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The Exciting New Growth On Kangaroo Island Is Worth The Trip

Many of us will remember the headlines during the peak of summer in 2019/2020, with bushfires raging around the country. One little island off the coast of South Australia, Kangaroo Island, was hit incredibly hard by the devastating effects of this bushfire season, with over 200,000 hectares burned to the ground. That was nearly half the island! Once the fires were finally under control and the damage was being assessed Covid-19 hit and the tourism industry in this crowning jewel of SA was decimated completely. The time has finally come for this little island to rise from the ashes.

We are off to explore some exciting new additions to the rejuvenating offerings on KI…

Getting There:

With the completion of an $8m development to KI’s Airport Terminal, there are now daily flights from Adelaide and regular flights from Melbourne, making this a far easier commute than ever before. There is now even some competition in ferry transfers, with newbie Kangaroo Island Connect launching passenger transfers from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw for just $25. Sealink, however, still holds the monopoly on vehicle ferries with five daily crossings on offer.

 

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Millie Mae’s Pantry, Penneshaw

Just as you roll off the ferry it’s hard to go past the quaint gardens of Millie Mae’s Pantry, Penneshaw’s newest boutique cafe, and in our minds one of the island’s best. This cafe was born out of love, love for this special island, the people that live here and the extraordinary array of produce that is grown in these soils. Together with her family, Jan, a sixth-generation Kangaroo Islander, have created a space in the town’s old fruit orchard serving exceptional home-made breakfast and lunch, daily. And with a wide array of local products for purchase in the pantry store you can stock up your basket with some goodies for the adventure ahead.

Return To The Wild

Kangaroo Island has always been known for its abundance of native flora and fauna but despite the effects of the fires on the island, we can still guarantee you will get to witness some of nature’s miracles, like never seen before. In Flinders Chase National Park, 96% was burnt by the fires but the park has reopened to share the rare opportunity to see the wave of new growth, easier wildlife spotting and a vista that pre-fire vegetation never allowed.

Surprisingly many of KI’s other conservation parks have managed to escape the bushfires unscathed. Parks at Beudin, Beyeria, Cape Gantheaume, Cape Willoughby, Lashmar and the ever-popular Seal Bay offer a look into the untouched beauty of KI that it is so well known for.

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Sea Lions at Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island

 

The Enchanted Fig Tree by Gastronomo

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, a small fig sapling was planted as a food source for the first settlers on Kangaroo Island. Now, 120 years later, its broad gnarly limbs form the setting for Gastronomo’s wilderness dining experience. You can choose from either a progressive luncheon or dinner under the stars. Renown visiting South Australian chefs prepare a menu that includes a hint of local history, a splash or fairy tale and a sprinkle of the unexpected. This unique experience runs until 30th April 2021.

 

 

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