Kangaroo Island is one of the world's greatest places to visit
2023 has been a great year for Kangaroo Island. First New York Times recognised the island as one of the best places to visit in 2023, then Time Magazine listed KI as one of the greatest places in the world. However, South Australians have long known KI as paradise on earth.
Kangaroo Island (KI as the locals call it) is a South Australian icon and one of the world’s finest nature destinations. Internationally celebrated for its pristine wilderness and wildlife as well as a thriving food and wine industry, you'll find just one day on KI is simply not long enough.
Best things to see and do on Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island (KI as the locals call it) is a South Australian icon and one of the world’s finest nature destinations. Internationally celebrated for its pristine wilderness and wildlife as well as a thriving food and wine industry, you'll find just one day on KI is simply not long enough. Kangaroo Island has everything you need to indulge your senses. Here, a rich diversity of landscapes, local produce and wildlife wonders are awaiting discovery.
Ferry to Kangaroo IslandTake the ferry from Cape Jervis, south of Adelaide, to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. You can hire a car once you're on the island or take your own car, 4WD or caravan on the ferry for the ultimate self-drive holiday. The ferry trip takes just 45 minutes.
Kangaroo Island Glamping DiscoveryGlamping Short Break Experience Kangaroo Island's brand new Eco-Luxury tents at Seafront Holiday Park located in Penneshaw, whilst discovering the amazing east coast of Kangaroo Island. Over three days explore the spectacular landscape and sample the delights…
Visit Seal Bay Conservation Park
Encounter rare Australian sea lions at the Seal Bay Conservation Park. Kangaroo Island is the only place in the world where you can walk amongst a seal colony. As there are no enclosures or cages, you will be in the heart of the action. You can choose to go on a tour with experienced tour guides or set off on your own through the boardwalk and viewing platforms.
World-class food, wine, gin, beer and local produce
Famous for its honey, fresh seafood, gin and wines, Kangaroo Island produce is world-renowned. You’re in for a real treat if great food is your thing. Try one of eight craft beers at the Kangaroo Island Brewery on the outskirts of Kingscote. Or indulge in a glass of local wine and some food from their regular pop-up dinners and food vans.
With an abundance of world-class food, wine and local produce, you’ll be spoiled for choice. If you fancy a glass of local wine, head over to False Cape Winery or the picturesque Dudley Wines. Kangaroo Island has many options for foodies – from upscale, gastronomical experiences such as Sensorium and The Enchanted Fig Tree to casual and chic cafes like The Fat Beagle and Millie Mae’s Pantry.
Sip and See Day TourDiscover the birds and the bees and the wines of Kangaroo Island on this new day tour visiting Raptor Domain to see their amazing free Flight Birds of Prey Presentation, Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, Clifford’s Honey Farm, and False Cape Wines Cellar door …
The Enchanted Fig Tree by GastronomoExperience a feast of the senses inside a 100-year-old giant ‘enchanted’ fig tree. Enjoy a selection of canapes and a Kangaroo Island Spirits cocktail upon arrival, followed by a progressive luncheon or dinner in this most magical setting.
The hidden beach at Stokes Bay
Listed as the best beach in the country by Tourism Australia, Stokes Bay is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. This natural, sheltered rock pool is a safe space, perfect for children to enjoy. For the more experienced beach-goers, there’s an exposed reef break that surfing enthusiasts will love.
Flinders Chase National Park, Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch
Explore Flinders Chase National Park to see stunning rock formations sculpted by the wind, sea and rain over 500 million years. The exotic, artistic shapes are an incredible backdrop for memorable photo opportunities. Climb the natural formations of Remarkable Rocks. The incredible sight of Admirals Arch is also home to a colony of long-nosed fur seals.
2 Day Ultimate Kangaroo Island TourExperience wildlife and spectacular scenery at a more leisurely pace over two fantastic days, visiting Seal Bay Conservation Park, KI Wildlife Park and Flinders Chase National Park on the first day. Stay overnight in comfortable accommodation and on the secon…
Kangaroo Island is one of the world's great nature-based destinations. Explore untouched scenery on one of the many treks and walks on Kangaroo Island. You’re bound to encounter plenty of Kangaroo Island’s wildlife, including wallabies, koalas, emus, echidnas, sea lions that live in this unspoiled haven. And, kangaroos - of course! Or check out Raptor Domain, where you can experience their interactive Free Flight Birds of Prey Presentation.
Looking to explore other incredible wildlife experiences across the country? Read about unique wild encounters that can be found only in Australia.
KI Experience TourSee the highlights of South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destination, Kangaroo Island. This 1-day tour will take you up close and personal with KI’s amazing wildlife, including a guided walk on the beach amongst sea lions at Seal Bay and an intera…
Action and Adventure
The recreation on the island is as diverse as its wildlife and produce. There’s boating, kayaking, bushwalking, quad-biking, and sandboarding to name a few. With more than 500 kilometres of coastline, you can swim, or snorkel beside dolphins. Stokes Bay has an exposed reef break that is perfect for surfing enthusiasts. At Little Sahara, you can experience sandboarding, tobogganing and quad biking. Little Sahara consists of naturally formed sand dunes over 7,000 years and is a beautiful well-preserved hot spot for tourists. If you're an avid fishing enthusiast, try a spot of fishing from one of the island's many beaches or from the jetty at Vivonne Bay.
Local Art and Craft
For lovers of art, wander the rustic galleries and showrooms featuring works by celebrated local artists. Get in touch with your artistic side at places including Fine Art Kangaroo Island, Kangaroo Island Artworks Gallery, Rustic Blue Art Gallery or MB Stoner Art Glass, to name a few. And what better way to remember your visit than by taking home a piece of local art?
Current Special Discounts and Deals
Start planning your next brilliant holiday to Kangaroo Island, by checking out the special discounts and deals with SeaLink South Australia.
Kangaroo Island has something for everyone
Kangaroo Island offers a variety of memorable nature-based experiences that will make you want to keep coming back for more. Explore the six distinct regions of the island for a full KI experience.