Heart-pounding adventures, up-close wildlife encounters, and the joy of savouring the Island’s Cellar Doors. Prepare for an experience that will leave you breathless.
Day oneKangaroo Island Sculpture TrailThe Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail is a fun, free and family-friendly experience offering original artwork in a beautiful natural setting.
The trail is located in the heart of the coastal village of Penneshaw, just a few minute's walk from the Penneshaw Jetty and adjacent to Hog Bay Beach.
Come for a wander through the stunning trail, following the contours of the natural environment. Explore the many surprises, scenic lookouts, ancient vegetation and the stunning ravine walls.
The growing collection of sculpture installations from local, national and international artists tells the story of our community's connection to nature and local culture.
The trail is owned by our community and managed by a team of dedicated volunteers. Your donation to the trail helps their volunteers maintain and grow their trail.
The trail is 1.5 kms in length; an easy walk but with some steps so is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs.
The trail is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Trail markers with maps are situated within the trail to help you select your route.Cape Willoughby LighthouseSituated 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 coastline.
Guided tours of the Lightstation precinct, including the tower, are held daily. The Visitor Centre includes a fascinating museum reading room, with light refreshments and souvenirs available.
The isolation, ruggedness and beauty of this part of Kangaroo Island, is striking. Stay overnight in a spacious lightkeeper’s cottage to live the experience from the comfort of one of these beautifully restored cottages.
Self-guided walking trails provide further insight into the lives of the early Lighthouse Keepers and the construction of the Lightstation. A 1.9 kilometre loop walk commences from the Visitors Centre.
Nearby Antechamber Bay, in Lashmar Conservation Park, offers a long sandy beach perfect for swimming, beachcombing, with picnic and camping facilities.Dudley WinesDudley Wines is a hands-on family business. Established in 1997, Dudley is Kangaroo Island's Pioneer Winery. The Cellar Door is situated 12 kilometres from Penneshaw on the cliff tops of Kangaroo Island's stunning north coast, a not to be missed experience for visitors to the island.
Relax for the afternoon on the deck with unparalleled views to mainland Australia, while enjoying Dudley's locally grown and produced wines, alongside a grazing board or gourmet pizza. Try your luck at 'Golf across the Gully', and browse through the exquisite range of wool and natural fibre clothing. Local produce and beer also available. Lunch bookings are recommended.
Dudley Wines reflect the personality of the Island and the winemaker, fifth generation Islander, Brodie Howard. Being the owner/winemaker for over 20 years has given him the freedom to explore many techniques and develop his own unique winemaking style. His range of wines are diverse, and carefully crafted to capture and emphasise the abundant fruit characteristics presented by the Island’s Terroir.
Dudley Wines use sustainable practices in every area of their business; throughout the vineyard, winery and cellar door. Their wines are all vegan friendly and low in Sulphur.The Oyster Farm Shop - Kangaroo Island ShellfishDiscover our working oyster farm and farmgate on Kangaroo Island!
Situated in the picturesque town of American River, our farm-gate showcases the freshest local oysters on the Island plus local aquaculture and sustainable seafood including; Pacific Oysters, Native oysters, Wild Marron, Abalone, Abalini, King George Whiting and more!
Feast on our Local Produce Tasting Menu paired with local wine, cider and beer or gather up a seafood banquet to enjoy back at your accommodation!
Enjoy an immersive experience on our farm watching the oyster punt bring in boat loads of fresh oysters, seeing our shuckers in action or book a daily farm tour to learn more about these delicious delights from the sea!
Not a restaurant, cafe or fish and chip shop, this is an authentic farmgate on a working oyster farm.
Sample free tastings of delicious farm shop Smoked Produce and our famous KI Kilpatrick sauce.
A visit to the Oyster Farm Shop is a foodie must-do on Kangaroo Island!Rebuild Independence ProjectThe 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 an inlet, where now stands the town of American River. She was built by American sealers from Stonington in Connecticut, USA, in 1803, who sailed here in their Brig "Union".
The vessel is being built in the RIG Boathouse, which is at the entrance to the American River Wharf. Visit us and learn about the "Union" and "Independence". Discover their association with the great explorers Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders.
The vessel is being built entirely by voluntary labour and we estimate that we will need another three to five years to complete. Once finished visitors will be able to climb aboard and go for a short sail around the beautiful Eastern Cove and learn how these old sailing vessels were handled.
Looking for refreshments? The adjoining licensed water front Deck Cafe, with ample parking, looks out over the anchorage. While away the time over a delicious lunch or coffee and watch the many birds, and maybe our resident seal or dolphin.
Day twoIsland BeehiveThe Kangaroo Island Ligurian Bee Co is a family owned and operated business. Since the 1940's our family have been keeping bees on Kangaroo Island. These skills are now being passed on to the 4th generation.
Together we aim to share the story of the Ligurian Bee Sanctuary, the importance of protecting these bees and why biosecurity is critical to their future.
