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Published October 10th 2015
Kangaroo Island is a hop, skip and a jump from Adelaide
Kangaroo Island General Information

Looking for a weekend or long weekend escape that's a bit different? How about making the trip over to Kangaroo Island, the third largest island in Australia which is only 112 kms south-west of Adelaide in South Australia.

You can be assured that once you have been, you'll definitely want to go back for a longer holiday to explore further the magnificent scenery, flora and fauna as well as the local food and wine on offer.

With 509 kms of coastline and 155 kms from the east coast to the west coast, the first thing you notice about Kangaroo Island (K.I.) upon arrival and travelling around is how big the island truly is.

Kangaroo Island
Spectacular Coastline - Source: Graeme Fanning

Getting there

The quickest way to really make the most of the weekend is to fly over from Adelaide to Kingscote, which takes about 30 minutes and costs anything from under $200 one way to under $350 one way, dependant upon the time of year and what specials the airlines are running at the time.

If you make the break a long weekend, there is also an option of ferry from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw which takes about 45 minutes each way and costs around $94 return per adult if booked online. From Adelaide, you could drive a vehicle down to Cape Jervis, which takes around one and a half hours or investigate a coach-ferry package.

If you decide to take the car, fares are around $280 return per adult, again if booked online.

Kangaroo Island
Harvey's Return


Accommodation options are varied and cater for a wide range of people's needs and budgets, so whether you are looking for a Bed and Breakfast, Pub accommodation, self-catered holiday home, caravan park or camping, there is something for everyone.

There are some great locations for accommodation including overlooking Backstairs Passage or beach-side options.

Nothing beats sampling some local cheeses or seafood, with a nice drop of KI wine, whilst watching the magic sunsets and nature at its best.

Kangaroo Island
Penneshaw Sunset

Food and Wine

KI is renowned for its locally produced food including fresh seafood in the shape of oysters, prawns, whiting, snapper and freshwater marron.

Not only that, but the regional cheeses and yoghurts are delicious as well as the Ligurian Bee honey on offer.

To complement the wonderful selection of foods, KI also produces some top wines, having something like 200 hectares of vines and around 18 home grown labels.

If food and wine are your real focus, you can totally immerse yourself on a food and wine trail, which will introduce you to producers and products at their source.

Kangaroo Island
Boats at American River

Natural Beauty

There are many natural attractions on KI with for example, Flinders Chase National Park, KI's biggest dedicated national and conservation park, which offer Admiral's Arch and Remarkable Rocks, showing the force of nature in all its glory.

From the rugged coastlines highlighting sheer cliffs to the isolated areas with lighthouses and pristine beaches, you can't help but be gob-smacked by the true beauty of the island.

If going underground appeals, a visit to the Kelly Hill Caves and Conservation Park is a must-see, as one of the few dry limestone caves in Australia.

Regular guided tours are conducted of the caves, showing off the impressive stalagmites, stalactites, helictites and straws.

If you're more into adventuring, special adventure caving experiences are available where you don a hard hat and overalls as you crawl through incredible caverns.

Kangaroo Island
Kelly Hill Caves

Flora and Fauna

As the name suggests, Kangaroo Island is abundant with wildlife, including some of Australia's native animals and birds, whether it be wallabies, kangaroos, koalas or the cute fairy penguins at Kingscote and the majestic Australian sea-lions at Seal Bay.

During Spring particularly, the native and non-native plants that flower put on a wonderful show, colouring the landscape before the heat of the summer arrives.

Kangaroo Island
Wallaby at Flinders Chase


For an island not far away from Adelaide, it is amazing how many diverse types of holidays that you can immerse yourself in, whether it be nature-based, which also allows many options of walking trails in and around the island, or fishing charters, food and wine experiences... the list goes on!

Having been fortunate to visit KI on several occasions, the experience seems to be different each time and always look forward to a return visit.

The Tourism Kangaroo Island website and the South Australia website have some great information and tips on how to make the most out of your KI experience.

Kangaroo Island
Little Sahara Desert

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Why? Enjoy a combination of nature, food and wine and brilliant landscapes
When: Any time of the year
Phone: 1800 811 080
Where: Kangaroo Island
Cost: Dependent on your interests and plans
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