There are many ways to get to Kangaroo Island.


But the most adventurous, luxurious and fastest way (so you can spend more time touring) is surely with Kirkhope Aviation. With over 40 years of flying experience Kirkhope Aviation operates flights to Kangaroo Island with a bird’s eye view of Australia’s most spectacular southern coast lines. Due to the large viewing windows and the ability of their aircraft to fly lower, you can have a clear view of nature’s wonderful creations.

Where is Kangaroo Island?

Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third-largest island, after Tasmania and Melville Island. It lies in the state of South Australia 112 km (70 mi) south-west of Adelaide. Its closest point to the mainland is Snapper Point in Backstair Passage which is 13.5 km (8.4 mi) from the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Attractions on Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is one of South Australia’s most popular tourist attractions, attracting over 140,000 visitors each year, with international visitors, primarily from Europe, accounting for more than 25% of these visits.  Some of the most popular tourist spots are:

  • Seal Bay with ranger guided walks among basking Australian sea lions.
  • Flinders Chase National Park which includes Remarkable Rocks, Admiral’s Arch, lighthouses at Cape Borda and Cape du Couedic, and multiple walking trails and camping areas.
  • Cape Willoughby
  • Kelly Hill Caves
  • Little Sahara, huge sand dunes on the south coast.
  • The lookout Mount Thisby (officially designated Prospect Hill in 2002 to honour Matthew Flinders’ original naming) with a 360 degree view around the island.
  • Murray Lagoon with its abundant aquatic bird life.
  • Parndana Wildlife Park
  • Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre (formerly Kangaroo Island Marine Centre) at Kingscote.
  • Raptor Domain (In-flight bird of prey presentation and reptile show)
  • The Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary koala walk and Nocturnal tour offer visitors a chance to see the local wildlife.

Kirkhope Aviation has three distinct travel plans to offer you. ‘Kangaroo Island Express 3 Days’, ‘Kangaroo Island, and the Flinders Ranges 4 Days’ and ‘Kangaroo Island and Gawler Ranges 5 Days’. You can choose any one of the travel plans to get to Kangaroo Island.  In addition, you are more than welcome to contact Kirkhope Aviation if you’d like to set your own travel plan with your own bespoke private air charter,  where you can choose the length of stay, tours, accommodation and preferences.  Give them a call to discuss your plans.



Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat Courtyard Balcony Kirkhope Aviation

This is a special flight to Kangaroo Island with our tour designed to get the most out of your visit to Kangaroo Island. It will allow you to explore this island with local tour operators. Your adventure starts the moment the flight is boarded at Moorabbin around 8:30 am. You will fly via Naracoorte for refueling and then over the Coorong and the Backstairs Passage to Kangaroo Island at around 11:30 am.  You will surely enjoy every moment of this 2-4 hour flight to Kangaroo Island.. (depending on which aircraft). Then for the next 2.5 days you will see  Sea Lions, visit Remarkable Rocks, Admiralty Arch and so much more. You will stay 2 nights at the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat. In the early afternoon on the third day you’ll travel to Kingscote Airport on your way back home.


Kangaroo Island, and the Flinders Ranges 4 Days Holiday

Kirkhope Aviation’s flights to Flinders Ranges take off as usual from Moorabbin around 8:30 am and via Naracoorte for refuelling then over the Coorong and the Backstairs Passage to Kangaroo Island. This is, in fact, an extended tour plan to Kangaroo Island Express with one night stay in the Flinders Ranges.

Staying at the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Resort for 2 nights you will enjoy the wilderness of Kangaroo Island and on third day at around 2 pm you will take a short 20 min flight to Goolwa for fuel and then a 1 hour 45min flight to Parachilna, the landing point of central Flinders Ranges.  Here you will reside at the Prairie Hotel where you will watch the brilliant sun set and the changing colour of the Flinders Ranges. Your adventure of the central Flinders Ranges will start on the following morning. On the way home, you will have the opportunity to view Wilpena Pound from the air as you fly over on the way to Mildura for fuel.


Kangaroo Island and Gawler Ranges 5 Day Holiday


Kirkhope Aviation’s Flights to Gawler Ranges starts at Moorabbin around 8:30 am. you will fly via Naracoorte for refueling and then over the Coorong and the Backstairs Passage to Kangaroo Island. You will spend 2 full days here in  the  wilderness… a haven for animals including Sea Lions, Kangaroos and Koalas.  A 90 min flight will take you to Streaky Bay  via Venus Bay enjoying the magnificent coastal scenery. Here a local guide from Gawler Ranges Safaris will take you to the “MI Investigator” to swim with sea lions and dolphins, an unforgettable wilderness experience, before continuing inland to Wudinna and  then north into the Gawler Ranges. Accommodation for the next two nights is in the stunning Kangaluna Bush Camp with luxury tented cabins on platforms with ensuites…  or for the lucky couple the chance to sleep in the latest “swagon”. The meals and location are superb.

On day 4 after breakfast you will spend a full day seeing Lake Gairdner with its glistening white salt pan set in the middle of a red landscape. Here you will see many Emus and Kangaroos amongst other wildlife.  And on day 5 you will visit Lake Sturt and the large granite outcrop of Corrobinnie Hill.  And at around 1pm our adventure in Gawler Ranges will come to an end. Yet excitement will not finish. You can still enjoy an aerial view of the picturesque Gawler Ranges while flying back to Moorabbin.

If you’d like to see air tours to Kangaroo Island, Flinders Ranges and Gawler Ranges, please visit our page…


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