Top things to do

Top Choice Cafe in Penneshaw & Dudley Peninsula

Dudley Wines Cellar Door

About 12km east of Penneshaw, KI's pioneering winery has a superb cellar door (doubling in size when we visited). It's a fancy corrugated-iron shed, with astonishing views back to the mainland and serving superb piz…
Top Choice Thai in American River

KI Tru Thai

Hungry? Thursday night? If it's 'affirmative' to all of the above, wander over to this big steel farm shed (a couple of kilometers down a dirt road across from the American River turn-off) for some brilliant home-co…
Top Choice Modern Australian in North Coast Road

Hannaford & Sachs

Beneath the sun-dappled boughs of a 150-year-old fig tree, Rachel Hannaford and Sasha Sachs deliver a unique gourmet lunch experience: canapes, entrees, mains, desserts and accompaniments, with global influences fro…
National Park in Kangaroo Island

Flinders Chase National Park

Occupying the western end of Kangaroo Island, Flinders Chase National Park is one of SA’s top national parks. Much of the park is mallee scrub, but there are some beautiful, tall sugar-gum forests, particularly arou…
Nature Reserve in South Coast Road

Seal Bay Conservation Park

'Observation, not interaction' is the mentality here. Guided tours stroll along the beach (or boardwalk on self-guided tours; adult/child/family $16/10/42) to a colony of (mostly sleeping) Australian sea lions: book…
Farm in South Coast Road

Clifford's Honey Farm

It's almost worth swimming the Backstairs Passage for the honey ice cream (sourced from a colony of rare Ligurian bees) at this charming, uncommercial farm, which is a bit off the tourist radar (again, charming). Ho…
Brewery in Kingscote

Kangaroo Island Brewery

Here a brewery, there a brewery... Seems you can't go anywhere in Australia these days without being tempted by craft beer, and KI is no exception. This neat, black roadside shack pours some tasty drops, including a…
Market in Penneshaw & Dudley Peninsula

Kangaroo Island Farmers Market

Baked goods, chutneys, seafood, olive oil, honey, eggs, cheese, yoghurt…and of course buskers and wine! SeaLink offers dedicated passenger-only return tickets (adult/child $41/31) from the mainland if you'd just lik…
Beach in North Coast Road

Snelling Beach

The best swimming beach on the north coast, with a lovely arc of powdery white sand and sheltered shallows. There's not much else at Snelling by way of facilities but that's all part of its charm.
Nature Reserve in South Coast Road

Kelly Hill Conservation Park

This series of dry limestone caves was 'discovered' in the 1880s by a horse named Kelly, who fell into them through a hole. Take the standard show cave tour (10.30am, then hourly 11am to 4pm), or add on an adventure…