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Bales Beach

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by Vanessa M (subscribe)
I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published October 18th 2014
It's a neighbour to the popular Kangaroo Island attraction Seal Bay, but you're unlikely to find any sea lions at Bales Beach. Instead, there's just a long stretch of sand that's good for walks or a break from your day's activities.

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So many of Kangaroo Island's beaches feel untouched and Bales Beach is no exception


bales beach kangaroo island
The scenery along the back of the beach isn't too impressive once you're down on the sand, but there's enough of the sand itself to keep you distracted


The beach does have a day use area that's located well back from the water, making it a good place for a picnic. This section has tables, toilets, BBQs and a shelter. Don't make the mistake of stopping here if you want to walk to the go to beach though, as the water is still quite a distance away.

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It's still a walk from the second car park


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The view when you arrive is lovely


I wouldn't recommend heading all the way to Bales Beach just for the scenery. Other beaches on the island are much more of a destination by themselves, including those at Pennington Bay, Stokes Bay, Vivonne Bay and Emu Bay.

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Kangaroo Island has many beautiful beaches


This beach is probably most convenient as a stop on the way to Seal Bay, which is another two kilometres along the coast. In fact, if you make it all the way out to this area, you've probably committed to spending the whole day here, so it might make a good place to have a packed lunch.

While you're occupying your time at the beach, keep in mind that fishing is one activity that is not permitted. The restriction is due to the site being part of an Aquatic Reserve that is being used to protect the breeding colony of Australian sea lions in the area. The reserve is itself an extension of the conservation park at Seal Bay. Swimming is allowed however.

Other things to do if you are in the Bales Beach area include seeing a show at the Raptor Domain, which is on the road in, and visiting Little Sahara, where you can ride a toboggan or sandboard down the dunes.
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Why? Don't forget to enjoy the scenery while you visit nearby attractions
When: Any day
Where: Off Seal Bay Road
Cost: Free
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