Incorporating: Penneshaw, Island Beach, Baudin Beach, Brown Beach, Cape Willoughby & Antechamber Bay.
Dudley Peninsula forms the eastern end of Kangaroo Island and is home to the tranquil seaside town of Penneshaw where new arrivals come ashore off the Sealink Ferry and get their first glimpse of the gorgeous Kangaroo Island.
Dudley Peninsular comprises of Baudin Beach, Brown Beach, Island Beach, Cape Willoughby and Antechamber Bay. This region of the island is an ideal beachside holiday destination, offering the works with a diverse range of accommodation options and wildlife, crystal clear swimming beaches, cellar doors, historic lighthouses, cafes and restaurants and of course sensational views.
Dudley Peninsular highlights include:
Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Tours • Frenchman’s Rock • Penneshaw Maritime and Folk Museum • Art Galleries • Penneshaw Penguin Centre • Cellar Doors - Dudley Wines and Sunset Winery • Penneshaw Farmers Market • Fishing • Public Skate Park • Antechamber Bay • Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari • Penneshaw Caravan Park • Baudin Conservation Park • Lashmar Conservation Park
Incorporating: Pelican Lagoon & Pennington Bay.
A perfect place to go sailing, fishing and bushwalking, this quaint and inviting fishing village lies between hillside and native bushland. Excellent accommodation options are available in this area offering four star to self-contained cottages and cabins.
Beyond being a ‘twitches’ paradise with birdwatching galore, American River is the region to taste some of Kangaroo Islands finest oysters at the Oyster Farm Shop or to indulge in Fish and Chips at the Shed Café on the wharf overlooking Pelican Lagoon.
There’s also a superb expanse of coastline in this region which includes the marvelous Pennington Bay, a must visit for photographers and surfers or those wanting to see pods of dolphins surfing the waves.
Prospect Hill, the highest point of Kangaroo Island is also a must visit. Located just off Hogs Bay Road and named in honor of Captain Mathew Flinders, you too can become an explorer and survey the landscape by soaring to the top of the 512 stairs. At the top you will be rewarded with stunning 360 degree views. Don’t forget your camera!
American River highlights include:
Prospect Hill • Pennington Bay • Fishing & Fishing Charters • Sailing • Bird Watching • Oyster Farm Shop
• Beyeria Conservation Park Walk • Independence Trail • Fish Cannery Walk • Red Banks
Incorporating: Nepean Bay, Brownlow, Bay of Shoals & Cygnet River.
Located on the peaceful and tranquil Nepean Bay, Kingscote is the capital and commercial hub of Kangaroo Island. It offers shopping, facilities, a wide range of accommodation options and food choices.
Kingscote has a very special colonial history, as just north of Kingscote is Reeves Point, the site of first European Settlement in South Australia. You can visit Reeves Point and still see the remains of the first Post Office, early houses, jetty remains and more.
Kingscote highlights include:
Shopping • Restaurants • Colonial history • Jetty fishing • Pelican feeding • Art galleries • Cellar doors • Island Beehive • KI Spirits
• Island Pure Sheep Dairy & Cheese • Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures • Kingscote Museum
Parndana & Heartland
Venture into the heartland of the island where you will find its most central township, Parndana. Parndana is the agricultural hub of the island where farming provides a valuable contribution to the economy, largely through prime lamb, wool, cattle and broadacre cropping. Other farmed items include marron, viticulture, broccoli, potatoes and honey.
A great base to explore the North and South coast of the island, Parndana offers a small amount of accommodation from cottages to bed and breakfasts and a caravan park. Services in Parndana include a Golf Course, BMX track, Children’s Playground/Picnic Park, and Museum. Mechanical & Petrol supplies, Post Office, 7 day Supermarket and 24 hour laundry mat.
The Parndana Hotel is an oasis in the middle of the island and is a perfect spot for a cold beer and a pub meal. Additionally, home to the Kangaroo Island Shearing Hall of Fame here you will also find many interesting photos, artifacts and information.
