Autumn on kangaroo island   

March - May


Autumn on Kangaroo Island is for some the best time of the year to visit; ask a local and they will probably tell you this is their favourite season.  Warm days with extended daylight hours for endless exploring, and cooler nights, perfect to begin to rug up with a bottle of Kangaroo Island Red over dinner.  For bushwalkers and photographers, March to May are the ideal months to visit.  Fishing conditions are general excellent from March - May, even the inland waterways and estuaries are ready for you to explore. Birdwatchers will enjoy sightings of rare birdlife, while wildflowers are blooming all over the Island. 



The mild temperatures and dry conditions this time of year allow for walks of any nature; long, short, easy or difficult.  The Ironstone Hill Hike is soaked in local history and begins from Penneshaw, with fantastic views of the mainland to be seen. Those looking for a short walk should try the Tadpole Cove walk at D’Estrees Bay, for a taste of history and geology.  Check out the Walks and Hikes page for more than a dozen walks across the Island. 

Photography and wildflowers 

In Autumn on Kangaroo Island, the native vegetation is in full bloom. Ideal for photographers, gardening enthusiasts or anyone who enjoys the beauty of nature, the scenery is fantastic. Banksias, peapods and gumnuts lining vast landscapes, as well as mallee expanses sparkling in the sun, groves of tall sugar gums that will stun you and sheoak woodlands drooping low are just a taste of what you’ll find around the Island. 

Fishing and boating

The mild and calm weather at time of year makes for a relaxed and comfortable fishing climate. Over Easter weekend, the annual American River Fishing Spectactular competition takes place, where you’ll be able to engage in friendly competition with the locals. Boating and kayaking is also a wonderful activity in the mild weather, ideal to soak up the bright days but curl up by the fire at nighttime. 


Believe it or not but Autumn can be fantastic Beach weather on Kangaroo Island.  Calm seas and sunshine make for the perfect family days on the beaches of Kangaroo Island.  Try Pennigton Bay for a surf or boogie board, Penneshaw Beach for a safe place for the family with lots of options, or Emu Bay Beach to find your own secluded piece of sand.


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