South Australia

Kangaroo Island, Australia

Kangaroos, koalas, wombats, possums, sea lions, echidnas, goannas and platypus. Kangaroo Island has them all. I have spent a lifetime seeking out Australian animals, in a casual 'looking out of the car windows' kind of way, and I can confidently say the best place to see them all in one place is Kangaroo Island. The only large animal not found on the island is the emu.

It took us half a lifetime to get there. We almost made it when the boys were little but got put off by the cost of the ferry. It was the early '90s and either we were poorer or the ferry was more expensive: I can't remember which. In recent years, we have twice had accommodation booked and deposits paid. Each time a family illness prevented us from going. This was 'third-time lucky' territory. If we didn't make it this time we were giving up forever.