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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
“Great day trip, take the car, catch the ferry over, lots to see and do, see the wind turbines on the way to Cape Jervis ferry terminal.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Park
“Spectacular rocks and views of the rugged coastline including Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Nature
“One of my favourite attractions on Kangaroo Island. The bird show at 11.30 am or 2.30 is a must do on your itinerary. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great little cafe run by a switched on and enthusiastic duo. Food is great, licenced as well. Lunch and breakfast. They do great coffee and home made cakes etc. Not open on Wednesdays.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Emu Bay Lavender is a beautiful spot to have lunch. Surrounded by numerous varieties of lavender grown & harvested on the property. Also a gift shop to take some lavender products home.”
  • 5 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
Cafe
“A beautiful nursery with best home made pizzas and salads. Provides GF pizza too. ”
  • 8 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
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
“Kangaroo Island Gin is South Australias first boutique distillery. The native juniper is gathered here on the Island.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Spectacular views over Backstairs Passage paired with some great wine and a bite to eat is a must on arrival or departure day. ”
  • 8 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
“Open daily from 11am to 5pm, wine tasting is $5 per head, but taken off of any purchase. Good quality wine. Great location. Purchase a bottle, plus some KI produce, sit down & admire the view! Home of the Kingscote Farmer's Market on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“The uniqueness of the transformation of the rocks by nature. Close to Admirals Arch where hundreds of sea lions and the arch of rock.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Establishment
“Cape Jervis is where you catch the Sealink ferry to Kangaroo Island it is approximately a 2 hour drive from Adelaide and then a 45 minute ferry ride to the Kangaroo Island port-town of Penneshaw. You must visit Parndana when you get to KI and see the wildlife at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. Also visit Seal bay, Admirals Arch, Remarkable Rocks, Cape Willoughby Light-station, Kelly Hill Caves the KI Wilderness trail and many...many beautiful beaches.”
  • 4 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

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Great little cafe run by a switched on and enthusiastic duo. Food is great, licenced as well. Lunch and breakfast. They do great coffee and home made cakes etc. Not open on Wednesdays.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Take away or eat in seafood, locally sourced. The Oysters are harvested from the water in front and couldn't be any fresher. If taking away they have great trays and their own Kilpatrick sauce.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This Restaurant (Tapas) belongs to my Brother in law - the food and views are outstanding!! ”
  • 3 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.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Zone Restaurant is located in the Chapman Building of Ozone Hotel and features stunning views over Nepean Bay. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu focuses on fresh seafood and local Kangaroo Island produce. Enjoy the relaxed vibe of Zone Restaurant and Front Bar with its walls decorated in old photos and newspaper articles, an insight in to its heritage. You will also notice colourful pieces of artwork featured throughout the Zone Restaurant created by local Kangaroo Island artist Neil Sheppard (Shep’s Studio). Zone Restaurant offers different menus for lunch and dinner, showcasing a variety of dishes, giving guests more opportunities to sample the best of Kangaroo Island culinary. Lunch is served bistro style with meals ordered at the counter. The restaurant is perfect for a peaceful family meal or that romantic dinner. During the evenings the restaurant has a familiar feel with waiters supplying table service so guests can concentrate on the scenic beauty of the Kingscote Wharf and Foreshore. There is a large selection of both local Australian and New Zealand wines available to choose from, including Bay of Shoals, Dudley Wines, Two Wheeler Creek and Kim Crawford. Rest your feet after a day of exploring the island or perhaps before taking a stroll along Kingscote Wharf. Coffee, tea, and other refreshments are available throughout the day, ideal for those seeking a chance to unwind. Our daily specials are displayed at the counter, just ask one of our friendly staff. For guests who fancy breakfast in bed or are leaving the hotel before breakfast service opens, enquire with our staff about our breakfast2go packs now available!”
  • 3 locals recommend

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