Recently Kangaroo Island (KI) was named number 2 on Lonely Planet’s Best Travel Destinations for 2024 and we wanted to give you some extra local knowledge on some of our favourite spots to visit on Kangaroo Island. Let’s jump in.
Our kids call it the ‘secret beach’; others call it the Stokes Bay Rockpool; whatever you want to call it, you must go. A secluded beach sheltered from the ocean waves, this spot is perfect for swimming and snorkeling in calm, crystal-clear waters all day long. Alternatively, let the kids explore the nearby rock pools while you soak up the rays on the beach. Tip: invest in a cheap pair of ‘aqua shoes’ as they’ll save your feet when climbing over rocks. The cost is free, and we guarantee if you go once, it won’t be your last.
Beer & Pizza at the Kangaroo Island Brewery
Looking for a great spot to kick back for the day? The Kangaroo Island Brewery has you covered. The reason we love this place is it’s dog friendly, it’s relaxed atmosphere, and once again great for kids. There’s a big open backyard area to hang out, kick the footy, and enjoy the wide variety of food and drinks on offer. I believe there were hammocks once, but I think they got taken away after some visitors had a few too many. Entry is free. Well-priced food and drinks. Great vibes.
Vivonne Bay & Flinders Chase Drive
Got a car on the island? Allow a day to travel the south coast and drop into Vivonne Bay and Flinder’s Chase National Park. You wont believe your eyes when you see the water at Vivonne Bay, and a walk along the jetty will take you back in time. Flinders Chase National Park is a must for any Kangaroo Island parks adventure. This vast area of wilderness features the iconic Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and a long-nosed fur seal colony. There is a cost associated with entering National Parks ($13 per adult) which you can book and pay online: https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/parks/flinders-chase-national-park/booking
This rugged, wild, stunning part of Kangaroo Island will give you a taste for adventure. Whether you’re a die-hard surfer or like to sit up on the cliff with a hot mug of coffee (or cold beer) and watch the waves, Pennington Bay Surf Spot is a must. Head down in the morning and if you’re lucky the swell will be pumping. While you’re there, hike up to Prospect Hill and take in the panoramic coastal views – a perfect activity to fill up the morning and work out your calf muscles. No cost involved.
Flavours of Petite Provence is one of Kangaroo Island’s best-kept foodie secrets. Owned by our mates Kym & Bridgette, who live down the road, visit the FOPP Shop and you’ll find all sorts of gourmet delicatessens, seasonal Kangaroo Island produce, and a full range of Kangaroo Island Olives and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Our favourites? Pink-gin and limoncello marmalades – absolutely divine. Visit the shop at 12 Florance Road Haines 5223.
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