Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide : 2016-2017 Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide
• Waterfront accommodation • ‘Reflections’ Restaurant and Bar • Onsite Nature Trail Walk • Function/Conference facilities • Swimming pool and sauna • Tennis court • Al fresco dining • Free Wi-Fi access in rooms • Tour booking desk and gift shop • Ferry and Airport Transfers available Recently Fully Refurbished, the Hotel features; For great rates, contact us directly: Ph: (08) 8553 7053 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.kilodge.com.au Scenic Drive, American River tourkangarooisland.com.au | american river 52 Foreshore, Tangara Drive, American River Wharf Ph/Fax: (08) 8553 7122 Email: email@example.com www.facebook.com/OysterFarmShop Showcasing the best of KI’s aquaculture and sustainable seafood • Retailing KI Premium Oysters farm gate • KI Abalone, KI Marron, King George whiting • Fresh, frozen and smoked produce • Licensed • Free Sheoak smoked oyster tastings • Open Monday–Friday 11am–3pm – seasonal extended hours • Farm shop produce menu (11am–2:30pm) THE OYSTER FARM SHOP EAT LOCAL the ever-graceful pelican (in fact, the area was named by Nicolas Baudin in 1803 as ‘Port des Pelikans’). The morning and evening pelican flypasts are not to be missed. Heritage and culture Prospect Hill is the highest point in the area and well worth the climb. First climbed by Captain Matthew Flinders, the summit was used by the famous explorer to survey the Island. There are 512 steps leading to a rewarding view across American River, Pelican Lagoon, the Southern Ocean and Pennington Bay. The American sealers who landed here in 1803 built a schooner, which they called Independence. A representation of this vessel can be found where American River Road leaves the main Hog Bay Road. It's likely the schooner was built on this site at the bottom of the hill on the way into American River, which has been named in recognition as Independence Point. To the south of Independence Point, you’ll find the remains of Muston Wharf. See evidence of the only railway that has operated on Kangaroo Island, once used to bring salt from Salt Lake near Flour Cask Bay for export to the mainland. Walking trails Exploring American River by foot is rewarding. The Beyeria Walk is a delightful short stroll through Kangaroo Island’s Narrow-leaved Mallee, with broombush undergrowth. The walk has 20 interpretive signs, highlighting ‘the many faces of Mallee scrub’. The walking and cycling Independence Trail follows the foreshore between the campground and Independence Point. The return walk takes a little over an hour and maps of the trail can be found in the boxes at Independence Point and near the entrance to the boat ramp (adjacent to the campground). Starting from the northern end of town, where Wattle Avenue joins Scenic Drive, the Fish Cannery Walk (also known as the Beach, Birds and Bush Trail) takes you on a fascinating coastal journey to the site of the Historic Fish Cannery. Beaches Although American River does not have ‘beaches’, the coastline is impressive and is the perfect place for an early morning stroll or a day of fun in the sun with the family. Just two kilometres off the main Hog Bay Road, you’ll find the spectacular Pennington Bay, a popular place for fishing and swimming. Like other South Coast beaches, Pennington Bay can be dangerous at times and even experienced surfers and swimmers are advised to take care. Lookouts One of Kangaroo Island’s best-kept secrets, Red Banks, is a stretch of interesting, coloured cliffs just five minutes north of American River. Please note: facilities at Red Banks are minimal so please take care, follow designated tracks and respect the environment. Fishing The sheltered waters around American River are home to fantastic fishing grounds. For a local expert angler to show you the best fishing locations, contact Cooinda Fishing Charters. Local product Be sure to call into Drift on Bliss - 'The van of all things blissful' – for natural soap and soy candles handmade on the Island! Made from natural ingredients and blended with essential or fragrant oils.