How to Enjoy Cape Jervis

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 04/19/2017

Reading time: 2 mins

Set on the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula, Cape Jervis is the gateway to Kangaroo Island, the home of stunning wildlife and 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. There is an abundance of activities in the area to keep you entertained.

The town was named by Matthew Flinders after John Jervis, the first Earl of St Vincent in the early 1800s.

Things to Do in Cape Jervis

  • Kangaroo Island

    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 you’ll dive deep into the wonderful wildlife that calls it home. You can keep an eye out for kangaroos, koalas, seals, and more. See them on a mixture of pristine beaches and in lush forests.

  • Whale Watching

    The waters around Cape Jervis are filled with mesmerising marine life. At certain times of the year, magnificent whales call the bay home. You can hop on a boat out into the Victor Harbour to spot these incredible creatures.

  • Go Fishing

    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 here. Jump aboard to 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. Head in on a weekend to see stalls piled high with local produce and arts and crafts.

  • Try the Local Wine

    Cape Jervis is the gateway to one of Australia’s best wine regions. Here restaurants are overflowing with delicious tipple. Enjoy a local glass will you dig into some local cuisine. As well as sampling in-house, you can also go out to some of the wineries that surround the Peninsula. Treat yourself to a tasting at the source, and learn more about each wines story.

  • Explore the Natural Beauty

    Cape Jervis is renowned for its beautiful scenery. You can explore the Deep Creek Conservation Park less than half an hour from town. Check out one of the fantastic hiking trails or join an animal experience to meet the wildlife yourself.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.