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Kangaroo Island Experiences

But just because it's wild, don't underestimate the welcome...


Some 4,600 folk live here, most of them primary producers, many of them descended from Islanders who have farmed the land and fished the seas for generations. Naturally enough, being surrounded by fertile lands and rich waters, Kangaroo Island produces some of Australia's finest gourmet foods. Gastronomic adventurers should get ready to be amazed by the likes of freshly caught King George Whiting, sheep's cheese, marron, a unique variety of honey and an exciting range of varietal wines. As if this isn't enough on your plate, you'll also find rich histories, a thriving arts community, and a range of accommodation options ranging from outdoor swags to lighthouse keeper's cottages to super-chic retreats. So we'd like to extend a wild and very warm welcome to Kangaroo Island - Australia's premier wildlife destination.

Experience and enjoy...


Wildlife Tours
Wildlife Tours
Food & Wine
Food & Wine
Adventure Tours
Adventure Tours
Coastal Activities
Coastal Activities

Wildlife Tours

Kangaroo Island is rightly famous for its prolific wildlife, but finding some of the more reclusive residents might require a little local knowledge. Guarantee sightings and insights on one of the Island's many wildlife tours.. 

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary: One of the best places to view a sustainably managed wild koala population on Kangaroo Island. During the day, stroll along the avenue of tall gum trees to spot wild koalas; at night, Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary comes alive with its educational Guided Nocturnal Tours, allowing visitors to view abundant nocturnal wildlife in their natural habitat at close range. 

Penneshaw Penguin Centre: Ever wondered where Little Penguins go at night? Join an informative nightly tour to see these unique birds up close in their habitat. Lasting approximately 45 minutes, tours include entrance to the interpretive centre and viewing platform walks.

To Book, please visit us at the Visitor Information Centre at Penneshaw, KI when you arrive.


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Food & Wine Trails

  Take a trail to surprising places on wild and welcoming Kangaroo Island where you can taste the unexpected and wondrous in food and wine.

The Kangaroo Island Farm Gate and Cellar Door Trail introduces you to producers and products at their source. It invites you to enjoy the rich fruits of Kangaroo Island producers' labours in your own time in a natural unspoilt environment.

Take the road less travelled... and discover food and wine at nature's pure heart.


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Adventure Tours

 For those who love to get out and about, KI has an extreme adventure to suit everyone!

 Kangaroo Island Bush Getaway Adventures: Offering you a fun-filled day of Paintball and Quad Bike Tours, Kangaroo Island Bush Getaway Adventures is a must! With 9 fun Paintball playing fields to choose your adventure from, and 250 acres of beautiful, natural Kangaroo Island landscape for you to see on a guided Quad Bike Tour. Enjoy both these activities with added fun including Yabby and Marron catching, koala viewing and Kangaroo Island's wildlife in its natural environment.

Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action: Enjoy nature-based adventures at breathtaking Vivonne Bay. To get the adrenalin pumping, try sand boarding or Quad-bike (ATV) tours. Ride Quad bikes (available for children over 6 years or be a passenger from 5 years old) through 500 acres of bushland trails


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Kangaroo Island Bush Getaway Adventures 

Offering you a fun-filled day of Paintball and Quad Bike Tours, Kangaroo Island Bush Getaway Adventures is a must! With 9 fun Paintball playing fields to choose your adventure from, and 250 acres of beautiful, natural Kangaroo Island landscape for you to see on a guided Quad Bike Tour. Enjoy both these activities with added fun including Yabby and Marron catching, koala viewing and Kangaroo Island's wildlife in its natural environment. 

To Book, please visit us at the Visitor Information Centre at Penneshaw, KI when you arrive.

Kangaroo Island Helicopters Heli Experience and Scenic Flight 

See Kangaroo Island from a different angle. Departing from an exclusive heliport on the south west coast of Kangaroo Island you will take to the sky for an exhilarating helicopter scenic flight along the stunning coastline. Flights take in all the sights not readily available from the ground.

Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures 

Take a one-hour, half or full-day excursion from Emu Bay and soak up the fun and meet the marine life on this comfortable, purpose-built craft. Join an environmentally focussed pleasure cruise and experience the thrill of swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat, enjoy spectacular scenery, snorkelling, ancient fossil beds, sea eagles and osprey as you explore the magnificent North Coast.

Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari 

Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari departs daily from the Christmas Cove Marina in Penneshaw for a 75 minute coastal trip. Encounter pods of bottle nose and common dolphins, colonies of New Zealand Fur Seals and Australian Sea Lions, Southern Right Whales (seasonal), many varieties of sea birds and spectacular coastline scenery. 

To Book, please visit us at the Visitor Information Centre at Penneshaw, KI when you arrive.

Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action 

Enjoy nature-based adventures at breathtaking Vivonne Bay. To get the adrenalin pumping, try sand boarding or Quad-bike (ATV) tours. Ride Quad bikes (available for children over 6 years or be a passenger from 5 years old) through 500 acres of bushland trails - a great way to see kangaroos and other wildlife in their natural environment. Those that do not want to ride themselves can join the guide in the lead vehicle. Surfboards and double or single kayaks are also available for hire. 

Received Silver in the Adventure Tourism Category for the 2012 South Australian Tourism Awards! To Book, please visit us at the Visitor Information Centre at Penneshaw, KI when you arrive.

Kelly Hill Caves Adventure Caving 

Sympathize with the poor horse that discovered Kelly Hill Caves in 1881 by accidentally falling into one, as you tour this beautiful cave system of caverns and sinkholes. Showcase tours run daily, but the more daring can also book an adventure caving tour for a deeper look into this underground world of ornate calcite formations.

Little Sahara 

Feel the sand between your toes as you wander the white slopes of Little Sahara, a series of spectacular sand dunes that rise out of bushland in the centre of the island. Take a sand board, climb to the top of those razorback ridges and ride the slopes back down to the bottom. Sandboards available to hire. 

To Book, please visit us at the Visitor Information Centre at Penneshaw, KI when you arrive.

Health & Wellbeing

Soul to Sole as an exciting four day fitness tour held in the stunning and tranquil environment of Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island.

Personal Trainer Stacey Harris will travel from England to team with Kangaroo Island's own Sue Pearson (Chef/Owner of 2 Birds and A Squid and three-time marathon runner) and take you on this exciting training venture.


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You will improve your running strategy through training sessions with Stacey, increase your nutritional knowledge through seminars with Stephanie Gaskell and gain culinary skills to maximise energy output using Kangaroo Island local produce. 

There will also be lifestyle coaching and holistic balance seminars to enjoy. Whether it be to maximise your fitness or simply escape day to day stress and immerse yourself in four days of pure indulgence, Soul 2 Sole will work with you and cater for your individual needs. 

Strictly limited to a maximum of 12 guests per tour so book now.

Activities & Products

Kangaroo Island has it all ... wildlife parks and sanctuaries with unique products to sample and buy.


For a hands-on wildlife experience, you can't go past Paul's Place. Cuddle a koala, bottle-feed baby animals or hold a kangaroo. Hand-feed lorikeets, hold a possum or get wrapped by a snake! A fun experience for people who love all creatures, great and small.  During the 1930s there were 48 eucalyptus stills in operation employing over 600 people on Kangaroo Island. Today, Emu Ridge is the only commercial eucalyptus oil distillery in operation in South Australia. Ever wondered what happens in a real Aussie shearing shed? Meet Rob Howard and his dog Toby on their working farm just outside of Penneshaw.

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Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary

 

 

Rob's Shearing Demo's 

Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery

During the 1930s there were 48 eucalyptus stills in operation employing over 600 people on Kangaroo Island. Today, Emu Ridge is the only commercial eucalyptus oil distillery in operation in South Australia. The technology of this operation may surprise you! The rustic outlook hides some clever bush technology and processes which are simple yet effective. Emu Ridge is self-sufficient with solar and wind power. An extensive range of local art and crafts are also available from the gift shop and Rookery Wines have their cellar door on site with tastings available. Free entry, tour fee applies.

