Emu Bay beach is among the best beaches on Kangaroo Island. Located a short drive west of Kingscote, Emu Bay is a little town that has a four-kilometre-long beach with calm, turquoise waters. The beach has direct vehicle access, though care should be taken when driving as this delicate environment is shared with the wildlife that call it home. Aside from the waters being safe for swimming, the beach is fantastic for fishing, paddling and snorkelling too, so be sure to bring along your gear.
While on your visit, you’ll notice unique rock formations on the beach that resemble stacked blocks with orange-coloured lichen growing on them. They’re known as Emu Bay Shale and are estimated to be over 500 million years old!
If you’re lucky, you may get to spot some dolphins, and if you’re still around in the evening, you may see some little penguins (sometimes called ‘fairy penguins’) on the beach. Despite its name though, Emu Bay isn’t home to Kangaroo Island emus—this species became extinct in the early part of the 19th century.
Emu Bay beach is accessible and accommodating, with a car park, playground, picnic ground and camping facilities. There are more than enough options available to have a terrific time on this spectacular beach.