What are the chances of Kangaroo Island having actual kangaroos? Pretty good, as it turns out.
Kangaroo Island’s kangaroos are unique to the island, differing from their mainland cousins by being smaller, darker and the calmest of all kangaroo species, so they’re pretty friendly (but just look, don’t touch or feed them!).
They also outnumber the human residents by 14 to 1, so there’s a good chance you’ll encounter one or an entire mob. There’s also plenty of koalas, echidnas, wallabies, goannas, little penguins and birdlife, which is why the island is sometimes referred to as a ‘zoo without fences’.
Cygnet River Artisan Trail
Wine, garlic, figs, oats, olives, oysters, honey, there’s plenty that is produced on Kangaroo Island and locals will tell you that their distance from the mainland, plus the purity of the water, creates quality produce bursting with flavour.
To spend a day sampling a selection, try the Cygnet River Artisan Trail, which includes Islander Estate Vineyards’ tasting room, Springs Road Wines and the island’s first dedicated gin distillery, Kangaroo Island Spirits (or if you’d prefer a beer, Kangaroo Island Brewery isn’t far from here).
Follow that with a stop at Mini de Lights, serving food, sweets and booze in a quirky caravan in Emu Bay and then swing by Tickety-Boo Studio which stocks original paintings, pottery and jewellery made by local artists.
Also in this neck of the woods is the Emu Bay Lavendar farm, with brunch and lunch options in their licensed cafe.