Kingscote

Travel Guide
Kingscote

Kangaroo Island’s largest town is a historic waterfront settlement with a great shopping strip, a heritage museum and a range of wildlife experiences.

Begin your Kangaroo Island adventure in Kingscote, the island’s main town and administrative center. The cozy township is the site of South Australia’s first European settlement and has a collection of fascinating historical markers that trace the town’s history to its colonial roots in 1836. Meet some of the island’s wildlife, including little penguins, pelicans and leafy sea dragons.

Stroll down Dauncey Street, the main strip, and check out the range of specialty shops selling regional produce, handcrafts, gifts and wines. Visit the Island Beehive for a tour and sweet souvenirs. Explore the town’s waterfront to find a heritage hotel, which opened in 1907. The small Main Beach stretches along the town’s waterfront and has a tidal pool so you can play and swim laps in the sheltered seawater. Watch boats arriving and departing at the Kingscote Wharf on Bear Point to the north of the beach.

At the wharf, you’ll have the chance to see some of Kangaroo Island’s wildlife up close. Watch as the town’s resident pelican-whisperer feeds a flock of the inquisitive seabirds every afternoon. Check out the Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre and join the Aquarium and Penguin Tour. With your guide, you’ll see sea horses, leafy sea dragons and cuttlefish. Armed with a red flashlight, go for a walk through the wharf’s little penguin colony after sunset and watch as the flightless birds return to the rookery after a day in the ocean.

Learn about Kingscote’s early European history at the Hope Cottage Museum, which is situated within one of the island’s first settler dwellings. Stroll down the hill to Reeves Point to see the historic Old Mulberry Tree, which was planted in 1836 and still bears fruit. The Pioneers Cemetery is across the road and contains some of the island’s earliest gravestones.

Kingscote is located on the northeastern coast of the island and is a 45-minute drive from the ferry terminal in Penneshaw, where car rental is available. Visit in summer to enjoy the island’s pristine beaches or check out Kingscote’s lush surrounding landscape during the wet but mild winter. Wildlife experiences are available year-round.

Aurora Ozone Hotel
Aurora Ozone Hotel
4 out of 5
67 Chapman Terrace, Kingscote, SA
The price is AU$135 per night from 21 Dec. to 21 Dec.
Situated in Kingscote, this beach hotel is in the same region as Sealink Ferry Terminal, Kangaroo Island Sealink and King George Beach.
3.9/5 Good! (461 reviews)
"Overall we had a good stay. I was disappointed that the room booked (executive Seaview room) was not the same as pictured but an older style. Still it was comfortable enough. Our first night we wanted dinner in the restaurant but we were turned away as the kitchen wasn’t taking orders after 8 pm. ..."

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2021

Aurora Ozone Hotel
Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn
Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn
3 out of 5
7 Cygnet Road, Kingscote, SA
The price is AU$138 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Nestled on the beach, this Kingscote hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kingscote Tidal Pool, Soldiers Memorial Park and Hope Cottage Museum. Beatrice Islet Conservation ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (282 reviews)
"Walking distance to town centre…very pleasant reception"

Reviewed on 20 Nov. 2021

Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn
Kangaroo Island Cabins
Kangaroo Island Cabins
2.5 out of 5
136 Playford Highway, Kingscote, SA
Situated near the beach, this cabin is within 3 miles (5 km) of Soldiers Memorial Park, Hope Cottage Museum and Kingscote Tidal Pool. Beatrice Islet Conservation ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (94 reviews)
"Had all the facilities we needed on a quiet and beautiful property. Plenty of wildlife and was only a minutes drive from Kingscote. Great if you’re after a simple and relaxing getaway."

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2021

Kangaroo Island Cabins
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Kangaroo Island Cabins
Kangaroo Island Cabins
2.5 out of 5
136 Playford Highway, Kingscote, SA
Situated near the beach, this cabin is within 3 miles (5 km) of Soldiers Memorial Park, Hope Cottage Museum and Kingscote Tidal Pool. Beatrice Islet Conservation ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (94 reviews)
"Had all the facilities we needed on a quiet and beautiful property. Plenty of wildlife and was only a minutes drive from Kingscote. Great if you’re after a simple and relaxing getaway."

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2021

Kangaroo Island Cabins
Kangaroo Island Accommodation
Kangaroo Island Accommodation
2.5 out of 5
10 Troubridge Road, Kingscote, SA
Situated in Kingscote, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Kingscote Tidal Pool and Hope Cottage Museum. Soldiers Memorial Park and Beatrice Islet Conservation ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (6 reviews)
"Lovely comfy beds, full kitchen bathroom and laundry facilities. Perfect for a family of 4-6!"

Reviewed on 5 Oct. 2020

Kangaroo Island Accommodation
Kangaroo Island Bayview Villas
Kangaroo Island Bayview Villas
3.5 out of 5
2 Reeves St., Kingscote, SA
Situated near the beach, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Soldiers Memorial Park and Hope Cottage Museum. Beatrice Islet Conservation Park and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (30 reviews)
"Great position in elevated position of town with sea view. Modern well appointed property with good facilities. Clean and tidy and very comfortable. Everything we needed was provided for very comfortable stay."

Reviewed on 9 Feb. 2021

Kangaroo Island Bayview Villas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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