Wild Weather Activity Ideas


If the weather is wild you can still have a great time!  It’s worth noting that the weather on one side of the Island is likely to be quite different from the other, so check out weatherzone (Kingscote, Penneshaw & Cape Borda) and maybe plan your day’s activities around the most suitable weather.  But regardless, don’t let a little wind, rain or heat stop you having a great time - here’s a few suggestions for when you look outside and feel a little uninspired.

  • Kelly Hill Caves for a standard tour or adventure caving.

  • Breakfast, brunch or lunch at Cactus Café Kingscote

  • Art Studios:  Shep’s Studio, Fine Art Kangaroo Island, Kangaroo Island Gallery, Rustic Blue

  • Wineries – Dudley Winery (restaurant and kid-friendly), Bay of Shoals Winery or Islander Estate Winery.

  • Craft Brewery, KI Spirit’s Gin Distillery for tastings, nibbles and lunch

  • Honey Farms, Lavender Farm, Eucalyptus Distillery

  • Take a drive to Emu Bay and watch the waves crashing, visit the Lavender farm on the way; hot soup for lunch, or enjoy morning or afternoon tea.

  • Long lunch at Sunset Food and Wine or Dudley Wines or cooking school at KI Source

  • Scenic drive and beach walk followed by a BBQ lunch.  Just put on some warm clothes & take shelter in the BBQ areas available: Western River Cove (huge shelter, excellent for large groups), Snellings Beach (a smaller BBQ shelter, but it is quite sheltered), American River and Emu Bay are particularly good.  Pick up some marshmallows from the supermarket and have your own little campfire at one of the many campground fire-pits; so wonderful in the cool weather!

  • Small local museums where you can talk to a local and find out interesting Island stories from the past.

  • Lighthouses – it might be windy outside (but great for photos), but there’s a chance to escape the weather inside the buildings

  • Between September and May (check café opening times), take a drive along the North Coast Road out to Stokes Bay and have lunch (licensed) at the Rockpool Café.

  • Pick out a recipe from the Cottage’s Recipe books and then make a day out of collecting some gorgeous local produce – olives, figs, organic eggs, wine, fresh oysters, seafood, local honey, even the local supermarket has a really great range - and return for an unhurried afternoon of cooking with a good wine and laughs.