A Local's Guide to the best of Kangaroo Island
When you’ve spent nearly 3 years exploring every nook and cranny of Kangaroo Island you get to know it very well and in turn discover some of the incredible hidden gems this beautiful island has to offer. That’s why I’ve asked our guide Sophie to list a bunch of her favourite things to See, Do, Eat & Drink across Kangaroo Island. From the craziest of adventures to the top wineries, this 5 part guide will help you explore the very best that Kangaroo Island has to offer.
PART 2: The hub of Kangaroo Island, Kingscote is a must visit on your trip, especially if you’re after some great food & drinks!
See & Do…
Emu Bay – One of the most popular beaches on the island, the calm Emu Bay beach is perfect for swimming, fishing and snorkelling. When you need a break from the beach wander up the foreshore to the Mini de Lights food van for awesome food and cocktails.
Visit Island Beehive
Learn about KI’s Ligurian Bees on a guided tour, try some honey mead (for the adults) or some honey ice cream (for the kids & big kids) and shop for local products and souvenirs.
This is Sophie’s go–to place to eat on a day off. Deemed the funkiest café on Kangaroo Island, Cactus is definitely the perfect place to head for breakfast, brunch or lunch. We can’t even decide on our favourite meal to suggest because they’re all so delicious. Make sure you check out the specials board too for something a bit different.
Emu Bay Lavander Farm
You can’t deny a morning or afternoon tea stop at the Lavender Farm once you see their enormous scones. These gems are almost as big as your head and cooked to perfection, everyone has to give them a go! (Their breaky and coffee is also delicious!)
Gin lover or not you cannot miss the KI Spirits cellar door. Sit in their beautiful outdoor area, surrounded by freshly grown herbs and veggies. You can try their gins (Sophie’s favourite is the O’Gin) or enjoy a cocktail (you can’t miss their affogatos). Either way it’s a must do on the island.
If you love craft beer and a good vibe, check out the KI Brewery. Often offering live music or a pizza night, it’s definitely worth checking out on a Friday night or a Sunday.
If you’re after a day of wine tasting, there are three great wineries close to Kingscote. The Islander Estate is Sophie’s preference for Kangaroo Island wines, from there you can then head just down the road to Springs Road winery and back into Kingscote for another beautiful winery view from Bay of Shoals.