Originally inhabited by Australia Aborigines and later settled by sailors and whalers in the early 1800’s, Kangaroo Island is a mere 30-minute flight (70 miles) from Adelaide. Only 93 miles long and 35 miles wide, over one-quarter of the island is made up of national parks and wilderness protection areas.  This is a wildlife-rich island, including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and sea lions. Seal Bay Conservation Park hosts a large colony of Australian sea lions. Kangaroo Island has recently added outstanding wineries and its genetically pure Ligurian honey bees to its list of compelling attractions.

Major parts of the western end of Kangaroo Island suffered immensely from the January 2020 bushfires, resulting in the closure of a number of attractions and businesses in an around Flinders Chase National Park. However, the environment, its wildlife inhabitants, and our favorite properties have been largely restored, acting as a testament to the strength and tenacity of the country.

Seals at Seal Bay Kangaroo Island South Australia
Seals at Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island

Southern Ocean Lodge

We were saddened to hear that Southern Ocean Lodge was destroyed in the bushfires that spread with speed and ferocity across the western end of Kangaroo Island in January 2020. Our hearts go out to South Australian Country Fire Service as well as the lodge team during this difficult time. James and Hayley Baillie, proprietors of Southern Ocean Lodge took a leading role in both restoring the lodge and helping to rebuild the tourism industry on Kangaroo Island.

Luckily, this 25-suite Lodge was just reopened on December 6, 2023! 

Situated on the clifftops of Kangaroo Island, the completely-rebuilt Southern Ocean Lodge boasts unfettered views of the Southern Ocean coastline with ample opportunities for viewing wildlife. The architecturally striking and eco-friendly Southern Ocean Lodge is Kangaroo Island’s version of Chief’s Camp in Botswana and Explora in  Patagonia and Chile — an essential stop in Australia!

Kangaroo Island
Dune House

Hamilton & Dune

Located in Emu Bay, on the eastern coast of Kangaroo Island, Hamilton & Dune is a boutique, luxury property with only two houses (Hamilton House & Dune House). Holding up to 6 and 5 guests respectively, larger family groups can opt for booking both houses for an even more exclusive experience. There is a full-board option for dining as well as additional services available on request such as house massages or yoga sessions. During your stay here, you will have a personal concierge to arrange various excursions around the island. Hamilton House was completely renovated in 2018 and both houses are located just steps away from Emu Bay’s turquoise water, white sandy beach, jetty, and boat ramp. These eclectic beach house style properties, accompanied by a picturesque setting is ideal for a family trip to Kangaroo Island.

Sunset on Penneshaw beach on Kangaroo island SA Australia
Sunset on Penneshaw Beach, Kangaroo island

Private & Group Outdoor Activities

Penneshaw and Emu Bay

Experience the turquoise waters and sandy beaches of Penneshaw and Emu Bay. You will also have the opportunity to swim with dolphins here!

 

Kayak Adventure Guided

Adventure paddle along the calm waters of the Cygnet River.

 

Beach Fishing

Cast a line into the Southern Ocean, immersed in the solitude of the landscape, and maybe catch dinner!

 

Guided Adventure Hikes

A range of easy to medium grade treks are available for avid bushwalkers to enjoy

 

Half-Day Special Interest Tours

There is a diverse range of private experiences available on the island, from the epicurean to the artistic, water-based, or specific family interests.