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Kingscote, Kangaroo Island

Discover Kangaroo Island's towns and regions

Every Kangaroo Island town has a unique history, breathtaking scenery, friendly locals and sumptuous food and wine.

One island; seven regions
There are seven different regions on Kangaroo Island to explore: Dudley Peninsula, American River, Kingscote and Districts, Heartland, North Coast, West End and the South Coast.

Make sure you have at least a few days on the island to explore them all. Each has its own personality and different attractions.

Kingscote, Kangaroo Island

Kingscote, one of seven regions, is Kangaroo Island's biggest town. 

Dudley Peninsula

When the ferry lands on Dudley Peninsula, you'll hop off at the town of Penneshaw. It includes Island Beach, Baudin Beach, Cape Willoughby and Antechamber Bay. When the sun goes down, look out for the local penguins. 

American River

American River is home to some wild nightlife. After dark, grab a torch and you'll find tammar wallabies and brushtail possums right on your doorstep. Black swans, Cape Barren geese and pelicans also nest here. The island's oyster industry operates from American River too. Pelican Lagoon is a natural fish nursery and aquatic reserve, while Pennington Bay is great for fishing. 


Kingscote is Kangaroo Island's capital and overlooks Nepean Bay. The local jetty is excellent for fishing. Grab some good shoes and enjoy one of the many nature walks around the area.


Head to Heartland in the middle of Kangaroo Island and you’ll find Parndana. This typical Aussie country town is a good base for travel around the rest of the island. In late winter and spring, native trees all over this region bloom with vibrant wild flowers. 

South Coast

You’ll find many of Kangaroo Island’s major attractions on the island’s South Coast. Seal Bay, home to Australia's most accessible sea lion colony, is just one of the must-see destinations.  

North Coast

The North Coast of Kangaroo Island is quite a contrast to the south. Explore sheltered swimming spots, four kilometres of white sand around Emu Bay, tall cliffs and rugged terrain to the west. Stay in one of the many eco lodges and get in touch with nature. 

West End

To the West End, Flinders Chase National Park includes Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and many great walks. Make sure you visit the stunning Vivonne Bay.

Hyperlapse - Home of the soul

This hyperlapse film of Kangaroo Island sews together 7,356 individual photographs to capture the beautifully raw, rugged and natural landscape and wildlife at Kangaroo Island.

Taste Kangaroo Island's artisan food and wine

Kangaroo Island is home to artisan food and wine producers. Try Ligurian honey straight from the hive, or liqueurs, seafood and sheep’s milk cheese.