48 Hours on Kangaroo Island: How to Get it Done
If you’re travelling around Adelaide and have a day or two to spare, you won’t be disappointed by making the trip to Kangaroo Island. This small island packs a bunch of things to see; amazing coastlines, incredible untouched scenery, and very small, but still significant, cultural hubs. (Oh, and kangaroos!)
Following a two-hour drive from Adelaide, we hopped one of the last ferries to the island — the 6pm from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw. After a short drive to Kingscote, we checked into our Airbnb, where our lovely hostess advised us to pop down to the town centre for food — it was almost 8pm, and all the shops and takeaways closed at 8 on Sundays. We quickly found our way to the eatery she recommended — Kangaroo Island Fresh Seafood. We ate plenty of fresh calamari rings and chips; a hearty dinner after travelling.
Kingscote itself is tiny, with a population of less than two thousand people, but the food was amazing and fresh, and the town was abuzz with activity in the daytime. At night, it was so peaceful — located on the coast and lacking the light pollution of a larger city, the night sky was teeming with stars.On Kangaroo Island we caught a wombat eating breakfast, dingoes asserting dominance, and the smallest penguins in the world, native to #Australia. At a wildlife park we were lucky enough to pet some of these critters, including albino wallabies. Click To Tweet
The next morning at 7, we woke up and made our way to the shops to pick up breakfast and snacks for the day ahead. That’s when we noticed how much busier it got during the daylight hours; with two art galleries and a huge souvenir shop, Kingscote was the ideal centre for our exploration of the island. Bonus: given how small Kangaroo Island was, anywhere we would want to visit was less than a two-hour drive from here.
Our first adventure took us to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, and we must have picked a good day to visit — it was empty of other tourists. The wildlife park has a large selection of animals I had never seen at other wildlife parks. We caught a wombat eating breakfast, dingoes asserting their hierarchies, and the smallest penguins in the world, native to Australia. We were lucky enough to pet some of these critters, including the rare albino wallabies and kangaroos, as well as the smallest koala I have ever seen!
Next was a drive to see the Admiral’s Arch at Flinders Chase National Park, a natural beauty that took our breath away! We even managed to spot a few chubby seals relaxing in the autumn sun.
A short drive from the arch took us to the Remarkable Rocks. We noticed that nowhere did it actually say that you cannot climb the rocks, so we did!
Vivonne Bay was another masterpiece of nature; the white sand beautifully reflected the sunset. We enjoyed the spectacle in the company of local surfers, waiting for their next big wave.
Bales Bay was an unexpected stop — we had planned to go to Seal’s Bay, but it was closed for the night by the time we made it there. We diverted to Bales Bay, where we enjoyed the rest of the evening on our own private beach. Happy accidents!
The next day, we had quick tours of the galleries in town before driving to Emu Bay. It was not as pretty as some of our other stops, but it was fun to drive on the beach! Stokes Bay was the incredible surprise we hadn’t expected; you drive up to a rocky shore strewn with seaweed, and then climb the rocks to get to the most magical beach. It was almost like we stepped into a different dimension, and it was absolutely stunning.
Unfortunately, we had to leave our extradimensional haven in order to see Seal Bay, which we had already missed once. This left us enough time to go sandboarding and tobogganing in the Little Sahara, a pocket of very out-of-place sand dunes.
We visited the cliffs of Red Banks in American River on our way back to Penneshaw for the ferry. As the name suggests, these stone cliffs are a beautiful shade of red and yellow, and look out onto a beautiful horizon. But we didn’t get to enjoy them for long — the wind was so strong and cold, we could only bear a quick glimpse.The beaches on Kangaroo Island are like stepping into a different dimension. Click To Tweet
Penneshaw made up for it by treating us to a fantastic sunset before we ate and made our way back to Adelaide, regrettably leaving one of the most amazing gems of South Australia behind us.