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5 days: What to see and do on Kangaroo Island

With Qantas flying direct from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island, hop over to nature’s paradise.

Minutes from the mainland but a million miles away, Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary for wildlife and natural, rugged beauty.

Slip away to Australia’s zoo without the fences with our five-day itinerary, trading the hustle and bustle of city life for unique wildlife, mouth-watering food and wine, breathtaking scenery, luxury accommodation and a laid-back lifestyle.

Qantas Route
Adelaide to Kingscote, now flying Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. (Year round)

Schedule subject to change and government and regulatory approval. 

Day 1

Fly to Kangaroo Island with Qantas
Fly direct to Kangaroo Island from Adelaide with Qantas. For more information and to book your tickets, see the Qantas website. Looking for wheels on the Island? You'll find Budget and Hertz car hire options just outside the airport. 

Chill out at Dudley Wines Cellar Door
Relax for the afternoon on the deck with fantastic coastal views while enjoying Dudley's locally grown and produced award-winning wines. Established in 1997, Dudley Wines is Kangaroo Island's pioneer winery. The cellar door is situated 12 kilometres from Penneshaw on the cliff tops of Kangaroo Island's stunning north coast. For more information, see the Dudley Wines Cellar Door website.

Explore the Dudley Peninsula
This beautiful part of the Island includes Cape Willoughby lighthouse, Antechamber Bay and the picturesque seaside town of Penneshaw, home of KI Ocean Safaris, the Penneshaw Hotel and Kangaroo Island Seafront hotel accommodation.

Dinner at Hannaford and Sachs Enchanted Fig Tree
Escape the confines of day-to-day dining and step into a living fairy tale at Hannaford and Sachs’ Enchanted Fig Tree. Nowhere else in the world can you feast on Kangaroo Island delicacies and paired wines, immersed in naturally-formed rooms made up of thick, lush fig branches.  

This once-in-a-lifetime experience is seasonal, from December to April, as your dining room will lose its leaves in cooler months. For more information, menus and to book, see The Enchanted Fig Tree website.

Stay the night at LifeTime Private Retreats’ Cliff House
Just a short distance away from the Enchanted Fig Tree is LifeTime Private Retreats' Cliff House; the perfect place to stay the night after drinking and dining. The beautiful LifeTime Private Retreats’ Cliff House boasts sweeping views of rugged coastline as far as the eye can see, offering guests the ultimate luxury escape. For more information, see the LifeTime Private Retreats website.

Hannaford and Sachs' Enchanted Fig Tree, Kangaroo Island.

Hannaford and Sachs' Enchanted Fig Tree, Kangaroo Island.

Day 2

Sip your way through Kangaroo Island Brewery, then explore Kingscote
Kangaroo Island Brewery
is Kangaroo Island's first cellar door microbrewery. Offering great craft beer and excellent food, it is located close to Kingscote. There are eight different craft beers available to sample; it's an awesome place to chill and enjoy a few hand made beverages. Spend the afternoon strolling through the beautiful town of Kingscote. For more information, see the Kangaroo Island Brewery website.

Stop off at Kangaroo Island Spirits
Kangaroo Island Spirits (KIS) is South Australia's first boutique distillery and was established in 2005. While gin is (obviously) their specialty, the range now includes eight liqueurs, four vodkas and two premium gins. All products are handmade in small batches using hand crafted copper pot stills and have received major awards in London, New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong. For more information, see the Kangaroo Island Spirits website.

Dine at Sunset Food and Wine
Sunset Food and Wine is a modern bistro focusing on seafood and South Australian produce, with beautiful ocean views. Located just outside of Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, chefs use only what is in season and what is at its very best. Your glass will run over with wines produced on Kangaroo Island as well as some exception South Australian blends. For more information see the Sunset Food and Wine website.

Stay the night at LifeTime Private Retreats’ Cliff House
Spend another night in luxury at the beautiful LifeTime Private Retreats’ Cliff House.

Lifetime Private Retreats, Cliff House.

LifeTime Private Retreats, Cliff House.

Day 3 and 4

Experience the very best of Kangaroo Island with Southern Ocean LodgeOver the next two days, live a life of luxury in one of Australia’s most incredible retreats – Southern Ocean Lodge. Get up close and personal with nature and Kangaroo Island’s wildlife on private tours exclusive to Southern Ocean Lodge guests including Seal Bay, Remarkable Rocks, Admiral’s Arch and Kangas and Canapes. All your meals and beverages are included in the Southern Ocean Lodge experience. For more information, see the Southern Ocean Lodge website
Set off on a wilderness walk
Southern Ocean Lodge is conveniently located along the magnificent Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. Take-in some of the Islands most incredible scenery from the Remarkable Rocks to Southern Ocean Lodge and back. Venture further afield to Flinders Chase National Park, home to the Kangaroo Island's crown jewels: Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks.

Venture into the night on a nocturnal tour
Explore Kangaroo Island after dark on a Kangaroo Island Wildlife Safari nocturnal tour. See an abundance of wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies and possums with a professional guide on a two-hour night journey. Tours depart from Penneshaw and American River, or pickup from your accommodation can be arranged. For more information and tour times, see the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Safari website

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island.

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island.

Day 5

Get back to nature at Raptor Domain
Raptor Domain
is Kangaroo Island's environmental, educational rehabilitation centre and is located at Seal Bay on a beautiful 150 acre property. The centre is home to many orphaned, injured and sick birds of prey. Meet the birds during educational, interactive and fun presentations or get up close and personal in a safe environment with some of Australia's most venomous critters. Find out more on the Raptor Domain website.

Got more time? Join a tour

Kangaroo Island is bursting at the seams with things to see and do. If you're lucky enough to have a few more days away from the mainland, we recommend getting to know the locals with Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures, Kangaroo Island Outdoor ActionKangaroo Island Odysseys and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

One of the best ways to see the magnificent wildlife, coastal views and vantage points of Kangaroo Island is to join a day tour with one of the local guides. One of our top picks is Exceptional Kangaroo Island, who can take you to Seal Bay, Lathami Conversation Park, unforgettable Stokes Bay and more.

Taking Flight at Raptor Domain

Taking flight at Raptor Domain, Kangaroo Island.

Fly home with Qantas
Fly direct to Adelaide with Qantas. Book your tickets today on the Qantas website

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