Kangaroo Island Food and Wine
KI Farm Gate & Cellar Door trail
Take a 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, cellar doors and events. 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.
Another great resource for all things food, wine and local produce is the Good Food Kangaroo Island website.
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.
Kangaroo Island Experience Escorted TourExperience Kangaroo Island's food, wine, art and natural wonders on this fantastic fully guided and all inclusive 4 day tour.
Join your host and well-known travel identity Shirley Tamm as you meet new friends and share this wonderful holiday on Kangaroo Island. Take in all of the well-known tourist attractions as well as visiting some wonderful restaurants, producers and local wineries.
Find out more about the Kangaroo Island Experience Escorted Tour here.
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.
SeaLink's relaxing 3-day Food & Wine Lover's break includes return ferry for 2 adults and a standard size vehicle, 2 nights accommodation with buffet breakfast, a bottle of Kangaroo Island wine, a $60 dinner voucher, Sunset Winery wine tasting & tasting platter and a lunch picnic basket to take on your travels! For full details visit our self-drive holidays page.