My husband and I had finally retired. One of the travel destinations on our bucket list was a Kangaroo Island holiday. Still being young at heart and adventurous, we prefer a Campervan or Motorhome. We wanted to be part of nature and see the Kangaroo Island wildlife and coastline scenery. While googling how to get to Kangaroo Island, we came across Kangaroo Island Connect, which runs the fastest, most luxurious and cheapest ferry service to Kangaroo Island a car rental company and are also one of the ferries to Kangaroo Island.
Upon further inspection, we found that they hired campervans and motorhomes. This was just what we needed to experience the great outdoors. The only problem is that I picked the campervan and my husband wanted the motorhome. $150 per day for the campervan, compared to $300 per day for the motorhome. My husband said, money is no object and we deserve to spoil ourselves. So, with that, we started booking our adventure. It was very easy to do online with Kangaroo Island Connect. There was a minimum of a three- day hire, but we decided on taking our time, as we were told, the island is very big, so we hired it for a week.
Our friends were nice enough to drive us to Cape Jervis, to board the Kangaroo Island Connect Ferry. We were well looked after by the happy and entertaining crew. They went out of their way to help me when I was feeling seasick, I can’t praise them enough. It was lucky that we were travelling on the KIC ferry as it is the fastest sealink and the least seasick making of the ferries to KI
Once on Kangaroo Island, the crew directed us to the Kangaroo Island Connect car hire. The staff in the office were very helpful, showing us all the ins and outs of the motorhome rental, also giving us ideas of places to visit. The motorhome was luxurious and even had that clean, new car smell.
Our first stop was to IGA, the local supermarket, to get supplies. Then to the Penneshaw Hotel for some extra refreshments. Once loaded up, with map in my hand (I was the navigator), we were on our way.
We decided to get a Kangaroo Island Tour Pass, which we purchased online. That entitled us to visit numerous places, for half the price, as opposed to paying individually at each place. Included were Seal Bay, Kelly Hill Caves, Cape Borda Lighthouse, Cape Willoughby Light Station and Flinders Chase National Park.
As camping fees are not included in the Kangaroo Island Tour Pass, we decided to wing it and find our own piece of paradise to camp at each night. Hiring the motorhome, was just like being at home, with all of its mod cons, but living amongst nature and under the stars. Our favourite campsite was at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary where we did the nocturnal tour.
Besides visiting the major tourist locations, as mentioned before, we also went to Emu Bay Lavender Farm. I had no idea there were 10 different varieties and that you could cook with it. The Lavender Chocolate was delicious. I bought heaps for our family and friends, and of course for myself.
Also, on our travels around Kangaroo Island, we went to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery. Once again, we learned so much about the products and purchased many. Including some Emu Oil, which worked wonders on my husband’s arthritis.
Our last night was our wedding anniversary. So, we decided to eat out and really treat ourselves. We chose Sunset Food and Wine Restaurant – a modern bistro which overlooks the beautiful American Beach, and we weren’t disappointed. The location and the views were magnificent. Our meals were superb, and a work of art. Topped off with a stunning sunset over the cove.
We would highly recommend a visit to Kangaroo Island travelling on the KIC ferry and hiring either their campervan or motorhome. Our week- long trip was just brilliant. I wonder if you can have the same location on your bucket list twice. As we both want to revisit this beautiful Island.