I am forever grateful to have the privilege of calling Kangaroo Island, my island home. As a child my days were full of climbing trees, adventuring around the farm on horseback, helping with cattle work and enjoying the wide open spaces of farm life.
Aside from the perks of growing up on a farming property, being surrounded by nature and beautiful beaches was an incredible experience.
I now love visiting my island home, soaking up the fresh air, and enjoying the relaxing lifestyle. It’s a perfect escape from the busyness of city living, a haven for nature lovers, but also offers plenty of fun for the adventurous.
How to enjoy your Island getaway.
Many times I’ve been asked where to go and what to do when visiting Kangaroo Island, so if you’re thinking about taking a short getaway, read on for my (and my local besties) favourite things to do.
Soak up the Stunning Views.
These cellar doors, cafes and lookouts have the most amazing views, you must check out.
- Dudley Wines.
- Sunset Winery.
- Cape Willoughby Lighthouse and Wild Zest Cafe.
- Pennington Bay lookout.
- Snellings Beach lookout, Middle River.
- Drive along the North Coast from Snellings Beach to Western River Cove.
- Cape Borda lighthouse and lookouts.
- Cape du Couedic Light house and surrounding coastal lookouts.
Fun & Adventure.
- Sand board at Little Sahara.
- Go fishing by boat off Emu Bay & Stokes Bay, or off of the beach at D’Estrees, Vivonne and Hanson Bay.
- Go surfing at Stokes Bay, Vivonne Bay, D’Estrees Bay.
- Go swimming and play beach activities at Emu Bay, Stokes Bay, Snellings Beach (Middle River), Western River Cove, Antechamber Bay, D’Estrees Bay, Hanson Bay (you can snorkel here too) and Vivonne Bay. You’ll have fun making your way through large rocks before reaching the beautiful Stokes Bay beach and the rock pool here is sheltered and safe for young children. The Emu Bay playground is a also a hit with the kids.
- Camping at De Estrees Bay, Stokes Bay and Vivonne Bay.
Arts & KI Produce.
- Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery is my old work place 🙂 You must visit for Island and Australian artwork, natural body products and their signature Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus Oil. Get your photo sitting in the old buggy and learn about how they produce Eucalyptus Oil. Say hello to their Emu mascot and as you relax on their decking area, you will often spot wild Kangaroos with their babies in the morning and late afternoon.
- Cliffords Honey Farm is the original honey farm of Kangaroo Island, with a cute little shop in Macgillivray, just around the corner from the Eucalyptus Distillery. Learn how honey is extracted from the bee hives and taste the pure honey of the Ligurian Bee. If you’re wanting a naughty treat, they do make a delicious honey ice-cream.
- Rustic Blue gallery and cafe is situated along the south coast of KI. This transformed shearing shed has loads of character and is full of the work of talented local artists.
Hiking & Nature.
- Seal Bay is the place to visit to see the Australia sea lions, in their natural habitat.
- Kelly Hill Caves, for an underground adventure.
- The nature hike from Kelly Hill Caves to Hanson Bay (around 18 km return).
- Remarkable Rocks are the iconic rocks of KI, you have to see on your stay.
- Admirals Arch walk (to visit the smelly seals), Weirs Cove hike, Cape du Couedic hike and the Flinders Chase coastal trek, are all worth the scenic views and experience in nature.
- Snake Lagoon hike. Some spectacular photos which include the Snake Lagoon hike, can be seen here.
- Sandy Creek hike. The end of the trek leads to the secluded Sandy Creek Beach.
- The Platypus walk is a relaxing walk set in the wilderness of the Flinders Chase National Park. If you’re lucky you’ll spot a local platypus.
- Scenic routes along the North coast, including the Clifftop hike, Oval hike and Return Road hike.
- The historical Harveys Return hike.
- Billy Goat Falls, on the North Coast of the island. A good place to visit in the winter months.
- Farmers & Community Markets. 1st Sunday of every month at Penneshaw Town Oval, 9am-1pm.
- KI Cup Carnival, held in mid-late February annually.
Time to unwind?
- Beach walks at Emu Bay, Stokes Bay, Snellings Beach and Hanson Bay are top of my list. If you wait until sunset, you’ll have the most spectacular end to your day.
- Be pampered right from your accommodation, by Mels Balance Beauty & Massage.
- Rustic Blue Spa offers treatments in a relaxed environment, surrounded by nature.
- For those wanting to really splash out, try the Southern Ocean Lodge.
Holiday KI Style.
Whether you’re after some relaxing down time, a family holiday, a nature experience, or a full itinery of exciting activities, you’re sure to find it on Kangaroo Island. During the winter months, the green landscape is picturesque, the wild flowers bloom in the spring and the summer months are most suited for beach activities. Have fun exploring the beautiful island South Australia has on offer.
Have you visited KI? What was your favourite?
Love, health & happiness,