a destination for all seasons winter
(june - august)
Curl up beside a roaring log fire with two glasses of Kangaroo Island red and enjoy the magic of Australia’s third largest island over winter time. Nothing spells romance more than the array of picturesque heritage accommodation available on Kangaroo Island, ready for you to unfurl and enjoy some good rest and relaxation. If you’re more of an adventurer, the colder months are ideal for scenic walking and hiking through the national park. From the abundant opportunities for wildlife encounters to bushwalking through picture-perfect landscapes, a visit to Kangaroo Island in the winter months is a trip you won’t forget.
Food and Drink
The Island is full of epicurean delights waiting to be discovered. Most cellar doors, restaurants and producers are still open over the colder months and are hospitable as ever. Call in to say hello to any of the friendly locals. Sample unique offerings from distillers, brewers and winemakers, as well as artisan delights from cheesemakers and small goods producers to sustainably farmed seafood. The wintertime is also the ideal season for catches of King George Whiting and succulent oysters. Find them on restaurant menus or drop a line in to catch some for yourself.
Rug up and take a trek along Cape Willoughby or Cape de Coudic. Explore any of the 32 walking trails in conservation parks which intertwine with wildlife habitats, making for a memorable experience spotting animals on your scenic walk. The 2-day Cape de Gantheaume Coastal Trek is a rewarding challenge for experienced hikers to take on. You’ll enjoy breathtaking coastal landscapes and vibrant birdlife aplenty. Those with a little more time are encouraged to take on the 5-day KI Wilderness Trail which guides you on the 63km stretch from the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre to Kelly Hill Visitor Centre.
Wildlife and Birdlife
Experience rare and memorable encounters with wildlife in their pristine natural environment. Southern Right Whales visit every year between May and September before returning to the Arctic waters in October. You’ll be able to keep an eye out for the majestic creatures on the north and south coasts. You also might spot some other whale species including Blue Whales and Humpbacks. Orcas or Killer Whales have also been known to visit the area on the hunt for a seal meal.
Head to Flinders Chase National Park to spot koalas near the visitor centre, or try your luck searching the gums at Duck Lagoon on Cygnet River. Australian Sea Lions will melt your heart as they bask on the sand banks, while Bottle-nosed dolphins are common around Penneshaw all year. Keep your binoculars handy to spy on the abundant birdlife around Cape du Couedic and feeding areas near Penneshaw, American River and Stokes Bay. This is a great time to catch sight of camera-shy echidnas and Kangaroos and Tammar wallabies that may be nursing young joeys in the pouch.
Winter on Kangaroo Island is not what you’d expect, though some days are the perfect opportunity to rug up, the climate still boasts plenty of sunny days and tranquil solitude with less tourists around.
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Visitor Information Centre
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