Kangaroo Island-Yes or No?

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 08:51
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Hi there, we are planning a trip from Sydney to W.A. at the end of Feb. for 3 months and
thought maybe taking the van over to Kangaroo Island for a week on the way. I would appreciate any comments on wether it is worth the expense or not. We are planning to free-camp over there but have heard mixed comments. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: Member - Ray (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 09:26

Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 09:26
One of my favourite places . . .

Admiralty Arch

Walking amongst the seals

and on

and on

and on

Yep, I reckon it's worth it

and the minister of finances want's to move there

But to each there own


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Reply By: Member - John G- Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 10:11

Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 10:11
G'day DasherOK

As a place to visit - highly recommend. Can't comment on free camping spots for caravans though.

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Reply By: Gary.L - Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 10:31

Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 10:31
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Reply By: S.A. Blaze - Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 12:39

Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 12:39

Great place to visit, wouldnt miss it if I was you.

As for free camping and taking your van, it depends on time you intend staying over there. We left ours home both times and stayed in onsite cabins both times, worked out cheaper for a 4 day stay...
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Reply By: Member - Rob S (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 16:40

Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 16:40
Fantastic place, went for a week, stayed in cabin accomodation at American river. good fishing nice and peacfull
Try and avoid holiday season.
The only draw back the ferry trip isn't cheap.

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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 17:11

Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 17:11
It depends upon your opinion of the value of your fares see this link. They seem to have dropped the vehicle fares from when I last looked.

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Follow Up By: Member - Peter E1 (VIC) - Monday, Jan 24, 2011 at 13:14

Monday, Jan 24, 2011 at 13:14
The fares are nothing short of extortion. Per nautical mile certainly the most expensive in the world. I think competition is not allowed on this route.
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Reply By: member - mazcan - Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 18:38

Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 18:38
hi dasher
i absolutely loved the place i took my vw golf and swag and saw every part from east to west /north- south what a great island and was so peacefull
your plans wont clash with school holidays so ok time to go plenty to see and also lots of nothing
but the good bits make up for it and the quietness
imho it's a yes do it
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Reply By: i'machocoholic - Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 20:28

Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 20:28
It's a great place - but to make it worth your while, spending a week there is better value for money compared to me who went there for a long weekend. I was told that the ferry ride is the most expensive in the world (per capita I think), but if you have an entertainment book, you can get discount (it's in the SA version).

Distances between attractions can be fairly lengthy, I don't recommend travelling at night if you can avoid it due to the number of kangaroos, but the sightseeing during the day is second to none.

Regarding free camping - not sure about that as the majority of land is owned by farmers.

You will have a GREAT time!
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Reply By: Member - Geoff M (VIC) - Monday, Jan 24, 2011 at 12:54

Monday, Jan 24, 2011 at 12:54
Another recommendation for KI - we were there in November for 6 days and had a great time.
Check out the popular activities such as Adminals Arch, Seals etc, but also make sure you check out the Stokes Bay Garden which was a highlight for us.

Couple of tips - if going to the Seals try and make the first (or Last) tour for the day to avoid the bus groups, and stay at the Western KI caravan park rather than the Flinders Chase NP when in the west (cheaper and nicer!).

Cheers, Geoff
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Reply By: Road to Discovery - Monday, Jan 24, 2011 at 13:09

Monday, Jan 24, 2011 at 13:09
That would be a YES with capital letters and lots of !!!!! afterwards.

We did it last month (4 days) - taking the caravan was pretty pricey - over $550 I recall just for our size van, let alone the car and 4 people. So we ended up leaving the van at Wirrina Cove Caravan Park for just $10 for the week (really nice people there).

If you have a Big 4 Membership, then you can get 25% off the Sealink Ferry when you book ONLINE. This saving alone is worth the $50 membership fee.

We ended up getting a (4 person) cabin for $420 but we checked out holiday houses too, which were also well priced in comparison to the caravan ferry costs. Cheaper again....just pack the tent.

There are a few free camping spots on the island, which we were told were much nicer than the 2(?) caravan parks. They are almost 2 hours drive from any shops tho - the only real grocery shopping is at Penneshaw and Kingscote.

Highlights....you MUST go to Cliffords Honey Farm and buy their honey icecream....yummy. We tried 3 types of homemade icecream on the island, and Cliffords won hands-down.

The seascapes are beautiful, tho I felt the internal landscapes were no prettier than elsewhere on Aust mainlaind. The attractions are however, also wonderful and often unique. We liked the.....caves, penguins, raptor show, honey farms, lavendar farms, sheep dairy, restaurants, seals, sand boarding & tobagganing, quad bike tours, beaches, fishing, pelican show, rock formations.

Get SA Tourism to post you the Kangaroo Island brochure. You'll be convinced for sure after reading it.

It would be an awesome place to live, except for the cost of the ferry (even locals do not get a discount - ouch!)

And while you are in the area, check out the bakery at Yankalilla. More yum.
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff M (VIC) - Monday, Jan 24, 2011 at 15:29

Monday, Jan 24, 2011 at 15:29
When we were there in Nov 2010, there were three CP's (Penneshaw, Kingscote, Western KI). We stayed at all three which were fine, Western KI the pick of them in our opinion.

We know a couple of locals and they do get a ferry discount as well as discounted vehicle registration (to make up for the gravel roads).

Lots to like about KI - would like to make it over there again some time soon.
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Reply By: Member - Alex B - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 07:25

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 07:25
G'day DasherOK
Great place to visit. We went a couple of years back and are looking forward to our next opportunity to get back.

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