If you haven't heard of Kangaroo Island, you're in for a treat! After only a short ferry ride from the coast of Australia you'll touch down in this glorious location that is teeming with native bushland, wildlife and wineries, with ample opportunities to enjoy amazing food and wine.
Travelling to Kangaroo Island from Adelaide
This journey is a wonderful one to do by car. At the airport you can get a car hire sorted and you'll be on your way. After a pleasant drive through the city and down the coast of south Australia, you'll arrive at the Kangaroo Island SeaLink ferry. Leave your car for a long or short term stay at the Cape Jervis carpark. The lock up is completely secure so you can rest assured your car will be safe while you're on the island.
The ferry is $49 for an adult one way, and $98 for a return trip. You'll find yourself aboard a spacious boat that slips seamlessly through the ocean and has a licenced cafe, entertainment options and activities for kids – which makes a family holiday that much better! The whole journey, including the drive from the city, takes about three hours and 50 minutes.
Food and wine tours
It's hardly surprising that this spot, with thriving farms and waters, is one of the best for all things food and wine. The natural produce is showcased at cellar doors and world-class restaurants, so here you'll find some of the most flavoursome, succulent and gourmet food in the country.
A food and wine trail is a great way to get a selection of tastes and experience what this location has to offer. A tour will take you to Dudley Peninsula, the central and south coast and Kingscote and Surrounds.
Places you can visit
Check out the interactive map of the trail to see the three primary routes. Some of the places you can visit while on your tour include Clifford's Honey Farm, which specialise in creating delicious pure honey products. At the farm, you can try some of the products such as rich honey ice cream, and take some home with you. There are also cosmetics, arts and crafts, and you'll also have the opportunity to see bees in a glass beehive and get a glimpse into what life is like for these buzzing beauties.
Kangaroo Island Fresh Seafoods is where you'll find fishermen's prime catch of the day. The seafood goodies come straight from the pristine waters, are filleted in front of you, and combined with some carefully selected flavours to create a delicious dish.
Do you love the fragrant, opulent lavender? The Kangaroo Island Lavender Farm grows more than 80 varieties of the plant, and then, once it's been harvested and distilled, it is turned into lavender scones, chocolate lavender fudge and more. After a wander through the farm, where you'll be immersed in the delightful smell, you can enjoy a relaxed afternoon tea and the cafe and pick up a few things from the shop.
If you're always on the hunt for a good farmers' market, the one at Kangaroo Island will blow you away. On the first Sunday of every month from 9am-1pm, the market takes place, and is a fine opportunity to try a range of produce and artisan foods created on Kangaroo Island at once. Everything is fresh, handmade and local, and often the growers, bakers and cooks themselves are serving the food, so you can get an insight into how these things come to be. At the market you can try and buy lamb, olive oil, biodynamic eggs, organic honey, local wine, old-fashioned biscuits and coffee.