Awe-inspiring landscapes, wander along the Town Walk, and encounter wildlife in their natural habitats. Indulge in the exquisite pleasure of savouring fresh oysters sourced from the pristine waters.
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    Day one

    View the coastal views on Pennington Bay

    Pennington Bay Beach

    Pennington Bay sits on the southern coastline of Kangaroo Island.

    It is a stunning bay that is famous for its surfing due to the powerful swells that roll in. Caution should be taken when swimming as the waves can be rough.

    The landscape of Pennington Bay is stunning, with stunning bush land and wild life.

    Just two kilometres off the main Hog Bay Road.
    Prospect Hill

    Prospect Hill

    Matthew Flinders climbed Prospect Hill when navigating the North Coast of Kangaroo Island to determine his bearings in 1802.

    Visitors can now climb this steep sand hill via 500 steps to the highest point on Kangaroo Island.

    Views from the top include panoramic views of Pelican lagoon and Pennington Bay.

    The Prospect Hill Stairs and lookout were upgraded in 2018/2019
    The steps were constructed using stainless steel fittings and fibre reinforced polymer stairs and structural members.
    The Oyster Farm Shop

    The Oyster Farm Shop

    Discover this unique, aquaculture farmgate on Kangaroo Island!

    Situated in the picturesque town of American River, our farm-gate showcases Island aquaculture and sustainable seafood including; Pacific Oysters, Native oysters, Wild Marron, Abalone, Abalini, King George Whiting and more (when in season)!

    Feast on their Harvest of the Day lunch menu paired with local wine, cider and beer or gather up a seafood banquet to enjoy back at your accommodation!

    Enjoy watching the local oyster punt bring in boat loads of fresh oysters during the season, watching oystershuckers in action or book a Daily Farm Tour or their new Shucking Experience to learn more!

    Not a restaurant, cafe or fish and chip shop, this is an authentic farmgate experience where you can learn about the aquaculture produce farmed on Kangaroo Island.

    Sample free tastings of delicious farm shop Smoked Produce and their famous KI Kilpatrick sauce.

    A visit to The Oyster Farm Shop is a foodie must-do on Kangaroo Island!
    Rebuild Independence Project

    Rebuild Independence Project

    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 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.
    A.R. Tells A Story

    A.R. Tells A Story

    A.R Tells A Story Art Gallery is located in the heart of the seaside town of American River.

    The community gallery was established in December 2020, for the display and promotion of quality artwork by local artists together with sharing the rich history of American River. The gallery showcases and sells wide variety of unique items, including paintings, photography, jewellery, sculptures, wooden items, handmade apparel, mosaics, local produce and more.

    Open Thursday-Sunday 11am -3pm, as well as Monday Public Holidays
    Discover the American River Town Walk

    American River Town Walk

    Welcome to the beautiful town perched on the shores of the American River Inlet and Pelican Lagoon. Explore the fascinating history, engaging stories, meet locals, hear about conservation successes, find out about the local seafood and wildlife and discover early explorers.Enjoy fantastic Kangaroo Island food and beverages, honour our pioneers, hear some tales of the sea, and what it takes to build a ship.

    All this in an enjoyable walk in two parts. The northern section is a 7 km return walk which includes the more challenging Fish Cannery Trail, an optional extension of the township walk. The southern section is an easier 7.5 km return walk and incorporates the Independence Trail.
  • That's a wrap

    Discover the wonders of American River, Kangaroo Island. Ascend Prospect Hill, hike the Town Walk, explore maritime heritage at the wharf, and savour freshly harvested oysters. Immerse yourself in nature, history, and culinary delights on this unforgettable day of exploration.
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