Planning your holiday

At Baudin Beach

Visit Artworks KI where the island's foremost artists display and sell all types of artwork and crafts

Relax and swim at either Baudin, Brown's, American or Island Beach

Go snorkelling or diving to the reef just off Crabby Jacks'

Watch for dolphins, seals, pelicans, swans, and other teeming birdlife at the lookouts

Launch your boat at the all weather boat ramp

Go fishing from the beach or breakwater

Watch the birds play in the Deep Creek updraft

Borrow the telescope and sky map, stay up late and count the stars, or find Jupiter

Have a late night coffee on your private patio and wait for the wallabies and possums to come and raid the garden.

Inspect the Mary Beckworth sculpture, Deb Sleeman's tribute to the women and girls brought to the island by whalers, sealers and mariners.

Check to see if the penguins have returned to Deep Creek

Take a bush or coastal walk

Within 20 minutes of The Fig Tree


At Penneshaw (10 mins)

The gateway to the Island, where the Sealink ferries arrive and depart.

Enjoy the seaview from the new garden lounge at the recently refurbished Penneshaw Hotel

Play golf at the Penneshaw Golf Club and be challenged by the scrapes

Gain an insight to the cheeky fairy penguins at the interpretive centre

Visit Frenchman's Rock where the sailors from Nicholas Baudin's "La Geographe" left the island's first graffiti as they replenished their water from the spring.

Checkout the crafts and souvenirs available from Granny Stirling's as you enjoy a Devonshire tea.

Be really informed about our island at the Accredited Visitor Information Centre.

Check out the Oval to see the fierce competition as the locals battle the westlanders at cricket, football or netball.

Have a game of tennis on the local courts.

Take the town walk and discover the history of Penneshaw

Take a fishing or dolphin cruise from Christmas Cove

Inspect some of the oldest rocks in Australia, said to have been left by a glacier millions of years ago.


On the way (20 mins)

Enjoy the spectacular views, as you taste the wines of local vineyards at Sunset Winery

Drive into Lashmar Reserve to beautiful Antechamber Bay and enjoy a swim on what could almost be you own personal beach.

Visit Happiness Wines for a really delightful taste experience.

Drop a line into Chapman River and try to hook the elusive bream

Continue on to historic Cape Willoughby and learn how the Lighthouse keepers and their families lived.

Visit Stoner’s Gallery for beautiful glass wear.


Spectacular Pennington Bay (8 mins)

For surfing, swimming with dolphins (if you are lucky), beach or rock fishing or just to marvel at the view


The Prospect Hill Climb (8 mins - to the top depends on fitness level )

This is where Flinders discovered that he had found an island as he looked across to the Mainland

Watch for the tracks of the native fauna in the sand hills as you make your way to the top.

The view in all directions is worth the climb, unfortunately since April 1 2002 the view over Pelican Lagoon has been closed due to Government Funding cutbacks. You are requested not to look in that direction

For the adventurous, take the Investigator Walking Trail, and retrace Flinders’ footsteps from Pelican Lagoon.


Historic American River (15 mins)

Tourists have been visiting this area ever since it was first used as a base for American Whalers and Sealers early in the 19th Century

The local oysters are a gourmet's delight and big enough to carve.

American River is the entry to the protected birdlife sanctuary of Pelican Lagoon

Within 40 minutes of The Fig Tree


Kingscote (35 mins)

The commercial and business centre of Kangaroo Island

Was the first settlement of The South Australian Company in 1835. The cost of getting to the mainland was then, as it is today, prohibitive so they packed up and went to Adelaide, and that is why Kangaroo Island is the natural, unspoiled, exclusive, secret tourist destination that it is today. All that remains of the first  settlement are a few graves and a mulberry tree.


Kangaroo Island Race Course (30mins)

Home to the Kangaroo Cup race meeting in February, "The Gourmet Gallop" combining good food with good racing every Australia Day weekend and the biennial "Field Day"


Kingscote Airport (KGC) (20 mins)

REX Airlines services this all weather airport four times a day.

Budget and Hertz car rentals are available (Prior bookings are essential)

Within 60 minutes of The Fig Tree


Almost every where including


The seals at Seal Bay, The Northern Beaches, The wilderness of Flinders Chase, The western lighthouses, The remarkable rocks, The admirals arch, Vivonne Bay, The wildlife parks, The Native Garden, The koala walk, The Kelly Caves, The Fauna, The Eucalypt Farm, The Honey Farm, The Sheep Farm, The Rock Pool Café,' Stokes Bay, Emu Bay


Some suggested self-drive tours


Leasha and Shane can discuss your interests and map out a holiday itinerary that suits you and your timetable. Such as

The Scenery Tour

The Wildlife Tour

The Penguin Tour

The Seal Tour

The Gourmet Tour

The Wine Cellar Crawl

The History Tour


The Fig Tree on Kangaroo Island……You will want another day