By James Gratton
Published: Friday, August 28, 2020
After bushfires ravaged Kangaroo Island in December and January, there’s never been a better time to get behind its tight-knit community and explore its abundant beauty.
From the second you jump off the ferry in Penneshaw, you’ll be inundated with amazing landscapes and untouched wilderness.
From the crystal-clear waters of Vivonne Bay to the sprawling sand dunes of Little Sahara, there’s plenty on KI to make your holiday one to remember.
Here are our top tips for exploring KI and, in the process, supporting local businesses.
How to get there
Getting to Kangaroo Island from Adelaide is relatively simple, whether you’re taking your own car or picking up a hire car on arrival.
Kangaroo Island SeaLink operates a ferry service from mainland SA to KI that runs 7 days a week. The ferry leaves from Cape Jervis, which is a 90-minute drive from Adelaide and arrives in Penneshaw.
Members can save on passenger fares on the Sealink ferry when booking through RAA.
While the drive to Cape Jervis is fairly straight forward, thanks to the multi-lane Southern Expressway, you can break up your journey by stopping at Normanville.
Swing by One Little Sister, a cosy eatery just off the main street, where you’ll get your caffeine fix and some delicious homemade cakes.
Make sure you allow plenty of time to make it to Cape Jervis though, as you need to arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled departure.
If you’re lucky, you might be able to spot some dolphins or seals playing in the shallows, before you board your ferry.