(December - February)
Summer is the season to visit Kangaroo Island for some well-deserved rest and relaxation, drawing visitors from far and wide for its sandy white beaches and astonishing natural landscapes. If you’re looking for adventure there is plenty to discover, from fantastic waves for surfers and boogie-boarders to marine life interactions for the whole family.
Summer is mating time for Koalas, and you’ll be able to keep an eye out for young Koalas perched on their mother’s backs. Platypus are easier to sight with water levels being low, and the Kangaroo Island Kangaroo can be spotted all over and are the native mammals of the land. Australian Sea lions and bottle-nosed dolphins can be found in dedicated conservation areas around the Island.
Food and Wine
Native fruit jams, spirits and liqueurs are ripe and ready to be sampled, while seafood lovers will be happy that Southern Rock lobster and Southern garfish are readily available – perfect served with a glass of Kangaroo Island white wine. Fresh local oysters will also be on offer, as well as fantastic dairy products and honey available from local shops, ideal to make your own local produce platter! Better yet, pay a visit to the producer’s farms to have a tasting and discover where the magic happens.
The fishing opportunities on Kangaroo Island are endless. The clean, clear surrounding waters are home to some of the finest eating fish in the southern waters. As well as sea treasures such as King George whiting, crayfish, abalone, prawns and oysters, there is also a bountiful amount of produce to be caught in the summer such as garfish, Southern calamari, snook, Red Mullet crabs and more. Visit marineparks.sa.gov.au for information before dropping a line, as fishing in sanctuary zones is not permitted.
There’s nothing more serene than sailing around the dreamy coasts of Kangaroo Island. Nepean Bay has sheltered year-round cruising for day sailing and great anchorages along the north coast. Surfing is also a great activity for the summer, with visitors taking any opportunity to be in the water with the warm weather. Snorkeling is also a popular activity as is scuba diving. The whole Island is your oyster with diverse and beautiful beaches literally surrounding Kangaroo Island. Just take your pick!
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Visit with our friendly staff at Kangaroo Island's only Accredited Visitor Information Centre and let us help you customise an itinerary as unique as you are to get the most from your time on Kangaroo Island.
Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre - Howard Drive, PENNESHAW SA 5222
Open: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Weekends & Public Holidays 10am - 4pm, Closed Christmas Day.
TOLL FREE: 1800 811 080