The Family Getaway, Kangaroo Island
- Posted by Push Adventures
- On January 20, 2016
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- accessible, family, Island Beach, kanagaroo island, KI, remarkable rocks, sealink, South australia
I think the hardest thing about organising a family getaway is finding a date that everyone has free! We locked in a trip to Kangaroo Island with the clan at least six months prior and even then we had last minute changes. And thankfully that was about as stressful as it got on our trip.
Kangaroo Island is remarkably accessible! And pardon the pun but Remarkable Rocks, which is the number one attraction on the Island is also readily accessible. The purpose built boardwalk leads you all the way to the edge of this amazing landmark. You may require a push back up the boardwalk though as the gentle slope can be deceiving. It’s definitely worth a visit.
Kangaroo Island is a lot larger than I anticipated and I also under estimated the amount of unsealed roads, so if you don’t like a bumpy ride I suggest you pack an extra cushion to sit on. It’s also worth mentioning that petrol stations are few and far between so if you bring your car make sure you get onto the ferry with a full tank of petrol.
The Sealink is also accessible and if you need help up the ramp onto the ferry just ask. Wheelchair users cannot drive their car onto the ferry due to the very tight parking bays so make sure you nominate a companion, or the Sealink staff can also assist.
We stayed on Island Beach, which is just a 15 minute drive from Penneshaw where the ferry docks. And from here we ventured out over the next four days to see lots that the Island had to offer. Including honey farms, wineries, Vivone Bay, Emu Bay just to name a few. And everywhere we went, including this great gallery café on the way to the Remarkables was accessible, some you would need a bit of a hand getting up the ramp, but mostly you’d be free to make your own way around.
The Admirals Arch, another popular tourist attraction in the Flinders Chase National Park also has a purpose built boardwalk, but this one is quiet steep and ends in a series of steps, but it’s still worth a look, but be warned that you won’t be able to get all the way to see the arch if you use a wheelchair or can’t negotiate a lot of steps. You’ll still be able to enjoy the scenery and see a few whales if you stop at one of the bench seats along the path.
The water is clear and the beaches are golden all around the Island, and there are an abundance of activities to cater for all. Next time we’re visiting a fishing charter is in order and of course more food and wine tastings.