Kangaroo Island Food and Wine
KI Farm Gate & Cellar Door trail
Take the trail to surprising places on Kangaroo Island where you can taste the unexpected and wondrous in food and wine! The Kangaroo Island Farm Gate and Cellar Door Trail takes visitors on a journey to Producers and products at their source. Enjoy the rich fruits of the local producers' labours in your own time in a natural unspoilt environment.
The Kangaroo Island Farm Gate and Cellar Door Trail lists a range of producers and cellar doors. It includes three suggested itineraries and also features a mix of art, scenery and natural delights.
Click here to download a copy of the Farm Gate and Cellar Door Trail.
Click here to view an interactive map of the trail itineraries and Producers.
For more information about this fantastic Kangaroo Island initiative visit the Tour KI website here.
Penneshaw Market Days
Sample and purchase a range of fresh local produce from the very people who grow, farm or make it at the Penneshaw Markets. Breakfast, coffee and a great village atmosphere are all on offer.
The Markets take place on the first Sunday of every month, plus additional markets are added during Summer, on Easter Sunday and during Cruise Ship visits. Come along to the Penneshaw Oval (from December to April) or Lloyd Collins Reserve in the Winter months (a short walk from the ferry) between 9.00 AM - 1.00 PM where you will be delighted by a selection of Kangaroo Island’s top food producers.
Why not take advantage of SeaLink's special Market Day Fares and stay at the island for the day? Enjoy lunch at one of Penneshaw’s cafes or the Penneshaw Hotel. Relax on the beach, hike on one of the great walking trails around Penneshaw or visit some of the island's unique cellar doors.
Gourmet tours and packages
The 3 Day Food and Wine Lover's Self-Drive Package let's you move at your own pace. The package includes return ferry 2 adults and a standard vehicle, 2 nights accommodation with buffet breakfast, a bottle of KI wine, $60 dinner voucher, wine tastings and much more.
Join an Escorted Tour of Kangaroo Island with well known travel identity Shirley Tamm. Meet new friends, taste Kangaroo Island's food and wine produce, and share your experience with a group of like-minded travellers.
The Food, Wine and Natural Wonders Tour with SeaLink will spoil your senses. Breathe in the fresh air, sample the local fare and truly relax as you sip on a glass of sparkling wine as you admire Remarkable Rocks at sunset. An experience not to miss.
Join a 3 Day Seasonal Food and Wine Tour with small group operator Kangaroo Island Odysseys. These tours are curated with the most unique seasonal experiences in mind. Stay in luxury accommodation and relax as you are transported to a gourmet wonderland!
A few things to put on your plate!
On Kangaroo Island you can enjoy premium foods including sheep’s milk cheeses at Island Pure Sheep Dairy, where you’ll be able to see the sheep being milked, taste and purchase the delicious Mediterranean style cheeses, as well as yoghurt, ricotta and the famous haloumi cheese.
You’ll also find some of the best producers of organic honey in the world on Kangaroo Island. Our famous honey is made from the Ligurian Bee, imported from Italy in 1884 and still the only pure strain of bee in the world. The Island was declared a bee sanctuary in 1885. Visit Clifford’s Honey Farm & Island Beehive.
Kangaroo Island's seafood is well known, such as snapper and King George whiting, lobster and crab and as well as fresh water crayfish called ‘marron’. Visit Andermel Marron Café where the marron doesn't get any fresher. View marron holding tanks and enjoy a gastronomical experience.
The Oyster Farm Shop showcases the best of Kangaroo Island’s Aquaculture and Sustainable Seafood. Located in American River, you can buy farm-gate Deep Water Premiums and Coastal Cream Oysters plus KI Abalone, Marron and King George Whiting. Sample Sheoak Smoked Oysters and a range of home-made sauces and smoked oyster dip.
High quality Kangaroo Island lamb is produced from leaner, low stress lambs and is proving popular on tables and in restaurants across Australia. Kangaroo Island cafes and restaurants always serve local ingredients and produce. Visit South Rock Lamb.
Abalone is a highly valued seafood delicacy often placed in the luxury category alongside truffles and the best caviar. Kangaroo Island Abalone is a pioneer of abalone aquaculture and has one of the largest operations of its kind in Australia. Kangaroo Island abalone and abalini can be purchased from The Oyster farm Shop.
And a glass of wine with that?
Kangaroo Island is an official wine region of Australia and today there are over 30 growers, 200 hectares of wines and 18 labels. Ciders and spirits are also made locally.
Start your wine tour at Bay of Shoals Winery near Kingscote, sample some award winning wines while enjoying the stunning view over the Bay of Shoals.
Enjoy the stunning ocean views at Sunset Food & Wine in their new modern bistro that has a focus on seafood and South Australian produce.
Another worthy mention is Two Wheeler Creek Wines. You will find their cellar door at the Andermel Marron Farm and Café where you can enjoy a marron and seafood lunch whilst enjoying some of their wines.
Dudley Wines has a modern Clifftop Cellar Door only 12km from Penneshaw, where you can taste their range of handcrafted wines and a gourmet KI pizza while enjoying the stunning view from the deck.
And for something different, visit Kangaroo Island Spirits and try their honey and delicious flavoured liqueurs including honey and walnut, lime and ginger and anisette. This is an intimate and worthwhile cellar door experience.