In the minds of Australians and many around the world, this was a terrifying inferno island – helplessly overcome by last year’s bushfires and razed to the ground with little left behind.
The deadly bushfires were certainly devastating for Kangaroo Island, a patch of rugged beauty off the South Australian coast. They tore through the western end of the island and claimed 96 per cent of Flinders Chase National Park, arguably its top tourism drawcard.
But so much of the island was untouched by fire, and a year on, the wilderness is regenerating, wildlife is in abundance, new tourism experiences are launching and even the national park is open again. And locals are very keen to welcome us back.
Kangaroo Island is one of 13 key tourism destinations where Australians will be able to fly for half price when a Federal Government package to support struggling tourism regions launches this week.
COVID helps entice Australian visitors to unique island
The island, which is most popular with international tourists and interstate travellers, has traditionally struggled to attract visitors from South Australia.
But in an interesting twist of fate, border closures during the pandemic helped South Australians rediscover the unique island off their shore, and the next step is to let the rest of Australia know that Kangaroo Island is thriving…