Suggested Itineraries

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Make the most of your holiday on Kangaroo Island. Follow or be inspired by our suggested itineraries if you'll be driving around Kangaroo Island on your next holiday.

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1 Day Taste of Kangaroo Island - East Coast

Cruise around the east coast of Kangaroo Island, home to a number of cellar doors with great ocean views, and galleries with a variety of artworks, you can explore the Dudley Peninsula and American River regions over the course of one day, and taste some of the island’s finest wines and local produce. 

  • Explore the pretty coastal village of Penneshaw, with spectacular views of the South Australian mainland.
  • Join a guided tour of South Australia’s first lighthouse, rich in maritime history, at Cape Willoughby Conservation Park.
  • Share a gourmet pizza, and enjoy the delicious wines and views at Dudley Wine’s cliff top cellar door.  
  • Relax on the outdoor deck at Sunset Winery with a glass of wine and savoury platter, and enjoy the stunning views of Eastern Cove (Note: Sunset Winery will be closing its cellar door on Sunday 24 July 2016).
  • See the many pieces of art at KI Artworks Gallery that reflect the wonderful environments, landscapes and wildlife of Kangaroo Island.
  • Visit the M.B. Stonor Art Glass Studio and see the exhibits of hand made glass art, including sculpture, marbles and jewellery.
  • Climb the 512 steps at Prospect Hill, taking you to the top of the highest point on Kangaroo Island, with rewarding views of the island and mainland.
  • Discover the quiet, friendly fishing village of American River nestled on a hillside of native bushland. 
  • Sample some freshly shucked oysters from The Oyster Farm Shop, showcasing the best of KI’s aquaculture and sustainable seafood.

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1 Day Taste of Kangaroo Island - Kingscote

Head inland and discover some of the hidden treasures in the Kingscote and Emu Bay Regions. From wine cellars to honey farms to a sheep dairy, the taste buds will be working overtime as you experience what the island has to offer.

  • Discover this successful local industry – see the bees, learn about the extraction process and taste the honey flavours produced at Clifford’s Honey Farm.
  • Take a guided tour through the stages of distillation at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, the only commercial distillery still in operation in South Australia.
  • Meet the “girls” at Island Pure Sheep Dairy, learn about the production and taste some of the world class cheese and yoghurts made.
  • Sample the gins, vodkas and liqueurs at KI Spirits, South Australia’s only boutique distillery, made using native Australian Botanicals and locally grown or sourced ingredients.
  • Explore Kingscote, the commercial hub and largest town on Kangaroo Island, and visit Reeves Point, the first official European settlement in South Australia.
  • See the diverse display of artworks at KI Gallery, produced entirely by local artists, including jewellery, ceramics, glasswork, photography, woodcraft, painting and sculpture.
  • Taste the award winning wines and enjoy the nautical delights at Bay of Shoals Winery, located just north of Kingscote, overlooking the Bay of Shoals and Reeves Point.
  • Walk around the terraced garden at Emu Bay Lavender Farm, and relax with a cup of tea or coffee and a lavender biscuit.

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2 Day Highlights of Kangaroo Island

To explore Kangaroo Island further and see some of the major attractions, you will need more than one day. By adding accommodation and an extra day to your travels, you will be able to enjoy the highlights of the island.

  • Explore the pretty coastal village of Penneshaw, with spectacular views of the South Australian mainland.
  • Share a gourmet pizza, and enjoy the delicious wines and views at Dudley Wine’s cliff top cellar door.
  • Climb the 512 steps at Prospect Hill, taking you to the top of the highest point on Kangaroo Island, with rewarding views of the island and mainland.
  • Discover the quiet, friendly fishing village of American River nestled on a hillside of native bushland.
  • Sample some freshly shucked oysters from The Oyster Farm Shop, showcasing the best of KI’s aquaculture and sustainable seafood.
  • Discover this successful local industry – see the bees, learn about the extraction process and taste the honey flavours produced at Clifford’s Honey Farm.
  • Take a guided tour through the stages of distillation at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, the only commercial distillery still in operation in South Australia.
  • Meet the “girls” at Island Pure Sheep Dairy, learn about the production and taste some of the world class cheese and yoghurts made.
  • Sample the gins, vodkas and liqueurs at KI Spirits, South Australia’s only boutique distillery, made using native Australian Botanicals and locally grown or sourced ingredients.
  • Explore Kingscote, the commercial hub and largest town on Kangaroo Island, and visit Reeves Point, the first official European settlement in South Australia.
  • Enjoy an interactive, hands on and educational experience at Raptor Domain with either their Birds of Prey Display or their Fang-Tastic show featuring friendly lizards and snakes.
  • Stroll along the beach with your guide through a wild seal colony at Seal Bay Conservation Park, home to around 1000 of the rare Australian sea lions.
  • Marvel at Remarkable Rocks, a grouping of majestic granite boulders carved by nature, standing as sentinels over the Southern Ocean.
  • Watch the fierce ocean swells at Admirals Arch, a natural archway framing Long-nosed Fur Seals basking on a rocky shoreline.

