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  • 5.0Value
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Situated 130 miles southwest of Adelaide, this lush island features 316 miles of coastline and more than 24 protected areas. Animals commonly found on Kangaroo Island include koalas, sea lions and an array of birds. Hikers will appreciate the 23-plus trails nestled throughout the island, while adrenaline junkies can explore the area by kayak, bike, horse or all-terrain vehicle. What's more, you can climb a lighthouse, dive near shipwrecks and sample local specialties like honey and marron (Australia's version of a lobster).

According to recent visitors, must-do Kangaroo Island activities include hiking and spotting seals at Flinders Chase National Park; sipping locally made liquors at Kangaroo Island Spirits; and taking an ATV tour of the area. However, some bemoaned the long driving times to reach certain parts of the island. To avoid tacking on additional travel time for attractions after an hours-long drive from Adelaide, consider staying a night or two at one of the island's hotels.

Public transportation from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island is not available, but 30-minute flights from Adelaide Airport to the island's Kingscote Airport (KGC) are offered daily through Regional Express. One-way airfares start at 138.64 Australian dollars (about $105) per person. You can also travel by car to Cape Jervis and use a SeaLink Kangaroo Island vehicle or passenger ferry to get to the island.

Once on Kangaroo Island, you'll need to drive or use the city's ROCKHOPPER shuttle service, which makes limited stops on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Advance bookings are required for ROCKHOPPER; one-way fares cost AU$10 ($7.50) for adults and AU$5 (roughly $4) for children, while round-trip rides are AU$10 ($7.50) or AU$20 ($15) per person. Visit the Kangaroo Island Council's website for ROCKHOPPER service maps and schedules, and for more information about Kangaroo Island, check out Tourism Kangaroo Island's official website.

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Adelaide Botanic Garden offers eight gardens, a wetland and a forest, as well as architectural marvels like the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Santos Museum of Economic Botany. Noteworthy features include the Garden of Health (an area devoted to plants with healing properties) and the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden (where kids can learn about fruits, vegetables and herbs).

The 124-acre Adelaide Botanic Garden regularly woos visitors with its tranquil atmosphere and well-maintained landscaping. But if you really want to relax while in this city sanctuary, travelers recommend bringing a blanket and food for a picnic on one of the lawns. Also, save some time to admire the Palm House and the Bicentennial Conservatory's architecture. The former is a restored Victorian glasshouse from Germany, while the latter is the Southern Hemisphere's largest single-span conservatory.

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