What accommodation is best on Kangaroo Island?


What accommodation is best on Kangaroo Island?

What is the best Kangaroo Island accommodation?

There’s no doubt that Kangaroo Island is one of the most beautiful and unique places to stay. With its stunning scenery, perfect beaches and abundant wildlife, it’s the ideal holiday destination for people of all ages.

However, finding the right accommodation on the island can be a little confusing. With so many options to choose from, it takes some effort to figure out what will suit your travel style.

Here are some tips to keep in mind before you choose a place and make a booking:

What to look for in the best Kangaroo Island accommodation

 It makes sense to look out for the following:

  • Beach access: There isn’t much point in staying on Australia’s most beautiful island if you aren’t near the beach. An accommodation close enough to walk down to the water is ideal, especially in the warmer months. The best and most popular swimming beach on Kangaroo Island is arguably Emu Bay. This beach is beautiful year-round, even if you don’t go for a swim.
  • Family-friendly: Family-friendly accommodation usually has higher standards and expects decent behaviour from guests. Of course, if you have kids, you will want lots of room for them to roam around safely. If you’re a retiree or couple, look for family-friendly accommodation that has plenty of space between dwellings and you won’t be interrupted by noise.

The other benefit of family-friendly accommodation is that everyone is usually quiet by 10 pm.

  • Private: Privacy is a huge bonus in any accommodation. Kangaroo Island’s natural wonders will be even more apparent if you can enjoy them in peace on a private deck.
  • Fully equipped: The best Kangaroo Island accommodation will supply you with everything you need and be no more than a short drive from the shops. With linen and utensils provided, you won’t have to worry about packing everything except the kitchen sink and transporting it to the island.
  • Knowledgeable staff: Kangaroo Island is full of hidden secrets and surprises. The best accommodation will boast staff who are helpful and knowledgeable. You will want to chat with the staff and learn about which places are best to visit.
  • Dining options: Sometimes it’s nice to cook, sometimes it’s nice to be cooked for. If you’re staying for more than one night, look for accommodation that offers catering as well as a fully equipped kitchen. This gives you the best of both worlds.
  • Great reviews: In these online times, reviews can make a big difference to your decision. Take the time to check and read online reviews of any accommodation you are considering. As you would expect, the place with the best reviews will probably be your best choice. Look for a place with reviews that are recent so you know the advice you’re getting is up to date.

Accommodation styles

With the above criteria in mind, let’s look at the available accommodation styles.

  • Camping: A favourite of those who love to get back to nature, camping is readily available on Kangaroo island at designated campsites. Camping has its appeal but lacks many of the options above. Facilities are always considerably more rudimentary when you camp. If you are lucky, camping can be very private. Often though, many families set up in the same campsites, and you don’t experience the solitude you might have expected. Legally, you are not allowed to camp freely anywhere on the island, and if you get caught, the rangers will swiftly move you on.
  • Caravan parks: Caravan parks are one step up from camping. They can be kid-friendly, but noisy. Privacy is very low at caravan parks, where you will have to share bbq’s and space with everyone else.
  • Motel: Motel style accommodation is another common way to stay on Kangaroo Island. Motels are more comfortable than camping but still lack privacy. You also don’t have the option to cook your own food.
  • Hotel: A hotel is a more luxurious experience but tends to be pricier than self-contained, and you will have to order in or eat out.
  • Self-contained: Self-contained makes the most sense for Kangaroo Island accommodation. This can be a house, cabin or cottage, and will come with everything you need. With self-contained accommodation, you get:
    • An equipped kitchen
    • Linen and towels
    • Storage and refrigeration
    • Peace and quiet
    • The option to prepare your own meals
    • A private deck
    • Own private BBQ
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If you want to tick all the boxes during your visit to Kangaroo Island, self-contained accommodation is the winner. To get the most out of this beautiful location, accommodation that gives you privacy and quality amenities, as well as proximity to the ocean is vital.

Look for self-contained accommodation, preferably around the beautiful Emu Bay, that has plenty of five-star reviews and can demonstrate a commitment to delivering a quality guest experience.

Reviews and Testimonials

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Ideal location, great stay

Two friends and I spent 3 lovely nights in a cabin at Emu Bay Holiday Homes over the final weekend of October. The cabin was very clean and well maintained. Rene warmly welcomed us on arrival and provided us with some great local tips. The cabin was well equipped and had everything we needed for a home away from home experience. Spectacular views of Emu Bay and convenient location. We return home to Adelaide refreshed and with many lovely memories. A big thank you to Rene and Johannes. We now keenly await our next memorable KI experience.

– Holly P

What a gem

We had a fantastic five night stay with four other friends in Jireh House. Spotlessly clean and well appointed it was a great location to enjoy the views set among beautiful gardens with numerous colourful flowering plants. Mornings and evenings on the front verandah were memorable in the tranquil setting with numerous birds using the bird bath or feeding on the flowers. Easy access to Island attractions. Great assistance and communication with all our arrangements from Christine and Rene. We’ll definitely recommend it to friends and return some time.

– Peter F

Family friendly home

A house with stunning views. Home away from home comfort. Great facilities provided. A fantastic location . House situated amongst beautiful gardens so tranquil and peaceful.
Beautiful grounds for taking a walk and enjoying the Australian flora and fauna. Spotting koalas in the trees near the house was a highlight.

– Artkat