Kingscote

Travel Guide
Kingscote
Kangaroo Island’s largest town is a historic waterfront settlement with a great shopping strip, a heritage museum and a range of wildlife experiences.

Begin your Kangaroo Island adventure in Kingscote, the island’s main town and administrative center. The cozy township is the site of South Australia’s first European settlement and has a collection of fascinating historical markers that trace the town’s history to its colonial roots in 1836. Meet some of the island’s wildlife, including little penguins, pelicans and leafy sea dragons.

Stroll down Dauncey Street, the main strip, and check out the range of specialty shops selling regional produce, handcrafts, gifts and wines. Visit the Island Beehive for a tour and sweet souvenirs. Explore the town’s waterfront to find a heritage hotel, which opened in 1907. The small Main Beach stretches along the town’s waterfront and has a tidal pool so you can play and swim laps in the sheltered seawater. Watch boats arriving and departing at the Kingscote Wharf on Bear Point to the north of the beach.

At the wharf, you’ll have the chance to see some of Kangaroo Island’s wildlife up close. Watch as the town’s resident pelican-whisperer feeds a flock of the inquisitive seabirds every afternoon. Check out the Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre and join the Aquarium and Penguin Tour. With your guide, you’ll see sea horses, leafy sea dragons and cuttlefish. Armed with a red flashlight, go for a walk through the wharf’s little penguin colony after sunset and watch as the flightless birds return to the rookery after a day in the ocean.

Learn about Kingscote’s early European history at the Hope Cottage Museum, which is situated within one of the island’s first settler dwellings. Stroll down the hill to Reeves Point to see the historic Old Mulberry Tree, which was planted in 1836 and still bears fruit. The Pioneers Cemetery is across the road and contains some of the island’s earliest gravestones.

Kingscote is located on the northeastern coast of the island and is a 45-minute drive from the ferry terminal in Penneshaw, where car rental is available. Visit in summer to enjoy the island’s pristine beaches or check out Kingscote’s lush surrounding landscape during the wet but mild winter. Wildlife experiences are available year-round.

Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn
Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn
3 out of 5
7 Cygnet Road, Kingscote, SA, SA5223
The price is £78 per night from 26 Aug to 27 Aug
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Kingscote. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a restaurant. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (313 reviews)
"The staff go above and beyond offering us a lift into Kingscote restaurants since there are no taxis or buses on the island. Anything we asked for was done. We had a tasty Indian dinner there one night. Comfortable room and friendly, helpful staff."

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2022

Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn
Aurora Ozone Hotel Kangaroo Island
Aurora Ozone Hotel Kangaroo Island
4 out of 5
67 Chapman Terrace, Kingscote, SA, 5223
The price is £81 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Kingscote. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
3.9/5 Good! (502 reviews)
"The location of this property suited us perfectly. Lots to do within walking distance. Staff were very friendly, and accommodating. Great location to do day trips to all areas of Kangaroo Island. Room was very clean and all amenities suited our needs."

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2022

Aurora Ozone Hotel Kangaroo Island
Villas on the Bay Kingscote
Villas on the Bay Kingscote
3.5 out of 5
9-11 Esplanade, Kingscote, SA, 5223
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £142 per night from 25 Aug to 26 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star beach holiday home in Kingscote. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the family amenities in their ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (130 reviews)
"Better than expected"

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2022

Villas on the Bay Kingscote
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Villas on the Bay Kingscote
Villas on the Bay Kingscote
3.5 out of 5
9-11 Esplanade, Kingscote, SA, 5223
The price is £142 per night from 25 Aug to 26 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star beach holiday home in Kingscote. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the family amenities in their ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (130 reviews)
"Better than expected"

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2022

Villas on the Bay Kingscote
Kangaroo Island Bayview Villas
Kangaroo Island Bayview Villas
3.5 out of 5
2 Reeves St., Kingscote, SA, 5223
Stay at this 3.5-star holiday home in Kingscote. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (33 reviews)
Cottage for family stay
"This cottage has three bedrooms, Kitchen, Dining and veranda. Good ocean view."

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2022

Kangaroo Island Bayview Villas
Kangaroo Island Cabins
Kangaroo Island Cabins
2.5 out of 5
136 Playford Highway, Kingscote, SA, 5223
Stay at this business-friendly cabin in Kingscote. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (97 reviews)
"Served the purpose for us. It is quite old but functional. We found it a bit congested despite 2 bedrooms for 3 adults. Hosts are very helpful and communication was excellent. Overall we'd a pleasant stay. We're amazed to see Roos grazing"

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2022

Kangaroo Island Cabins
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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