A short ferry ride from the mainland, Kangaroo Island lies just off the coast of Adelaide in South Australia. With so much stunning wildlife and a good year round climate, why not make the most of the island and try out one of the numerous campsites and Kangaroo Island holiday accommodation available? Sleeping under the stars and living in the great outdoors will have you feeling refreshed and revitalized as well as being a great budget option.
How camping on Kangaroo Island works
Most campsites do not take advance bookings so spaces are allocated on a first come first serve basis. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the spaces are not all numbered so the ordering system can sometimes be a little disordered. This can make things difficult to plan for, however the best approach is to arrive early and get your space – then you’re free to go off for the day knowing you’re all set up for the night when you get back.
Facilities on Kangaroo Island
Although you’ll enjoy being at one with nature, you may also enjoy the fact that almost all of the campsites have access to hot water and toilet facilities. If you’re in need of power for cooking or to charge devices, you’ll be able to access this easily.
Several of the campsites have rubbish and recycling bins provided so you can easily dispose of your waste. In the more remote spots, always ensure you take everything with you to preserve the beauty of the island.
Campsites on Kangaroo Island
American River Campsite
This is one of the more commercial campsites on the island and has excellent facilities. You’ll expect to pay around $15 per person for a site and the capacity is around 15 spots meaning that in summer months it can be quite competitive. The site is close to Penneshaw so it’s easily accessible however if you have small children it’s worth noting that the site is close to a road and is not separated by a fence.
Wheatons Bay, South Coast
If you’re looking for total privacy and seclusion, why not venture into Cape Gantheaume Wilderness? You won’t have the luxury of facilities (not even toilets) however you’ll be right next to the ocean and the sense of freedom is truly priceless. In quieter months, it’s likely you’ll have the beach completely to yourself – a truly unforgettable experience.
Snake Lagoon, Flinders Chase National Park
An excellent combination of a campsite within a national park, yet with excellent facilities and easily accessible walking trails around it. This is a great spot for those looking for wildlife; hang out at dawn or dusk for the best chance of seeing kangaroos. The beach at Snake Lagoon is a real tropical paradise so make sure you have your camera at the ready!
Kangaroo Island is full of world protected vegetation and wildlife so the utmost care goes into avoiding any potential fire risks. Campsites will be closed if fire hazards become serious and you should always take care when cooking using an open flame outdoors.
If you’re not the camping type but still enjoy the outdoors, I recommend checking out www.clubki.com.au for accommodation. With a range of secluded, family friendly and options for all budgets, you’re bound to find something so you don’t have to bother with a tent and camping stove!