KANGAROO ISLAND, SA
Kelsey Garlick wanted to be alone. Very alone. With naught but kangaroos and wine for company…
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!
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.
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.
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.
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…
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).