Kangaroo Island is located just off the southern tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. One of the most beautiful natural areas of the entire state, Kangaroo Island is renowned for incredible coastlines, gorgeous bushlands, stunning rock formations, and of course, plenty of Australia’s unique wildlife. If you’re looking to explore some of Australia’s most amazing environments, Kangaroo Island is a fantastic choice.
The island itself has long been a tourist drawcard, continually attracting steady streams of visitors from both mainland Australia and overseas. Unsurprisingly, there’s a huge amount of Kangaroo Island accommodation options, from luxury eco-resorts to glamping, to campsites and cosy bed & breakfasts. But one of the best ways to experience this gem of Australia is by staying within Airbnb Kangaroo Island accommodation. With so many options to choose from, let’s check out some of the highlights.
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Luxury Accommodation Kangaroo Island with Airbnb
Luxury accommodation has been a staple of Kangaroo Island for many years. With so many unspoiled areas and magnificent isolated spots, Kangaroo Island has a long tradition of luxury accommodation. Kangaroo Island has several top-end resorts and hotels, however there’s some incredible luxury accommodation choices on Kangaroo Island available from Airbnb. Below are some of the best luxury Airbnbs on Kangaroo Island.
Stunning Sheoaks Villa with Ocean Views
Located on the central northern coast of Kangaroo Island, the Sheoaks Villa looks directly out over the ocean at Snelling Beach. Nestled amongst the hillside, this 4 bedroom villa can accommodate 7 guests across 4 bedrooms, and with 3 separate bathrooms as well. Featuring stylish modern design and eco-friendly materials like rammed earth, Sheoaks Villa has been carefully designed with enormous windows to maximise natural light – and to show off the incredible views!
Elsewhere inside, you’ll find a full modern kitchen with coffee machine, air conditioning, a fireplace, an enclosed patio, laundry, wifi, TV, and best of all: a large circular day bed for relaxing and enjoying the environment.
Copperstone KI (Beach House)
Copperstone KI is a gorgeous modern beach house, located at Emu Bay in Kangaroo Island’s north-east corner. With magnificent architect-designed features, stunning ocean views, and a large private 5.5 acre block of land, Copperstone KI is comfortably one of the best luxury Kangaroo Island Airbnbs. It’s conveniently located just 500 metres from Emu Bay beach, and only 15 minutes drive from both the airport and the town of Kingscote.
Inside the house, there’s four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms – enough space for eight guests. With stylish modern design, chic furniture and luxurious fittings, Copperstone KI is one of the best luxury Kangaroo Island Airbnbs. It features a full kitchen (including coffee maker), reverse-cycle air conditioning, underfloor heating (during winter), indoor and outdoor fireplaces, free wifi, a TV, courtyard, barbecue area, and a backup power generator in case of any supply hiccups. The main bathroom also includes a soaking tub with floor-to-ceiling views over the surrounding landscape.
Ecopia Retreat - The Villa
Located towards the centre of Kangaroo Island, Ecopia Retreat is a beautifully secluded luxury getaway spot. Not far from the Seal Bay Conservation Area (one of the island’s highlights), Ecopia Retreat perfectly blends together luxury touches with eco concerns. It’s constructed of rammed earth and wood for minimal environmental impact, and comes complete with panoramic views of the surroundings.
Ecopia Retreat itself is fully self-contained, with a king-sized bed, kitchen, comfortable lounge area, wood fireplace, wifi, TV, a deep soaking bathtub (adjacent to large windows for the ultimate in relaxation!), along with an outdoor deck as well. And as an added bonus, the Retreat is fully off-grid, powered wholly by solar energy and using 100% rainwater.
Mistere Retreat Kangaroo Island
The magnificent Mistere Retreat is located at Nepean Bay on the eastern side of Kangaroo Island. It sits on a small hill, with spectacular views of the surrounding coastline. Featuring three bedrooms, two bathrooms and space for up to six guests, Mistere Retreat is an architectural gem. With stylish design elements and luxury touches throughout, it’s truly a fantastic option for large families or small groups wanting a luxury escape on Kangaroo Island.
Inside you’ll find a gym, air conditioning, a full kitchen, wifi, TV, laundry, and fireplace, while the outside features a heated swimming pool, and a large decked area with excellent views. The property is also home to several miniature animals, including donkeys, horses, chickens, and cows – great for entertaining the kids!
Glamping Kangaroo Island
“Glamping”, or glamorous camping, is an activity that’s exploded in popularity over recent years. Specifically aimed at those wanting a secluded camping escape without all the hassle and overhead that often comes with camping, glamping is an increasingly common way for people to stay on Kangaroo Island. There’s some great choices, so let’s check out some of the best glamping Kangaroo Island spots.
