Strap on your skates everyone this week I’m taking you back to my time on the spectacular Kangaroo Island (KI). I have spent quite a lot of time on KI and quickly found my favorite places on the island. It is an island jam packed with native Australian wildlife, picturesque coastlines and great food. You can get to KI either by ferry or plane. When catching the ferry you either have to drive to catch the coach (Sealink runs them from Adelaide) to Cape Jervis which is just over 1.5 hours from Adelaide. The only other option is to fly, at the moment the only airline flying to KI is Rex Airlines. It is only a 20min flight out of Adelaide. However when landing in KI you kind of land in the middle of nowhere. There are no taxis on KI so you must organize transport from the very small airport to your accommodation. I have traveled numerous times on both the plane and the ferry and liked both of them. The ferry is fun to catch (the drive to Cape Jervis has beautiful scenery) and allows you to take your car over with you. However the plane is quicker although you will need to organize transport once on the island. If it’s a clear day the views from the plane can be really awesome.
KI is South Australia’s first free settlement. It does have a rich history with settlement, agriculture, shipwrecks, lighthouses and bees! KI is especially famous for its Ligurian Bees so make sure you taste some honey while you’re there! I don’t particularly like honey but as far as I could tell it was pretty good ha ha. My favourite part of the island was the wildlife, it is so plentiful there you can barely go anywhere without running into some sort of animal. One of the best things about the island is that all of the businesses are local and support the people who call KI home. When your visiting remember that you are supporting many locals that depend on tourism!
Coastline along Kangaroo Island
Flinders Chase National Park was one of my favourite places on the island. The coastline is incredible with a number of different views in the same place. The Remarkable Rocks are a must, I had so much fun walking around them and taking photos! I have now been to them a number of times and they never get old. Then there is admirals Arch which is pretty cool to see but the best part is the seal colony. There are literally hundreds of seals down there. I could have sat and watched them for hours. If you’re desperate to see a seal this is the place to go. The seals you will find here are New Zealand Fur Seals if you want to see Sea Lions which are much rarer the place to go is Seal Bay Conservation Park. You can walk on the boardwalk to see the seals from a distance or pay to go on a guided short walk on the beach. This allows you to get up closer to the Sea Lions.
Flinders Chase National Park
Kangaroo Island Spirits or KIS. Yes just Yes! I am not a big drinker of spirits but this was still a favourite on the island! It is only about 10 mins from Kingscote and well worth a visit. They produce their own gin, vodka and liqueurs, make sure you try KIS Honey and Walnut Liqueur it is delish! They will let you taste their products and give loads of info on how they source ingredients and make their products. They are also full of recipe ideas of how to use their products in ways that taste fabulous!
Flinders Chase National Park
The Pelican Man is found every evening at 5pm near the Kingscote Jetty no matter the weather. See huge numbers of pelicans fly in daily for a feed. A great chance to get up close and personal with the wildlife. $5 for adults and $3 for kidlets. He has a wealth of information stored in his head so if you have a question make sure you ask!
Dudley Winery is literally a cellar door on a clifftop. Located about 15mins out of Penneshaw you can have some wine, buy some wine and eat some beautiful food! The view is just awesome, you can sit back and watch the mainland of Australia. Have a practice of your golf swing if you feel like and see if you can get a hole in one.
Views from Dudley Winery
The Andermel Marron Farm kind of obviously farms and serves marron. They have a high standard of food. I actually had a steak which was delicious I’m not that into shellfish. However all the other people I went with had marron and loved it. It is also really interesting to see marron of all different ages near the restaurant in a display. It shows all the stages of growth and how small they start off.
Raffa Enjoying Stokes Bay
Go for a drive down the North Coast Road visit the spectacular beaches where you may not even see another person. Stop in at Stokes Bay and make sure you walk through the tunnel and discover a spectacular beach. You may even see dolphins down there. While you are there have lunch at The Rockpool Café it serves locally caught fish from the area. Often the fish were caught that morning. It is only open seasonally so make sure you check before you head down. Along North Coast Road visit the many beaches although most can only be accessed via dirt roads.
Views from North Coast Road
Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures was the absolute highlight of my trip to KI. I got to SWIM WITH WILD DOLPHINS and it was awesome! The tours are run by a local guy who has a wealth of knowledge about the local area. The tours are environmentally friendly, they don’t feed the dolphins and they have a boat which is safe for the dolphins. The dolphins all surf and jump in the wake of the boat, seeing them jump out of the water was really exciting. They stop the boat in a really protected area where you can often touch the bottom (so calm down if you’re not a great swimmer). There were literally 70 – 90 dolphins in the area so you see heaps of them! I don’t have any very good photos from when I went as I got to excited and forgot all about photographing them and jumped in and swam! If I get the chance I will definitely do this again!
Dolphins on Kangaroo Island Marine Tours
Fine Art Kangaroo Island is also well worth a look. A collection of art from different local artists often inspired by their local environment. The local artists work in a variety of different mediums from jewelry, pottery and paintings. It is a very professional shop with a focus on quality art. My favourite artists who regularly feature in the shop are Mark Capon and Jenny Clapson. There work is amazing!