A Guide to Visiting Kangaroo Island, South Australia

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Located off the coast of South Australia is one of the nation’s best-kept secrets; Kangaroo Island. Aptly named, the island is a wildlife lover’s dream. Sure, there are kangaroos… but you’ll also experience a range of rare wildlife viewings in abundance: wombats, echidnas, and the country’s third largest sea lion colony (with their very own protected beach, mind you!) If I haven’t quite convinced you yet, here’s how Kangaroo Island stole my heart!

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Check In: Southern Ocean Lodge

If there’s just one wildlife lodge you should visit in your lifetime, make it Southern Ocean Lodge. This all-inclusive lodge doesn’t come cheap, but it does involve an experience of a lifetime. Guests are picked up from the airport on arrival and treated to every luxury throughout their stay: three meals a day with an open bar, daily guided tours to various points of interest around the island and a complete oasis tucked neatly away down a guest-access-only driveway on the Southern coast of the island.

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Must visit Photo stops

With so much to see and do on the island, you will need at least a few days to explore. With just two nights on the island, we hit the ground running with a hybrid rental car and our camera in hand!

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Flinders Chase National Park

Our first point of call was all the way on the other side of the island, but after seeing photos of the stunning coastline we decided our short amount of time on the island should be spent here on the West Coast. Whilst inside the National Park be sure to stop at the Remarkable Rocks, Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse, Admiral’s Arch, and of course spot the sea lions lazing in the sun!

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Seal Bay Conservation Park

Wildlife lovers beware – you’re about to fall head over heels for these guys! Seal Bay Conservation Park is just as it sounds – a safe haven for sea lions and the second largest population in Australia of the endangered species. We spent at least an hour here commentating the leisurely life of a sea lion – too cute!


Over on the eastern end of Dudley Peninsula you will find one of Kangaroo Island’s best spots to watch the sun set – complete with its own lighthouse and extremely scenic views!

Emu Bay

Just a short drive away from Kingscote (the largest town on Kangaroo Island and the point of entry to the island), you will find Emu Bay on the North of the island. If you find yourself arriving on Kangaroo Island in the morning and are looking for an immediate pit stop, this is one not to be missed!
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Eats & Drinks

Of the short time we spent on Kangaroo Island, I’d say about half of that time was spent eating. With so much fresh local produce on offer there’s every excuse to indulge!

Dining inside an Enchanted Fig Tree

Yup, you read correctly! As quirky as it sounds, one of our best experiences on the island and hands down our best dining experience, was inside the Enchanted Fig Tree, indulging in a 10-course meal.

Kangaroo Island Spirits

Although we didn’t get a chance to visit the distillery, many locals on the island were eager to rave about Kangaroo Island Spirits and in particular their gin offerings! Should you get time this is a great pit stop to taste the local gin, which is highly regarded across South Australia.

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World of Wanderlust visited South Australia with the South Australian Tourism Commission. All opinions, recommendations and photos are my own!

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    April 11, 2017 at 8:47 pm

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    Christine @ Adventure, Baby!
    April 5, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit Kangaroo Island and your photos have convinced me to make it happen! Just stunning.

    Ali and Lubaina
    April 4, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    What a great post. Amazing photos and details. I’ll have to visit soon

    Atul Host
    April 2, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Great Place, I am studying in Australia and soon visit Kangaroo Island.

    March 30, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Wow! This looks like an incredible experience! I have never even heard of Kangaroo Island, and now it is on my list!

    March 29, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Wow! So amazing! I had no idea this place existed. Definitely adding it to my dream board! |

    Michael @ Mile in my Glasses
    March 28, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I didn’t even know this island existed! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous, and it’s made my bucket list indefinitely!

    I hope you have the most wonderful Tuesday,

    Rahul Jain
    March 27, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Its really amazing blog with very much helpful information, thank you so much for writing this great blog here for us.

    Bella WW
    March 27, 2017 at 2:58 am

    It’s so beautiful, and it kind of reminds me by the Pacific Coast Highway in California. Love it! 🙂

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    March 26, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Oh my god, that last photo is beyond adorable! I should really visit Kangaroo Island, I’ve never actually been to SA before (despite living in Victoria my entire life). Great inspiration!

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    March 26, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Kangaroo Island is a great place to visit. I’ll add one more ‘must see’ location and that’s Vivonne Bay, not far from Seal Bay on the south coast of the island. Vivonne Bay would have to be one of the world’s best beaches, it’s stunning!

    March 26, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    THIS LOOKS AMAZING! I can’t believe there are so many places in Australia that I have not heard about! Must add it to the bucket list!

    Brooklyn Murtaugh
    March 26, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I used to live in Melbourne (I’m from Vancouver) and had planned a trip to Kangaroo Island but unfortunately it was cancelled.
    Your photos make me want to go!

    March 26, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Amazing pictures, Brooke!

    March 26, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Looks like such a cute place!

    Moonlight Travel
    March 26, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Wauw, the island looks really nice!

    Nikki | Travelling With Nikki
    March 26, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Great photos – it really does look such a beautiful place. Just the name “Kangaroo Island” alone makes me want to visit 🙂

    March 25, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Looks and sounds like a dream. Definitely a place to put on my bucket list 🙂

    March 25, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    I love KI! It’s one of my favourite places. There is so much wildlife, so many beautiful views, beaches, hikes and trails. It is so peaceful too. I remember camping when I was younger and while I was reading, a kangaroo came up and started eating the book I was holding. They were so friendly and unafraid that he had snuck up behind me sitting there and just leaned in and ripped out the other page I had open with it’s teeth. It was pretty memorable, but I never did get to read what happened on that page. 🙂
    Such a magical place.
    xx Jenelle

    March 25, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Wow Brooke, those photos are amazing, especially the one of you sitting on the roof of the car! And I would love to see those seals!!

    Kate - Travel for Difference
    March 25, 2017 at 11:50 am

    I’ve been longing to visit Kangaroo Island for so long. I’m not sure why I haven’t considering I’m from Australia too. The image of the Sea Lions is amazing. Soooo beautiful! X

    March 25, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Wow those photos are The goals!!!