Kangaroo Island Beaches you still need to discover
Kangaroo Island has some of the most spectacular beaches in Australia, and are mostly world known. With beautiful white long spans of sand and sparkling blue waters, and you are generally the only one there. Emu Bay, Vivonne Bay, Stokes Bay, Pennington Bay, Hanson Bay and Penneshaw Beach are a few of those that are well known and visited often. And so they should be, they are spectacular, and while images are always incredibly beautiful, nothing beats being there in the flesh.
But Kangaroo Island is known for its diversity, and the same can be said for its beaches. Sometimes hidden off the beaten track, or just driven past unawares, some of the beaches on Kangaroo Island offer hidden secrets of beauty, others some fantastic stories. These are those beaches that the locals like to keep secret, but we are letting you in on our secrets!
5 Beaches to discover on your next adventure
Maybe one of the Island’s best kept secrets, Redbanks is a 15-minute drive north of American River. As its name suggests, the banks of the cliff are red, orange and yellow, quite different from the rest of the Island. The most spectacular time to view is at sunset, when the cliffs ‘glow’. There is no infrastructure at Redbanks, but take a walk down the track carefully to the beach. It is beautiful for a late afternoon walk and beach-combing. The cliffs are spectacular.
The majority of people who visit Seal Bay Conservation Park drive right on past Bales Beach. As you enter the park, Seal Bay turn-off is to the right, and Bales Beach is to the left. Once you turn left, make use of the day use area, have a BBQ or a picnic, then drive on further to stretch your legs on the beach. You are unlikely to find Australian Sea Lions at Bales Beach. Those Sea Lions are picky with their beaches! Just remember that Bales Beach still forms part of the Seal Bay Conservation Park, so there is no fishing allowed, however you can swim …. but let’s be honest there are better places to swim! It is a beautiful long white beach though.
D’Estrees Bay lies within the Cape Ganteaume Conservation Park. A a popular camping, fishing and surfing area, the park is also rich in history including shipwrecks, whaling, farming and conservation.
You can gain a greater understanding of the natural and cultural history of D’Estrees Bay in this Self-guided Drive, below. With an interesting whaling and farming history, this guided drive is very interesting, and spectacular, with hidden gems along the coastline.
Don’t be surprised if you come across Long-nosed seals taking some time out on the warm sea grass washed ashore. Just keep your distance, give them some space. There is also many bird species that call the bay their home. The road ends in what is commonly known as The Sewer, or Sewer Beach, a popular surfing location.
Flour Cask Bay
What, where you ask? Flour Cask Bay is located just to the west of Pennington Bay, and is actually at the northern end of D’Estrees Bay. Flour Cask Bay is a 6km stretch of continuous 20 to 30-meter-high dunes. There is something special about places that are that little bit more untouched, and Flour Cask is one of them, beautifully rugged, white sand and turquoise water. Flour Cask is another beach without infrastructure, so park at the end of Old Salt Lake Road and venture over the dunes and down the track to the beach. It is a spectacular view from the top of the dune. There is a bigger undertow here, and much rougher than Pennington Bay, so best not to swim here. When the tide is low though, you can explore for miles, mostly with no-one else in sight. When the weather is rough, it will make you feel like you are on the edge of the earth, raw powerful energy.
Antechamber Bay is only really just starting to be noticed by people travelling on Kangaroo Island. The locals know all about it, and would prefer to keep it quiet, but it is time to let the cat out of the bag. Where to start? The beach itself is connected to the mouth of a salt river, called Chapman River, which is fed by Lashmar Lagoon. When the lagoon floods in winter, the river mouth on the beach will open, and flood through. The river itself is part of the Lashmar Conservation Park, is a pretty spectacular camping location. The kids will love it! But Antechamber Beach holds lots of interesting facts. Accessed from the north side of Chapman River, Antechamber is a 4.2 km long white sandy beach, fantastic for fishing, walking and birdwatching. There is also an old jetty at the end of the beach approximatley 3km from the northern car park, where many stories of great fishing have been told. But don't tell anyone we told you!
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