Have you found your dream home on Kangaroo Island?

Desperate to get ahead and move in tomorrow? Slow down and take your time – there can be many pitfalls involved in buying a home and rushing into it could be extremely costly in the long term.

Remember that this is one of the biggest financial investments you’re likely to make – you want to ensure that everything about the property has passed a vigorous inspection from qualified experts.

This is why you must look at getting some building inspections for your KI property.

So What Should You Look at In A Building Inspection?

  • 1. Water Stains

Always check around showers, sinks and baths, as well as the rooms that lie directly beneath these. You’ll need to check for any signs of moisture or leaks and note the size of these as well as whether they’re old or fresh. Don’t ignore them as they could indicate significant issues.

  • 2. Wall Cracks

In reality, every home is likely to have cracks – and these can often be harmless imperfections in the paintwork. However, any crack larger than 2.00mm should be investigated further as it could be a sign of structural damage within the building which could prove very expensive to repair.

Cracked Walls Repairs

Cracked Walls Repairs

  • 3. Look Up

Sagging ceilings are one of the biggest giveaways that there are structural problems in a home. Check that all ceilings are firmly in place by shining a torch up to them and querying any defects.

  • 4. Look Inside

Don’t be afraid to open cupboards, look behind doors and really snoop around a home. Hidden mildew, mould and damp are superficial indicators of deeper problems so always try to search them out to have a clear idea of the situation.

  • 5. Look Outside

It’s important to figure out whether everything is working as well on the outside as it is inside a property that you’re planning to buy. Drain pipes are a key concern as they’ll indicate how well rain water flows away from the house. Check all guttering and storm drains.

  • 6. Door Frames and Window Frames

It’s always a give away if door frames are bending or bowing slightly. These should always be flush against a wall so check whether they’re out of place in any way and question this. Always try opening and closing windows to check that they’re in working order.

  • 7. The Surrounding Area

The area that your property is in will often be as important as the property itself particularly in regard to your overall living standard. Look out for trees nearby that look unstable or may block light, check nearby pylons or street lighting, ask about the drainage in the road in general and observe the sort of homes that surround your potential new place.

We highly recommend using Tier 1 Building Inspections Adelaide who are more than happy to come over to Kangaroo Island to help with your building or property inspections.

Australia’s third largest island offers the ideal location for a self-driving, motorhome holiday. Whether you own an RV and have a whole family ready to go, or you’re thinking of hiring one and just travelling with a loved one, you’ll find a magical paradise just hours from the bustling city of Adelaide.

Even if you hire a car and still want to comforts of luxury or bed and breakfast accommodation, then Club Kangaroo Island Accommodation can help you out!

Getting to Kangaroo Island

Located just over 100 kilometres South West of the city of Adelaide in South Australia, you’ll need to drive for approximately two hours to reach Cape Jervis (the ferry terminal on the mainland). Kangaroo Island Sea Link run two large ferries (capable of transporting RV Motorhomes), with departures around 4-6 times per day. Booking in advance is recommended to ensure your spot and to start your holiday smoothly.

When to visit Kangaroo Island beach

Although you’ll have the comfort of a roof over your head in your RV, the weather can still make or break your holiday. Thankfully Kangaroo Island has a good all year round climate with days being fairly mild and the average temperature generally peaking at around 23 degrees Celsius if you stick to the coast. Closer into the middle of the island, temperatures can rise to 40 degrees Celsius so if your RV doesn’t have air conditioning, you’ll want to bear this in mind.

Campsites and Facilities

The campsites on Kangaroo Island are generally very well maintained with excellent facilities including play areas, shower blocks and barbeques for those balmy evenings. You’ll also easily find spots with good power supplies allowing you to enjoy all of your home comforts. The main town centres include Kingscote, American River and Penneshaw – all of which will allow you to find food supplies and stocks for your RV.

The Open Road on Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island offers the dream driving holiday. With an easily accessible, well sealed road running around the whole of the island, you’ll be able to take in incredible views, stunning sights and all from the comfort of your vehicle. You’ll have the freedom of an RV and being able to simply pull up at the side of the road to take pictures or dip your toe in the sea. Take extra care however when driving on smaller roads and watch out for sharp turns.

Watch out for wildlife Koala on Kangaroo Island

Enjoy spotting all the wildlife that this island has on offer from the window of your RV. As well as kangaroos, keep your eyes on the road for echidnas and in the trees for koala bears. You’ll also be able to see penguins gathered on rocks and an impressive selection of bird life across the island. Keep your camera ready at all times – especially if you take a trip to Murray Lagoon where you may even catch sight of the elusive platypus.

Making the most of your motorhome

Kangaroo Island is manageable in size for a self-driving holiday. With tonnes of things to see and do, you’ll find more than enough to explore, yet without travelling thousands of kilometres. Pack your bags, load up the RV and make sure you discover this truly unique destination.

For those nights where you want a solid roof over your head (don’t worry, we all get them), I recommend checking out Club KI. They have a wide range of bed and breakfasts, budget and luxury places to stay.

Island Paradise Kangaroo Island

One of Australia’s most incredible tourist destinations, Kangaroo Island lies off the coast of South Australia. With a rich food and wine culture, both luxury and budget accommodation, and one of the widest ranges of wildlife on the continent, there really is something for everyone in this magical place.

Here are my Top Tips for must do activities whilst staying on Kangaroo Island:



Of course, number one would be to hire a 4 wheel drive, get behind the wheel and drive away. The island has over 1600 kilometres of road and most of this is along scenic coastline or through expansive bushland. There’s so much to see you won’t know where to look and distances are manageable. Either drive East to West or North to South – both options take under 3 hours so they’ll be plenty of time to soak up the sights. Kangaroo Island Accomodation


Wines of the Island

Taste the wines of this region with a full day or weekend of wine tasting. The vineyards here are beautifully maintained and the area was formally declared a wine region in 2001. Kangaroo Island has over 15 homegrown wine labels and you won’t be disappointed.


Go Underwater

Kangaroo Island offers some of the most exquisite under water landscapes in the world with diving available all around the island. Enjoy the warmth of the crystal clear waters whilst spotting exotic, colourful tropical fish. For the more adventurous, why not book a trip with a diving school to discover some of the shipwrecks that lie just off the coastline.


Go Underground

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Kelly Hill Conservation Park and Caves

There’s a whole world beneath the surface at Kangaroo Island’s deepest caverns. With impressive geological formations, you can navigate your way through this maze of caves by torchlight on guided tours. The caves are spectacular, but not for the claustrophobic!


City Living

If you’re keen to discover the city side of Kangaroo Island, visit Kingscote. Just don’t expect a bustling metropolis. Full of laid back boutiques, galleries and cafes, you’ll find excellent food and the perfect souvenir to take back from your trip.


There’s so much to see and do on the island, you won’t be stuck for activities. Just make sure you find a few hours to rest, relax and revive yourself!


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