Romantic Things to do on Kangaroo Island

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Surrounded by calm waters and stunning sunsets, Kangaroo Island is the perfect destination for romance and adventure. Known for its natural beauty, this welcoming place offers a unique blend of rugged coastlines, untouched wilderness and exquisite wildlife, creating the perfect backdrop for love to blossom. Here, away from the busyness of the city, couples can immerse themselves in hidden gems and lasting memories that will stay with them for years to come. Whether it's walking hand-in-hand along secluded beaches, watching the playfulness of local wildlife, or sampling the island's culinary delights, let's explore what makes this destination the perfect romantic getaway

Flinders Chase at sunset

Embrace the Romance

Kangaroo Island is the perfect romantic spot brimming with intimate and adventurous experiences. From the stunning beauty of its wildlife and nature tours to the relaxation found in wellness retreats and spas, the island caters to every couple. The thriving art scene adds a layer of culture to your visit, while adventure activities are perfect for those seeking an adrenaline rush. As night falls, the island transforms into a stargazing paradise, perfect for couples to find themselves under a blanket of stars. Kangaroo Island is the perfect backdrop for creating lasting memories with your significant other.

Wildlife and Nature

Kangaroo Island is surrounded by nature where you can take off on plenty of hikes and spot lots of wildlife. Start at Seal Bay Conservation Park where couples can meander along the boardwalks, guided by knowledgeable rangers, and enjoy close encounters with the sea lions as they play on the beach or rest in the sun right in front of you.

Pack those walking shoes and take off into the depths of Flinders Chase National Park and be sure to visit the Remarkable Rocks. These naturally sculpted rock formations offer the ideal backdrop for romantic photos (say cheese!). Shaped by centuries of wind and sea spray, you can enjoy panoramic views of the coastline and even pack a picnic and settle in for a breathtaking sunset.

For the more adventurous couples, visit the sand dunes at Little Sahara and take on the adrenaline rush of sandboarding down the slopes as you take in your surrounds. The area also includes a heritage-listed landscape with dunes rising to 70 metres high.

Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park is perfect for birdwatchers. Take a walk around the largest freshwater lake on the island and the Murray Lagoon wetland habitat. Hand in hand couples can explore various trails, including the Cape Gantheaume Coastal Trek, offering unforgettable views and plenty of birdlife​​.

Kangaroo Island Map

Beach Adventures

Kangaroo Island, with its stunning coastline, offers a lot of romantic beach opportunities for couples. Named Australia's best beach for 2023, Stokes Bay is a hidden gem couples can escape to. Simply follow the sign to the Beach though, through a pathway of massive boulders, and take in the white sand, clear waters and natural pools, perfect for a romantic getaway. 

Once voted one of Australia's best beaches, Vivonne Bay features over six kilometres of curved, white sand and crystal-clear waters. The bay's remote location offers plenty of privacy for couples seeking a little alone time. Emu Bay is also known for its calm, turquoise waters and is a great spot for swimming, fishing and snorkelling, or laying back on the shores and enjoying each other’s company. 

Whether you're looking for a secluded spot for relaxation or an active day of exploring the natural beauty of the coastline, the island's beaches are perfect for couples seeking a romantic and unforgettable beach day.

Culinary Delights

Nothing quite says, “I love you” like some delicious food paired with local wines. A match made in heaven. On Kangaroo Islands couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining spots and local cuisines to sample.

First stop, head to Emu Bay Lavender Farm where couples can settle back for a romantic meal amongst the lavender fields. Indulge in their lavender scones and tea for a unique taste of the island and take in the serene atmosphere.

For a truly magical dining experience, head to The Enchanted Fig Tree located near Snelling Beach. Set under a 120-year-old fig tree, you can take part in long lunches and decadent dinners prepared by some of South Australia’s renowned chefs.

The Oyster Farm Shop in American River is a working oyster farm where you can sample fresh oysters, marron, abalone, and more, right by the bay where they are harvested. They also offer a range of smoked produce and sauces, including their popular Kilpatrick sauce. Or head to Sunset Food and Wine where couples can settle in for a delicious degustation menu. With its hillside location, it's an ideal spot to enjoy the sunset over the ocean while sampling local dishes and an extensive wine list.

Enchanted Fig Tree Kangaroo Island

Adventure Awaits

For adventurous couples, Kangaroo Island offers a range of exciting activities that are sure to add an adrenaline rush to your romantic getaway.

Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action provides an exhilarating quad biking experience. Explore open grassland, beaches and native bush, while spotting kangaroos as they hop right past. Whether you're a beginner or seeking an extreme adventure, quad biking is a great way to explore the island.

Take a more gentle approach and paddle along the serene Harriet River and take some time away as a couple to connect with nature, while also watching out for birds and other wildlife.

Take in some Art and Culture

Kangaroo Island's vibrant art and culture scene offers the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway. Start by exploring the numerous galleries and studios in the island’s towns, including Kingscote, Baudin Beach and more. Head to Kangaroo Island Gallery, Fine Art Kangaroo Island and Australian Red Gum Gallery where you will discover a range of artistic pieces, from paintings and prints to jewellery, sculptures, glasswork and ceramics. 

Kangaroo Island's art and culture are deeply influenced by its unique environment, wildlife and isolation making it the ideal opportunity to get to know the island and its people even better while walking hand in hand to admire the many stunning pieces.

Relaxation and Wellness

Of course, it doesn’t get much better than escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life and truly enjoying some peace away from it all together. For those seeking relaxation and wellness on Kangaroo Island, there are plenty of options to indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments and peaceful retreats.

Southern Ocean Lodge offers a range of spa treatments including facials, massages, body rituals and signature ceremonies. Some of their unique treatments include the Awakening Active Facial, Ligurian Honey and Almond Wrap, A Touch of SOL and Island Renewal. 

The Stowaway Experience has been designed with relaxation, luxury and total seclusion in mind where you can enjoy relaxation massages, as well as facial, body wraps and scrubs. They offer planty of Day Spa experience packages, tailored to help you relax and unwind, including a Couple’s Relaxation Massage.

Whether you're looking for a spa day or a more extended wellness retreat, it’s one of the most romantic ways you can enjoy your time on Kangaroo Island.

Southern Ocean Lodge

Stargazing Experiences

Is there anything more romantic than relaxing back underneath the stunning night sky to enjoy a spot of stargazing? Kangaroo Island offers an incredible stargazing experience, thanks to its remote location and lack of light pollution. The best part, it’s completely free!

Head to one of the many beaches and National Parks across the island where you can enjoy stunning views of the night sky. Flinders Chase National Park, for instance, is an excellent spot for stargazing, with its dark skies providing a perfect backdrop for viewing constellations and the Milky Way​​.

While you’re admiring the scenic skies, you might be lucky enough to catch the island’s nocturnal wildlife and enjoy sunsets at various locations, including Remarkable Rocks in Flinders Chase National Park and Pennington Bay​​.

Whether you’ve started planning your Kangaroo Island holiday or not, check out First Light Travel’s blog for any further information you might need. Or, you can contact FLT’s Kangaroo Island travel team for advice and guidance on how to design your own trip. 

Felicity Frankish
Felicity Frankish
: 27 Mar 2024 (Last updated: 27 Mar 2024)

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