Certified as organic in 2001, The Kangaroo Island Ligurian Bee Co continues to build on our rich history as beekeepers. With over 1000 hives across the island, we carefully select our apiary sites to harvest the special, unique honeys produced from the nectar of the native flora.
Visit us at Island Beehive, home of the Kangaroo Island Ligurian Bee Co, and see where we extract and hand-pack our premium, raw honey.Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park and AquariumThe Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park is a must see destination on Kangaroo Island. It is located three kilometres past Parndana in the centre of Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
Set over 50 acres and home to over 500 animals, visitors can spend time with some of Australia's unique wildlife in a fun, educational environment. Hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, get up close and cuddle koalas, see penguins play, hold wombats, and view our diverse range of cassowaries, dingoes, reptiles, birds, echidnas, aquariums and much more.
Join in at their daily talks and displays where you can see and hear about some of their animals up close and have the chance to pat and interact with them.
Have lunch in their cafe, grab a coffee or ice-cream, relax and listen to the birds chatter. It is a fun day out for visitors of all ages!The Rockpool CafeThe Rockpool Cafe is located on the coastal strip of Stokes Bay, just near the entry to one of Kangaroo Island’s most talked about beaches Stokes Bay Beach.
Synonymous to its stunning seaside views, with the colours and textures of a classic beach kiosk, The Rockpool Café offers restaurant quality meals, a la carte service and a casual, unpretentious approach to dining out with a menu that caters to a variety of tastes including succulent local seafood, tasty salads, traditional beachy fare such as hot chips with sauce, delicious cakes, great coffee and they are fully licensed. There’s also a gated outdoor kids’ area.
You’ll feel just as welcome in your boat shoes or wedge heels as you would in your boardies or sandy Havaianas. There's plenty of seating inside and out, with views of the sparkling crystal waters of Investigator straight.
Tanned beauties, families, dog walkers, foodies, beach goers and fitness heads make themselves known in the hood referred to as “Stokes” along with the local kangaroos, wallabies and koala’s who keep the basic campground adjacent well-manicured.Emu Bay Lavender FarmThe Islander Estate VineyardsWelcome to the Islander Estate Vineyards world of wine.
The Islander Estate Vineyards brings together two vastly different worlds. The heritage and finesse of Bordeaux. And one of Australia’s newest and untamed wine regions - Kangaroo Island.
Renowned French winemaker Jacques Lurton fell in love with Kangaroo Island & built his ideal vineyard & winery in the stunning Kohinoor Hills.
Here he blends his two worlds to create unique, elegant, cool-climate wines that showcase the true potential of Kangaroo Island wine.
The Islander Estate Vineyards is Kangaroo Island's only Halliday 5-Star Rated Winery.
The intimate Cellar Door at Cygnet River offers personalised hosted tasting experiences. You can select your favourite wine to enjoy with a regional gourmet platter on the lawns or deck in peaceful rural surroundings.
Select some wines to enjoy on your holiday or send home. They ship Australia-wide.
The Islander Estate Vineyards Tasting Room is centrally located at Cygnet River, within minutes of Kingscote and Kangaroo Island airport.
Day threeSeal BayAs Kangaroo Island's premier tourist attraction, the award-winning Seal Bay offers visitors an unforgettable wildlife experience.
Set your own pace on our 800 metre wheelchair accessible boardwalk which meanders through the dunes to a number of viewing platforms. Boardwalk tour tickets can be purchased on-site at the Seal Bay Visitor Information centre. The boardwalk tour can be taken at any time while the park is open from 9am with the last entry at 4pm.
For beach access to the sea-lion colony, join a guided tour to learn more about the amazing lives of these endangered animals with an experienced guide. There will be plenty of time for photos as the sea lions shelter in the dunes, rest on the sand or surf in the ocean. This tour can be booked online up to nine hours before tour departure.
Seal Bay is a 45-minute drive from Kingscote.Little Sahara Adventure CentreExplore the beauty and excitement that Little Sahara natural inland sand dunes has to offer! This incredibly unique site is known as Nature’s Playground as it's great fun for the kids and the kids at heart!
Surf the dunes like a pro on a sandboard or just sit down, hang on and slide on toboggans! You'll be given a few hints and tips to make the most out of your time on the dunes.
Little Sahara's bike tours - the best tour on Kangaroo Island! Observe and learn about the island’s unique flora and fauna with your experienced guide. Wild koala sightings are guaranteed as you meander through the 500 year old gums before emerging out into the breathtaking landscape of the Little Sahara sand dunes! Glide along with your ultra wide low pressure tyres (and do it effortlessly if you opt for an e-bike). Riding down the dunes is an option for the thrill seekers!
Or if you're not a thrill seeker but still want to explore and learn about this beautiful place, a personalised walking tour could be for you!
Guided tours and hire periods are 2 hours, with full day or multi day packages also available.Vivonne Bay General Store and Bottle ShopWe are located on the beautiful South Coast of Kangaroo Island. We have the famous KI Whiting Burger, plus offer other great food and coffee to enjoy in a relaxed and friendly environment in our new dining areas.
