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Kangaroo Island

There’s no doubt Kangaroo Island has faced a lot as a region, from the catastrophic 2020 bushfires to the effects of Covid-19. But the island has risen above to continue to offer premium wine, spirits and food experiences, all paired with its picturesque beaches and natural beauty. Just under a two-hour ferry ride from the mainland, or a short flight, Kangaroo Island is home to just seven cellar doors, making a full tour of the region quite achievable. Along with its wineries, you’ll also find stellar accomodation in picturesque eco huts, beachside villas and a luxury retreat; it really is a true island getaway in the heart of South Australia.
AMY NORTHCOTT

Image of The Islander Estate Vineyards by Smudge Publishing.

The Islander Estate Vineyards

Star Cellar Door & Best Large Cellar Door & Best Tasting Experience

(08) 8553 9008
iev.com.au

A unique proposition on Kangaroo Island, this world-class vineyard and winery is the antipodean outpost for respected French winemaker Jacques Lurton. While the devastating bushfires sadly destroyed much of the property, winery and vineyard, recovery is underway – but it will take some time. That their Cygnet River cellar door was not affected is a small saving grace and so it is especially poignant to visit, discover the wines and buy some of their precious remaining bottles. The professionalism is second to none and the winery is part of a developing Cygnet River Gourmet Trail initiative. The private tastings are great value and they even offer an out-call service that brings a private tasting to your accommodation. NICK STOCK

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2019 The Islander Estate Vineyards Bark Hut Road, A$35

Springs Road
Best Small Cellar Door

0499 918 448
springsroad.com.au

False Cape
Cellar Door with Best Food

(08) 8553 1140
falsecapewines.com.au

Kangaroo Island Spirits
Best Additional Experience

(08) 8553 9211
kispirits.com.au

LifeTime Private Retreats: Cliff House
BEST Accommodation

(08) 8559 2248
life-time.com.au/cliff-house

Oceanview Eco Villas
BEST Accommodation

0419 990 940
oceanviewkangarooisland.com.au

Dune House
BEST Accommodation

0467 714 712
hamiltondune.com.au