From native bushland and dramatic wilderness to pristine beaches, Kangaroo Island is a place like no other - for adults and children alike.
Few know the Island and the foodie destinations better than EMILY MCWATERS who is Founder and CEO of The Hamper Emporium. Emily not only runs her national online gift hamper company from the Island but lives with her family on a farm in this idyllic location. She knows where to eat, where to visit and where to stay and even includes some of the finest locally made and grown delicacies in her range of gourmet hampers.
Here, she reveals to Traveltalk some of her favourite spots and things to do to help others discover and enjoy the Island she calls home.
For wine lovers
For adults travelling alone, there are several wineries to visit and enjoy on Kangaroo Island, including The Islander Estate Vineyards whose Cellar Door is located at Cygnet River– but the island’s offerings are not just limited to wine.
Get a hearty brew and sit in front of the roaring fire at Kangaroo Island Brewery, or taste a range of award-winning gin at Kangaroo Island Spirits Gin Distillery.
For luxury lovers
Stowaway Kangaroo Island at Stokes Bay offers the refined comfort of a world class boutique hotel, in a uniquely Kangaroo Island setting.
A truly special experience for couples looking to escape the real world and unwind with a luxury spa and sauna, a beautiful wood fire and lots of opportunities to reconnect with nature.
At night use the head torch supplied to delight in the nocturnal wildlife as it comes out to play including cheeky possums, wallabies and kangaroos.
For food lovers
Kangaroo Island has an ideal combination of quality chefs and superb local produce.
Visit Louis Lark at Cactus Café in Kingscote, who’s chef experience at Southern Ocean Lodge has led to a menu of exceptionally good, fresh and local produce including free range pork,
A few popular hotspots for tourists and locals include Beach Barista Food Van at Pennington Bay for the best coffee on the Island, Frogs and Roses Café for the ultimate gourmet pizza in a rustic garden setting and American River Oysters where you can buy a few dozen oysters that are shucked on the spot.
Emu Bay Fishing Charters
Kangaroo Island is surrounded by some of the best fishing waters in Australia, with readily available crayfish, abalone, oysters, freshwater marron and a huge variety of fish caught daily.
An activity for both fishing pros and amateurs is a day with Emu Bay Fishing Charters, where they’ll show you the local fishing spots off the North Coast of Kangaroo Island.
There are several activity options available, including deep sea fishing for a half or full day excursion and the option to book a private charter.
There are plenty of activities on Kangaroo Island for the whole family, though the following ideas will have kids in particular jumping for joy.
Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari
This 75-minute coastal and wildlife tour is perfect for those who want the entire Kangaroo Island experience, as you will visit the island’s most iconic locations including Dolphin Cove, Cuttlefish Bay, Kangaroo Head and Snapper Point.
Pods of Bottle Nose and Common Dolphins can be seen up close in their natural environment, along with colonies of New Zealand Fur Seals and Australian Sea Lions.
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park and Aquarium
A guaranteed favourite for the kids is the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park and Aquarium, home to more than 1,000 animals. With all the native animals you’d find in a large mainland zoo but without the crowds, the kids (and adults) can relax and enjoy the experience.
Kids can get in touch with their wild side and hand-feed kangaroos, cuddle koalas, hold wombats and view the diverse range of animals from penguins to reptiles.
Flinders Chase National Park
Flinders Chase National Park is a go-to for families visiting Kangaroo Island, with the park’s coastal scenery and world-famous landmarks something visitors won’t want to miss.
There are plenty of attractions nearby including Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, lighthouses and the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre where children can learn about the heritage of Kangaroo Island through a touch table and fossil dig pit.
Author bio: Emily McWaters is the CEO of The Hamper Emporium and a passionate entrepreneur whose hands-on work ethic is at the forefront of her e-commerce success. Emily is also the CEO of the SOL Group, an Australian online gifting company. Emily lives on a 100-acre property on Kangaroo Island, where she farms Black Angus cattle and truffles.
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