In 1802, British explorer, Matthew Flinders landed near Kangaroo Head on Dudley Peninsula. French explorer, Nicolas Baudin, followed soon after and mapped most of the island and settled in 1836 as the original capital of South Australia. Kangaroo Island became Australia’s first free settlement with sealers, escaped convicts and runaway sailors calling the island home. In July 1836, the barque Duke of York anchored on the island and began the first formal settlement in South Australia.
Kangaroo Island is regarded worldwide as a safe haven for Australia’s unique native flora and fauna.
More than half of the island has never been cleared of vegetation and 30% of the island is protected as national and conservation parks, including the historic Flinders Chase National Park.
Native to the island are the Kangaroo Island Kangaroo, Tammar Wallaby, Brushtail Possum, Short Beaked Echidna, Southern Brown Bandicoot, Western and Little Pygmy Possum, Australian Sea Lion, Australian Fur Seals, Little Penguins and another 266 bird species.
There are more than 1100 species of plants found on Kangaroo Island; 850 are native to the island. Because of KI’s isolation, there are 46 plants exclusive to the island. While wildflowers can be found all year round, spring brings an abundance of colour to the landscape.
The major economic drivers for KI are tourism, agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries.
Kangaroo Island is marketed as being home to the only pure Ligurian bees in the world and its honey production highly prized and exported around the world.
KI’s rugged coastline and superb coastal vista’s continues to attract tourists from all over the world.
This exceptional wine appellation is fast being recognised for producing unique cool climate wines that are being enjoyed around Australia and the world, in fine dining restaurants and cafes, with evening meals and family BBQ’s.
Rookery Wines capture the very essence (terroir) of this extraordinary Island in every bottle.