Our Trip to Kangaroo Island

Our Trip to Kangaroo Island

We live in South Australia and have done for most of our lives. In our years of travelling SA together we have explored pretty much all that there is to see in this great state, but we hadn't done Kangaroo Island together until now! We thought we would give you guys a breakdown of what we did and where we stayed to help you plan your future trip. We were blessed with beautiful weather the whole time, but be mindful that it is an exposed island so it is known to be very cold, rainy, and super windy at times. 

We only had 5 full days on KI due to work commitments, while we didn't feel rushed and we got to do a lot we would easily recommend at least 1-1.5 weeks to get the full experience. We caught the earliest ferry on the way there and the latest ferry on the way back so that we could get the most out of our time. We took our Troopy on board the ferry with us and parked it below, where they cram you in like sardines. 

Our first day was spent cruising along the northern coast. We stopped along the way to look at some places but we kept driving until we got to Emu Bay and spent the day there, this is one of the only beaches you can drive on. We set our awning up and relaxed here for most of the day, we did some swimming and were greeted very closely by some dolphins. It was a beautiful beach and was very busy, unfortunately camping is not allowed here so we moved on to find a camp for the night. 

We made a trip further up the road to Stokes Bay where we stayed the night at the Stokes Bay Campground, we set up at a nice site tucked away under some trees. This council-run campground cost us $22.50 for the night and you can pay with cash via the self-registration booth or via eftpos at the pay station. The campground is very well kept with toilets and BBQ facilities available, however no showers. There is also a cafe there but we didn't stop in. You will see many kangaroos and they are very friendly, coming right up to people for a feed! 

The campground is a little way back from the beach, but the trek to the beach is one of the best parts. You follow a sandy path, then walk through some rocks/caves, and you walk out to the most beautiful beach. One of the highlights of the trip for sure! 

The next day we continued to cruise up the coast and stopped in at Snelling Beach which is another beach that you can take your car on. Again, no camping allowed so we just spent the day here with some beverages and a cheese platter. The beach is tucked away in a little cove and it is absolutely beautiful with an amazing view of the rolling hills. Dolphins are known to frequent this bay and we were lucky enough to get up close and personal for a swim!

After a little bit of a drive we made our way to Western River Cove where we spent the night. As you can guess by the name, it's right by a river which leads into the ocean. We stayed at Western River Cove Campground which again is council-run, and cost us $22.50 for an unpowered site. There is a well-kept long drop toilet and a beautiful modern cooking area, however there were many large bins around that had not been emptied for quite some time. The bins were overflowing and the smell was not pretty, would've made it unpleasant for anyone using the cooking facilities. There is a designated camping area which is basically a gravel pit, so we camped down near the parking area closer to the river - many others had the same idea. 

The next day we headed for Flinders Chase National Park and we did all of the tourist activities such as Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, Weirs Cove, Cape Borda Lighthouse, and of course got a picture of the Troopy travelling on the iconic Cape Du Couedic Road. 

Once we had finished exploring the national park we headed for West Bay Beach which was hands down one of our most favourite beaches. To get here you need to travel approximately 22km on a very rough road which is 4WD only - although we did see some fellow 4WDers decide to call it quits and turn back. The corrugation on this track is something else, it took us so long to get to the beach because you have to take it super slow. Make sure you have everything strapped down and secured. For this reason we recommend spending more than one night here. The beach is well worth the drive, it is so secluded and quiet because many people don't travel on the track, most of the time we had it all to ourselves. The beach offers a long stretch of white sand and the colour of the water is incredible. You are often left quite secluded also due to the remoteness of the camp.

We stayed at West Bay Campground which was one of our favourite spots. You can choose from 8 unpowered campsites which are all fairly close to the long drop toilet, again no showers. We stayed at site 5 which was tucked away in some trees and gave us some privacy. Wyatt is a member of the SA Country Fire Service so we get free accommodation in national parks, but it costs $17 per night. 

On our last full day we headed to Vivonne Bay which is a must-see beach on KI. The water is incredible and it's supposed to be good fishing - we didn't spend a great deal of time fishing while on KI but we definitely will next time. Vivonne Bay Campground was full so we didn't stay there, we decided to head closer to our end destination as we were going home the next day, so we headed for Antechamber Bay. We spent the night at the Antechamber Bay North Campground, which is a part of the Lashmar Conservation Park and was another free camp for us (CFS), but this costs $17 per night. There are 10 sites to choose from and we stayed at site 5 (apparently we have a thing for the number 5) as again this was nice and shaded with trees giving us more privacy. Sites are well spaced apart, only a short walk to the flushing toilets and a beautiful new cooking area with modern facilities. Campground is a short walk away from the beach which was lovely. This was another favourite spot as it was so well-kept and it was just a great spot where you could really relax and it felt like you had your own space. 

After we packed up in the morning we headed to Penneshaw and spent the day there so we could be ready for our evening ferry back home. We got a beautiful pizza from Fire and Smoke KI and enjoyed that on the beach. We did a small amount of fishing off the jetty with no luck. 

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in KI and it was nice to slow down and relax. As we said, next time we would like to be there for longer so we can do more of the tourist activities like wildlife parks, honey farms, etc., and spend more time fishing as we didn't do much. 

Our top tips would be - 1: Make sure you have plenty of drinking water and supplies from the get go to last you, if you do the coastal route like we did there isn't really anywhere you can stop and buy things without having to make a huge trek to the main towns. 2: Pack warm clothes! Don't underestimate the cold and wind. We got lucky but it can be pretty brutal. 3: If you go in peak season make sure you've pre-booked all of your accomodation. We went when it was quiet and could rock up and get a spot, but it gets busy and places fill up super quickly. 

Also we didn't take our dogs with us this trip, but we were so impressed with how dog-friendly the whole island is. They are welcome on the ferry in designated areas, and pretty much every campground we came across allowed dogs - excluding national park/conservation parks of course. Would definitely recommend taking your furry friends along with you - we will be next time. 

We hope you enjoyed reading this blog and it helps you in the planning of your trip to KI! 

Safe travels,
Tayla and Wyatt
OSOM x  

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