Not far from Parndana is the Andermel Marron Café where you can enjoy freshly farmed marron and indulge in a large selection of Two Wheeler Creek Wines. Additionally, visitors can view marron up close in the holding tanks.
Also a must see in this region is The Island Estate Vineyards established by Frenchman Jacques Lurton in 1997. Here you can undertake a fully guided tour of this 5-star winery while taking delight in trying some award winning drops.
If looking for handcrafted items, then head for Roo Lagoon Gallery located off the Playford Highway. Both beautiful and functional these pieces are made from rich red gum trees found on the west end of Kangaroo Island.
Parndana also has an interesting history which is showcased at the Parndana Solider Settlement Museum. Here you can experience the way life was in the 1950s for the ex-WWII servicemen and their families as they set out to turn scrubland into farmland on Kangaroo Island.
The Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park located in Parndana is the second largest privately owned park in South Australia. Here you can see an extensive array of animals and birds including the opportunity to handfeed the kangaroos and wallabies and even pat a koala.
Parndana and Heartland Highlights include:
Soldier Settlement Museum • Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park • The Islander Estate Vineyards & Cellar Door • Walking Tracks • Parndana Gold Course • Roo Lagoon Gallery • Andermel Marron Café and Two Wheeler Creek Wines •
Incorporating: Emu Bay, Smith Bay, Cape Cassini, Stokes Bay, Snelling Beach, Middle River & Western River Cove.
Stunning is one word to describe the coastline of the North Coast of Kangaroo Island where feelings of space and freedom overtake the senses, and rolling hills and views for miles inspire you to take time out to relax. Stokes Bay Beach is one of kangaroo Islands best beaches. The beach is accessed through a rock tunnel formation. Once you stroll onto this beach you will immediately find a natural rock pool which is great for children to swim safely. For those who like to surf, body surf or explore sheltered coastal inlets while perhaps flicking a fishing line then Stokes Bay Beach is your place. At the beach you may even see penguins, dolphin pods and the odd seal or two pass by.
Stoke Bay also has lots of tucked idyllic beach jewels like Western River Cove, King George Beach and Snelling Beach. Popular with snorkelers and rock fishers is Snelling Beach. Snelling Beach is a perfect place for a swim, a snorkel, a short walk or to relax for a few hours. Also located at Snelling Beach is Hannaford and Sachs Gourmet Island Dining experience. This is one for the foodies with the most sought-after dining experiences on Kangaroo Island’s North Coast. Dine inside the huge old Fig Tree or in the plush 150 year old Shearing Shed.
Stokes Bay and its surrounds are far enough from everything to really escape with plenty of beautiful seaside accommodation and camp sites. It is close enough to comfortably explore Flinders Chase National Park during the day or head back in to Kingscote and surrounding areas.
Emu Bay located 18 km from Kingscote is very picturesque and a very popular holiday spot. Emu bay boasts 4 km of long white sandy beach with vehicle access as well as safe, clear water for swimming and water activities. Excellent for holiday makers wanting a seaside holiday location while being close to the amenities of Kingscote and access to all Kangaroo Island has to offer.
Emu Bay Highlights include:
•Safe swimming beach • Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures Tours • Wildlife • Emu Bay Lavender Farm • Shep’s Studio • Beach Vehicle Access • Kangaroo Island Brewery
North Coast Highlights include:
• Beaches • Water sports • Fishing• Billygoat Falls •Hannaford and Sachs •Will’s rare Breeds Farm •Stokes Bay Bush Garden • The Rockpool Café at Stokes Bay
Incorporating: Flinders Chase National Park, Cape Borda & Hanson Bay.
Easily the most popular destination on Kangaroo Island! Come and experience the wild, rugged and naturally beautiful West End.
If you’re looking for some peace and solitude, or some pure indulgence, Western Kangaroo Island is the place to be. The native bushland is home to an abundant amount of wildlife teeming with birds, echidnas and kangaroos, while koalas doze happily in eucalyptus trees above.
