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Things to do on Kangaroo Island: Everything You Need To Do & See

From an afternoon spent under an enchanted fig tree, to spending the day at Vivonne Bay Beach, here are all the things to do on Kangaroo Island.

Can’t decide where to take your next mini-break? Forget border closures ruining your plans and take a drive down south, hop aboard the ferry and head to one of Australia's most unique holiday destinations, the gem of South Australian gem, Kangaroo Island. Perfect for a chilled escape, surround yourself in natural beauty, wildlife and some of the best cellar doors you could ask for, while also playing the important role of supporting the community following the devastation of bushfires. Here are our favourite things to do on Kangaroo Island that we know you'll love.

The Feast Kangaroo Island

Who’s ready for an overseas trip? Yes, technically Kangaroo Island is over at least a bit of sea! The Gastronomo design team is inviting you to get back in touch with nature with The Feast. A progressive dining experience, diners will be bathed in the magic of the magical location and enjoy local produce, theatre and a touch of the unexpected underneath the starlit sky. Using experimental cooking techniques, enjoy native produce, bush tucker and inventive dishes. It will be truly unforgettable!

Thursday 14 October – Monday 1 November & Thursday 11 November – Monday 29 November

Head here for more information and to book tickets, priced at $145 per person.

The Enchanted Fig Tree

For one of the most unforgettable dining experiences in all of Australia, check out Gastronomo’s showstopping dining event ‘The Enchanted Fig Tree.’ Bringing out the island’s fairy tale feel, once upon a time, a small fig tree was planted on Kangaroo Island to provide food. Over a century later, settle in for lunch within the sun dappled limbs of an 120 year old fig tree beneath a canopy of shimmering leaves. Within the twisted limbs of a tree, you’ll sip on a welcome cocktail made with Kangaroo Island Spirits, canapes and then venture through the ‘entrance’ of the tree into natural dining rooms, decked out with whimsical table settings, enjoy native foraged foods and some of the Kangaroo Island and South Australia’s finest food.

Thursday 16 December 2021 – Monday 4 April 2022

Head here for more information and to book tickets!

Vivonne Bay
Vivonne Bay
Relax on Vivonne Bay Beach

Work your way down to the south coast of Kangaroo Island and spend some time on one of the picturesque beaches the island has to offer. Voted one of Australia’s top beaches, Vivonne Bay offers stretches of white sand, sparkling blue water and is the perfect spot for a picnic or some surfing. Stock up on goodies from the General Store – complete with bottle shop, fish and chip counter.

Bayview Road, Vivonne Bay

New Shoots Music Festival
New Shoots Music Festival
Check Out a Local Event

Whether you’re visiting from Interstate, International, or just popping over from Adelaide, you should always make time to see what events are on! There’s always something going on, upcoming events include New Shoots Music Festival and Wildlife Carnival.

Become Acquainted With A Cellar Door or Two

Cellar door galore is always a stones throw away. Wine fan? Check out Bay of Shoal Wines. Fond of a pint? It’s Kangaroo Island Brewing for you. Maybe after an unforgettable day? Visit the famous Kangaroo Island Spirits cellar door for experiences including tasting right up to a gin blending course.

Emu Bay Lavender Farm
Emu Bay Lavender Farm
Lose Yourself In Lavender Heaven 

Visit Emu Bay Lavender Farm and surround yourself in beautiful, fragrant floral bliss. Open year round but in full bloom during the summer months, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, a cheeky tipple or afternoon tea before getting that perfect Instagram shot and taking home some sweet smelling goods.

205 Emu Bay Road, Wisanger

Ocean Safari
Ocean Safari
Take an Ocean Safari

Living up to its name, Kangaroo Island boasts an abundance of wildlife. Book the whole gang into an unforgettable day-trip on the Ocean Safari, where you’re offered a range of options including swimming with dolphins and seals, snorkelling, or staying on board and enjoying the sights from the dry.

Flinders Chase National Park
Flinders Chase National Park
Take A Hike and See Something Remarkable

If you’re keen to support an area that was devastated by the bushfires, then this is one of the best-looking options. Journey down the newly re-opened roads and hike trails that bring you to stunning settings including Admirals Arch and the famous Remarkable Rocks. There’s mountain biking, bushwalking and wildlife to get stuck into, so what are you waiting for?

South Coast Road, Flinders Chase

Seal Bay
Seal Bay
Sunbathe With The Seals

Keen to get more involved in ecotourism? Take a trip to Seal Bay for a day of beautiful beaches, perfect BBQ spots, and to hang out with a whole load of Sealions. You’ll learn about the magnificent endangered species that inhabits the bay without a care in the world and how they’re being protected.

Seal Bay Road, Kangaroo Island

KI Dragonfly
KI Dragonfly
Light Up The Night

Most retirees take to golf or gardening. 3rd generation islander George Turner decided to create the most amazing and wonderful light installations that transformed his property. Come and take a look at this castle covered with Vikings, Kangaroos and Boomerangs to name a few, maybe even give George a call to make an appointment for guaranteed greatness.

1593 North Coast Road, Wisanger

Loving our guide to the best things to do on Kangaroo Island and inspired to plan your next getaway? Check out our favourite tiny cabins in South Australia or the best stylish stays in the Adelaide Hills. Or, if you're staying in the city, check out the best things to do in Adelaide this month!