The Best Kangaroo Island Caravan Parks & Campgrounds

With over 500km of coastline to explore, a stay at one of the many Kangaroo Island caravan parks really is the ultimate getaway. The third largest island off the mainland, there is plenty to see and do from walks and hikes to experiencing the delights of some of the finest food and wine in the country. 

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Kangaroo Island Caravan Parks

Kangaroo Island Seafront Holiday Park Penneshaw

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With views over Hog Bay Beach and just 300m from the ferry terminal, Kangaroo Island Seafront Holiday Park is a great location whether you want to bring your caravan along or stay in an eco-luxury glamping tent. Recently added are the Seafront Bell Tents, a 5m bell tent with its own deck and great views. Surrounded by nature, it’s a short walk to the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail, and a great place to start exploring KI. This is just one of the family friendly caravan parks Kangaroo Island has to offer.

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Western KI Caravan Park

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Lagoon Walk behind Western KI Caravan Park - photo courtesy of Rhiannon Slade - member of the South Australia Road Trips FB Group

If you’re after a caravan park that’s a little more traditional, this Kangaroo Island caravan park is perfect. Western KI Caravan Park has cabins, caravan and camp sites, and it is a great location if you want to be close to Flinders Chase National Park or partake in a little hiking on the Wilderness Trail. In fact, Western KI can organise transfers to and from the trail for day walking options, as well as organise your trail booking. You’ll also find the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary close by, and it’s only a half hour drive to Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.

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Kingscote Tourist Park and Family Units

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Just minutes out of the town of Kingscote, the Kingscote Tourist Park and Family Units are located on the family friendly Brownlow Beach. It’s a great place for camping on Kangaroo Island, and an easy spot to start exploring, particularly if you are wanting to visit the local wineries or the popular Kangaroo Island Spirits.

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Discovery Lagoon Eco Cottages Emu Bay

Kangaroo Island is well known for its abundance of wildlife, and at the Discovery Lagoon Eco Cottages at Emu Bay, you’ll get the chance to camp amongst it all. Set on four acres, you can take a morning, or a late afternoon walk and discover the kangaroos on the open grass or the nesting galahs in the red river gums. If you visit in, you may even get a chance to watch the migrating birds blanket the lagoon. Emu Bay beach is just 3km away, while the Emu Bay Lavender Farm and Georges Castle are also close by.

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Kangaroo Island Campsites

American River Campground

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Located on Port of Pelicans in the little village of American River, the American River Campground is popular with those looking to relax with aquatic activities. Working on a “first come first served” basis, there are a small number of powered sites, but it is a campground best suited to those staying in a tent or a camper ute. You need to be almost fully self-sufficient at this campsite, but make sure you pop into The Oyster Farm Shop for a great feed.

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Antechamber Bay Campgrounds (North and South)

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Chapman River - photo courtesy of Rhiannon Slade - member of the South Australia Road Trips FB Group

The Antechamber Bay Campgrounds are in the Lashmar Conservation Park but split by the Chapman River. Both grounds are suitable for caravans, camper trailers and tents, however the northern ground has a small toilet block where the southern ground doesn’t. It’s a great spot for a paddle in the Chapman River, to explore the Lashmar Conservation Park or as a quiet place to stop between the Cape Willoughby Lighthouse and Penneshaw.

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Brown Beach Campground

A great place to get your Kangaroo Island trip started. Brown Beach Campground is just 15km from the Sealink Ferry and is located almost right on the beach. Just off Hog Bay Road, this is one of the easiest Kangaroo Island campsites to get to with a beach that’s protected from the southerlies, basic facilities, and plenty of birdlife.

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D’Estrees Bay Campgrounds

This is wild camping on Kangaroo Island at it’s best. The D’Estrees Bay Campgrounds consist of five sites at four different locations in the Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park and are suitable for small camper trailers and tents. You must book and pay for a site in advance and be prepared to be fully self-sufficient. There are no amenities and facilities at these sites, but it’s the perfect spot for experienced hikers doing the unmarked Cape Gantheaume Coastal Trek or the established Trails at Murray Lagoon.

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Duck Lagoon Campground

If you’ve been craving to get back to nature, Duck Lagoon is the place to stay awhile. Duck Lagoon runs off the Cygnet River and has bird watching sites from a hide and observation platform and walks along the banks of the lagoon. This is the place to pull out your book and pop up your feet for a while.

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Emu Bay Campground

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Emu Bay camping is done easy at the campgrounds on Hamilton Drive. With level ground, it’s a good option for caravans and campers, but for those in a tent, you may need a camping floor under the tent. Toilets, BBQ area and playground are all located about 500m away. Close to Emu Bay Beach, the campgrounds are quiet, and easy to access.

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Stokes Bay Campground

A great spot for the kids, Stokes Bay Campground is an easy walk to the beach, where you can walk through a rock tunnel to access the rockpool – perfect for the kids to splash around in. The campgrounds are located next to the Rock Pool café, open from October to May, with BBQ facilities in the day carpark area. Stokes Bay Campground is a great little spot to stop on the north coast of the island.

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Vivonne Bay Campground

Located on one of the best beaches in the country in Vivonne Beach, the Vivonne Bay campground lays between Cape Gantheaume and Cape Bouguer. It’s a great place to based yourself to check out the Seal Bay Conservation Park, as well as Raptor Domain, with a general store on the main road for basic supplies.

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Western River Cove Campground

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Photo of looking towards Western River Cove courtesy of Vicki Vernon - member of the South Australia Road Trips FB Group

If Kangaroo Island camping is on your must do, the Western River Cove Campground should be on your list. Located on the north of the island, you’ve got a serene river outlook, that runs onto the secluded beach of Western River Bay. You can walk across to the beach via a bridge over the river. Not suitable for caravan access, you’ll find toilets, BBQ and picnic facilities.

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