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Now that the Kangaroo Island fires have been contained, the public has rallied together to support the stunning island get back on to its feet.
Showcase SA alongside Glam Adelaide have brought the I Choose SA directory back, which will continue to assist the public in finding South Australian owned and operated businesses. A dedicated bushfire-impacted directory has also been compiled.
The easily navigable directory lets you find businesses that have been affected directly and indirectly by fires using the search term, ‘Bushfire’. This includes plummeting revenue due to booking cancellations, as visitors can often find it difficult to know what’s open for business, or accessible amidst recovery efforts (particularly on Kangaroo Island).
While various destinations such as Flinders Chase National Park and Kelly Hill Caves National Park will be closed for some time, there is still plenty to see and do on Kangaroo Island.
As we did for the Adelaide Hills region in 101 Things To Do In The Adelaide Hills once the fires had been contained, we’ve also compiled a guide on all the gorgeous places, many of which have been untouched by the fires, to see the just how beautiful the island is.
Beauty and landscape Experience
Stokes Bay – The secluded beach at Stokes Bay, located on Kangaroo Island’s serene north coast, is protected from the pounding surf by a giant pool surrounded by rocks. The tranquil location of Stokes Bay makes the community a popular place for holiday cottages and campgrounds. The local campground contains a café open between October and May, a picnic area, and barbecue facilities.
Emu Bay – Emu Bay may lack shops and campgrounds, but its beach ranks among the most popular on the island due to its clear waters, long shoreline, and the fact it is one of the few Kangaroo Island beaches with direct vehicle access.
Emu Bay Lavender – Emu Bay Lavender is 1 hectare with 10 different varieties of Angustifolia and Intermedia Lavender.
Ironstone Hill Hike – Baudin Conservation Park – 4.0km hike following the Penneshaw coast leading to the ruins of Harry Bates’ cottage.
Wallaby Track Walking Trail – 3km return hike down the road from Frenchman’s Rock in Penneshaw.
Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail – 1.5km walking trail designed by local landscapers and artists with wonderful and weird sculptures to view.
Penneshaw Penguin Centre – Penguin and wildlife night walking tours.
Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari – Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari explores magnificent coastline and views marine animals including dolphins, seals, bird life and whales.
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park – See a wide range of native Australian wildlife up close.
Raptor Domain – Kangaroo Island Birds of Prey – Fun for the whole family! Get up close and personal with Australia’s birds of prey.
Seal Bay Conservation Park – Seal Bay Conservation Park is the home of the third-largest Australian sea lion colony in Australia.
Emu Bay Fishing Charters – A unique, friendly Fishing Charter from the stunning north coast of Kangaroo Island.
Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures – Get up close and swim freely with Kangaroo Island dolphins. All equipment provided.
Food and Wine Experience
Unwind and Stay
Seaside Beauty – Luxury beauty therapy and massage service.
Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge – Located on the stunning American River on Kangaroo Island, the historic Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge offers 38 well-appointed waterfront rooms in a lush, natural bush setting.
Discovery Lagoon Caravan and Camping Grounds Kangaroo Island – Couples Retreat Eco Glamping Cottage available and ready for you by our peaceful camp ground. Enjoy the wildlife or maybe visit the gorgeous Emu Bay beach just down the road.
Adventure for the Fam
Kangaroo island E-Mountain Bike and Trail – This family-run business offers guests the opportunity to explore 3500 acres of exclusive coastline, expansive native bush and farming land on foot or by E-bike.
Little Sahara – Hire sand boards & toboggans to surf the sand dunes at Little Sahara.
KI Outdoor Action – Go quad biking, sand boarding, kayaking or guided walking tours.
Rob’s Sheep Shearing and Sheep Dogs – Third-generation shearer Rob Howard shows you how a ball of merino yarn goes from source to sale in an awesome, entertaining workshop, only five minutes from where the KI ferry docks.
Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery – South Australia’s only commercial eucalyptus oil distillery, with a craft gallery, cellar door and cafe.
Fine Art Kangaroo Island – Showcasing world class art by some of Kangaroo Island’s most talented artists.
Cape Willuoghby Light House – At 27 meters high and situated in the easternmost point of Kangaroo Island, Cape Willoughby Lighthouse was the first lighthouse to be built in South Australia in 1852.
Shep’s Art Studio – Art inspired by the sights and soul of Kangaroo Island.
Penneshaw Maritime and Folk Museum – An intimate collection of Kangaroo Island’s settler history, with artefacts celebrating the island’s rich and long-standing relationship with the sea.
Penneshaw Market Days – Held on the first Sunday of October – April each month with food, arts, and crafts for all ages.
If we have missed anything please feel free to email us directly at [email protected]