Known as KI to the locals, Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island stretching over 540 kilometres of remarkable coastline.
A South Australian icon, it is home to a range of environments – from the arid desert to the mountains and pristine beaches. It also boasts a variety of wildlife in the wilderness.
The island is also rich in history and its first official settlement was started in July 1836. Sealers, runaway sailors and escaped convicts were attracted to this island not long after.
If you are looking for warm weather, avoid the winter months from June to September.
Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park is a must for nature lovers. It has a vantage point to enjoy the wetland birds feasting on the lagoon’s offerings below and a spectacular view of the coast.
For the culture vultures, time your visit with the Penneshaw Market Day on the first Sunday of every month. It offers a village-like atmosphere with local farmers selling honey, olive oils and bric-a-brac.
Families can head to Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park for a fun and educational experience. Its 50 acres is home to more than 800 animals and interacting with the animals is a sure winner for all.
If money is not an issue, stay at the luxurious Dune house. Overlooking the best beach front position at Emu Bay, it comes with private chefs and beauty treatments if desired.
Alchemy on Island Beach is perfect for families as it has all the amenities for a holiday home such as a kitchen and a few bedrooms. This beachfront accommodation is 450 metres from the city centre.
For those who want to go camping but cannot do without the frills, Wandering Souls Australia provides a luxe campsite experience. You are able to experience KI’s unspoiled wilderness without sacrificing hotel comforts.
During peak season, be sure to reserve a table at more popular venues like The Enchanted Fig Tree. It provides foodies with a unique experience under a historic 150-year-old fig tree in ‘rooms’ separated by branches.
Cactus café in Kingscote is open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch. Its seasonal menu features local produce that is constantly changing. Booking a place is essential.
Those craving for fish and chips can head down to Kangaroo Island Fresh Seafoods. Stocked with high quality seafood, patrons can choose to dine-in, takeaway or buy to cook it over the grill at home.