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Pelican Lagoon, Kangaroo Island

Protected from mainland light pollution, star seekers will be rewarded on Kangaroo Island. You can cop an eyeful of nature’s twinkling nightlights from just about anywhere on the island. Located on the furthest point of the island and facing the ocean, the dark night skies are the perfect canvas for constellation exploration. Pelican Lagoon is…read more »

Protected from mainland light pollution, star seekers will be rewarded on Kangaroo Island. You can cop an eyeful of nature’s twinkling nightlights from just about anywhere on the island. Located on the furthest point of the island and facing the ocean, the dark night skies are the perfect canvas for constellation exploration.

Pelican Lagoon is a seawater lagoon in the Australian state of South Australia located on the north coast of Kangaroo Island, about 18.7 kilometres south east of Kingscote. Since 1971, the entire lagoon was part of a marine protected area known as the American River Aquatic Reserve (abolished 2016), where all fishing and the collection of marine organisms is prohibited. Since 2012, the Pelican Lagoon Sanctuary Zone has been within Encounter Marine Park and managed by National Parks South Australia. The lagoon is probably the oldest marine protected area in South Australia, having been protected since 1914.

Chelynne Campion