Is Kingscote worth visiting?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 01/29/2024

Reading time: 3 mins

Kingscote is the largest town on Kangaroo Island.

Located on the northeastern shore of Kangaroo Island sits the town of Kingscote. It is the largest town on the island with lots of shops, restaurants and more. It takes less than two hours to drive from Kingscote to any part of the island, and we would say it’s completely worth it!

History of Kingscote

Kingscote was first settled in 1836 and was the first official European settlement in South Australia. The location became very well-known and was even considered to be named the capital of South Australia. However, the island was a bit too remote, so Adelaide took the title of South Australia’s capital city.

What to do in Kingscote

Kingscote is the largest city on Kangaroo Island, which means it is a great spot to stop for groceries or food. There are also plenty of stores, museums, and galleries to visit. When you are finished exploring the town centre, you can check out the beaches and tidal pools nearby. Or you can take a walk along the coastal trails to take in the gorgeous ocean scenery.

There are many places in Kingscote where you can learn more about the town’s history. If you take a stroll to Reeves Point, you will find the famous Mulberry Tree that was planted when the small town was established. If you make your way up Flagstaff Hill, you can see where the first ships arrived at Reeves Point. Hope Cottage Museum also has a large collection of historic items that explain the heritage of the island.

Other places to visit nearby

There are many charming places to visit that are located just a short drive from Kingscote.

· Bay of Shoals Wines
If you are a fan of fine wine and coastal views, you will love the Bay of Shoals Winery. Some wines found here include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Shiraz. In addition to wine tastings, you can also graze on a cheese platter and other delicious locally made goodies.

· Emu Bay Lavender Farm
The Emu Bay Lavender Farm is a must for all lavender lovers. You can find an array of lavender flavoured delicacies and roam the lush lavender fields. The lavender farm is a great spot to sit and enjoy a tasty lunch while taking in the scenery of the gorgeous flowers.

· Brownlow Beach
If you’re a fan of early morning beach strolls and watching the sunrise, consider a visit to Brownlow Beach. The beach is located just to the south of Kingscote and stretches 1.5 km long. This beach is a great spot to enjoy a tranquil morning, listening to the ocean waves and breathing in some fresh sea air.

A visit to Kangaroo Island is a must for anybody exploring South Australia! If you are on the eastern side of the island, be sure to check out Kingscote and the many scenic sites nearby!

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.