I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published October 11th 2014
At Stokes Bay you will find one of the must-see beaches of Kangaroo Island, one that's been voted among Australia's best quite a few times. Images of it are frequently used on the island's tourist brochures and, what's more, it's a free attraction you can enjoy with the whole family.
However, first impressions are a little misleading, because when you arrive at Stokes Bay, you're greeted with a small rocky beach. While it does offer surf and birdlife, it's not what you came to see.
It turns out that to get to the Stokes Bay beach all the photos depict, you need to follow a path through a whole lot of rocks, which is an adventure that's almost as fun as the beach itself (especially if you weren't expecting it). On the way back through this trail, my companions and I recorded a video as we went through. It went for two and half minutes.
As much this path was an unexpected novelty. the beach turned out t be exactly what we were looking for. It's a long, natural stretch of sand, with a popular tidal pool located right next to the entrance.
This area is perfect for swimming, especially if you have kids. The water is shallow and the pool is reasonably big.
There's no other access to this beach other than the rocky track, which, though narrow in parts, anyone should make it through. At the other end of the beach, there's just another rocky bay.
Back in the rest of Stokes Bay, near the car park, there are toilets, a large shelter and a camping and picnic area. The Rockpool Cafe is a popular place to eat.
The whole area is located on the northern part of Kangaroo Island, 60 kilometres west of Kingscote (past Emu Bay) and just over 20 kilometres north of Pardana. There aren't too many other big attractions nearby, but if you like animals, this place is ideal. Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary and Will's Rare Breeds Farm are both very close by.