BEST THINGS TO DO IN KANGAROO ISLAND
A local guide of the best places to eat, drink, stay, relax and
explore in McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula. This month we feature a special on Kangaroo Island.
Autumn Guide 2018
TO DRINK // Kangaroo Island Sprits
Jon and Sarah Lark’s Kangaroo Island Spirits in Cygnet River is a ‘must do’. Their spirit range is broad, in particular their Gin options which appears to be the South Australian ‘go to’ spirit at the moment.
The Gin really reflects the essence of Kangaroo Island with inclusion of various foliage from the islands bush – coastal salt bush, lemon & aniseed myrtle and native juniper to name a few.
‘Old Tom’ is a particular favourite style that appeals. It reflects Jon’s cheeky disposition but fierce passion for his business. Also, not unlike the residents of Kangaroo Island who have a healthy sensistivity to the ecology and environment that they live amongst but with a bit of wildman/woman thrown in.
With a collection of many awards and a history now of over 10 years…..this artistry is at its peak!
Support this wonderful business by purchasing a couple of bottles for your KI journey or as a wonderful momento for your liquor cabinet when you return home.
TO PERK UP // The Fat Beagle
This cafe was a welcome respite from a sudden Summer wind that had blown up with a few drops of rain. I needed my morning brew whilst waiting for a still sleeping teenager (van life!). The menu is limited, but the value equation is good. With a family run feel, homemade cakes and lovely coffee. A great introduction to the Island in which the staff were happy to promote.
The annexe to the café is dog friendly…for those that bring their pets along…no fat beagle in sight on this particular day.
TO EAT // Vivonne Bay General Store
Vivonne Bay General Store feels like the last place to collect any convenience goods before embarking into the wilds of the Western side of KI. It becomes to many people, a one stop shop for petrol, coffee and convenience goods. Some lovely local lads working there kept the place jovial and friendly whilst giving out fishing tips and the highlights of Vivonne Bay.
As it turns out the take away menu is scrumptious and after learning of their infamous whiting burger, I returned for a New Years Eve whiting treat washed down with a cold beer. The blue wrens were happy to serenade from the picnic benches (hoping for a little crumb or two). Plenty of Island good feels with a little bit of bush luxury.
TO EXPERIENCE // Raptor Domain – In Flight Birds of Prey
Don’t miss the opportunity to see the ‘In Flight Birds of Prey’ show which is the only display of its kind in South Australia. Meet an array of birds including Wedge Tail Eagles, Magpies, Laughing Kookaburras and my favourite ‘Casper’ the friendly Barn Owl.
All birds have been injured or orphaned. Those that are not suitable for release are trained and lovingly become part of the show..
The hour long show is entertaining, educational and shows the genuine love all of the presenters have for these birds.
Well worth the trip…and you can always add on an extra show like the ‘Venom Pit.’
A definite highlight on Kangaroo Island.
HOT TIP SPECIAL // Sealink Ferries
Super special walk on fares exist on market day or on arrival of the Cruise ships. Go to link for full schedule to book a bargain ferry ride now!
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