Our CommunityThe Kangaroo Island Council covers an area of approximately 4400 square kilometres (1698 square miles) and is home to a resident population of 4261 (Australian Bureau of Statistics – 2006) and greater than 150000 state, interstate and international tourists each year.
Located 110 km (70 miles) south-west of Adelaide and easily accessible by Ferry or Plane. A mix of attractive small townships and fascinating wilderness; Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island.
Kangaroo Island statistics:
Approximately 1600 km (1000 miles) of sealed and unsealed roads
509 km (318.2 miles) coastline
155 km (96 miles) from east to west
55 km (34.5 miles) at it’s widest point
1 km (.6 miles) at it’s narrowest point
Highest altitude 307 m (1,010 feet).
The Island has a number of settlements including American River, Baudin Beach, Brownlow KI, Emu Bay, Island Beach, Kingscote, Nepean Bay, Parndana, Penneshaw, Stokes Bay and Vivonne Bay.
The early settlers built a pastoral industry mainly focused on wool, however barley and other grains were also grown. Whilst in the process of establishing this industry, the farmers derived the majority of their income from the felling of trees, animal skins and distilling eucalyptus oil.
The agriculture sector, consisting mostly of sheep, wool, grains, fishing and forestry, continues to be a significant contributor the Island’s economy, valued at $85.9 million in 2002/03. A substantial income is also derived from the tourism sector providing the major source of employment for around 20% of the resident population (TOMM, 2006). Kangaroo Island has become a popular tourism destination with 21 national and conservation parks covering more than 30% of the Island and dramatic scenery ranging from the Little Sahara to huge sculptured granite boulders, which are truly ‘Remarkable Rocks’.
The people of Kangaroo Island are proud of their unique history and the natural beauty of the Island. They enjoy a high quality of life and are well placed to capitalise on their position in the world to secure a prosperous and vibrant future.
This Infromation is from the Kangaroo Island Council website www.kangarooisland.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm