history & Museums

Captain Matthew Flinders, and his hungry crew members, discovered Kangaroo Island on 2 March 1802. They found no inhabitants but were compensated for this by the discovery of what they needed most of all - fresh food in the form of kangaroos! 

The human history of the island, which started many thousands of years ago is full of suffering, endurance, privation, success, failure, courage and bravery. 

Discover Kangaroo Island's rich history ... there are a multitude of stories waiting to be discovered at the many galleries, museums and collections. Search below for places to visit.

Need more information or wish to do a booking, please contact:
Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre
Phone: +61 8 8553 1185 or Toll Free: 1800 811 080

Cape Borda Lightstation - Flinders Chase National Park

Playford Highway Cape Borda SA 5223

Telephone 0885534465

Cape Borda Lightstation - Flinders Chase National Park
Cape Borda

Cape Borda Lightstation is testament to a bygone era of travelling the open seas by sail. It is a monument to isolation and hardship. The precinct is steeped in European history. It has an unusual square lighthouse built in 1858, several historic light keepers’ cottages you can stay in, and a...

Cape Willoughby Lightstation - Cape Willoughby Conservation Park

Willoughby Road Willoughby SA 5222

Telephone 0885534466

Cape Willoughby Lightstation - Cape Willoughby Conservation Park
Willoughby

Situated in the easternmost point of Kangaroo Island, Cape Willoughby Lighthouse was the first lighthouse to be built in South Australia in 1852. It stands 27 metres high with 102 steps to the lookout tower, and offers stunning panoramic view across Backstairs Passage and the Kangaroo Island...

Hope Cottage Museum

Centenary Avenue Kingscote SA 5223

Telephone 0885532656

Hope Cottage Museum
Kingscote

One of three original cottages built at Kingscote in 1856. The cottage has a collection of items depicting the early settlement of Kingscote, the site of South Australia's first official settlement, including the history of many early pioneers, photographs, automobile memorabilia, laundry display...

Parndana Soldier Settlement Museum

Wedgewood Road Parndana SA 5220

Telephone 0885596039

Parndana Soldier Settlement Museum
Parndana

The Parndana Soldier Settlement Museum is a modern historical display telling the stories of the development of the soldier settlement scheme in the early 1950s. A short stop will give you a snapshot of the lives of the settler's. Tales of logging, chaining, dozing and lavvy lane will capture your...

Penneshaw Maritime And Folk Museum

52 Howard Drive Penneshaw SA 5222

Telephone 0885531109

Penneshaw Maritime And Folk Museum
Penneshaw

The Penneshaw Maritime and Folk Museum is a National Trust Museum situated in Penneshaw on the Dudley Peninsula at the eastern end of Kangaroo Island. It has displays, information and artefacts on the maritime and folk history of the Dudley Peninsula. The Museum was started in 1968 by a group...

Rebuild Independence Project

The Wharf, Tangarra Drive American River SA 5221

Telephone 0428842329

Rebuild Independence Project
American River

The Rebuild Independence Project is a volunteer group that is re-creating the first vessel ever built in South Australia - the 45ft United States Schooner "Independence." The original Schooner was built on the banks of inlet, where now stands the town of American River. She was built by American...

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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