Connect with nature in this cozy waterfront community and check out a conservation park, wildlife sanctuary, pretty bush gardens and an idyllic beach.
Stokes Bay is a north-coast town with a passion for Kangaroo Island’s magnificent flora and fauna. Learn about the island’s natural landscapes when you explore pristine conservation areas or meet some of the island’s local critters at the wildlife refuge. Whatever the season, nature takes pride of place in this seaside getaway town.
If the sun is shining, hit the beach that directly fronts the Stokes Bay community. Stokes Beach is sheltered from the rolling offshore waves by a rocky headland. Go for a swim in the clear waters and enjoy the panorama of Investigator Strait and the Althorpe Islands. You might see pelicans, dolphins and seals in the ocean waters. Bring ingredients to cook on the foreshore barbecues and relax as the kids explore the grassy reserve. You can also purchase a meal at the waterfront café.
Visit Stokes Bay Bush Garden to see a beautiful showcase of some of Kangaroo Island’s native plants. Over 150 species of local flora are displayed alongside some 1,000 species of native Australian and exotic plants. The stunning display of native orchids in springtime is a particular highlight. Learn about Australia’s native wildlife at Paul’s Place, an animal sanctuary with a program of keeper talks and hands-on encounters. Nearby, see rescued farm animals at the Rare Breeds Farm.
The forested gorges and pristine creeks of Lathami Conservation Park provide the perfect habitat for the endangered glossy black cockatoo. Wander around Gum Creek and Deep Gully and you might see the bird soaring far above the treetops.
Stokes Bay is located on Kangaroo Island’s beautiful north coast. It is less than an hour’s drive west from the island’s main town, Kingscote. Reach the coastal village within 75 minutes’ drive from the ferry terminal in Penneshaw. Stokes Bay has a waterfront campground and caravan park, as well as several vacation cottages for rent.
Bring the family to experience the native flora and fauna in Stokes Bay or treat yourself to a romantic seaside getaway.