The Top Things to do on Kangaroo Island, South Australia

It doesn’t get much more Australian than visiting an island home to one of the country’s favourite indigenous animals. Located just off the SA mainland, Kangaroo Island is a place for lovers of nature, animals, wine and gourmet dining.

Uncover the secrets of this offshore gem with our list of the top 10 things to tick off your Kangaroo Island bucket list.

Image credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

1. Stay at Southern Ocean Lodge

Regarded as Australia’s Galapagos, Kangaroo Island is only a short 30-minute flight or 45-minute ferry ride off the coast of South Australia but feels as though it is a world away. The native wildlife has flourished on this secluded and untouched hideaway, granting guests the opportunity to walk with sea lions along pristine beaches, watch wild dolphins play in the waves and see kangaroos grazing at sunset.

Southern Ocean Lodge is the most luxurious property on the island and was recently rated #4 in the Top 100 Hotels in the World by Travel+Leisure. The lodge is also a member of the highly prestigious Luxury Lodges of Australia and part of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.

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2. Explore the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

This 61km, five-day walk takes guests along the rugged coastline of Kangaroo Island past unique plants and wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for kangaroos, dolphins, whales, koalas, echidnas and seals while soaking up the peaceful beauty of the island.

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3. Photograph Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks at sunrise

Get your camera at the ready to photograph Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks, with the best time to capture the perfect shot being at sunrise when the sky glows orange-red.

Image credit: Ben Goode

4. Visit the locals at Seal Bay

Kangaroos aren’t the only residents on this thriving island, head to Seal Bay to get up close and personal with Australian sea lions in their natural habitat.

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5. Dine at The Enchanted Fig Tree

Guests staying at LifeTime Private Retreats can enjoy an exclusive, unique dining experience in a fairytale-like setting. Enjoy gourmet cuisine beneath an ancient fig tree that was planted by early settlers to the island and is now a wonderland of enchanting rooms created by the twisting branches.

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6. Sip gin at Kangaroo Island Spirits

All that Kangaroo spotting is thirsty work so head to this distillers for award-winning gins served by the experts. Grab yourself a tipple and head out to the Gin Garden for a relaxing afternoon with friends.

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7. Drink wine at Dudley Wines

If gin isn’t your thing then you may find what you’re looking for at this local family run winery and cellar door. Spend the afternoon soaking up ocean views from the deck while enjoying a glass of red perfectly accompanied by a pizza or platter.

8. Enjoy a gourmet experience at Table 88

To enjoy all of Kangaroo Island’s finest wine and produce in one place head to Table 88. Placing an emphasis on the ‘paddock to plate’ concept, this local restaurant serves up seasonal dishes that include fresh local seafood and Mediterranean-inspired tapas.

Image credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

9. Get beachy at Vivonne Bay

Once voted Australia’s best beach, you can expect tranquillity and white sands at this picturesque spot. Ideal for sunbathing, picnics, fishing and surfing, Vivonne Bay is the place to be on a sunny day.

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10. Detox at Kangaroo Island Health Retreat

Reconnect with your mind, body and soul at this health retreat that offers personalised programs designed to achieve lifelong wellness and a happier lifestyle. A typical day involves detoxing in the temperature controlled sauna, taking yoga, pilates and meditation classes, walking and swimming at the beach, and enjoying culinary demonstrations from the on-site experts.

For more information on winter on Kangaroo Island visit southaustralia.comImages courtesy of the South Australia Tourism Commission (unless otherwise stated).

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