Destination guide

Reconnect with nature on Kangaroo Island

From its stunning beaches to its unique native wildlife, Kangaroo Island is all about slowing the pace and reconnecting with nature. It's wonderfully-underdeveloped, with koalas lazing in the gum trees and kangaroos wandering across the roads. There's a tantalizing food and wine scene to soak up and, as you leisurely cruise around the island, you'll find everything, from farm-to-table restaurants to boutique vineyards. The island couldn't be more easy-going and accessible, with Kangaroo Island vacation rentals to suit all budgets. Take your pick from luxury oceanfront homes, cozy cottages and everything in-between.

Things to do

Sip your way through the wineries on Kangaroo Island

Thanks to its fertile soil and sunny climate, Kangaroo Island is brimming with wineries. The island is dotted with boutique vineyards crafting some of South Australia's finest wine. Dudley Wines Cellar Door is a firm favorite, with a trendy tasting room, refined on-site restaurant and stunning views. See something you like? Why not uncork a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc on the deck of your Kangaroo Island vacation rentals property? Perched on the western tip of Kangaroo Island, Flinders Chase National Park is dotted with pristine beaches, dramatic rock formations and silvery sugar-gum forests.


Eco-friendly adventures on Kangaroo Island

Outdoor adventures are the order of the day on Kangaroo Island. You can kayak in Dolphin Cove, bushwalk in Flinders Chase National Park and surf alongside the locals at Vivonne Bay. Ocean safaris are a great way to discover the island's hidden coves and experience its bustling penguin and sea lion colonies at close quarters. For those who prefer a slower pace there are food and wine tours to enjoy, while the beautiful beaches always offer the perfect place to relax. Foodies will fall hard for the Kangaroo Island Farmers Market, where from local honey and organic eggs to hand-churned cheese and tasty chutneys can be found.


Slip into a summer daze on Kangaroo Island

Summer is high season on Kangaroo Island, with clear skies and endless sunshine. Temperatures hover around the 80s, which means you can soak up the sun on the beach or cool off in the ocean. For most sunseekers, staying steps from the sand is a no-brainer. Kangaroo Island vacation rentals keep things breezy, with oceanfront properties just minutes from the beach. While temperatures rarely climb into the 70s, winter can be a beautiful time to pay a visit. Take a bushwalk, enjoy a winery hop or simply enjoy a stroll along the beach.

Natural features

Meeting the penguins on Kangaroo Island

Trumped only by Tasmania and Melville, Kangaroo Island is Australia's 3rd-largest island. From tip-to-tip it stretches for almost 100 miles and is a haven for local wildlife, offering the chance to spot koalas, kangaroos and wallabies. Kangaroo Island is famous for its fairy penguins so head to the Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre and check out the colony on the Kingscote foreshore. The island is also home to the glossy black-cockatoo, an ultra-rare native South Australian species that is found exclusively on Kangaroo Island, and interesting and exotic wildlife abounds at every turn.

Where to stay around Kangaroo Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 239 vacation rentals near Kangaroo Island. From 187 Houses to 25 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kangaroo Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Kangaroo Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kangaroo Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Oceania: 59,691 vacation rentals
  • Fleurieu Peninsula: 1,335 vacation rentals
  • Yorke Peninsula: 467 vacation rentals
  • Penneshaw: 99 vacation rentals
  • Normanville: 312 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Kangaroo Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Kangaroo Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kangaroo Island:

  • Penneshaw: 99 rentals
  • Normanville: 312 rentals
  • Kingscote: 83 rentals
  • Stokes Bay: 16 rentals
  • Vivonne Bay: 20 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Kangaroo Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Kangaroo Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Vivonne Bay Beach: 20 rentals
  • Kangaroo Island Sealink: 362 rentals
  • Hope Cottage Museum: 198 rentals
  • Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary: 44 rentals
  • Snelling Beach: 20 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kangaroo Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.