Our guide to Kangaroo Island

Making the most of your stay

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We want to make sure you have the best time possible on your Kangaroo Island holiday so we’ve compiled a handy guide to the island’s top attractions, places to eat and other information that you may find helpful on your visit.

Kangaroo Island is much bigger than most people realise, so a 3-7 night stay is recommended to fully appreciate and experience the beauty of Kangaroo Island.

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Travel From Adelaide

Our Island can be reached by air or sea. We arrange ferry bookings and on island car hire  for our guests at slightly discounted rates.

A flight from Adelaide (ADL) to Kingscote (KGC) with either Regional Express  or Qantas (from Sydney/Melbourne via Adelaide in certain times of the year) is about 30 minutes in duration.

The ferry crossing departure point at Cape Jervis is approximately a 2-hour drive from central Adelaide. The actual crossing lasts about 45 minutes. You must arrive 30 minutes prior to your ferry departure time to coordinate check-in and loading. We provide a free ferry booking service with Sealink at a slightly discounted rate to our guests to facilitate your travel to and from Kangaroo Island. Click on the button to supply the details for your booking.

KIConnect supplies a passenger only ferry with vehicle hire on the Island.

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Getting around Kangaroo Island

Due to the size of the island a self drive option will give you the greatest freedom to explore. The island is  150 km long and 50 km wide. Ther is no public transport.

Hire cars are available at the airport and the ferry docking site in Penneshaw through Hertz and Budget car hire. We can book your vehicles for you with Budget. It is recommended to pre-book your vehicle. Cars can also be brought across from the mainland on the ferry.

A coach connection is available from Adelaide to Cape Jervis with your ferry booking. A shuttle bus runs between Penneshaw, American River and Kingscote. A shuttle bus is also available from the airport to Kingscote. Emu Bay is a 15 minute drive from Kingscote.

Private tour guides and an airport shuttle service are available but needs to be booked in advance.

In house delivered meals can be provided.

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Arrival day

Check in is from 2 pm daily. Travel to Emu Bay by car from the ferry takes approximately 50 minutes. Pick up a Kangaroo Island Travel Guide and map when checking in at the ferry.

Taking the morning ferry is advisable if able, as this will allow time to explore the attractions in and around Penneshaw and the Dudley Peninsula, and others on the way to Emu Bay. Notable attractions include False Cape Wines, Dudley Winery, Pennington Bay,  in American River find the Oyster Farm Shop and Deck Cafe, Clifford’s Honey Farm and the Eucalyptus Distillery

Travel to Emu Bay will take approximately 50 minutes from the Penneshaw where the ferry arrives.  The turn off is  close to Kingscote, the main town,  where it is possible to stock up on fresh seafood, local honey as well as other provisions from Drakes Supermarket, the local butcher and the Bottle Shop as we unfortunately do not have any shops in Emu Bay.

We suggest you stock up before heading out to Emu Bay.

Check in is from 2 pm daily using a key lock box.

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The local area

Some things to do within 30 minutes drive of Emu Bay.

Mini De Lights – Pop up stall for coffee, cocktails and take away light meals at Emu Bay beach access. Open weekends in summer.

Emu Bay Lavender Farm – Coffee, delicious meals, local gin and beer and lavender products. Open daily.

KI Spirits – Local international award winning gin distillery; tastings and cocktails.

KI Brewery – Family friendly; open on weekends.

Springs Road Winery – Owned by the Battle of Bosworth winery from McClarenvale.

Islander Estate Winery – Fine French winemaking; established by Jacques Lurton.

Bay of Shoals Winery– Situated on Shoal Bay; provides a 10/10 view.

Island Beehive – Honey tastings; honey produced by Kangaroo Island’s unique Ligurian honey bees.

Frogs and Roses – Plant nursery; coffee and home made  pizzas.

George’s 40 000 Castle Lights – Quirky castle. Contact George to see his lights on.

There are several art galleries in Kingscote, including Fine Art Kangaroo Island and Kangaroo Island Gallery and Shep’s Studio on the way to Emu Bay.

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Local eats

Cactus – Breakfast and lunches: relaxed yet stylish atmosphere. Open from 7.30 am.

Bella’s – Restaurant dining, coffee and cakes: take away pizzas.

Cafe Scrumptious – Range of good food, chocolates and roasted coffee.

Amadio Wines Cellar Door – Tapas bar on the main street of Kingscote.

Queenscliff Hotel – The local watering hole with pub meals.

Kangaroo Island Fresh Seafood – Take away or fresh locally caught seafood next to the Ampol Service Station.

Ozone Hotel– Dine in meals served on the Kingscote foreshore.

Rabbitt Warren Bakery – Locally baked goods.

Lighthouse Café – Good everyday food.

Cliffords Honey Farm – Honey and wax products.


A range of pop-up caravans serve food on different days from the foreshore.

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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