Kangaroo Island is the third-largest island in Australia, after Tasmania and Melville Island. Kangaroo Island lies in the South Australia state 112 km (70 miles) southwest of Adelaide. The closest point to mainland is Snapper Point located in Backstairs Passage, 13.5 km (8.4 miles) from Fleurieu Peninsula. In 2011 the population of Kangaroo Island was 4,420 on a total area of 4,405 km2 (1,701 ml2).
Previously occupied by Australian Aborigines, native population disappeared after this land became an island due to rising sea levels thousand years ago. Subsequently, it was resettled from early 19th century onwards, initially casually by whalers and sealers, and then as part of South Australia colony from 1836. Since then the economy of Kangaroo Island has been particularly agricultural, with southern rock lobster fishery and tourism growing in importance. The biggest town, and administrative centre, is Kingscote.
Kangaroo Island has several nature reserves protecting the remnants of its native animals and natural vegetation, with the largest and most popular being Flinders Chase National Park situated at the western end.
The island boasts 12 wineries and 30 wine growers. The first vineyard was planted close to Eastern Cove in 1976. The first wine made 1982, blended with Tolleys Barossa and sold as KI-Barossa blend from the cellar door of Eastern Cove Wine. Florance vineyard was founded under supervision of B.Hayes, who produced Eastern Cove Cygnet, its first wine, and introduced it in 1990 at the University of South Australia. The wine carried the Kangaroo Island appellation label as the first 100% of the region.
Kangaroo Island is also noted for its honey and Ligurian honey bees. Kangaroo has the only disease-free and pure-bred population of this type of bee in the world. The exporting of queen bees is notable industry for the island and there are quarantine restrictions on bringing bee-handling equipment and bee products onto Kangaroo Island.
Kangaroo Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Kangaroo Island dock (anchor) at Penneshaw - port town on the eastern coast.
- SeaLink operates ferry service (vehicle and passenger) daily between Cape Jervis (south of Adelaide) and the Penneshaw port. There are two SeaLink ferries to Kangaroo Island - "SeaLion 2000" and "Spirit of Kangaroo Island". The journey lasts about 45 min, crossing a distance of 16 km (10 ml).
Port Kangaroo Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Kangaroo Island, Penneshaw, South Australia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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