About 18km from Kingscote, Emu Bay is a holiday hamlet with a sensational, 5km-long, white-sand beach flanked by dunes − one of KI's best swimming spots (a fact surely not overlooked by the developers of a sprawling new subdivision not far from the sand). Around 36km further west, Stokes Bay has a penguin rookery and broad rock pool, accessible by scrambling through a 20m tunnel in the cliffs at the bay's eastern end (mind your head!). Beware the rip outside the pool.

Further west along North Coast Rd, the view as you look back over Snelling Beach from atop Constitution Hill is awesome! Continue 7km west and you'll hit the turn-off to Western River Cove, where a small beach is crowded in by sombre basalt cliffs. The ridge-top road in is utterly scenic (and steep).