American River - SA



DEG: -35.77293 137.778931
DMS: 35º 46' 22.55" S 137º 46' 44.15" E
UTM: 53 H 6037674mN 751206mE
Altitude: 21.24m


Place Type

Population - Town


119.69kms SouthWest of Adelaide - Driving 166 km (3 hours 9 mins)
679.83kms West of Melbourne - Driving 863 km (10 hours 25 mins)

Address & Contact

Failie Ct
American River SA 5221
Phone: (08) 8553 4500


The area now known as American River was first visited by Europeans in 1802 when Matthew Flinders landed to survey this part of Kangaroo Island. In 1803, a group of American sealers camped for four months in the area. They arrived on the brig Union and built their own 35 ton schooner "Independence" from local timber. The town takes its name from this time.

The main village – American River – sits on a hillside surrounded by bush land and boasting spectacular views of the cove and mainland Australia. The channel houses Kangaroo Island's most protected harbour where numerous yachts, sailboats and fishing boats dock. The outer bay offers some superb sailing and fishing, while the 2.5 mile long Island Beach is a great place for swimming and sunbaking.

Its natural surroundings and lack of crowds make it a haven for wildlife and birdwatching. At night the town comes alive with nocturnal animals such as wallabies and possums. The town and surrounds are dotted with self guided walking trails that are the perfect setting for observing the prolific birdlife and native flora including Tammar Wallabies and Brush-tailed Possums.

Organised nocturnal tours are available, incorporating Little Penguins at Penneshaw.

American River also has a strong oyster industry.
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Closest Weather Station

Kingscote at 15/04:00am CST
Distance from American River 24.07km W
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Kingscote Aero
Distance from American River 24.07km W
Mean Max. °C26.526.624.321.518.516.115.416.117.819.923.024.8
Mean Min. °C13.113.511.
Mean Rain mm13.816.427.426.946.967.163.256.645.330.822.517.7

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