Flinders Chase National Park features the spectacular Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch as well as a colony of long nosed fur-seals at Cape du Couedic. A network of walking trails and boardwalks enable you to enjoy the park and its diverse wildlife.
Learn more about the park at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre, go on a self-guided nature drive along Shackle Road that takes you between the Visitor Centre and Cape Borda Lighthouse, or stay in one of the heritage cottages.
This region is rich in history, with Cape du Couedic, Cape Borda and Weirs Cove all remnants from the Island’s past. Western Kangaroo Island offers numerous walking and hiking trails that are well worth the effort, including the Weirs Cove, Rocky River and Sandy Creek Hikes, just to name a few. Hanson Bay is a popular surf-fishing area with large Australian salmon often caught along the spectacular beach.
Explore the amazing limestone caves at Kelly Hill Conservation Park located in the south-west of Kangaroo Island and discover an underground magical world filled with awesome formations. Take in the splendor with the Cave Show Tour or for the more adventurous, join an experienced guide on an Adventure Caving Tour where, equipped with a helmet and headlamp, you can crawl your way through an underground maze of smaller caverns.
Surrounded by beautiful Australian bush settings there are plenty of accommodation choices down in the picturesque west end of the island. Central to Kangaroo Island’s most popular attractions visitors will enjoy the relaxed ambience while getting more than a peep or two at some nighttime wildlife.
West Coast Highlights include:
Wildlife • Nature • Flinders Chase National Park & Visitors Centre • Remarkable Rocks • Admirals Arch • Cape du Couedic and Cape Borda Light Houses • Weirs Cove • Fishing • Kelly Hill Conservation Park & Caves – Tours & Adventure Caving • Andermel Marron Farm & Cafe • Two Wheeler Creek Wines • Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Visitor Centre and Cafe
Incorporating: D'Estrees Bay, Murray Lagoon, Seal Bay, Vivonne Bay & Flour Cask Bay.
The beautiful and rugged South Coast of Kangaroo Islands is home to some of the most treasured attractions such as Seal Bay Conservation Park, Raptor Domain, Rustic Blue Art Gallery, Little Sahara and Vivonne Bay. There is a great selection of accommodation options too whether you are looking for a lodge, backpackers or self-contained house right near the sea.
On the South Coast you’ll find a range of action packed and adventure activities from sandboarding, kayaking, paintball or a guided quad-bike tour through 500 acres of winding bush trails.
Vivonne Bay, named by the French explorer Nicolas Baudin who visited the bay in January 1803 is known as one of Australia's best beaches. Its long and curvy white lines are ideal for picnics, sunbathing and fishing. Experienced surfers can also enjoy the tremendous turquoise waters here.
The beach can be reached by taking either of the roads off to the left just past the Vivonne Bay Store. Safe swimming areas are near the jetty and boat ramp, or the sandy bottomed Harriet River that enters the bay nearby. Elsewhere the bay has an undertow that should be respected.
On the other side of the Harriet River, the Vivonne Bay western headland, Point Ellen, provides photographers with spectacular coastal scenery views with the Southern Ocean sending its waves crashing on to the cliff face.
D'Estrees Bay located on the far south east has a beautiful bay which extends from Point Tinline in the south west to Point Reynolds in the north east. The land at the bay's south west end incorporates a part of the Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park where vast areas of wilderness flourish.
Nearby Murray Lagoon is the island’s largest freshwater lake is great place to see birds, take nature photographs and see the wildflowers, particularly after winter rains.
South Coast Highlights include:
Seal Bay Conservation Park & Guided Beach Walks • Little Sahara • Vivonne Bay • Raptor Domain - Birds of Prey, Fang-Tastic and the Venom Pit displays • Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action • Bush getaway Adventures • Harriet River • Rustic Blue Art Gallery & Café • Seal Bay Café • Vivonne Bay General Store • D'Estrees Bay Road • Tru Thai at Flour Cask Bay