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Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“KI has its own unique ecosystem and is unlike any other place in the world.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Nature
“A great experience - run by good people for the right reasons - not going to give any secrets away (Casper!! Slim!!) - but all of their shows are excellent”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“The Park is currently closed due to the bush fires which began from lightening strikes. View the iconic Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Some walking involved. Allow at least hours return from the Rocky River Head quarters. Many hiking trails.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Always has a good buzz and even better food. Great for a cooked breakfast or brunch if you're heading out to Kingscote. Friendly team who can cater for dietary requirements.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Great little cafe within the lavender farm. Also has lovely gifts for purchase.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Great range of groceries, fresh fruit / veg / meat / bakery etc. including organic / local produce/ gluten free ranges. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“If you like to get up close to the dogs of the sea and learn more about them in their natural habitat, Seal Bay is for you. An hour and a quarter from Sue's place, you can pay for a guided tour with rangers who have a wealth of knowledge about seals.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Cafe
“A beautiful nursery with best home made pizzas and salads. Provides GF pizza too. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Great Pub with stunning views over Backstairs Passage. There is an outdoor area if the weather is good and you can have a meal or just a drink. The menu is reasonably priced and it is child friendly. The "Posh Fish & Chips" is definitely worth having.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Amazing views - a great place for lunch and to taste some of their lovely wines. We love it! Excellent playground for kids plus buy a bucket of golf balls and hit out into the paddock. Highly recommend.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“Favorite for children to see Kangaroo Island's native animal species, up close and personal. As well as Australian Native species. Pat koalas and hand feed Kangaroo Island kangaroos. Plus much more. Cafe available for bring your own picnic.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Cafe
“Taste some great gin and tasty food, meet friendly folks and enjoy a rustic setting. We recommend the Mulberry gin and Limoncello! Live music played some weekends.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Food
“Lovely cellar door selling this excellent local wine brand. If you’re heading to Emu Bay this is an easy stop off. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Ever wanted to surf down a sandhill? If you have the energy to climb up, you can hire boards and bring/buy some wax then fly down the sandy slopes. A lot of fun and just over an hour from Sue's place”
  • 10 locals recommend
Food
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“For a special dining experience. Local produce, world class dining and an amazing view”
  • 7 locals recommend
Food
“Enjoy a platter of KI produce & your favourite Islander Estate wine of your choice.”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Always has a good buzz and even better food. Great for a cooked breakfast or brunch if you're heading out to Kingscote. Friendly team who can cater for dietary requirements.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you’re after the freshest oysters pulled straight from the sea and shucked for you, this is worth a visit. Buy a tray to take away and enjoy with a glass of wine on the deck at Saltiere. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good value home cooked food from a Thai cook, in a big rustic barn, with friendly people and good music. Kid friendly - or for adults, a selection of KI Spirits etc to sample! Another Island gem we weren't aware of til recently, well worth the half hour drive along Paul's Road to Haines! Open Thursday nights, also some Saturdays in holiday season - check their website.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“pizza and wine - a nice combination in a lovely restaurant. Grab a table on the front deck, overlooking the sea.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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