We also stock essential supplies such as fruit, veg, meat, milk, bread, fishing gear and fuel. Our whole venue is licensed for you to enjoy a drink either dine in or take away.Remarkable RocksPerched above the sea in Flinders Chase National Park, the impressive Remarkable Rocks form what appear to be a cluster of precariously balanced granite boulders.
This stunning work of nature has been shaped by the erosive forces of wind, sea spray and rain over some 500 million years. The golden orange lichen covering some of the rocks offers visitors wonderful photo opportunities at different times of the day. Interpretation signs share the story of how these intriguing rocks were formed.
There is a viewing platform providing a vantage point for disabled access. The area also provides an excellent vantage point for viewing the photogenic Casuarina Islets.Admirals ArchAdmirals Arch is a natural rock arch created by amazing forces of nature. It's situated within Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island. You can access the boardwalk around the cliff face which leads to a viewing platform overlooking the arch. The arch is sculpted by weathering and erosion from the sea over thousands of years.
To reach the arch there is a purpose-built boardwalk, it’s steep with steps at the end that take you to see the arch itself. If you can’t make it down to the arch, the scenery along the way is still well worth a journey along the boardwalk.
Fur-seals often play among the rocks. These dark brown seals feed at sea but return to land to rest and breed. In summer, each of the large males establishes a territory with a number of females. You can often see Fur-seal pups playing near the rock pools beneath the arch.
There is an interpretive centre at the park with more information, maps and ideas for walking and viewing wildlife nearby.
You can also stay nearby in the heritage lighthouse cottages at Cape de Couedic. These have been beautifully restored with modern facilities.
Day fourRaptor DomainRaptor Domain is home to the only free flight Birds of Prey presentation in South Australia. Enjoy a delightful interactive experience with the friendly Barn Owls; have a laugh with Banjo and Paterson the laughing Kookaburras; meet an array of birds including majestic Wedge-tailed Eagles; incredibly aerobatic Black Kites; chatty Cockatoos and many more. These presentations offer a rare opportunity to see and interact with some of Australia’s incredible birds in up close encounters.
At the daily Reptile presentation have a look into the amazing Australian reptiles, venom, and the creatures that use it. Here you will be able to get up close and personal in a safe environment with some of Australia’s most venomous critters. Learn interesting facts about amazing snakes and lizards while holding them yourself or watch as others face their fears with a python around their shoulders. Creepy crawlies also make an appearance with experienced trainers bringing out scorpions, spiders and much more.
Once in a lifetime private experiences available daily. See the web site for more information.Emu Ridge Eucalyptus DistilleryEmu Ridge is a unique attraction where you can find out how Australian Eucalyptus Oil is made - from past to present.
Eucalyptus oil was Australia’s first true export overseas and one of Kangaroo Islands major industries. Emu Ridge is now the only remaining commercial eucalyptus oil distillery in South Australia, and is proud to have preserved a major part of Kangaroo Island’s heritage our history and produce a eucalyptus oil that is unique to the world.
The award winning Emu Ridge site has an excellent retail outlet that offers an extensive range of local produce, art, craft and historical memorabilia. Emu Ridge manufacture and retail Eucalyptus oil and a large range of associated natural products.
They offer Guided and Self Guided Tours that take visitors through the distillery.
Emu Ridge has a cafe area which offers meals, light snacks, coffee & drinks and is also the cellar door for the award winning Kangaroo Island Cider. We have an indoor and 2 large outdoor eating areas plus a picnic area that are also available for events. The dining area offers a fully licensed bar.
Family and pet friendlyKangaroo Island SpiritsKangaroo Island Spirits (KIS) is South Australia's first boutique distillery and was established in 2006. Kangaroo Island Spirits produce a range of high-quality liqueurs and spirits, emphasising local and native ingredients.
While Gin is our passion, we also produce a variety of liqueurs and vodkas and have just commenced our world-class whisky program. All the products are handmade in small batches using hand-crafted copper pot stills. Our products have received international awards in London, New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong. Products are available online and in discerning local restaurants and outlets. (See website for more details).
Our cellar door is open seven days, from 10.30 am to 5:30 pm (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day).
We also offer a range of highly curated experiences, including Premium Guided Tastings, Cocktail Masterclasses and a very popular Gin Blending Master Class.Kangaroo Island BreweryKangaroo Island is home to Kangaroo Island brewery, and is the first cellar door microbrewery on Kangaroo Island. Nestled a short distance from the main town on the island, Kingscote, it is a haven for craft beer enthusiasts and food lovers alike. Spread across a sprawling 20-acre property, the brewery offers ample space for children to play freely, while couples or groups of friends can seek out a tranquil nook in the paddock, on the deck or a spot inside.
That's a wrapFrom heart-pounding adventures to up-close encounters with remarkable wildlife, and the delight of savouring the region's finest wines, this exploration promises to be an unforgettable experience.
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