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.
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.
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.