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Anywhere But Here: A Quick Hop Over to Kangaroo Island

by Jeralyn Gerba

Anywhere But Here: A Quick Hop Over to Kangaroo Island
The vagabonds at Forever Elsewhere know how to do Southern Australia! And take envy-inducing photos. Photo by Mitch Cox.

Taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Australia? That's the kind of change we can get behind. Researching the entire continent is overwhelming. But a tiny island off the southern coast feels like a good place to dive in.

KANGAROO ISLAND, Australia – Here's where my head's at today: I want to be somewhere very remote, away from televisions and Twitter and close to wild animals and rugged landscapes. Preferably in another season, in another hemisphere. Kangaroo Island is known as Australia's Galapagos, where unfettered wilderness — a third of which is designated as national park — is met with sustainable human design and noteworthy epicurean delights.

Let the virtual adventure begin.

Wilderness Trail

Walking path bridge over the Wilderness Trail's Snake Lagoon. Photo by Inspired Photography Collective.

The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
Flinders Chase National Park; +61-8-8553-4410
A minimal-impact trail with a few nighttime campsites, benches, and trail markers. Views of the coastline and namesake mascots abound (and literally bound). The 61-kilometer, five-day trek is best experienced March through November.

Pennington Bay
37 km. from Kingscote, 32 km. from Penneshaw
Beginner surfers and veterans alike can take advantage of the shallow sand banks that make even small swells super ride-able. A car park on a cliff makes for a nice spectating perch. Wear a full wetsuit, it's cold in these waters.

Food with a View

Total immersion. Photo courtesy of Sunset Food & Wine.

Sunset Food & Wine 
4564 Hog Bay Rd., Kangaroo Head; +61-8-8553-1378
Location, location, location: super local produce, super awesome ocean views. On the menu: Kanagroo Island oysters, Southrock lamb shoulder, local honey parfait. 

Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Rd.; +61-8-8559-5108
I want to be hugged by a wedge-tailed eagle. Plain and simple. Many of the gorgeous creatures in the in-flight presentations have been orphaned or injured and need full-time care. The birds of prey that live at the rehabilitation center become ambassadors for their species. It's walkable from Seal Bay, home to a colony of endangered Australian sea lions.

Home on the Range

At home on the range. Photo courtesy of Southern Ocean Lodge.

Southern Ocean Lodge
Hanson Bay Rd., Kingscote; +61-2-9918-4355
Twenty-one suites are set back on a cliff overlooking the ocean on one side and the national park on the other. Fireplaces, soaking tubs, and glass-walls help bring the outside in and the inside out. 


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Jeralyn is Fathom's co-founder and editorial director and NYC's biggest fan. You can follow her at @jgerba Instagram, and Pinterest. She travels for the ancient ruins and the future relics.
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