Let yourself go
Freedom isn’t a state of mind, it’s an island. Minutes from the mainland, but a million miles away, Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary for wildlife and natural, rugged beauty.
Escape to an island you will never want to leave - Let Yourself Go. It’s the perfect place to disconnect from the world and reconnect with what and who is truly important to you.
Find the magic, and let yourself go, on Kangaroo Island.
Visit the Tourism Kangaroo Island website for local information about Kangaroo Island.
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, go on an eco tour or charter.
History and heritage
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. In July 1836, the barque Duke of York anchored on the island and began the first formal settlement in South Australia.
At its peak, some 300 people lived on the island and 42 dwellings and other buildings were constructed. While the formal settlement lasted just four years, some persistent individuals stayed on and formed the basis of a community that still prides itself on a strong sense of independence.
Today, life on Kangaroo Island is a lot easier but still boasts unspoilt white beaches, gourmet food and wines and a real holiday spirit.
Visit Kangaroo Island. You’ll see why it’s a tourism icon.
There are loads of accommodation options, from simple lodgings to breathtaking luxury.
Try a permanent tent fitted out with modern conveniences; wilderness lodges or historic lighthouse keepers' cottages.
At the spectacular eco-resort Southern Ocean Lodge, be pampered with a day spa and beauty treatments, then go straight to the dining table for exquisitely prepared regional produce.
Beachside self-contained is a popular style of accommodation on the island and is perfect for families and couples.
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.
The Southern Ocean
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.
See the stunning scenery
Boasting wildlife, wildlife and more wildlife, the best way to truly appreciate Kangaroo Island's animal residents is on a tour. In addition, you'll see a spectacular and diverse coastline including the tallest coastal cliffs in South Australia and gorgeous hidden coves.
You can take it at your own pace by car or four wheel drive (4WD), with a self-guided audio tour.
Join a coach journey, boat trip or fishing charter for something different.
Eat Local SA
Eat Local SA
Do you want to eat like a local on KI? There's honey, ice-cream, sheep milk yoghurt and cheese, free range eggs, seafood, wines and spirits. Eat Local is an easy way for you to eat and buy authentic South Australian food. Look for the Eat Local signs or visit Eat Local SA.
Stunning wildlife, pristine beaches, fresh produce, gourmet food, wine and luxury accommodation; Kangaroo Island has it all. Plan your next holiday with the Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide and let yourself go!
Download a Kangaroo Island map to help find your way around the main towns - Penneshaw, American River, Kingscote - and the island's wild west.
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Things to do
Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.
There are plenty of events in Kangaroo Island. Here are some ideas you might like.