.
In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local
tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local
maps and other information.