What is the weather like on Kangaroo Island?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 03/08/2023

Reading time: 3 mins

Head to Kangaroo Island for a beautiful holiday to enjoy the scenic coastlines and Australian wildlife.


Credit: Tourism South Australia

The weather on Kangaroo Island can be rather comfortable all year round. It doesn’t get extremely hot, but it doesn’t get very cold either during the day. Most visitors love coming to Kangaroo Island during summer when the island is a bit warmer. Let’s discuss the details of the weather on Kangaroo Island throughout the seasons.

Summer

If you want a summer holiday where the beaches are at their best, Kangaroo Island in summer is the time to be here. Summer ranges between December and February. It doesn’t get very hot in summer as it only reaches about 24 degrees Celsius. At night it can get as cool as 14 degrees Celsius.

Autumn

Autumn has mixed weather going between warm and cooler days. The waves at the beach are a bit calmer around this time of year too. March to May is when you can enjoy these beautiful days during autumn. As winter starts approaching, the nights start to cool down reaching as low as 11 degrees Celsius. But the days are still keeping warm getting to about 22 degrees Celsius.

Winter

The rivers around Kangaroo Island become fuller and the island becomes lusher. As winter hits, it’s really when you notice more of a change in the weather. June to August are the winter months of the year. The days still get a bit warm reaching 16 degrees Celsius. The nights cool right down and drop to single digits getting to about 9 degrees Celsius.

Spring

September to November are the spring months! Kangaroo Island welcomes back the blooming flowers and birds are back chirping. Similar to autumn, the days are warm but the nights are a bit cooler. You should expect a high of 21 degrees Celsius during the day and night reaching a low of 10 degrees Celsius.

How can I get to Kangaroo Island?

You can either catch a ferry or a plane to Kangaroo Island. Getting a ferry is a cheaper option and you will need to catch it from Cape Jervis in South Australia.

What can I do on Kangaroo Island?

Kangaroo Island is perfect for nature and wildlife lovers. But it’s also a beautiful island that feels like paradise. If possible, try to stay at least two days on the island!

Watch some sea lions

Head to Seal Bay and walk either on the boardwalk or the beach to get close to all the sea lions! You can book a guided tour and learn more about these fun creatures.

False Cape Wines

You’re in the South Australian region, so it’s almost expected to try some wines! At False Cape Wines, you can try a range of delicious red, white, and rosè. Grab some lunch or enjoy a cheeseboard platter when tasting the wines.

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park

Wildlife lovers should visit this wildlife park and see over 600 animals! You can even interact with some of the Australian wildlife like dingoes, koalas, and kangaroos.

If you’re unsure what else to do, you can book a tour! When you go on a tour, you’ll go to all these amazing places plus so much more. Even better, you won’t need to worry about travelling everywhere.

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.