Location: Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third-largest island, lies southwest of South Australia.
About: With its pristine wilderness and protected native wildlife like sea lions, koalas, and a diverse range of bird species, Kangaroo Island is known for its breathtaking and unique landscape. Beautiful to
photograph and easier to get to than you might think, Kangaroo Island is ideal for a destination wedding.
Best time to visit: The island makes for a stunning background any time of the year though we recommend March – May for the stunning autumn transitions with warm days and calm waters.
With a population of around 4,600, Kangaroo Island takes approximately 1.5 hours to drive from end to end. About a third of the island is national park with protected areas like conservation parks and reserves. A 30 minutes flight makes the island easily accessible, with Kangaroo Island’s main township of Kingscote a mere 14 kilometres from Kingscote KI Airport. The island is ideal to explore by car, with mostly sealed roads taking you to key spots including Parndana, Flinders Chase National Park, American River and Penneshaw. Unsealed roads welcome you as well, with tucked-away beaches, bush and natural wildlife habitats making special destinations.
Before and after the ceremony, there are plenty of activities for you and your guests to enjoy here. For fine food and wine lovers, you can’t beat the cellar door of the island’s first and largest winery at Cape Willoughby. You can visit cosy cafes during the day and head to an elegant restaurant at night, with plenty of establishments dotting the island. The more adventurous at heart can head to the coast to swim, surf and snorkel in the uncrowded beaches and bays. Those who aren’t as adept in the water can still have fun on land, with caving at Kelly Hill Conservation Park, and scenic drives to dolphin spot, see the Remarkable Rocks at Flinders Chase National Park or cross bushland trails in an all-terrain vehicle. If you’re a lover of animals you will surely be spoilt whilst visiting Kangaroo Island with the vast wildlife found almost everywhere you look! Seal Bay and Admirals Arch are the perfect places to see sea lions and fur seals, while you’re likely to spot adorable little penguins at Kingscote Wharf. Kangaroos and koalas are easy to spot in most places on the island as well.
A true natural sanctuary, the island is ideal for couples looking to capture Australia’s charming character, with one-of-a-kind backdrops ranging from rolling hills of farmland and rugged cliff-scapes to long sandy beaches. You’ll be more than accommodated by the large assortment of resorts and retreats, bed and breakfasts, lodges and hotels available for your guests to stay. These along with an abundance of restaurants, vineyards and cellar doors also make ideal venues for you to host your wedding or reception as well. Ceremony locations at Snelling’s Beach on the island’s North Shore and the Cliff House perched on the cliff overlooking the beach make for an unforgettable ceremony spot outside windy winter months.
Check out some of our top accommodation spots on Kangaroo Island…
Kangaroo Island Seafront Resort – Situated in Penneshaw on the northeast coast of the Dudley Peninsula, this resort provides four-star accommodation offers rooms and villas, all of which are surprisingly affordable. With an outdoor pool, sauna and mini golf course, Seafront is perfect for singles, couples and families during their stay on the island. They also have packages for an even more affordable stay.
Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn – A small family run property, the Seaside Inn sits on the foreshore of the Nepean Bay in Kangaroo Island’s largest township Kingscote. This makes it a convenient choice for guests with a ten minute walk to town, without the compromise of scenery – 20 of the rooms feature ocean views. With a locally sourced restaurant and huge affordability, the Seaside is a safe bet.
Southern Ocean Lodge – This five-star lodge is pure luxury, set upon a secluded cliff with spectacular views of the coast. With everything at your fingertips, including a gourmet restaurant, spa, personalised itineraries upon request and more, there’s hardly any reason to leave the lodge at all! You most certainly get what you pay for at the Southern Ocean Lodge.
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat – If you’re after a quiet and relaxing retreat where nature is literally at your doorstep, the island’s Wilderness Retreat is for you. Close to Flinders Chase National Park, the retreat consists of 20 courtyard suites and a lodge with 4 self-contained apartments and rooms. Whether you’re budgeting or seeking a comfy boutique feel, Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat is a great choice.
Sea Dragon Lodge – Located in Pink Bay, Sea Dragon Lodge is a boutique luxury retreat has features that will appeal to everyone. Beautiful views of the dramatic coastline, an abundance of wildlife, guided tours and eco-friendly options make it a local and international destination of choice. Accommodation ranges – you can enjoy your own pristine secluded beach staying in the Luxury Kangaroo Island Lodge, live it up in the two bedroom Ocean View Suite or enjoy a self-contained Eco-Villa.
Plan Your Wedding
Here are some locations and vendors we love in Kangaroo Island that will help make your dream day come to life.
Admirals Arch – By far one of Kangaroo Island’s most unique and stunning natural landmarks, this distinctive rock bridge on the southwest coast makes for an amazing background for pre or post wedding photographs.
The Shearing Shed - An enchanting Australian country dining experience can be yours in this 150-year-old shearing shed. Available for private lunches and dinners, be embraced by the rustic beauty of the corrugated iron shed and surrounding gum trees.
Cliff House – Perched on a cliff overlooking the stunning white sands of Snelling’s Beach, the Cliff House doubles as both luxury accommodation and the ultimate wedding location.
Hannaford & Sachs –Rachel Hannaford and Sasha Sachs are Kangaroo Island’s food specialists. With distribution between Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, this event production and catering service brings the best local island produce from the farm to your plate.
The Cape du Couedic Lighthouse – Over a hundred years old, Kangaroo Island’s notorious lighthouse was built from 2,000 pieces of local stone, making it a unique landmark to feature in your wedding shots. You can also stay in the Lighthouse Keeper's Cottages.
Hannaford & Sachs, Enchanted Fig Tree and Cliff House images: Hannahford & Sachs
Lighthouse and Admirals Arch images: Scott Goh Photography