27 Jan 2023
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5 of the best beaches on Kangaroo Island

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches on Kangaroo Island. Boasting more than 500 kilometres of coastline, you'll find everything from the whitest of white sandy beaches to awesome surf breaks.

Finding a great beach on Kangaroo Island is as easy as making your way over - whether you're flying or arriving by ferry. From sandy swimming beaches to top surf spots, roll out your towel at five of our favourite beaches on Kangaroo Island, guaranteed to leave you spellbound.

1. Stokes Bay

Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island
Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island

This little gem of a spot is Stokes Bay and is officially the best beach in Australia - according to Tourism Australia. After pulling up in the carpark, you’ll weave through a little labyrinth of caves before emerging onto some of the whitest sand and clearest water in Australia. On Kangaroo Island, it's easy to jump from one picture-perfect cove to the next without running into anyone. If you’re lucky, you might even get the entire beach to yourself!

2. Vivonne Bay

Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island
Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island

Vivonne Bay was once voted as Australia’s best beach. This six-kilometre-long U-shaped bay is postcard-perfect. Here, white sandy shores meet gently lapping waves, perfect for wading waist deep. With a jetty framing the south-end and distant dunes in the north, it’s a great excuse to slip away for the day without another soul in sight.

3. Emu Bay

Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island
Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island

The best way to describe the long, white sandy beach of Emu Bay is simply beautiful. This gorgeous stretch of sand and surf is protected from the elements; if it's windy in Kingscote, just slide around to Emu Bay, finding conditions calm, clear and gorgeous. No need to worry about parking either, as you can drive on the beach then immediately plonk yourself on the sand.

4. Snellings Beach

Snellings Beach, Kangaroo Island
Snellings Beach, Kangaroo Island

At Snellings Beach on Kangaroo Island, the sunsets are just as incredible as the fishing! @swannysa snapped this photo as the sun started to slip over the horizon and white sand turned to gold. Snellings Beach is said to be home to a pod of friendly dolphins who are known to join swimmers unannounced and FYI, the guy in the shot below bagged himself a King George Whiting.

5. Western River Cove

Western River Cove, Kangaroo Island
Western River Cove, Kangaroo Island

Western River Cove is ringed by steep headlands on either side, boasting gleaming white sands and azure water. If you arrive without bathers and a towel, just strip down to your undies and dive right in. Odds are, you'll be the only people around!

Bonus Beaches

But wait, there’s even more. Of course, these are just five of Kangaroo Island’s many fantastic beaches. Other favourites include:

Antechamber Bay: A gorgeous and very private stretch of beach.

Penneshaw Beach: Very close to everything and with clear, crisp water. A great beach to spot dolphins.

Hanson Bay: Not only beautiful but often you'll have the entire beach to yourself.

Looking for more amazing beaches beyond Kangaroo Island? Check out our 5 best beaches on the Yorke Peninsula, on the Eyre Peninsula, on the Limestone Coast, on the Fleurieu Peninsula and in Adelaide.


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