Kangaroo Island and Fleurieu Peninsula

Kangaroo Island (known locally as ‘KI’) is considered by many to be the best place in Australia to see the most native animals in their natural habitat.

Fleurieu Peninsula is ideal as a day-trip destination from Adelaide and for extended stays. The region is also worth a visit before or after travelling to Kangaroo Island. There are lots of experiences to be enjoyed; wine tasting in McLaren Vale; whale watching at Victor Harbor and surf beaches along the southern coast and and fantastic diving and snorkelling

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Dramatic coastal scenery and secluded pristine beaches make KI a must-see destination, along with premium fresh seafood and other food products. KI is Australia’s third largest island and at 155 kilometres long and 55 kilometres wide, it’s seven times the size of Singapore!

Getting There

There is no public transport on Kangaroo Island so visitors will need a car or can join a guided tour. Tours to KI are usually one or two days in length. 

A self-drive stay is suggested, with a minimum stay of three days, so visitors have a chance to explore all the island has to offer.

The SeaLink ferry departs Cape Jervis (two hours south of Adelaide on the Fleurieu) to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. The ferry is a passenger and vehicle ferry (if hiring a car, check with the hire-car company if any stipulations) and takes about 45 minutes.

Regional Express flies from Adelaide to Kingscote on Kangaroo Island about four times daily (35 minute flight). Hire cars are available from Kingscote Airport.

The Fleurieu Peninsula is a great self-drive destination. Tours of McLaren Vale and/or Victor Harbor operate from Adelaide.

Download a map of Kangaroo Island.

Download a map of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Attractions

Nowhere else in Australia is there such a concentration of spectacular landscapes, unique wildlife, pristine beaches and wilderness as there is on Kangaroo Island.

There are a number of diverse attractions on KI including cellar doors, art galleries, a sheep dairy, honey farms, lavender farms, a marron farm, limestone caves and eucalyptus distillery.        

One of the most diverse regions in South Australia, Fleurieu Peninsula has something for everyone. Fine wine, fresh seafood, pristine beaches, family activities, hiking, snorkelling, surfing - the list is endless!

Our picks of the top attractions on Kangaroo Island and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Food and Wine

Most of the cafes and restaurants on Kangaroo Island give visitors the chance to taste some of the sensational local produce. Sample local marron (a freshwater crayfish), pure Ligurian honey, cheeses from the local sheep dairy and fresh oysters from American River. 

The world-class wine regions of McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Currency Creek are perfectly matched with the mouth-watering local produce. Australia’s best almonds are grown at Willunga; the olive oil is compared to Italy’s finest and delicious King George whiting is fresh from the sea.

Our pick for the top dining experiences on Kangaroo Island and Fleurieu Peninsula.

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