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Top 5 photography locations on Kangaroo Island

By Ben Goode

During 2018, I spent the year travelling to Kangaroo Island in different seasons as part of a special photography project I was running called ‘Southern Seasons’. Over this time, I well and truly fell in love with Kangaroo Island and its pristine landscapes. After scouting the island for the best photography locations, I wanted to share my top five lesser-known locations to shoot on KI.

Places like Remarkable Rocks, Seal Bay, Admirals Arch are very well known and nice to photograph, however, it was the lesser-known spots which I enjoyed shooting the most. No crowds - just beautiful landscapes… just how I like it! Here are my secret finds.

North Coast Road, Kangaroo Island
North Coast Road. Image credit: Ben Goode

1. North Coast Road

The North Coast of Kangaroo Island is where I spent most of my time on the island. The coastline is stunning and there are no crowds - but the one thing that really stood out to me was the beautiful North Coast Road. The way the late afternoon light shines through the stunning trees lining this road really captured my attention and I spent hours shooting different compositions.

Western River, Kangaroo Island
Western River. Image credit: Ben Goode

2. Western River

This place is just divine. The drive into Western River Cove is one of my favourite in South Australia. Rolling fields, amazing gum trees and stunning coastal views. Once you get to the cove there are just as many opportunities to take out the camera - with cliffs, rock pools and crystal-clear water everywhere. I like to shoot facing east for sunset and west for sunrise - letting the sun light up the hills and cliffs.

Old Jetty, Kingscote
Old Jetty, Kingscote. Image credit: Ben Goode

3. Old Jetty, Kingscote

It’s easy to miss, but if you go for a wander on the esplanade you will see a path leading down to Nepean Bay. Jutting out from the coast is a photographer’s dream – you’ll find quite a few old broken jetty poles leading to the horizon. They can be shot at sunrise or sunset depending on the type of image you are going for.

Redbanks, Kangaroo Island
Redbanks. Image credit: Ben Goode

4. Redbanks

This spot isn’t very well known - but the way the setting sun lights up the cliffs is gorgeous. You can shoot from the top of the cliffs - but if the tide allows, find the path that leads to the beach below and you’ll come across some spectacular photographic opportunities.

Middle River, Kangaroo Island
Middle River. Image credit: Ben Goode

5. Middle River

One of my favourite views on Kangaroo Island is from the top of the hill that overlooks Middle River. The sunrise in this area is nice, but if you catch the right light at sunset, the scene is simply breathtaking. Just be careful where you position yourself near the roads - remember safety first as this is the busiest stretch of road.

I hope you have enjoyed discovering some of my secret photography locations on Kangaroo Island and that this inspires you to head over and discover these incredible locations for yourself. Thank you to SeaLink for assisting in organising my trip to Kangaroo Island. I look forward to returning soon to scout out more photography destinations.

Ben Goode is an award-winning South Australian photographer, and we recommend following him on Instagram at @benjamingoode for some stunning photographs of South Australia’s many wonders.

We hope you love the above list provided by the talented Ben Goode! Do you have a favourite spot on KI you'd like to recommend? Feel free to tag us @sealinkki on Instagram. See our recommendations of the 10 best things to do on Kangaroo Island.