Discover the top five local Kangaroo Island secrets

Kangaroo Island’s Emu Bay Trilobites and five other secrets revealed.

Once a hidden gem, Kangaroo Island—known to locals as ‘KI’—is being discovered by visitors worldwide. Now, many travelers roam its spectacular coastline to explore and enjoy its natural untouched beauty and serenity.

Did you know that KI residents have a particular finger wave they use to greet each other? The wave was once only used by locals, but many tourists are now adopting it too.

Our top five Kangaroo Island secrets will take you off the beaten track. See if you can find all of these unique locations and learn about their importance to islanders during your next visit to Kangaroo Island.

Secret spot 1: Hog Bay Beach—watering well

In 1880, a 2.4-meter-deep fresh water well was dug on the beach at Penneshaw. Although the dunes have since grown, it can still be seen today near the car park on Frenchman’s Terrace. Originally lined with whale bones and old ship's timber, it was equipped with a whip to raise water to a trough made from a burnt-out log.

The well was quite an upgrade from the shallow wells settlers had previously made where water oozed between the rocks. It was relined with timber in 1926, and a windmill and iron trough were installed so residents could water their stock. Until the early 1960s, water was pumped to the local hotel and boarding house.

Explore stunning Hog Bay, meander along the white sandy beach and watch the regular arrival and departure of the ferry. Don’t miss the nearby Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail’s impressive artistic creations along a nature walk created by Penneshaw locals.

Penneshaw Beach watering well
Hog Bay (Penneshaw) Beach Well. Circa 1930's