Kangaroo Island, otherwise known as KI, is Australia's third largest island. It is situated in South Australia, just off the coast of Cape Jervis, which is approximately 100 kms south of Adelaide. Access to the island is via ferry from Cape Jervis or a short flight from Adelaide. The diverse terrain has come under less pressure than the mainland. Consequently, the natural habitat has remained largely intact and has become Australia's premier wildlife destination. About a third of the island has been designated a conservation area. There are plenty of opportunities for visitors to interact with the terrain and the wildlife. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
2.Penneshaw Penguin and Wildlife Night Walking Tours
3.Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park
4.Hope Cottage Museum
5.Parndana Soldier Settler Museum
6.Penneshaw Maritime and Folk Museum
8.KI Bush Getaway
9.Kelly Hill Conservation Park
9 Best Things to Do on Kangaroo Island, Australia
- Seal Bay, Photo: armandele/stock.adobe.com
- Penneshaw Penguin and Wildlife Night Walking Tours, Photo: emmajay1/stock.adobe.com
- Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, Photo: shubas/stock.adobe.com
- Hope Cottage Museum, Photo: Hope Cottage Museum
- Parndana Soldier Settler Museum, Photo: Parndana Soldier Settler Museum
- Penneshaw Maritime and Folk Museum, Photo: Penneshaw Maritime and Folk Museum
- Andermel, Photo: nikkytok/stock.adobe.com
- KI Bush Getaway, Photo: KI Bush Getaway
- Kelly Hill Conservation Park, Photo: susan flashman/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Andrea Izzotti/stock.adobe.com
More Ideas in Australia: Uluru-Kata Tjuta
In the western deserts of Australia lies ancient lands the traditional aboriginal people protect. These sacred lands are found well into the Australian Bush, where red desert, gigantic rock formations, and fauna completely unique to Australia all make up this wonderful park.
For many thousands of years, the aboriginal people of Australia have been stewards over the lands until the white colonization some centuries ago. Throughout the years, traditional tribes have worked with the Australian government to live in peace, and the government has respected their wishes and laws.
Understanding the history of the Anangu people is the essence of visiting Uluru. Their culture is a very complex structure of spiritual deities known as 'ancestors' that formed the lands thousands of years ago. The animals are referred to as sacred, rock formations and water holes are commonly referred to as 'grandmother' or similar family words, because they believe that those sites are their ancestors. The Anangu have created many traditions through art, dance, ritual, and techniques unique to their tribe.
The journey through the lands isn't just a tour through ancient lands like nowhere else in the world, but it is more of a cultural journey, as visitors learn how the Anangu people have lived and thrived on the lands for thousands of years. The government of Australia works with the Anangu people to help them protect the lands that are under an ancient and specific law of the Anangu people.
Uluru is 348 meters tall and sits at 860 meters above sea level. The base circumference of Uluru is 9.4 kilometers. Uluru became a national park in 1950 however, in 1958, Uluru (then known as Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (then known as Mt. Olga) were seized from the aboriginal people. After 35 years of tenacious campaigning, the Anangu people were finally recognized as the traditional owners and were awarded the deed to the land. Today, Parks Australia leases the land from the Anangu people to manage it jointly as a National Park.
Things to Do at Uluru
Experiences at the Uluru park are very different from person to person. This is because the Anangu people teach their ways to visitors and every teaching and experience is 100% customized.
Sunset Over Uluru- Watching a sunset is amazing but watching the sunset over this park is a spectacle that inspires wonder and respect among visitors. The colors of the sky change as the sun sets over the enormous rock formations. The park has two separate places that are best for viewing the sunset that can be found on the park map.
Cultural Center- Everything about the Uluru Park is in the cultural center. Visitors can find Anangu in the center that share stories of their history, paint pictures and rocks with visitors, and happily answer any questions visitors may have during their visit. Artifacts, art, and exhibits inhabit the Cultural Center for visitors to self-guide themselves through. New pieces and exhibits open frequently because there is always something new being added to the already large collection. Visitors enjoy the café to have some lunch and drinks as well as some local unique items on the menu. Inside the Cultural Center
Walking the Base of Uluru- An accessible 10.6 km trail wraps around Uluru offering beautiful views of the rock and the many diverse plant and animal species that make their home there. Anangu culture can be experienced up close and personal on this leisurely walk.
Mala Walk- Mala Walks are available every day and guided by park rangers. Participants will learn the history of the Mala people who are the ancestors to the Anangu as well as see traditional culture of the Anangu and ancient rock art. These walks are accessible.
Kuniya Walk- This walk around the base of Uluru starts at Kuniya car park and ends at the Mutitjulu waterhole. Visitors will learn about the ancestral water snake believed to have lived in the waterhole. The cavern is full of birds in the warmer months that fly the warm thermal winds.
Talinguru Nyakunytjaku- This look out point from the sand dunes offers breathtaking sunset and sunrise views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. There are also check points on the accessible walk that educate on the Anangu.
Walpa Gorge Walk- This walk is fairly easy but not accessible, is 2.6 km long and takes walkers through the gorge, along the stream where a spear wood grove is located. This walk goes around Kata Tjuta.
The Valley of the Winds Walks- This walk is a moderate to difficult trek and winds visitors through The Valley of the Winds.
Kata Tjuta Dune Walk- The walk is short and offers views of the dunes at Kata Tjuta where the sunrise and sunsets cause colors changes across the landscape.
Shopping and Dining
The Cultural Center located in the heart of the Uluru Park has many shops to which visitors can buy handmade items made by the local people. These items can include special bowls, utensils, painted rocks, art, jewelry, and other tools and accessories the Anangu have been making for centuries.
Clothing and body accessories can be found in the gift shop of the Cultural Center, but there are many Anangu people who sell their wares throughout the park, so visitors can have a full shopping experience and come out of the park with something they love and will cherish along with the knowledge and memories of the people who welcomed them into their culture.
Among a few places in the entire park, there are places inside the Cultural Center that visitors can grab a bite to eat. The items on the menu include traditional and modern Australian food along with some special Anangu items. There is also a café for coffee and tea lovers and places to buy bottled water and other refreshments for the journey through the Uluru Park.
Parks Australia, Street Address Lasseter Highway Uluru, NT 0872 Australia, Phone: +61-8-89-56-11-28
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