Welcome to Exceptional Kangaroo Island. If you want extraordinary wildlife encounters, excellent local produce and warm hospitality, this large Island off the coast of South Australia is a destination without peer. With significant conservation reserved and few introduced plants and animals biologists refer to Kangaroo Island as "the closest to what temperate Australia was like at the time of European settlement."The Island's diverse landscapes provide habitat for sealions, fur seals, endemic kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, echidnas, platypus, goannas, 255 bird species (many rare or endangered), possums, bandicoots and even whales. Except for whales, which pass through in winter, these are present all year-round.