Kangaroo Island to host international small island conference

By / 16th of October, 2014

Kangaroo Island has been named as the host of the 2017 International Small Island Studies Association Conference at this year's event in Penghu, Taiwan.

The conference connects islanders and people who study islands: consultants, community leaders and scientists. They'll gather to discuss matters such as transport, exports, water, the environment and education.

It will be the first time the conference has been held in Australia. The 3-4 day conference will bring around 200 delegates to Kangaroo Island.


Kangaroo Island Facts:

  • Australia's third-largest island after Tasmania and Melville Island.
  • The island is 112km south-west of Adelaide.
  • Accessible by a 45 minute ferry from Cape Jervis, or a short flight from Adelaide Airport.
  • 150 kilometres long, 90 kilometres wide, it has an area of 4,405 square kilometres, and total coastline of 540 kilometres.
  • The island has a population of around 4500, though it welcomes over 186,000 visitors a year.
  • The economy is largely based on agriculture and tourism. Cattle, sheep, canola and wine grapes are grown on the island. Fishing is popular too, with abalone and southern rock lobster being found in the waters around the island.
  • It boasts the world's only pure-bred, disease-free population of Ligurian honey bees.

Attractions of Kangaroo Island:

  • Seal Bay, with a large population of Australian sea lions.
  • Flinders Chase National Park, which includes Remarkable Rocks, Admiral's Arch, and several historic lighthouses.
  • Little Sahara, a large bank of sand dunes.
  • The Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre