Sea Dragon Lodge offers several nature walks and extensive wildlife. Its 250 acre wildlife sanctuary is the home to most species of animal living on Kangaroo Island, (except Koalas). Our guests tell us they see more kangaroos and wallabies at the Lodge than they see anywhere else on the island. The reason is simple because most animals are more active in the early morning and late afternoon, which is generally when you are at the property. Sitting having dinner on the deck, kangaroos will come to visit, going for a walk to the private beach you will always see kangaroos, but you might also see an echidna, or goanna and perhaps a pod of dolphins passing through the bay. You therefore won’t have to get in your car to see wildlife – you will see Australian wildlife in the wild every single day at Sea Dragon Lodge!
If you are interested in nocturnal wildlife, you can simply pick up a torch from the villa and walk outside to see wallabies, possums and other nocturnal animals.
Sea Dragon Lodge is truly a wildlife lovers dream come true. Our guests enjoy special wildlife encounters everyday.
Kangaroos & Wallabies
Sea Dragon Lodge is home to hundreds of kangaroos and wallabies. Guests will always see these beautiful animals during their stay with us as they are active all year round.
Kangaroo Island Kangaroos are a sub-species of the Western Grey Kangaroo and typically live between 9-13 years in the wild. They are one of the most placid kangaroos by nature as they don’t have predators like the mainland kangaroos. They weigh between 20-70kgs and an adult male on his hind feet can reach a height of almost 2 metres.
Echidnas or spiny anteaters are common on our property and are sometimes spotted while walking to the beach or along our other walking trails.
Echidnas are a very unusual animal. They have spines like a porcupine, a pouch like a kangaroo, a beak much like a bird, and lay eggs like a reptile. They are one of only two types of monotreme in the world. The platypus being the other. Echidnas are small and solitary mammals usually between 30 to 40 centimetres long and weighing between 2 and 4 kilograms.
Goannas & other Reptiles
Heath Goannas can regularly be seen patrolling around the property looking for a meal. They are the island’s apex land predator and as such show little fear if approached by guests. They are considered harmless. Many other smaller lizards also live on the property and snakes are seen occasionally.
Heath Goannas are also known as Rosenberg’s Goannas. They are powerful reptiles with sharp curved claws, strong limbs and long muscular tails. They can reach lengths of 1.5 metres. These goannas are the reason why there are no rabbits on Kangaroo Island. Every time the early pioneers on the island foolishly tried to introduce rabbits, the goannas would raid the burrows. We have a lot to thank them for!
If you are a keen birdwatcher, then you’re going to love Kangaroo Island, which has over 260 species of Australian birds.
At Sea Dragon Lodge & Villas, we have sighted over 30 of these specifically, with many other Kangaroo Island bird species on the estate. Avid bird watchers can spend hours observing our thriving bird population. For those who would like to know more about Kangaroo Island’s birds, we supply a copy of the famous “Birds of Kangaroo Island” book by Chris Baxter and some small binoculars in all our accommodation.
If you would like to explore more of Kangaroo Islands amazing birdlife, why not consider our Birds of Kangaroo Island Tour.
Endangered Glossy Black Cockatoos have been sighted recently at Sea Dragon Lodge
Raptors & Other Birds of Prey
There is nothing quite like watching a majestic wedge-tail eagle with a wing span of nearly 2 metres soaring in the thermals over Pink Bay. White-bellied sea eagles diving for fish just off the coast have been seen at Sea Dragon Lodge. Other birds of prey such as kestrels, owls, and falcons are regularly spotted.
Sea Dragon Lodge is the home to thousands of birds from tiny finches through to curlews and currawongs. Since the devastating bushfires in January 2020, we are now seeing the endangered glossy black cockatoos as they come to feed on our casuarina trees.
Many types of sea birds frequent the skies over Sea Dragon Lodge.
Our marine birds range from the white-bellied sea eagle and ospreys, through to the common gull.
Many water birds can also be seen at nearby Chapman River and Lashmar Lagoon.
Below is a list of Kangaroo Island birds that have been sighted at Sea Dragon Lodge & Villas so far.
Australian Golden Whistler
Australian Hobby Falcon
Australian Pied Cormorant
Australian White Ibis
Eastern Barn Owl
Glossy Black Cockatoo
New Holland Honeyeater
Rainbow Bee Eater
Red Browed Finch
Superb Fairy Wren
WhiteBellied Sea Eagle
The most common marine visitors to Sea Dragon Lodge’s private beach, Pink Bay, are regular pods of bottlenose dolphins who hunt past the bay on almost a daily basis. Occasionally they will venture into the bay to the delight of guests who happen to be swimming there at the time. Other regular visitors are long-nosed fur seals, who like their dolphin friends, regularly hunt past the bay. In winter time Southern Right or Humpback whales are occasionally sighted swimming past and have actually been seen to have a rest in the bay itself. A very impressive sight indeed!
Bottlenose dolphins are a common sight around the Kangaroo Island coastline and regularly patrol along our shoreline looking for a meal. They are usually seen in pods of 6 or more and will often swim right into the bay.
Bottlenose dolphins are fast swimmers and can reach speeds of up to 20 kilometres an hour. Being a mammal, they surface to breathe two or three times a minute. They travel in social groups and communicate with each other by a system of complex whistles and squeaks.
Bottlenose dolphins track their prey through echo location. They are able to produce up to 1,000 clicking noises per second. These sounds travel underwater until they encounter objects, then bounce back to reveal the size, location and shape of their target.
2 marine tour companies on Kangaroo Island offer an amazing “Swim with the Dolphins” experience:
Seals & Sea Lions
Long nosed fur seals are seen playing in the sheltered waters of Pink Bay as they patrol the coastline looking for a meal. Occasionally an endangered Australian sea lion will call into Pink Bay for a rest on the beach.
Long-nosed fur seals were hunted almost to extinction by early settlers on Kangaroo Island but have now bounced back and are thriving in many places around the island.
For an amazing wildlife encounter with these beautiful creatures, check out our Secret Seals Tour.
The waters of Pink Bay abound with many different types of marine creature.
If you are a keen snorkeller, you will find many different types of fish swimming around the rocks that line the edge of the bay.
Leafy sea dragons, after which the Lodge was named, live in the waters off Kangaroo Island, but these creatures are shy and rarely seen.
Sea Dragon Lodge has several beautiful nature walks and wildlife on the property itself. There are also several walking trails to nearby attractions including Cape Willoughby lighthouse, “Devil’s Kitchen” and Windmill Bay. All of our walks are relatively easy and not only take in spectacular scenery along the way, but usually involve multiple wildlife encounters. All of our walks start and finish from your villa.
If you are a keen walker and want to immerse yourself in Australia’s unique flora and fauna, you will love Sea Dragon Lodge.
Walks on the Sea Dragon Lodge Estate
The Creek Walk
The Creek Walk takes about 30 to 40 minutes. It starts by crossing a flat grassy area where kangaroos and wallabies always graze. Stop and say “hello” to our friendly free range chickens. From here the walk heads off down a heavily wooded creek valley. The only sound you will hear is birdsong and Kangaroos moving through the bush. The valley wanders down to our beautiful beach.
This walk is generally considered easy; however there are a few very short, steep areas that need to be negotiated in the creek valley.
The Kangaroo Walk
The short Kangaroo Walk takes about 10 minutes and you will usually see 10-20 kangaroos. The longer version takes about 50 minutes and guests have seen up to 50 kangaroos. Wallabies, echidnas, goannas and many different types of birds are also regularly spotted on these walks.
The “Bush” Walk
The “Bush Walk” is currently under construction and will be completed in September 2020. This walk will take you through 100 hectares of native Australian Bush. You will encounter many birds and animals as you walk through our pristine, heritage-listed bushland.
Nature walks to nearby attractions
Sea Dragon Lodge is located on the spectacular south east tip of Kangaroo Island, Cape Willoughby. Nearby attractions that are within easy walking distance from Sea Dragon Lodge include the Cape Willoughby Light Station which is the oldest in South Australia, “Devil’s Kitchen”, The Rock Pools and Antechamber Bay lookout.
Cape Willoughby Lighthouse
Cape Willoughby Lighthouse is the oldest in South Australia with a rich maritime history. Built in 1852, it is located on the tip of spectacular Cape Willoughby and is a 30 minute walk from Sea Dragon Lodge. Tours are conducted daily by knowledgeable park rangers. The 360 degree views from the top of the tower are awesome.
Devils Kitchen & the Rockpools
“Devil’s Kitchen” is a spectacular granite ravine near the Cape Willoughby Lighthouse. The “rockpools” are an awesome sight not far from “Devil’s Kitchen”. The round trip taking in both of these spectacular vistas starts at the lighthouse and takes about 30-40 minutes.
Antechamber Bay Lookout
This walk starts at your villa and is a 6 kilometre round trip. It is an easy walk with no difficult sections. You will be rewarded with a beautiful view overlooking Antechamber Bay.