Kangaroo Island

Travel Guide
Vivonne Bay

Australia’s third-largest island is a haven for native wildlife and offers historic towns, tranquil rivers and great beaches for diving, sailing and surfing.

Secluded Kangaroo Island, off the coast of South Australia, features a breathtaking array of natural wonders within its 540 kilometres (340 miles) of coastline. Swim, surf and dive at pristine coves and secluded beaches. See magnificent rock formations and national parks filled with towering eucalypts. Visit the island’s restaurants and cellar doors to try local seafood, wines, spirits and fine produce grown on the island’s farms.

Learn about the island’s heritage and European settlement in the charming towns. Visit the historic lighthouses on the island’s rugged capes, South Australia’s first European settlement at Reeves Point and Parndana Soldier Settlement Museum offer an interesting snapshot of Kangaroo Island’s past.

The island features a diverse and scenic coastline, dotted with rugged cliffs, protected coves and breathtaking geological landmarks. Hit the surf at Vivonne Bay and Pennington Bay. Play in the rock pools at Stokes Bay and relax on the sand at Nepean Bay. Try fishing and kayaking along the American and Chapman rivers. Antechamber Bay is a lush haven with a lagoon and sand dunes. At D’Estrees Bay, dive among shipwrecks and see majestic sea dragons, harlequin fish and brightly coloured coral.

Venture into the island’s interior to find tranquil native Australian wilderness and conservation areas. Kelly Hill Conservation Park features impressive caves. Hike the trails at Flinders Chase National Park and see New Zealand fur seals lazing under Admirals Arch. Stop by the intriguing formations at Remarkable Rocks at sunset to see the red lichen on the rocks beautifully lit. Encounter kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, birdlife and penguins on your travels through Kangaroo Island or visit Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park to see rescued animals up close.

Reach Kangaroo Island by ferry to scenic Penneshaw or by plane to Kingscote, the island’s largest town. Explore the island by chartered tour, bike or car. No taxis service Kangaroo Island. Check your insurance policy if bringing a hire car to the island. Drive cautiously as many roads are unsealed and kangaroos can appear suddenly, especially at dawn and dusk. Enjoy this fantastic island getaway an enclave for native wildlife any time of the year.

Where to stay in Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn
Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn
3 out of 5
7 Cygnet Road, Kingscote, SA
The price is £77 per night from 4 Dec to 4 Dec
Nestled on the beach, this Kingscote hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kingscote Tidal Pool, Soldiers Memorial Park and Hope Cottage Museum. Beatrice Islet Conservation ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (282 reviews)
"Walking distance to town centre…very pleasant reception"

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2021

Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn
Aurora Ozone Hotel
Aurora Ozone Hotel
4 out of 5
67 Chapman Terrace, Kingscote, SA
The price is £80 per night from 10 Dec to 10 Dec
Situated in Kingscote, this beach hotel is in the same region as Sealink Ferry Terminal, Kangaroo Island Sealink and King George Beach.
3.9/5 Good! (461 reviews)
"Overall we had a good stay. I was disappointed that the room booked (executive Seaview room) was not the same as pictured but an older style. Still it was comfortable enough. Our first night we wanted dinner in the restaurant but we were turned away as the kitchen wasn’t taking orders after 8 pm. ..."

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2021

Aurora Ozone Hotel
Kangaroo Island Seafront
Kangaroo Island Seafront
4 out of 5
49 North Terrace, Penneshaw, SA
The price is £86 per night from 5 Dec to 5 Dec
Situated on the Strip, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Sealink Ferry Terminal and Penguin Interpretive Centre. Baudin Conservation Park is 1.1 mi (1.8 ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (324 reviews)
"We were in room 16 and were very happy. The floor is very creaky though but its understandable in the older buildings"

Reviewed on 7 Oct 2021

Kangaroo Island Seafront
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Western KI Caravan Park
Western KI Caravan Park
2 out of 5
7928 South Coast Road, Karatta, SA
The price is £64 per night from 17 Dec to 17 Dec
Situated in Karatta, this campsite is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Flinders Chase National Park and Kelly Hill ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (82 reviews)
"If your looking for peace and quiet with plenty of wildlife for the children it's a great spot."

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2021

Western KI Caravan Park
Kangaroo Island Cabins
Kangaroo Island Cabins
2.5 out of 5
136 Playford Highway, Kingscote, SA
Situated near the beach, this cabin is within 3 miles (5 km) of Soldiers Memorial Park, Hope Cottage Museum and Kingscote Tidal Pool. Beatrice Islet Conservation ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (94 reviews)
"Had all the facilities we needed on a quiet and beautiful property. Plenty of wildlife and was only a minutes drive from Kingscote. Great if you’re after a simple and relaxing getaway."

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2021

Kangaroo Island Cabins
Sunrise on Falie
Sunrise on Falie
4 out of 5
13 Falie Court, American River, SA
Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is 1.3 mi (2 km) from The Oyster Farm Shop.
4.4/5 Wonderful! (30 reviews)
Lovely place to stay!!
"Fantastic stay, we watched the sunrise every morning! I think an addition cupboard next to the kitchen table would be handy. Very clean, very modern, would stay again!!!"

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2021

Sunrise on Falie
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