KAN­GA­ROO IS­LAND, SA

Kelsey Gar­lick wanted to be alone. Very alone. With naught but kan­ga­roos and wine for com­pany…

Cosmopolitan (Australia) - - Travel -

This South Aus­tralian is­land de­liv­ers soli­tude in the form of empty beaches, long, wind­ing roads and lim­ited re­cep­tion. For a worka­holic look­ing to recharge, it was ab­so­lute bliss. From white­sand beaches, azure waters and wave-surf­ing dol­phins to roam­ing echid­nas and dusty out­back tracks, the place is frickin’ mag­i­cal.

With a huge ar­ray of fresh lo­cal pro­duce, the foodie op­tions were end­less, and the sheer num­ber of winer­ies and brew­eries made my heart sing. Ah, take me back!

Stay:

Life­Time Pri­vate Retreats (Life-time.com.au). It’s all well and good to have sandy feet and salty skin as you ex­plore, but when I want to re­lax, I want a lit­tle lux­ury. Boy, did the Set­tlers Home­stead de­liver! Ly­ing on the couch, over­look­ing lush green lawns with kan­ga­roos and wal­la­bies come sun­set, you get an uninterrupted view of the beach a stone’s throw away.

Ex­pe­ri­ence:

KI Marine Ad­ven­tures (Ki­marinead­ven­tures.com.au). I’ve seen dol­phins be­fore… but the way they in­ter­act with this boat is so special – the lo­cal pod seeks it out to surf the waves in its wake. Ask your cap­tain, An­drew, to set up a good shot for you – he’ll give you a dol­phin on de­mand.

Play:

KI Out­door Ac­tion (Kiout­doorac­tion.com.au). I couldn’t pass up the quad bikes, and it was about as much fun as you’d ex­pect it to be (it’s quad bik­ing!). I may not have gone above 20km/h (safety first, and I’m a wuss) but I still felt the thrill of the ride through the Aussie bush­land.

Eat:

The En­chanted Fig Tree (Han­nafor­dand­sachs.com.au). Dine by can­dle­light un­der the boughs of an enor­mous Fig Tree. It looks like a fairy tale. It tastes like pork that’s slow-roasted for days. It feels a lit­tle bit like a wed­ding pro­posal…

Re­lax:

Ta­ble 88 (Table88ki.com). It has a deck you’ll have to be forcibly re­moved from – af­ter eat­ing ev­ery­thing on the ta­pas menu. Get there just be­fore sun­set to see plenty of roos and watch the sun set over Stokes Bay. I did, and I’m still so re­laxed I can’t move.

The Spicy Mo­jito from KI Spir­its will burn your ’buds so good! Snooze it off back at the Home­stead (left).

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