I recommend a minimum stay of 2-3 nights to take in the major sites, such as the main National and Conservation Parks and maybe a few of the Cottage Industries, Art Galleries or Wineries. If you really want a more in-depth and relaxed experience on beautiful Kangaroo Island, however, you will need to stay longer than 2 or 3 days.
National Parks and Conservation Parks
You can get back to nature by visiting KI's most popular sites -
- Seal Bay Conservation Park,
- Flinders Chase National Park, which includes
- Rocky River,
- Admirals Arch,
- Weirs Cove and
- Remarkable Rocks
- Kelly Hill Caves,
- Little Sahara
Look out over the majestic oceans from the Lighthouses at Cape Willoughby in the North-East and Cape Borda in the South-West.
National Parks and Conservation Parks make up approximately 20% of the Island’s surface.
Wildlife, Marine Life and Farm Animals
There is a wide range of opportunities on the Island, including -
- the spectacular Raptor Domain,
- Parndana Wildlife Park,
- Rare Breeds Farm,
- Pauls Place,
- Andermel Marron
- Rob’s Shearing Demo’s,
- Pelican Feeding and
- the Marine Centre.
Of course travelling around the Island you will see kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and maybe a goanna or two.
Definitely not to be missed are -
- Seal Bay,
- Hanson Bay Koala Sanctuary, and
- the Fairy Penguins.
There are many cottage industries on the Island to add to the variety, such as -
- Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery,
- Island Pure Sheep Dairy,
- Emu Bay Lavender Farm and
- Stokes Bay Bush Garden
or visit the queen at Clifford’s Honey Farm and Island Beehive to name a few.
Art and Craft
Art and Craft
For those who are in touch with their artistic side, discover the many talented artists living here by visiting the various galleries scattered around the Island, such as -
- KI Gallery - Kingscote,
- KI Artworks - Baudin Beach,
- Rustic Blue – South Coast Road,
- Roo Lagoon Gallery – Playford Highway,
- Sheps Studio/Gallery – Kingscote,
to name just a few.
Most of the Cottage Industries also house a wide range of art and/or craft, which you can purchase as you move around the Island.
History and Museums
If you want to know more about life on Kangaroo Island and things that have happened here,
- Discover its colourful history at the Hope Cottage Museum in Kingscote,
- Find our more about the first settlers at the Soldier Settlement Museum in Parndana and
- Relive the encounters of early explorers and the many shipwrecks at the Penneshaw Maritime and Folk Museum.
Marine and Outdoor Adventures
If you'd like a more adventurous component to your visit,
- try a marine speed boat activity or
- swimming with dolphins with KI Marine Adventures,
- scuba diving with KI Diving Services, or
- get down and dirty on quad bikes and
- have a little sand-boarding fun with Outdoor Action or
- paint ball with KI Bush Getaways or
- maybe go bush on a horse with Tiger Trails – Horse Riding Adventures.
If you would like a somewhat more relaxed sport on Kangaroo Island, try fishing.
There are several fishing charter operators on the Island including -
- Tori M Fishing Charters,
- Cooinda Fishing Charters,
- KI Fishing Adventures,
- Emu Bay Fishing Charters,
- KI Fishing Charters and
- The Kings.
Scattered around the Island are several wineries offering free tastings as well as light meals, including -
- Two Wheeler Creek Wines,
- Sunset Winery,
- Dudley Wines,
- Chapman River Wines and
- Bay of Shoals.
Cellardoors also operate for -
- Islander Estate Vineyards,
- The Rookery and
- False Cape Wines.
The Island also produces locally made spirits at Kangaroo Island Spirits.