Beautiful beaches are highlights of most island holidays, and Kangaroo Island beaches are no exception. Kangaroo Island’s 540kms of coastline contains no fewer than 50 unique beaches, each with their own distinct charm.
One of Kangaroo Island’s most famous beaches is Vivonne Bay, once ranked the best in all of Australia due to its unique curved shape, turquoise surfing waves, outstanding fishing, and pristine white sand.
Vivonne Bay also provides the rugged South Coast’s only safe harbour. Two more notable South Coast beaches are Bales Beach, located near Seal Bay, and the more isolated D’Estrees Bay, where pelicans often outnumber people.
The North Coast, on the other hand, offers the island’s safest swimming beaches. Emu Bay ranks among Kangaroo Island’s most popular beaches because of its easy access and clear waters.
Some of the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest cliffs surround Snellings Beach, best known for its surf-fishing and rock-fishing.
A giant rock-enclosed pool protects the secluded Stokes Bay from the surf. The sandy Western River Cove is the departure point for several fishing and diving charters.
The colourful cliffs of Red Banks, north of American River, rank among the island’s best-kept secrets.
Only the most experienced swimmers and surfers should brave Pennington Bay’s challenging waves, while Flour Cask Bay provides private camping.
The return hike between Kelly Hill Conservation Park and Hanson Bay, the West End’s most notable beach, takes about eight hours. Surf-fishing for gigantic Australian salmon is Hanson Bay’s main attraction.
North Coast beaches are generally safer than those on the South Coast, but all Kangaroo Island beach visitors should watch for undertows, rips, and occasional sharks.
Scuba divers should never dive alone, and locals are often the most reliable sources when it comes to current conditions.