Wandering Souls - Stokes Bay
Located at beautiful Stokes Bay on the northern coast of Kangaroo Island, Wandering Souls Stokes Bay offers glamping in comfortable 5-metre bell tents. Unlike many “glamping” options, which use fixed tents, Wandering Souls specifically sets up your tent prior to arrival (you have the choice of five different styles), and dismantles it once you’ve left – all you need to do is relax! Featuring a large, comfortable air mattress bed, stylish interior design, and a generous power pack to charge your devices and operate the lights and kettle, Wandering Souls is a great way to get off the grid for a couple of days. You’re also just footsteps away from Stokes Bay’s “Secret Beach” – perfect for relaxing in comfort!
Although there’s no bathroom facilities included in the tent (thankfully!), there’s public bathrooms (including showers) available at Stokes Bay beach just a few minutes away.
Wandering Souls - Bay of Shoals
As a sister location to Wandering Souls Stokes Bay, this beautiful glamping Airbnb sits on the grounds of a winery in the Bay of Shoals area, on Kangaroo Island’s eastern coast. Here again, your glamping tent is completely assembled for your arrival and dismantled once you’ve left, leaving nothing but footprints. The comfortable 5-metre bell tents can be decorated in your choice of five different styles, each with their own interesting and beautiful touches.
With a large and comfortable air mattress, the tent also includes power packs to keep the kettle boiling, the lights on, and your devices fully charged. You’ll also have access to bathroom and kitchenette facilities at the nearby winery cellar door, while eco-friendly toiletries are included as well. Wandering Souls – Bay of Shoals is definitely a great spot for both experienced and curious glampers alike!
As the largest town on Kangaroo Island, Kingscote makes for an excellent holiday base. With nearby Nepean Bay, quick access to the airport and ferry, a relaxed vibe, and plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants, Kingscote is a great little spot in itself, and well worth exploring during your stay on Kangaroo Island. For those looking to stay in town, there’s some excellent Airbnb Kingscote accommodation on offer.
The Grain Store - Kangaroo Island Brewery Studio
Just on the edge of town, you’ll find The Grain Store, a chic and comfortable guesthouse located on the grounds of the Kangaroo Island Brewery. A former part of the brewery complex, the Grain Store has been fully renovated into a cosy and beautiful holiday apartment. The boutique style studio comes with a queen sized bed and a fully equipped kitchen, plus there’s also a generous living area and a fireplace to keep you snug and warm in winter.
The views across Nepean Bay and the nearby MacGillivray Hills are excellent, and of course it’s just a few steps to the Kangaroo Island Brewery’s cellar door – heaven for beer connoisseurs! The hosts also offer food packages, and private yoga sessions, while kayak and bike hires are also available.
The Dolls House
One of the great advantages of Airbnb is the number of unusual, quirky places on offer, and the historic Dolls House in central Kingscote is a great example. A well-known local landmark, and one of the oldest buildings in town, the Dolls House is a compact and cosy two storey wooden cottage. With a queen-sized bedroom upstairs and a kitchen, lounge and modern bathroom downstairs, the Dolls House has everything you need in a fraction of the space!
Packed full of interesting historic touches, along with modern creature comforts like a TV, fireplace, and coffee maker, the Dolls House is a perfect choice for those looking for something a bit different in their stay on Kangaroo Island.
Penneshaw, located on the island’s eastern coast, is the second-largest town on Kangaroo Island. Often referred to as the “Gateway to Kangaroo Island”, Penneshaw is the main ferry port for arrivals and departures. With a beautiful waterfront location and surrounded by wineries, Penneshaw is an intriguing place to stay, and of course, there’s some beautiful Airbnb Penneshaw options as well.
Located just on the edge of town, overlooking the water, is Kokumi, a beautiful and cosy cottage. With easy access to Penneshaw, it’s close enough to be extremely convenient, but far enough from town to be peaceful and quiet. The cottage is bright and modern throughout, facing the sea and with large windows and decked areas to maximise light and views.
Kokumi features three bedrooms and two bathrooms, accommodating up to six guests at a time – the perfect size for a large family or couples’ getaway. It comes complete with a fully equipped kitchen, bathtubs, laundry, TV, wifi, air conditioning, and even a vegetable garden! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on the deck, as dolphins are frequent visitors to the nearby waters, and sometimes whales can be spotted as well. Kokumi is definitely one of the best Kangaroo Island Accommodation Airbnb choices on the market today.
Airbnb Vivonne Bay
Located on the rugged southern coast of Kangaroo Island, Vivonne Bay is one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. Its stunning white sandy beach is considered one of Australia’s best beaches, while the remote location keeps crowds away. With convenient access to the island’s best landmarks like Seal Bay and Flinders Chase National Park, Vivonne Bay is a great place to stay.
Nestled away in bushland just a few minutes walk from Vivonne Bay beach, Serenity Cottage is definitely one of the best Airbnb Vivonne Bay properties. With a large open-plan kitchen, high ceilings and a comfortable living area, Serenity Cottage is filled with modern touches and stylish features. With a large and comfortable queen-sized bed, it’s the perfect spot for a quiet and romantic couples getaway.
Serenity Cottage also comes complete with air conditioning, a TV, wifi, electric blanket, a barbecue and relaxing outdoor areas. For those wanting a peaceful and comfortable remote holiday, it’s hard to beat Serenity Cottage.