Top 5 family-friendly things to do on Kangaroo Island

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 08/14/2023

Reading time: 3 mins

Kangaroo Island has gorgeous scenery and a range of iconic wildlife, making it the perfect weekend getaway for the whole family.

Kangaroo Island is off the coast of South Australia and has plenty of family-friendly attractions and activities. You can take the family across boardwalks for scenic views, get up and close with the Aussie wildlife, and have a fun adventure in the sand.

1. Seal Bay

Seal Bay is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies in Australia. Getting up close with these majestic – and let’s admit, super cute! – animals will be the highlight of your visit. While there is a fee to see them, the money goes towards protecting these sea lions. If you’re travelling with children, Seal Bay is absolutely worth a visit.

2. Flinders Chase National Park

Flinders Chase takes up a large portion of Kangaroo Island and has three distinct areas. In the southwest is the Cape du Couedic and Rocky River area, northwest is the Cape Borda Lighthouse, and in the northeast is the Gosse Lands.

There are many iconic landmarks you can see and lots of wildlife to spot in Flinders Chase, making it a great day out for adventurers of all ages.

3. Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park

Meet some of Australia’s most loveable and famous animals at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. There are over 500 animals with around 100 species to see. You can view animals from a distance or get up close and personal with some of your favourites.

You will love holding the koalas or having the chance to feed the kangaroos and wallabies! You can also hold some snakes, feed the cheeky marmoset monkeys, or feed the serval cats.

There are some age and height restrictions for animal encounters, but all kids can happily feed the kangaroos and wallabies.

Family feeding kangaroos

4. George Turner’s Castle

Close to Emu Bay is George Turner’s castle, a quirky building that’s difficult to miss. What was once a home has been turned into a castle filled with unicorns, swords and other curious objects, which is quite a spectacle for kids and adults alike. At Christmas, more than 50,000 lights are on display, making it the most magical location on Kangaroo Island. a real hit with kids of all ages!

5. Sandboarding or tobogganing

Sandboarding and tobogganing are popular activities to do on Kangaroo Island. The best place to go sandboarding or tobogganing is Little Sahara, where the dunes can reach 70 metres high. Not for the faint-hearted, this activity is sure to pique the interest of both fun-loving children and adventurous adults.

Kangaroo Island is very much a family-friendly island with national parks, beautiful beaches, and plenty of wildlife to see. You can easily spend two to three days on Kangaroo Island and enjoy a piece of this beautiful paradise.

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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.