Kangaroo Island

Area

Kangaroo Island more than earns its ranking as Australia’s fourth major tourism icon. You simply can’t beat its wildlife and wilderness. Being in South Australia, the wine is pretty good too.

Kangaroo Island (KI to the locals) is a short flight from Adelaide or a ferry ride from Cape Jervis. There’s so much to do on this island. Explore untouched bushland, fish on pristine beaches, see the wildlife, and go on an eco tour or charter.

Kangaroo Island is rich in history. In 1802, British explorer, Matthew Flinders landed near Kangaroo Head on Dudley Peninsula. French explorer, Nicolas Baudin, followed soon after and mapped most of the island. Kangaroo Island became Australia’s first free settlement, with sealers, escaped convicts and runaway sailors calling the island home.

Today, life on Kangaroo Island is a lot easier. The locals are a happy and friendly lot.

Wildlife surrounds Kangaroo Island. The ocean is teeming with fish, sea lions and little penguin colonies. Stand on the shore in the cooler months and watch migrating southern right whales and their calves.

This place is like a zoo without fences, with rare bird life, tammar wallabies, short-beaked echidnas and plenty of kangaroos and koalas.

There are loads of accommodation options, from simple lodgings to breathtaking luxury. Be pampered with a day spa and beauty treatments, then go straight to the dining table for exquisitely prepared regional produce.

Sleep in a swag under the stars. You’ll have no trouble finding a beautiful place to camp. The clarity of the night sky on Kangaroo Island is something you’ll never forget.

Absorb Kangaroo Island’s heritage and natural beauty at your own pace by car or four wheel drive. Go on a self guided audio tour, coach journey, four wheel drive adventure, boat trip or fishing charter.

Quick Facts

The Kangaroo Island area is a local government area (LGA) in South Australia. This area is home to 49 locations and/or suburbs which you can explore in more detail by selecting from the list  below. The Kangaroo Island area is located approximately 157kms from the capital Adelaide.

If you are planning a visit to this area we’ve put together some of the things you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one ofthe buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know the area and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.

Kangaroo Island

Area District Council
american river

American River

Urban

Population: 238 | Kangaroo Island

American River is a small town tucked into native bushland overlooking Eastern Cove and Pelican Lagoon....

Brownlow Ki

Urban

Population: 236 | Kangaroo Island

Kingscote

Urban

Population: 1826 | Kangaroo Island

penneshaw

Penneshaw

Urban

Population: 275 | Kangaroo Island

Penneshaw is a pretty coastal village on the north east Dudley Peninsula on Kangaroo Island, with...

American Beach

Rural

Population: 6 | Kangaroo Island

Antechamber Bay

Rural

Population: 8 | Kangaroo Island

Ballast Head

Rural

Population: 18 | Kangaroo Island

Baudin Beach

Rural

Population: 62 | Kangaroo Island

Bay Of Shoals

Rural

Population: 39 | Kangaroo Island

Birchmore

Rural

Population: 37 | Kangaroo Island

Brown Beach

Rural

Population: 12 | Kangaroo Island

Cape Borda

Rural

Population: 10 | Kangaroo Island

Cassini

Rural

Population: 81 | Kangaroo Island

Cuttlefish Bay

Rural

Population: 10 | Kangaroo Island

Cygnet River

Rural

Population: 76 | Kangaroo Island

De Mole River

Rural

Population: 18 | Kangaroo Island

D’Estrees Bay

Rural

Population: 4 | Kangaroo Island

Dudley East

Rural

Population: 56 | Kangaroo Island

Dudley West

Rural

Population: 19 | Kangaroo Island

Duncan

Rural

Population: 66 | Kangaroo Island

emu bay

Emu Bay

Rural

Population: 114 | Kangaroo Island

Emu Bay is a popular bay on Kangaroo Island. It is an ideal destination for holiday...

Flinders Chase

Rural

Kangaroo Island

Gosse

Rural

Population: 40 | Kangaroo Island

Haines

Rural

Population: 153 | Kangaroo Island

Ironstone

Rural

Population: 16 | Kangaroo Island

Island Beach

Rural

Population: 31 | Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Head

Rural

Population: 21 | Kangaroo Island

Karatta

Rural

Population: 100 | Kangaroo Island

Kohinoor

Rural

Population: 55 | Kangaroo Island

Macgillivray

Rural

Population: 117 | Kangaroo Island

Menzies

Rural

Population: 92 | Kangaroo Island

Middle River

Rural

Population: 20 | Kangaroo Island

Muston

Rural

Population: 26 | Kangaroo Island

Nepean Bay

Rural

Population: 131 | Kangaroo Island

Newland

Rural

Population: 50 | Kangaroo Island

North Cape

Rural

Population: 6 | Kangaroo Island

Parndana

Rural

Population: 149 | Kangaroo Island

Pelican Lagoon

Rural

Population: 58 | Kangaroo Island

Porky Flat

Rural

Population: 13 | Kangaroo Island

Sapphiretown

Rural

Population: 35 | Kangaroo Island

Seal Bay

Rural

Population: 4 | Kangaroo Island

Seddon

Rural

Population: 102 | Kangaroo Island

Stokes Bay

Rural

Population: 50 | Kangaroo Island

Stun’Sail Boom

Rural

Kangaroo Island

Vivonne Bay

Rural

Population: 76 | Kangaroo Island

Western River

Rural

Population: 20 | Kangaroo Island

Willoughby

Rural

Population: 11 | Kangaroo Island

Willson River

Rural

Kangaroo Island

Wisanger

Rural

Population: 124 | Kangaroo Island