January 2020 Update: Major parts of the western end of Kangaroo Island have been impacted by a bushfire which has resulted in the closure of a number of attractions and tourism businesses in and around Flinders Chase National Park. The eastern end of the island however remains unaffected. Tourism is a huge part of the recovery on Kangaroo Island. To help rebuild, you can play a vital role in this by planning a trip to KI now. This itinerary features highlights of the eastern half of the island which is unaffected by bushfires. If you are currently travelling to KI, please read our latest updates on what is open and what’s open and closed as a result of the fires.
Slip away to Australia’s zoo without the fences for 48 hours, trading the hustle and bustle of city life for unique wildlife, mouth-watering food and wine, breathtaking scenery and a laid-back lifestyle.
option one: air
OPTION two: sea
Drive your car onto the SeaLink Ferry and cruise for 40 minutes over to Penneshaw or head over on the express ferry service, KIC (Kangaroo Island Connect). Both ferries depart from Cape Jervis, which is an hour and forty minutes’ drive south of Adelaide.
Life-Time Private Retreats, Sheoaks
Touch-down on Kangaroo Island, then shack up in style at Life-Time Private Retreats’ Sheoaks – a delightful four-bedroom rammed earth home in one of the most enviable locations on Kangaroo Island. With sweeping views over Snellings Beach, your own outdoor patio and plenty of space to entertain, you won’t want to leave. Enjoy the the Sheoaks to the full extent and have each meal catered for you. The team will come to prepare dinner out on the patio while you sit back and spot the resident pod of dolphins with a local vino in-hand.
Life-Time Private Retreats, Sheoaks can be found on Snellings Beach, North Coast Road, Kangaroo Island.
Sunset Food and Wine, Penneshaw
Start your food journey at Sunset Food and Wine – the Island’s newest food destination. If you’re after great food, spectacular views of the ocean and a relaxed atmosphere, you’ll be right at home perched on the deck. Sunset Food and Wine specialise in modern Australian cuisine with a focus on seafood and local, seasonal produce as its hero. Head Chef Jack Ingram was formerly the Executive Chef of Southern Ocean Lodge, so we grant you permission to expect attention to detail.
Sunset Food and Wine can be found at 4564 Hog Bay Rd, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, 5222.
KI Spirits, Cygnet River
Next-up, take a gastronomic trip to Kangaroo Island Spirits, conveniently located just outside Kingscote. We highly recommend you bring a designated driver as it’s almost impossible to say no when sampling their huge range of gins. The distillery is rustic, family operated and intimate with staff who know and love their gin. Indulge yourself with a glass or two, surrounded by Kangaroo Island’s spectacular scenery. It’ll be the most impressive gin and tonic you’ve had!
KI Spirits can be found at 856 Playford Hwy, Cygnet River, Kangaroo Island, 5223
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours, Parndana
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours provides you with a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience. Follow a passionate team of locals as they show you Kangaroo Island’s most spectacular sights all from the comfort of a luxury four wheel drive vehicle. Get acquainted with Kangaroo Island’s unique wildlife, travel to some of the Island’s most beautiful locations and top it off with a two-course barbecue lunch complimented by exceptional Kangaroo Island wines.
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours can be found at 42 Cook St, Parndana, Kangaroo Island, 5220.
Got some more time?
If you’re lucky enough to have a few more days up your sleeve, make the most of nature’s paradise with our Kangaroo Island five day itinerary.