Why you should visit Kangaroo Island’s Little Sahara

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 09/19/2020

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You don’t have to visit the real Sahara to enjoy soft sand dunes and camel rides, with Kangaroo Island providing their own Little Sahara!

Boasting an incredible dune system, the Little Sahara is right by Vivonne Bay, covering two square kilometres of the island. The peaks stretch up 70 metres above sea level, making it one of the best lookout spots on Kangaroo Island.

About Little Sahara

The Little Sahara has been around for around 7,000 years, which is relatively recent in the great scheme of things considering Kangaroo Island is millions of years old. The formation of the Sahara began when the everchanging sand dunes of the island became more stabilized by the vegetation, with the bushland cutting off the wind to the dunes. In the 1970s the sand dunes became a world heritage listed site, becoming a popular spot for tourists to visit when trekking around Kangaroo Island.

What you can do at Little Sahara

  • Sightsee

    Being one of the highest points of the island, this spot is perfect for a photo op! Featuring 360 views of the entire island and the sapphire waters surrounding it! Many make their way up the soft sand dunes to reach the very top, marvelling at the true natural beauty this attraction offers!

  • Sandboarding and Tobogganing

    For those looking for a more adrenaline-inducing activity, look no further, with the Little Sahara’s sandboarding and tobogganing a number one choice when visiting. Visitors can enjoy seeing the surrounds of the land from a different perspective as they whizz down the soft sand and feel the warm Australian breeze whipping through their hair. Sandboards and toboggans are for hire at the island, so you can spend as much time as you like speeding down the dunes and slowly making your way up again. Any age can enjoy this activity, with kids of all ages trying out the toboggan hills.

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.