Suggested Accommodation
KI Wilderness Retreat (Flinders Chase National Park)

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3 Day Sights and Sounds of Kangaroo Island

To truly understand the lure of Kangaroo Island, it must be experienced, and the only way to do that is to allow yourself extra time to slow down to take pleasure in all of the popular sights and sounds of the island.

  • Explore the pretty coastal village of Penneshaw, with spectacular views of the South Australian mainland.
  • Join a guided tour of South Australia’s first lighthouse, rich in maritime history, at Cape Willoughby Conservation Park.
  • Relax on the outdoor deck at Sunset Winery with a glass of wine and savoury platter, and enjoy the stunning views of Eastern Cove (Note: Sunset Winery will be closing its cellar door on Sunday 24 July 2016).
  • Discover the quiet, friendly fishing village of American River nestled on a hillside of native bushland.
  • Discover this successful local industry – see the bees, learn about the extraction process and taste the honey flavours produced at Clifford’s Honey Farm.
  • Meet the “girls” at Island Pure Sheep Dairy, learn about the production and taste some of the world class cheese and yoghurts made.
  • Explore Kingscote, the commercial hub and largest town on Kangaroo Island, and visit Reeves Point, the first official European settlement in South Australia.
  • Taste the award winning wines and enjoy the nautical delights at Bay of Shoals Winery, located just north of Kingscote, overlooking the Bay of Shoals and Reeves Point.
  • Stroll along the beach with your guide through a wild seal colony at Seal Bay Conservation Park, home to around 1000 of the rare Australian sea lions.
  • Hire a sandboard or toboggan and experience the thrills and spills of sandboarding down the spectacular white sand dunes of Little Sahara.
  • Take a picnic or go beachcombing along the long, curved, sandy beach at Vivonne Bay.
  • Marvel at Remarkable Rocks, a grouping of majestic granite boulders carved by nature, standing as sentinels over the Southern Ocean.
  • Watch the fierce ocean swells at Admirals Arch, a natural archway framing Long-nosed Fur Seals basking on a rocky shoreline.
  • Experience the wildlife up close and personal at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary where you can take a guided nocturnal tour or stroll down Koala Walk – Koalas guaranteed!

Suggested Accommodation
Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge (American River)
Aurora Ozone (Kingscote)
KI Wilderness Retreat (Flinders Chase National Park)

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5 Day Wonders of Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is a place apart, a land of unspoiled nature, authentic products and experiences. The secluded beaches, pristine ocean, well managed national parks and prolific wildlife all reflect the island’s soul. Over five days you can immerse yourself into the wonders of the island completely, from east to west and north to south.

  • Join a guided tour of South Australia’s first lighthouse, rich in maritime history, at Cape Willoughby Conservation Park.
  • Relax on the outdoor deck at Sunset Winery with a glass of wine and savoury platter, and enjoy the stunning views of Eastern Cove (Note: Sunset Winery will be closing its cellar door on Sunday 24 July 2016).
  • Climb the 512 steps at Prospect Hill, taking you to the top of the highest point on Kangaroo Island, with rewarding views of the island and mainland.
  • Sample some freshly shucked oysters from The Oyster Farm Shop, showcasing the best of KI’s aquaculture and sustainable seafood.
  • Enjoy an interactive, hands on and educational experience at Raptor Domain with either their Birds of Prey display or their Fang-Tastic show featuring friendly lizards and snakes.
  • Stroll along the beach with your guide through a wild seal colony at Seal Bay Conservation Park, home to around 1000 of the rare Australian sea lions.
  • Hire a sandboard or toboggan and experience the thrills and spills of sandboarding down the spectacular white sand dunes of Little Sahara.
  • Take a picnic or go beachcombing along the long, curved, sandy beach at Vivonne Bay.
  • Marvel at Remarkable Rocks, a grouping of majestic granite boulders carved by nature, standing as sentinels over the Southern Ocean.
  • Watch the fierce ocean swells at Admirals Arch, a natural archway framing Long-nosed Fur Seals basking on a rocky shoreline.
  • Join a tour and walk amid the stalagmites, stalactites, helictites and towering columns of Kelly Hill Caves to discover how the caves and their decorations are formed.
  • Enjoy a range of specialty dishes made using the island’s prized freshwater crayfish at Andermel Marron Farm & Café, and learn about their lifecycle or see them in holding tanks.
  • Cuddle a koala, or get up close to a snake, plus see a wide range of Kangaroo Island and Australia’s rare, unique and special wildlife at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.
  • Clamber through the group of limestone boulders to reach the hidden Stokes Bay beach, a fine, white sandy beach, protected on all landward sides by cliffs.
  • Sample the gins, vodkas and liqueurs at KI Spirits, South Australia’s only boutique distillery, made using native Australian Botanicals and locally grown or sourced ingredients.
  • Take a guided tour through the stages of distillation at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, the only commercial distillery still in operation in South Australia.

Suggested Accommodation
Wanderers Rest of Kangaroo Island (American River)
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat (Flinders Chase National Park)
Ficifolia Lodge (Parndana)
Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn (Kingscote)

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