Gayle Beveridge is a past winner of the Boroondara Literary Awards and her work has appeared in Award Winning Australian Writing. Gayle is passionate about family, writing, photography, and with Victoria’s beautiful Bass Coast which she now calls home.
Published March 20th 2017
One of the Best Beaches on the Island
Kangaroo Island is renowned for its superb beaches and Emu Bay is no exception. The white sandy beach of Emu Bay runs for 4kms, most of which is backed by 10 to 20 metre high dunes. It is one of the best beaches on the island. Taking in the beauty of these tranquil, turquoise waters is reason enough to visit but is only one of the many things to enjoy at this beach.
Emu Bay, a 4km white sand beach. (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
1. Swimming. Although a popular safe swimming beach Emu Bay is rarely crowded. There is plenty of room here for everyone. The beach is unpatrolled. The main beach is accessed from the western end near the intersection of Hamilton Drive and Bates Road. Here there is a car park, playground, picnic area and camping ground.
People aren't the only ones to enjoy a swim at Emu Bay. (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
2. Stroll Along the Jetty. The fishing jetty dates back to 1918 when ships docked here with supplies for the town. It accords sweeping views back to the beach and the township. A bench seat at the end is a lovely place to sit and soak up the sunshine and scenery. The jetty is near the intersection of Hamilton Drive and Buick Street.
The Emu Bay jetty is a great place to sit and soak up sunshine and scenery. (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
3. Drive along the Beach. Emu Bay is the only place on Kangaroo Island where you can drive on the beach. As long as you stay on the hard sand a 2WD is all that is required. Vehicle access is from the western end near the intersection of Hamilton Drive and Bates Road.
Emu Bay is the only place on Kangaroo Island where you can drive on the beach. (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
4. Walk along the Beach. With up to 4kms of beach this is a great place for a stroll. The same hard sand that makes driving on the beach possible makes walking much easier than on a soft sand beach.
5. Play in the Sand. The children will have a lovely time playing in the sand on this wide beach. Sand castles, sand sculptures and sand drawings are popular. While we were strolling along the beach we passed two huge smiley faces scratched into the sand. Do remember that vehicles access the beach and keep an eye on the kiddies.
Have some fun in the sand at Emu Bay. We came upon these sand drawings as we strolled along the beach. (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
6. Crazy Rock Formations. The shale geological formations on the beach look like blocks stacked on an angle. The rocks, known as Emu Bay Shale take on a pinkish brown colour and the orange lichen growing on them add to this picturesque scenery.
Emu Bay Shale, interesting rock formations. (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
7. Fishing. The best locations for fishing are from the jetty and the groyne. The rocky parts of the bay are more remote and are the domain of the more adventurous fisherman. King George whiting and snapper are the likely catches here. Other species caught in these waters include salmon, snook and squid. Tommies, gar and squid can be caught from the jetty.
Try a spot of fishing at Emu Bay (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
8. Boating. There is a boat ramp near the jetty for those who are keen to get on the water. The current boat ramp is subject to swells created by northerly winds but plans are afoot for an all-weather upgrade.
9. Birdwatching. Kangaroo Island boasts a huge variety of birdlife and that is apparent near the jetty where we came across pelicans and other waterbirds in abundance. You might also sight oyster catchers and hooded plovers.
We saw a variety of bird life near the Emu Bay jetty. (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
10. Playground. There is a children's playground near the western end of main beach next to the car park. The playground boasts a dual platform multi-function unit with open slides, a tube slide, and low level climbing frames. There is a swing set and for the toddlers there is a dolphin shaped springer.
11. Have a Picnic . The picnic area at the western end of main beach are next to the playground and carpark. There is a sizable shelter shed for shade near the car park and plenty of open air picnic tables along the grass reserve on the beach side of Hamilton Drive.
Looking from the jetty to the playground, picnic area and beach access. (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
The main beach access is near the intersection of Hamilton Drive and Bates Road. The jetty and boat ramp are near the intersection of Hamilton Drive and Buick Street. There are public toilets, a carpark, a playground, picnic facilities at the access to the main beach.
Emu Bay is on the north coast of Kangaroo Island around 18kms from the main town of Kingscote. Kangaroo Island is accessed via the Sealink Ferry from Cape Jervis. The ferry terminal is around 115kms and an hour and a half's drive from the Adelaide CBD. For further information check the Tourism Kangaroo Island website or ring the visitor information centre on 1800 811 080.
Where:Emu Bay is on the north coast of Kangaroo Island around 18kms from the main town of Kingscote. KI is accessed via Sealink Ferry https://www.sealink.com.au/ from Cape Jervis which is around 115kms and an hour and a half’s drive from the Adelaide CBD.