The laid-back North Coast region of Kangaroo Island makes for a great escape from the much busier South Coast. The region has a unique character that is created by a mixture of cliffs, deserted beaches, hills, valley and farmland. It is also home to Emu Bay, which is a popular place for holiday makers.
Emu Bay is where many tourists that come to the North Coast opt to stay.
This is probably thanks to its 2.5 mile white sandy beach and its easy accessibility to the attractions in the region and elsewhere on the island.
The beach here is great for swimming, fishing and relaxing or for chartering a boat to go on a fishing trip.
Stokes Bay is another great place for swimming and also for picnicking and camping. It lies in the middle of the North Coast and the beach is accessible by a pathway from the car park. The path will take visitors through boulders until they are greeted by a stunning white sand beach.
Stokes Bay is also home to Stokes Bay Bush Garden and Paul’s Place Wildlife Sanctuary.
Stokes Bay Bush Garden is a great place to look at unique plants that are native both to Kangaroo Island and the rest of Australia, including banksias, dryandras, grevilleas and orchids.
Paul’s Place Wildlife Sanctuary is a place filled with animals, such as cockatoos, pythons, emus, koalas and kangaroos, among other creatures.
Visitors can get up close and personal with the animals and can even stay right onsite.
On the far west end of the region is the Western River Wilderness Protection Area, a 2,467 hectare park. It is a rugged area with numerous deep gullies and steep slopes that consists of woodland and open forest.
It is a nesting habitat for Glossy Black Cockatoos and is home to scenic cliffs and waterfalls.