Remarkable Rocks @ Kangaroo Island, Australia

Remarkable Rocks @ Kangaroo Island, Australia Image by timparkinson via Flickr

Australia, the land down under.  Home to Kangaroos and Opals,  Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the Great Barrier Reef.  The only country that covers a whole continent, Australia is a vacation destination for everyone.

With the US dollar strong against the Australian dollar now is a very affordable time to visit Australia.  Purchase an Australia Airpass from Qantas Vacations and you get  a three city flight  package that is hard to beat.   Book your travel before October 20 and you can fly roundtrip from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Australia for as little as $999. Plus you get three flights within Australia, and a trip to Kangaroo Island.  For your interior flights choose from the following cities, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart.  Book your travel before October 20, 2009.   Travel dates are during the low season, May 1 through June 8. (Remember that is winter in the land down under!)

Kangaroo Island is a premier wildlife destination located off the coast of Adelaide in South Australia.  Inhabited by only 4,400 residents it is home to a large diversity of animal life, and offers the adventure traveler a wide range of things to do.   Winter is great time to visit Kangaroo Island.  The countryside is lush and green, the rivers are flowing, and the wildlife are more active during the day.  Winter is the time when the baby Koalas leave their mother’s pouch, and start traveling on her back.  Echidnas form mating trains of up to 8 males following a single female, and the Southern Right Whales are migrating past the coast.

Rain or shine visit  the Kelly Hill Caves and Conservation Park.  The park is open daily and offers guided both show tours and adventure tours of the unique and extensive cave system.

For something a little different try sandboarding at Little Sahara. Located off the South Coast Road, Vivonne Bay it is an area of  white sand dunes surrounded by bush.  Take your sandboard to the top of a dune and enjoy a thrilling ride to the bottom.  This area is free to enjoy and you can rent sandboards at the nearby Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action at Vivonne Bay (08 8559 4296).

Kangaroo Island is not just all about adventure.  You can also find a thriving arts community,  wine tasting, and gourmet, locally grown food.

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