Set on the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula, Cape Jervis is the gateway to Kangaroo Island, the home of Australia’s stunning wildlife and plenty of animal encounters. Only around 300 people live in the town, providing visitors with a chance to get up close and personal with local life in Australia, but there are also plenty of fun activities to get stuck into while you’re in the area.
The town itself was named after the western headland by Matthew Flinders who named it after John Jervis, the first Earl of St Vincent in the early 1800s.
Things to Do in Cape Jervis
Obviously the main attraction in the region is Kangaroo Island, which you have to travel through Cape Jervis to get to. From the town itself, you can hop on a ferry across the narrow stretch of water to dive deep into the wonderful wildlife that calls it home. You can keep an eye out for kangaroos, koalas, seals, and more which live on a mixture of pristine beaches and lush rainforest.
The waters around Cape Jervis are filled with mesmerising marine life. At certain times of the year, magnificent whales call the bay home, and you can hop on a boat out into the Victor Harbour to spot these incredible creatures.
Cape Jervis is a renowned spot for fishing and draws in keen anglers from all around the region. There are several charted boat companies that offer fishing tours where you can catch your own snapper, sharks, tommies, and squid amongst other fascinating species.
Visit the Markets
All around the Peninsula there are a number of market towns that boast weekend stalls piled high with local produce and arts and crafts.
Try the Local Wine
As the gateway to many of Australia’s wine regions, Cape Jervis’ restaurants are filled to the brim with delicious tipple which goes so well with the local cuisine. As well as sampling in-house, you can also go out to some of the wineries that surround the Peninsula to try some out from their source.
Explore the Natural Beauty
Cape Jervis is renowned for its beautiful scenery. You can explore the Deep Creek Conservation Park which is set less than half an hour from the town itself and which has a number of great hiking routes and stunning wildlife encounters for visitors to enjoy.