Discover Kangaroo Island with the Family

Admirals Arch on Kangaroo Island.CREDIT:ADAM BRUZZONE

Located just off the coast of South Australia, Kangaroo Island is a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, where wildlife roams and stunning landscapes wait to be explored. From up-close animal encounters to exciting sand dune adventures, there is so much to do for families with kids of all ages.


Wildlife on Kangaroo Island

As you step onto the island, the fresh sea air and the sound of waves set the tone for an unforgettable adventure. Whether you're looking to connect with nature, seek out thrilling activities, or simply relax and enjoy the peace, Kangaroo Island provides a unique blend of excitement and relaxation that makes it an ideal getaway for families looking to create lasting memories.

Nature and Wildlife Encounters

If you have kids who just love animals and nature, then you will be spoilt for choice on Kangaroo Island. Here are some of the top picks to add to your to-do list.

Seal Bay Conservation Park

There’s nothing better than a guided beach tour at Seal Bay Conservation Park, where you can watch sea lions bask in their natural habitat. As a family you can walk along the beach just metres away from the sea lions, watching them as they play nearby. It’s also nice and accessible with boardwalks and viewing platforms that make it easy to navigate with prams and kids of all ages.

feeding Kangaroo

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park

This family-friendly attraction is the perfect spot to get up close and personal with Australian animals with an opportunity to feed kangaroos and wallabies, hold cuddly koalas, and learn about the different species of birds and reptiles there. 

Raptor Domain

If your kids love birds, head over to Raptor Domain to see flying demonstrations and hear educational talks on falcons, owls, eagles and more. The centre educates about the importance of raptors and focuses on the rescue and rehabilitation of injured birds.

Outdoor Adventures

One of the biggest drawcards offered on Kangaroo Island is the opportunity to get outdoors and  enjoy plenty of different activities. 

Little Sahara

Pop a visit to Little Sahara on top of your to-do list. Here, the massive sand dunes, some reaching heights of over 70 metres, offer the perfect playground for sandboarding and tobogganing. You can rent boards and sleds for the entire family and slide down the dunes together.

Marine Cruise

There’s no better way to see Kangaroo Island than from a boat. It’s the perfect opportunity to head into the depths of the water and witness the dolphins and whales at play during migration season. There ar plenty of tours to choose from that cater to families, sharing plenty of educational insights along the way.

Sand dunes at Little Sahara

Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action 

If your family loves outdoor adventures, Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action has something for you. They offer a variety of outdoor adventures that cater to all thrill levels. Engage in quad biking through rugged terrains, navigating bushland and coastlines, or take a more serene approach by kayaking along the peaceful Harriet River. 

Cultural and Historical Sights

No visit to Kangaroo Island is complete without an understanding of the deep history and culture that is unique to the area.

Reeves Point

The site of Kangaroo Island’s first European settlement, Reeves Point offers a window into the early days of South Australian colonisation. Get a photo of the Old Mulberry Tree, which is believed to have been planted by the first settlers. The area also includes the original well and the site of the first post office and is a great spot for families to learn about the island's first European inhabitants​​.

Hope Cottage Museum

The Hope Cottage Museum in Kingscote is housed in one of the island’s oldest buildings, with a variety of artefacts that show the daily life and developments of the early residents. The museum also shows the maritime history of the island, including shipwrecks and lighthouse equipment.

Exploration and Relaxation

Kangaroo Island is the perfect destination to immerse the entire family in nature and unwind from the daily hustle and bustle of life.

Flinders Chase National Park

A visit to Kangaroo Island isn’t complete without exploring Flinders Chase National Park. It is well-known for The Remarkable Rocks, which offer a spectacular display of naturally sculpted granite boulders on top of a granite dome that drops into the ocean. It’s the perfect spot to get a family photo! The park has so many different walking tracks for you to explore, catering to all different levels.

Flinders Chase

Vivonne Bay and Stokes Beach

If you’re seeking a little relaxation while the kids kill some of their energy, then get the whole family down to Vivonne Bay. Settle back to enjoy its crystal-clear waters and white sand to see for yourself why it's been ranked as one of Australia’s best beaches. It’s an ideal spot for swimming, surfing and fishing. 

Stokes Beach is another great destination, hidden behind rocky cliffs with rock pools and a hidden tunnel that leads to an enclosed sandy bay. Both spots are perfect for a day of sun, sand and sea, making them a must-visit for anyone looking to escape the busier tourist paths and enjoy some tranquil beach time​.

Vivonne Bay

Local Dining

Kangaroo Island is known for its good food and wine. With so much delicious local produce, including honey from Ligurian bees, fresh oysters, and the renowned Kangaroo Island lamb, there are so many different food choices for even the most picky eaters. From high-end restaurants to casual cafes, head along to Sunset Food and Wine or enjoy the charm of The Enchanted Fig Tree, where meals are served under ancient fig trees​​.

Farmers Markets

To truly immerse yourself in the local food culture, a visit to the Kangaroo Island Farmers' Market is a must. Held regularly in Kingscote, these markets showcase the island’s best produce, from fresh fruits and vegetables to artisan cheeses and handcrafted goods. It’s an excellent opportunity for families to sample and purchase local products directly from the producers. The markets also often feature live music and cooking demonstrations, making it plenty of fun for all ages​​.


Free Family Activities

Holidays with kids can add up quickly. If you’re looking for some fun, free family things to do, check out these activities to keep the tribe busy.

Prospect Hill

If your kids are up for a bit of a challenge and spectacular views, pop those climbing shoes on and head up Prospect Hill. Named by explorer Matthew Flinders, this hill offers one of the highest vantage points on the island, providing panoramic views of the surrounding waters and landscapes. The climb involves over 500 steps and is a great spot for families to capture memorable photos.

Historic Sites

Kangaroo Island is also home to several historical sites that can be explored for free, for a little education during your visit. The Old Wisanger School, which opened in 1884, offers a peek into the island's educational past with lots of historical artefacts. The reconstruction of the schooner "Independence" at American River provides a unique insight into the maritime history of the island. This project aims to rebuild the first vessel ever constructed in South Australia, with volunteers often on hand to discuss the process and historical significance of the schooner​.

Perfect Spot For Families

Whether it’s the thrill of adventure, the charm of wildlife, or the relaxation of scenic beaches, there’s something for every family member to cherish​ on Kangaroo Island. With so many attractions, the island offers something special for every visitor with lots of perfect photo opportunities along the way. As you explore the natural beauty, learn about local history, and indulge in the local cuisine, Kangaroo Island is the perfect spot to build some family memories that will be cherished for years to come.


Is your family ready to plan an unforgettable trip to Kangaroo Island? Start by consulting our Self-Drive Tour Itineraries,  for in-depth descriptions of the best things to see and do. If you prefer to have a trip customised to your interests, you can get in touch with our Australia travel specialists who will be happy to design a perfect itinerary just for you

Felicity Frankish
Felicity Frankish
: 21 May 2024 (Last updated: 21 May 2024)

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