Top Things to do in Kingscote, Kangaroo Island

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 06/17/2024

Reading time: 3 mins

Uncover some of the best things to do while visiting Kingscote!

A trip to Kangaroo Island is 100% worth it because there is so much to see and experience. Chances are you’ll find yourself in Kingscote, a gorgeous coastal town on the eastern side of the island.

Read on to discover five of the top things to do when visiting Kingscote on Kangaroo Island.

  1. Grab a cold beer at the Kangaroo Island Brewery

Not only is the beer delicious, but Kangaroo Island Brewery also has a great vibe. Most of the materials inside the brewery have been recycled and have a story of their own. While taking in your surroundings, why not order a tasting paddle. You can sample four different tap beers, each offering a unique and vibrant flavour.

If you’re looking for a bite to eat, this is also your place to go. Open every day, the brewery has a simple menu of pizza, burgers and house seasoned chips.

  1. Take in the scenery at Kingscote Jetty

Kingscote Jetty is a serene place to go for a morning or evening stroll. There’s nothing quite like being surrounded by water as the sun sets or rises around you. If you’re into fishing, you can try your luck at catching a fish.

It’s easy to pass time taking in the scenery from the jetty. If you find yourself here, be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife. Sometimes sea lions and dolphins can be seen in the waters below.

  1. Go wine tasting at the Bay of Shoals Winery

Bay of Shoals 

The Bay of Shoals Winery is a gorgeous location to sample wines or have lunch. The vineyard and cellar door are located on Reeves Point and overlook the Bay of Shoals. All grapes are grown, harvested and turned into wine at the winery itself.

The winery isn’t just for wine tastings. You can also pair your experience with delicious food options. These options include fresh oysters, a snack platter or a picnic overlooking the Bay of Shoals.

  1. Visit the Hope Cottage Museum

Hope Cottage was built in the 1850s and is one of three cottages that were built. Today, the cottage is a museum and offers insight into the history of Kangaroo Island. The cottage is one of many buildings on site, each displaying different bits of history.

You can learn more about farming on Kangaroo Island through the display of farm machinery. You can also learn more about how people communicated and travelled to and from Kangaroo Island in the 20th century. There is also a shearing shed, blacksmith’s shop and much more. Take a step back in time at Hope Cottage Museum!

  1. Find some local goodies at the Kingscote Farmers and Artisan Market

If you’re in Kingscote on the third Sunday of the month, don’t miss the Kingscote Farmers and Artisan Market. The market is open from 10am to 1pm at Kingscote Wharf Lawn. You’ll find different booths offering locally crafted food, drinks and other goodies. Even if you’re not looking to buy anything, it’s a lively place to hang out!

Whether you are visiting Kangaroo Island with a tour or on your own, be sure to check out Kingscote and our top recommendations!

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.