What to pack for your trip to Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island weather

What to pack for your trip to Kangaroo Island

If you are planning a visit to Kangaroo Island, you will probably be curious about Kangaroo Island’s weather and what to bring when you come to South Australia’s stunning holiday island.

Take a look at some tips from local accommodation owners who have experienced the conditions year-round.

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Seasons on Kangaroo Island

The mild and pleasant climate around these parts often results in Kangaroo Island weather being described as Mediterranean.

It is usually warm to hot and dry in the summer, and cool/mild in the winter. Summer highs average around 25o and lows around 13o. Lowest daytime temperatures come in June when the average high is around 12-13o, while July and August have the coldest nights with temperature dropping to around 6o on average.

With these temperatures in mind, it is wise to check the forecast for the duration of your intended stay. Warmer clothes are best in the winter months and, depending on your accommodation, warm bedding and pajamas may be necessary. Loose, cool clothes and swimwear are good for summer months but make sure you are sun smart and apply regular sunscreen as well as other sun protection methods like wearing a hat and sunglasses at all times of year.

In winter, bring a good windbreaker jacket and pack some layers like scarves and vests which you can put on or remove as needed, during the day. An extra layer or two with a good jacket will be handy in summer as well, because the sea breeze can be quite fresh at times.


The supplies you need to bring can vary, depending on where you are staying. Many of the best places to stay are a little way from the main settlement, which may limit your options for eating out. However, Drakes Supermarket at Kingscote or the IGA in Penneshaw caters for most dietary needs, so you can drop by to stock up on food when you arrive on the island.

Multiple wineries on the island and the famous Kangaroo Island Spirits will provide good choice for your alcoholic beverages.

Depending on where you are staying, you may also need to bring cooking utensils and bedding. Make sure that you check exactly what your accommodation provides or book with Emu Bay Holiday Homes, which provides self-contained cabins and cottages with well equipped kitchens.

If you don’t feel like cooking, there are plenty of takeaway options on the island, plus you can talk to Emu Bay Holiday homes about in-home catering options.

Recreational equipment

The equipment you need to bring is down to what you want to get out of your time on Kangaroo Island.

Nature lovers will want to pack binoculars and good walking shoes. Snorkelling gear is a good option for those who wish to spend time in the water and of course fishing equipment for those who want to spend time by the water. Otherwise, apart from appropriate sun and weather protection, maybe just a good book and a folding chair will keep you happy.

What not to bring

There are a few restrictions on Kangaroo Island, mostly to keep the precious wildlife safe and healthy. The number one restricted item are pets, especially cats. Kangaroo Island authorities are working to eradicate ferral cats from the island. Dogs are not allowed in the National Parks as they may disrupt the local wildlife. There are kennel facilities and exceptions for registered service dogs. Some accommodation does provide pet friendly spaces

Kangaroo Island is famous for its healthy bees and their delicious honey. This means you mustn’t bring any bees, beekeeping equipment, or even honey to the island. These items could be damaging to the local bees. The good news is honey fans can buy delicious locally produced honey on the island.

Unwashed potatoes need to be left at home as well because the dirt on unwashed potatoes can carry mainland diseases. Unwanted weeds should also be left at home, as should rabbits. In the highly unlikely event that you have a fox in your possession, it also will not be allowed on the island! Kangaroo Island is lucky to be fox and rabbit free.

Summing up

Overall, Kangaroo Island weather is mild and hospitable so you don’t need any speciality equipment or clothes for sub-zero temperatures. The equipment you bring should be down to the expected conditions and the activities you intend to enjoy during your stay.

Whatever your plans are, make sure to check the Kangaroo Island weather forecast before you leave home, then you can pack accordingly.

Looking for accommodation? Check out Emu Bay Holiday Homes. With a beach on one side and bush on the other, our cabins, cottages and apartment are ideal, no matter what your Kangaroo Island holiday plans are.

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