How to get to Kangaroo Island
ARRIVING BY CAR:
KI is a 2hr drive from Adelaide to Cape Jervis or a 45min ferry ride from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw. SeaLink ferries run 3x dailiy each way. (More often in peak season.) Online fares are $84 per adult, $44 per child and $164 per standard car return, cheaper with accommodation through Sealink. 13 13 01; sealink.com.au
Rex typically flies to Kingscote from Adelaide and return four times a day Mon-Fri, three times a day on weekends. The cheapest fare is about $80. 13 17 13; rex.com.au
KI Transfers meet all Rex flights; you can book a transfer on 0427 887 575.
Budget and Hertz are at the airport and at Penneshaw to greet the ferry, or will drop cars to your hotel.
(08) 8553 3133;
Hertz Kingscote Airport
(08) 8553 9144; hertz.com.au
Flour Cask Bay Sanctuary 4WD Hire
Has a few 4WDs and Kimberley Kampers – full service with linen, towels and kitchen utensils.
(08) 8553 7278; eco-sanctuaries.com
NOTE: Book cars in advance in peak seasons.
It helps to navigate the island by five regions: the Dudley Peninsula, the North East, North West, South West and South East.
Where to stay
There are loads of options on the island. Key rental areas are Emu Bay, Vivonne Bay, Penneshaw, Island Beach and American River.
Seascape Lodge //
This three-bedroom luxury B&B is run by KI Wilderness Tours owners Mandy and Paul Brown; only tour clients can stay. Bates Rd, Emu Bay (08) 8553 5199; sea scapelodge.com.au
Kangaroo Beach Lodges //
It was our cover shoot location. Say no more. Snug Cove Rd, Kangaroo Beach. (08) 8225 3525; kangaroo beachlodges.com
Southern Ocean Lodge //
Killer view, awesome fireplace. Hanson Bay Rd, Hanson Bay. (08) 8559 7347; southern oceanlodge.com.au
Lifetime Private Retreats //
Snelling Beach, Middle River. (08) 8354 2368; life-time.com.au
Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottages // The Cape du Couedic lighthouse is probably the pick of a quirky trio. From $160 a night for two. Book through SA National Parks, (08) 8553 4410; environment.sa.gov.au/parks/visitor/heritage-accommodation.html
Aurora Ozone Hotel //
The Foreshore, Kingscote. (08) 8553 2011; auroraresorts.com.au
Seeing the island
AT’s tour group picks:
Exceptional Kangaroo Island //
(08) 8553 9119; exceptionalkangaroo island.com
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours //
(08) 8559 5033; wildernesstours.com.au
Kangroo Island Marine Adventures //
0427 315 286; www.kimarineadventures.com.au