Emu Bay Lavender 

This beautifully presented farm showcases 14 cultivars of English lavender with over 8,000 individual plants in terraced rows. Walk among the fragrant garden and then relax in the outdoor area with a light lunch and a cup of tea or coffee, complete with a lavender shortbread. The charming gift shop includes lavender essential oil, scented candles, soap, culinary items and other Emu Bay Lavender products. The homemade lavender ice cream is a speciality.

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park 

This award-winning wildlife park (previously known as Parndana Wildlife Park) - the second largest privately owned park in South Australia - is noted for giving visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with an extensive range of birds and animals. Hand feed kangaroos and wallabies, pat koalas and take a walk through the aviary. Other facilities include a large souvenir shop and a well-presented BBQ and picnic area. 

To purchase the entry fee, please visit us at the Visitor Information Centre at Penneshaw, KI when you arrive.

Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary 

Location: Stokes Bay Road, Stokes Bay
Telephone: (08) 8559 2232 For a hands-on wildlife experience, you can't go past Paul's Place. Cuddle a koala, bottle-feed baby animals or hold a kangaroo. Hand-feed lorikeets, hold a possum or get wrapped by a snake! A fun experience for people who love all creatures, great and small. 

Stokes Bay Bush Garden 

A natural and exciting look at a unique collection of Kangaroo Island and Australian plants, including over 150 Island species. Take a self guided walk and look up the colour-coded plants identified in your own plant encyclopaedia. Flowers, seeds and woodcrafts are available for sale, a picnic area is provided. As seen on ABC's ‘Gardening Australia'.

Raptor Domain, Birds of Prey & Fang-Tastic 

Join Dave, Leeza and their amazing collection of birds for an entertaining, educational and interactive experience suitable for the whole family. During the free-flight presentation, marvel at the natural hunting abilities and amazing physical adaptations these spectacular birds of prey posses. Introducing "Fang-Tastic" Interactive Reptile Show. An educational, interative and inspiring experience with their friendly lizards and snakes. Learn some interesting facts about their reptiles in Australia, find out how to treat a snake bite and much more. A great photo opportunity.

Rob's Shearing Demo's 

Ever wondered what happens in a real Aussie shearing shed? Meet Rob Howard and his dog Toby on their working farm just outside of Penneshaw. Rob has been involved in farming on Kangaroo Island all his life and has many interesting facts and stories to share with visitors. He will demonstrate shearing, wool classing and hand-spinning as well as mustering and yarding with Toby. Whether you're from Australia or overseas, you're sure to learn something new and find Rob both informative and entertaining. 

To Book, please visit us at the Visitor Information Centre at Penneshaw, KI when you arrive. 

Tiger Trails Horse Riding 

Location: East West Highway Two, Central Kangaroo Island 
Telephone: 0427 392 030 Take this unique opportunity to experience the beauty nature has to offer on this majestic horse ride for all ages and abilities. Escorted by an experienced guide, follow the banks of the Harriet River where you will find native animals living amongst their natural scrublands, trickling waterfalls, swirling rocks pools and from the hilltops of the scenic farm, enjoy the spectacular views overlooking the south coast.

Coastal Activities

 Kangaroo Island's coastline has everything: from surf-pounded cliffs to becalmed coves, from famous sweeps of sand to secret rocky inlets.


Yet in spite of the diversity, you don't have to travel far to enjoy spectacular contrasts. The possibilities for recreation are equally diverse - surfers, fishermen, wreck-divers, wildlife lovers and of course people who simply love to feel sand between their toes, they all relish the Island fringes.

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Kangaroo Island, South Australia

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While all Kangaroo Island accommodation is suitable for exploring the Island, particular regions of the Island afford different advantages. Whether you are arriving in the evening and need accommodation close to the ferry port, you prefer to be close to shops and restaurants or if you really want to get away from it all and stay in a more secluded area, there is a region on Kangaroo Island to suit everyone. Need some help with your bookings ... then call us now on ...

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Kangaroo Island Gateway 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