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Welcome to Kangaroo Island

On a single island you can experience some of Australia's most memorable nature, wildlife, wine and seafood.

Kangaroo Island is one of Australia’s great treasures. With a population of just 4,400 people, the island is a wonderful mix of soaring cliffs, dense forest, towering sand dunes, wetlands, white beaches and haven for Australia’s native wildlife.

It is the third largest of Australia’s islands (after Tasmania and Melville Island) situated 110km (70 miles) south west of Adelaide and is easily reached by ferry or plane.

Kangaroo Island produces some of Australia's finest gourmet foods such as freshly caught King George Whiting, sheep's cheese, marron, the unique Ligurian honey and an exciting range of wines.

Its rugged coastline shelters beaches edged with stunning blue seas, while the interior contains native forest and bush, 30% of which is maintained as conservation or national parks. Flinders Chase National Park is a highlight, with wildlife galore, forests and dramatic coastal scenery.

It is an incredible place where you can see pelicans wheeling through the sky, sea lions lying on the sand of Seal Bay and sleepy koalas in the eucalyptus trees. If you want to experience the wild side of Australia then this is the island for you. However you will need more than just a couple of days to explore everything the island has to offer.

Weather

The winters on Kangaroo Island are between June and September and are mild and wet. The summers are normally warm and dry. Tempered by the ocean, particularly on the coastline, maximum temperatures in summer rarely exceed 35°C. Most of the islands rainfall occurs between May and September.

The average monthly temperatures are:

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Shopping

Shopping

Most visitors don’t come to Kangaroo Island for the shopping. However for souvenirs, wine, arts and crafts and the unique Ligurian honey, you will find stores and outlets at most of the visitor centres on the island. For example, Flinders Chase National Park Visitor Centre, Dudley Cellar Door (wine) and Emu Ridge Eucalyptus and Craft Gallery.

Food & Drink

  • Fish Café

  • Roger's Cafe

  • Sorrento's Pizzeria Restaurant

  • The Lodge Restaurant

  • Ulonga Lodge Cafe

  • Wanderers Restaurant

  • Kangaroo Island Fresh Seafood Restaurant

  • Aurora Ozone Hotel

  • Bella Cafe & Pizza Bar

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entertainment

Kangaroo Island is not the place to go if you are looking for raucous nightlife as there are no nightclubs. The main entertainment on the Island comes in the form of Island tours, watching the wildlife, visiting the wineries and horse racing. The closest you will get to a club is the local pub or your hotel bar

festivals month

  • January

    Kangaroo Island Gourmet Gallup
  • February

    Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival
  • March

    Penneshaw Easter Art Festival
  • April

    Penneshaw Easter Art Festival
  • October

    Kangaroo Island Art Festival

Health & Safety

There is a hospital and medical centre in Kingscote and you are advised to ensure you have travel insurance in place before your holiday.

Crime is generally not a problem on the island however you are advised to take the usual precautions with your valuables.