Kangaroo Island

Vivonne Bay General Store unveils major post-bushfire renovations

The only General Store and Bottle Shop in Vivonne Bay, providing food and supplies for locals and tourists has just unveiled a major upgrade. 

The only General Store and Bottle Shop in Vivonne Bay, providing food and supplies for locals and tourists has just unveiled a major upgrade. 

Thanks to the new ownership of 26-year-old Tye Boyle the beloved KI business has been given a new life. 

The Vivonne Bay General Store is a quintessential outback shopfront that welcomes guests and locals alike traversing the island. 

As the only pit-stop for food and fuel on the route to Flinders Chase National Park, the store is essential infrastructure to many. 

So when the 2019-20 bushfire season tore through the island oasis, like many other businesses the Vivonne Bay General Store was devastated. 

That was until Kangaroo Island native Tye bought the beloved store in July 2020. 

Tye who was born and raised on Kangaroo Island saw an opportunity to turn the General Store into a hospitality establishment.

The KI local spent many years working abroad and wanted to bring his skills and learning back to the island.

The major changes patrons will notice is there are now dedicated areas for people to sit and eat, hang out or grab food to go. 

As the only pit stop, on the south coast of the island, this change will give visitors a chance to relax mid-road trip. 

A dining area with a bar and a large deck overlooking the greenery has also been added. 

The original cafe and popular gift shop were sadly destroyed in the fires however, Tye hopes that the new renovations will keep up the legacy of the beloved business. 

For fans of the Vivonne Bay General Store the famous KI Whiting Burger has hung around plus there are plenty of other great food and coffee options to enjoy in a relaxed and friendly environment. 

What’s even better is the venue plans to open late for dinner this summer. 

In a KI first, the Vivonne Bay General Store will stay open past 5 pm to give hungry and fuel deprived travellers a place to refuel before hitting the road again. 

The General Store also stocks essential supplies such as fruit, veg, meat, milk, bread, fishing gear and fuel. The whole venue is licensed for guests to enjoy a drink either dine-in or take away.

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