Kangaroo Island Weekend Escapes

Known as Karta Pintingga – literally meaning the Island of the Dead in local Kaurna language – it might surprise you to know that South Australia’s Kangaroo Island is the country’s third largest island after Tasmania and Melville Island. An oasis of native bushland, wildlife and dramatic coastline measuring 509km, the raw and rugged landscapes of Kangaroo Island are a nature-lovers playground. Well known for its incredible beaches featuring gorgeous clear water and breathtaking scenery, tracing the best bits of the coastline alone will keep visitors occupied for days on end.

Yet on top of its natural beauty, Kangaroo Island also boasts strong local pride, a friendly community and plenty of local business to make a trip truly special. From local wines to cosy cafes, chic distilleries and all the activities you could ask for, Kangaroo Island has it all! Accessible by ferry from the foot of the Fleurieu Peninsula and by plane from Adelaide, a day trip here (or even a short weekend trip) is simply not enough.

Discover a paradise island only minutes from home; experience a Kangaroo Island Weekend Escape.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Your Ultimate Guide to Kangaroo Island

Blessed with incredible natural landscapes and bushland flourishing with nature, Kangaroo Island was made for the adventurer. Beaches here are turquoise, the sea is bursting with life and the food and wine is packed with local flavour. Located only a short distance from Fleurieu Peninsula by boat, an escape to Kangaroo Island might seem close, but it feels a million miles away from home. Whether you’re seeking a quick getaway with the family, or a romantic escape with your partner, Kangaroo Island knows how to cater to all.

To uncover more tips regarding things to do on Kangaroo Island, check out our Ultimate Guide and craft your very own Kangaroo Island Weekend Escape.

Art & Culture

With its remarkable population of native wildlife, unspoilt environment and picture-perfect beach views, Kangaroo Island is home to a disproportionately large art community. In fact, almost 10% of the Island’s population identify as involved with the creative community. As a result, visitors who love the arts will delight in the attractions available on the island. Visual arts, sculpture, craft, drama, music and writing are all found inside galleries, studios and markets here.

Also on Kangaroo Island, find historical attractions scattered across the landscape. Dive into a colonial history at Cape Willoughby lighthouse. Built in the 1850s, this 27-metre high building can be climbed to the very top. Stand here and enjoy views out over the ocean which – after almost 200 years – will be the same for you as they would have been for early settlers!

Nature & the Outdoors

Within its natural landscape is where Kangaroo Island shines brighter than anything else. Covered in native bushland and thriving with wildlife, nature-lovers will go head-over-heels for South Australia’s precious island destination. Hike through the bush, explore remarkable rock features, try your hand at sand boarding or simply enjoy a picnic with out-of-this-world views.

And with 509km of coastline to explore, Kangaroo Island is also your go-to South Australian destination for beach holidays, snorkelling and scuba diving as well as surfing. As you swim in the clear waters, find all kinds of marine life including dolphins and in some places colourful reef fish. Don’t forget a trip to Seal Bay, where you will find lazy seal lions going about their days as they have done for thousands of years in this very location.

Food & Wine

Kangaroo Island might be perfect for adventurers but if you enjoy your food, wine and appreciate local produce you will fall for the island just the same. Scattered with wonderful wineries – many of which are family-owned –  and featuring a creative local distillery, there’s plenty to taste for epicurean adventurers. Plus, here on Kangaroo Island, wineries and cellar doors are met with steep slopes and ocean views.

When it comes to food, your Kangaroo Island getaway is also well-catered for. Friendly local cafes and barista coffee isn’t hard to come by, meanwhile fine-dining restaurants built upon a local ethos and high-quality produce are ready to welcome you through their doors. All you have to do is pick your favourite.

Where to stay in Kangaroo Island

Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge

An upscale and authentic taste of Kangaroo Island

Quite simply, there is no better hotel at which to base yourself, during your visit or revisit to Kangaroo Island. Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge is a 4-star hotel located in American River Bay. Almost touching the tranquil ocean waters below, the property puts guests in touch with the trees, birdlife and animals of the beautiful island. Stay in comfortable accommodation and choose from waterfront rooms, family rooms, pool view rooms and more. The property offers configurations for all kinds of groups – from families to couples and business travellers.

Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge is also home to a fantastic, award-winning restaurant where fine-dining experiences rival all other restaurants on the island. A tennis court, a saltwater pool and a newly refurbished lounge and bar offer guests tranquility and luxury in a beautiful location. Environmentally-minded guests will be pleased to hear that the property also takes great care of its environment, implementing a number of sustainability initiatives.

Discount code

Use the promo code SAWE10 on the hotel’s booking engine for a 10% discount off your stay!

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