Set out to explore the best things to do on Kangaroo Island, the rugged island a short ferry ride from the South Australian mainland. Discover the best accommodation, from top camping spots to luxury accommodation, and how to experience the beaches, wildlife and more.
Go camping in paradise
Top spots to pitch a tent on the island include American River, located just 30 minutes south-west of the ferry terminal and renowned for boating, fishing and oysters; Brown Beach Camping Ground, which boasts epic sand dunes as well as spectacular views; and Vivonne Bay, loved by islanders for its long stretch of sand and excellent snorkelling.
Explore the best beaches
Everything you’ve heard about Kangaroo Island’s beaches is true: they’re unbelievably pristine, brimming with marine life and so expansive that you won’t need to fight for towel space. One of the best beaches for families is Stokes Bay, which has a natural pool protected from the elements, while surfers looking for a swell should check out Hanson Bay and Pennington Bay (pictured top). Safe swimming beaches include Vivonne Bay, Emu Bay and Snellings Beach.
Look for wildlife
While the western part of KI is currently closed due to devastating bushfires, there’s plenty to see at the eastern end. History buffs will love exploring Cape Willoughby Lighthouse (pictured above) – the first lighthouse erected in South Australia – while wildlife-lovers should go for the self-guided nature drive at Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park. Fishing and boating more your style? Head to American River, a sprawling fishing village amid rolling hills and native bushland.
The best cellar door
Set on the beautiful Cygnet River, The Islander Estate Vineyards makes some of the island’s best wine. Its secret? Blending time-honoured French techniques with the isle’s rugged climate.
The best eco-friendly acccommodation
Nestled on 200 secluded hectares, Oceanview Eco Villas epitomise “getting away from it all”. Private yet fully hosted, the two-bedroom villas provide a spacious haven with a personalised touch.
The best beach retreat
If an ocean view appeals then you can’t go past One Kangaroo Island: two exclusive retreats with private beach access and a chef who prepares meals using the best produce KI has to offer.