Natural attractions are plentiful and will blow your mind – your camera will get a workout!
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscape and natural beauty of Kangaroo Island. Explore the 509 kilometres of striking coastline, pristine beaches and azure waters. See the plethora of wildlife the island is renowned for.
Located 112 kilometres southwest of Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island after Tasmania and Melville Island. It is bigger than you think!
Put on your walking shoes and discover one or more of the twenty-seven hiking tracks. The tracks are of varying lengths and difficulties and suit all abilities. Take a short walk to a lookout or go on an endurance hike and set up camp.
Natural attractions are plentiful and will blow your mind – your camera will get a workout! See the Admirals Arch and seals frolicking from the viewing platform. Visit the Remarkable Rocks, which really live up to their name. Discover Christmas Cove and Stokes Bay. Or go underground and visit the Kelly Hill Caves.
The marine parks are a water playground for wildlife and visitors! Put on your mask and explore the reefs and shipwrecks. Spot elusive leafy sea dragons, sponges, crabs, seahorses and schools of fish.
Go fishing on the vast stretch of coastline and hook a King George whiting.
Kangaroo Island has everything the nature enthusiast and adventurer want in a holiday destination!
Kangaroo Island has something for everyone, from the more energetic to sedate. Go bushwalking, cycling, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, swimming or surfing to enjoy this picturesque island.
See sea-lions and fur seals at the Cape Gantheaume and Seal Bay Conservation Parks. If bird watching is your thing then visit Murray Lagoon to view numerous waterbirds.
Watch the power of the sea at work at the magnificent Admirals Arch, a natural arch below the Cape du Couedic Lighthouse. Visit Weirs Cove and Borda and its historic lighthouse settlement.
See spectacular caves and rock formations. View the Remarkable Rocks, a fascinating group of sculptured boulders balanced on top of a high granite dome.
Campers at Rocky River are in for excellent wildlife spotting with Cape Barren geese, koalas, kangaroos and possums frequenting the area.
Dive around one of the many shipwrecks and explore the marine history around the island.
Visit the local honey farms and learn about the unique Ligurian Bees. Make sure to taste the delicious honey ice-cream.
Fill a day pack while on the Farm Gate and Cellar Door Trail and then take an amazing bushwalk. Find a lookout to take in the view and have a picnic.
There is an abundance of bushwalking trails throughout Kangaroo Island. There are ten walks and seventeen hikes suited for walkers of all levels and abilities. Walks on the island tend to be short trails less than three kilometres, suited for the whole family. Hikes are longer, have uneven and sometimes steep terrain. Walkers require some experience and good fitness levels.
Do not leave Kangaroo Island without going on the family friendly Remarkable Rocks Walk and Admirals Arch Walk.
Take the family and try and spot a platypus on a family friendly Platypus Waterholes Walk. See echidnas, kangaroos, wallabies, geese and goannas.
Test your stamina on one or more of a number of serious coastal trails around the Flinders Chase National Park, Ravine des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area and Cape Gantheaume Wilderness Protection Area.
Kangaroo Island is an angler’s paradise. Once you have been here you will keep coming back for more! There are numerous shore based opportunities where you can cast your line. Rock, beach, estuary and jetty options exist. Catch a King George whiting.
Drop your line at the jetties at Kingscote, Penneshaw, American River and Vivonne Bay for whiting, garfish, trevally, barracouta and salmon trout. The best snook and squid fishing occur after dark.
Sensational beach and rock fishing occurs anywhere along the 509 kilometres of coastline. Cast your line along Antechamber Bay’s long beach and target garfish, flathead, mullet and sand crabs. Go to Stokes Bay rocks west for sweep, salmon, trevally and snapper.
Snorkelling and Diving
Explore the Encounter Marine Park near the north eastern coast of Kangaroo Island. See the diversity of marine life in this amazing part of the ocean. There are over 200 marine plant species and more than 60 species of fish for you to look out for. Stunning dive sites are among spectacular reefs.
The Aldinga Reef in Encounter Marine park is South Australia’s best snorkelling and dive site. Beginners can get their flippers wet off the reefs as the water is shallow with easy access. Silver drummers and old wives are plentiful here.
Antechamber Bay has terrific reefs dropping into deeper waters. Here spot the stunning blue throat wrasse.
At Harvey’s Return in Western Kangaroo Island Marine Park you may see a stunning blue groper. At Second Valley and Rapid Bay Jetty look for southern calamari and leafy sea dragons.
Saddle up and explore the great landscape while you are on a selection of cycling tracks around Kangaroo Island. There are 1,600 kilometres of road to discover! There are plenty of types of terrain that will test your skill. The roads around the island are a mix of bitumen, gravel, white limestone and sand constructions.
After a long steep climb out of Penneshaw, be rewarded by a stunning view of the mainland. The road onwards is rough and hilly to keep the blood pumping. Stop at the lighthouse at Cape Willoughby for lunch and relax. Why not cycle to the Clifford Honey Farm and enjoy a honey ice-cream before going to the Cape Gantheaume National Park. Here soak your muscles in the pristine waters of Wrecker’s Beach.
Challenge yourself and ride out to the Cape Du Couedic lighthouse. Traverse hard sand dunes on your way to the cape and be rewarded by picturesque coastline, the Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and maybe a seal.
There are a number of different accommodation options on Kangaroo Island including camping, hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, self-contained apartments, cottages or cabins.
Campsites are located at the Flinders Chase National Park, Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park, Lashmar Conservation Park or Kangaroo Island Council Reserves. They are scenic and enable visitors to enjoy the ambience of this stunning island.
A few spectacular campsites
- Kangaroo Island Council reserves – American River and Vivonne Bay
- Flinders Chase National Park – Rocky River and West Bay
- Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park - D’Estrees Bay (beautiful quiet beaches are here)
You guessed it – there are kangaroos here! In fact, the island is named after a distinctive sub-species of the Eastern Grey Kangaroo only found on this island.
The island is reached by vehicle ferries which operate from Adelaide and from Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Penninsula.
The best time to visit is between October and May, with the best temperatures and reduced rainfall. Pack warm and cool weather clothes during September to April and cool weather clothes from May to August.
If you are bushwalking or cycling, inform a responsible person of your proposed route and your expected time of return. Be prepared with appropriate clothing as weather conditions can change quickly.
Purchase your groceries at Kingscote, Parndana and Penneshaw before embarking on a bushwalking or cycling as there are limited supplies elsewhere. It may be possible to mail a food parcel with non-perishables to the NPWS Site Office at Rocky River for collection by a set time. Contact prior to ensure this service is still available when you want to visit.
There is no public transport on Kangaroo Island. If required, make sure you have arranged your transport requirements prior to your arrival.
The Flinders Chase National Park on the western side of the island is spectacular, covering 17% of the landmass. It provides a sanctuary for native animals and kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and emus.