Kangaroo Island Hotels
Barossa, Clare Valley and McLaren Vale; three distinct and stunning wine regions in South Australia. And all nearby to Adelaide, one of Australia's best kept travel secrets. It's creative personality, ease to get around and outdoor adventures, coupled with the thriving festival, sporting and food scene make the South Australian capital a must visit on any Australian itinerary.
Discover Kangaroo Island
An hour and a half’s drive, and a short ferry ride south of Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is without equal. The country’s third largest island after Tasmania and Melville, here you’ll go on a journey back through time. A time when the land wasn’t dominated by humans, but rather by kangaroos, koalas, penguins, seals and even a dwarf species of emu.Standing like a sentry in the chilly Southern Ocean, Kangaroo Island was cut off from the mainland as sea levels rose 9000 years ago, and was seemingly abandoned by Indigenous Australians around 4000 years ago. In the absence of humans, wildlife flourished and happily continues to do so to this day. This place is a living museum, offering a sense of how the land Down Under used to be.Ready to book your Kangaroo Island adventure, but wondering where to stay? Qantas Hotels allows you to choose from over 200,000 hotel and accommodation options worldwide, including a curated selection of Kangaroo Island's very best. You’ll also earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent* with Qantas Hotels.So whether it’s your first time to the island or your twentieth, let’s take a look at what you need to know about Kangaroo Island and its hotels to make the most of your stay.
Places to see
What is the best area to stay on Kangaroo Island?
- Kingscote: KI’s main town (albeit one with only 1700 residents), Kingscote is actually South Australia’s oldest European settlement. It’s the perfect base from which to plan your adventures.
- Flinders Chase: If you’d rather stay knee deep in nature, there’s no better place than Flinders Chase. Covering the western part of the island, here you can enjoy the peace and tranquility that makes Kangaroo Island so special.
- American River: A small settlement on the western shore of Eastern Cove, this is where the Kangaroo Island tourism industry started, and is thus where you’ll find some of the best and most historic accommodation.
- Emu Bay: Located on the northern shores of the island, Emy Bay is home to a beautiful stretch of sand (and one of the few that vehicles are permitted on). The perfect spot to get away from it all.
What are Kangaroo Island's must-see attractions?
- Flinders Chase National Park: On an island that is full of headline attractions, this is perhaps the greatest. Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, the Cape Borda Lighthouse and the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail are all found at Flinders Chase.
- Seal Bay Conservation Park: Home to a massive sea lion (not seal) colony, visitors to Seal Bay can get up close and personal with the puppies of the sea. Take a guided beach tour, or guide yourself over the beautiful boardwalks.
- Kelly Hill Caves: Home to ancient stalagmites and stalactites, Kelly Hill Caves feature a series of gorgeous subterranean cathedrals. Guided adventure tours are a great way to explore (if you’re not afraid of tight spaces).
- Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park: Bringing together all of the island’s most famous inhabitants, Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park exhibits koalas, kangaroos and a wealth of native birds.
- Kangaroo Island Spirits: There’s no better place to aim for some hydration after your exploration than Kangaroo Island Spirits. Try their Wild Gin, distilled with native juniper.
Find the right hotel
What is Kangaroo Island's best hotel for solo travellers?Perfectly private and business friendly, this hotel also offers ample opportunities to socialise should you want them. Check out Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge if you’re a solo traveller in Kangaroo Island (and earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent with Qantas Hotels while you do it!).
What is Kangaroo Island's best hotel for couples?Are you and your partner ready to use your Qantas Points to book your next getaway with Qantas Hotels? Romantic, secluded and luxurious, couples travelling to Kangaroo Island could do far worse than experiencing the hospitality offered up by LifeTime Private Retreats, a perfectly private hotel on the Island’s northern coast.
What is Kangaroo Island's best hotel for families?Heading to Kangaroo Island with your tribe? Sea Dragon Lodge & Villas is a gorgeous, self-contained and family-friendly hotel that will ensure you are warmly welcomed and entertained.
What is Kangaroo Island's best hotel?After the best of the best? Often cited as the most luxurious and exclusive guesthouse in Australia, Southern Ocean Lodge has to be seen to be believed.
Location and views
What is Kangaroo Island's best hotel for location and views?Kangaroo Island isn’t short of stunning views, and you can enjoy one of the best if you choose to stay at Birubi Holidays Homes in Emu Bay.
What is the best way to get around Kangaroo Island?
Hire car Kangaroo Island is big - 155 km east to west and 55 km north to south - and it doesn’t have a public transport system, or even taxis. It’s highly recommended, therefore, that you hire a car to explore. A four wheel drive is advisable.
Private transportIf you are unable to hire a car you can still get around by private transport. Kangaroo Island Transfers and SeaLink Coaches can shuttle you between landing points and accommodation, while a wealth of guided tours can help you to explore.
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Frequently Asked Questions
On average a 3-star hotel in Kangaroo Island costs $170 per night, a 4-star costs $220 and a 5-star costs $480 (be aware that these prices may be higher on weekends and at times of increased demand).
You have two options: air or sea. A ferry travels between Cape Jervis and Kangaroo Island six times daily, while Regional Express flies between Kingscote and Adelaide twice daily - one return trip in the morning, the other in the evening.
You can do a day trip of Kangaroo island from Adelaide (one is offered by ferry company SeaLink, for example), although it is quite an intense day. As Kangaroo Island is a rather long way from the South Australian capital and quite a large place by itself, expect to be travelling far more than enjoying the scenery.