About Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island (KI) is 145kms long and 50kms wide and has 450kms of coastline. The island is located 16km off the coast of South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula (Cape Jervis – which is 80kms from South Australia’s capital city and gateway, Adelaide). KI is best accessed by scheduled air services direct from Adelaide (30 minute flight) or by ferry from Cape Jervis (for those with own vehicle).
Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest Island with over 32% of the island conserved in National or Conservation Parks.
Around 12,000 years ago Kangaroo Island was a part of mainland Australia, and when it broke away it isolated many native plants and animals of which now inhabit Kangaroo Island and thrive without threat from introduced predators or disease. Many of these are different from their relatives on mainland – the Kangaroo Island kangaroo is a distinct sub-species of the western grey kangaroo, the endangered Glossy-black cockatoo is also an Island sub-species including the Sooty Dunnart (a small marsupial carnivore) also found nowhere else on earth.
The Island’s diverse landscapes provide habitat for sea lions, fur seals, endemic kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, echidnas, platypus, goannas, 243 bird species (many rare or endangered), possums, bandicoots, and even a pod of resident dolphins who visit Life Time on a regular basis.
Location, Roads, Distances, Shopping and Facilities:
Life Time Private Retreats is located 45 minutes drive from Kingscote Airport or 1.5 hours from the ferry terminal at Penneshaw. Some of the journey is on unsealed roads where great care needs to be taken at all times (especially at twilight when the animals start to venture out for the night).
As there are no shops near Life Time, we advise that you stock up with food and petrol in Kingscote or Penneshaw once you get to the island and note – some hire car companies do not cover you for insurance if you drive at night so please check your arrival times to the island.