Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide : Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide
tourkangarooisland.com.au 62 Island Pure Sheep Dairy is a unique culinary experience. Pick up some of the Island’s best produce, fry some Haloumi on the BBQ beside the Cygnet River or enjoy an espresso. There’s an interactive factory on-site and dairy tours include sheep milking (3–5pm), tastings and Island Pure’s history. Children (and adults) love the ‘Lamb Hotel’ and it’s all located just 10 minutes from Kingscote, near the airport. Open daily noon–4pm, excluding Christmas Day. Established in 1998, the Island’s first lavender farm, Kangaroo Island Lavender Farm, overlooks beautiful Birchmore Lagoon, and is home to an array of birdlife. Over 80 varieties of lavender are harvested and distilled annually on the property and used in the extensive range of lavender products available at the farm shop. Wander among the fragrant lavender plants, learn about the distilling process and discover the fascinating history of the old golf course. Sandwiches, teas and coffee are available and make sure you taste some of the ever-popular award-winning lavender fudge and lavender scones. Open Wednesday–Sunday 9am–4pm October–April; or when the flags are out; closed 21–27 December 2012. Kangaroo Island’s wine industry is fast growing a name for itself – sample local wines at the Bay of Shoals Wines and Rookery Wines at the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery. Or if your prefer your liquers, a visit to South Australia’s only boutique distillery, Kangaroo Island Spirits, is a must. Featuring an intimate cellar door, vineyards to the water’s edge and outstanding panoramic views, Bay of Shoals Winery is the ideal setting for a memorable wine tasting experience. The winery incorporates pelican and maritime themes throughout and provides tastings of its award-winning wines in its popular pelican glasses. It was the winner of the 2010 Gramp Cup for the ‘Best Wine on Kangaroo Island’ and is located just a short drive from historic Reeves Point. Open daily 11am–5pm. Rookery Wines produce small quantities of their range with a focus on ensuring the highest quality in every bottle. This small, family-owned winery consistently receives top reviews for its wines and have won awards at wine shows Australia-wide. Rookery Wines have its cellar door outlet at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, where visitors can taste and purchase a diverse range of wines. Open daily 9am–2pm. Kangaroo Island Spirits (KIS) is South Australia’s first and only boutique distillery. KIS partners Jon and Sarah Lark produce a range of high-quality liqueurs and spirits, with an emphasis on using local and native ingredients. The award-winning range – recognised in London and New York – now includes six liqueurs, three vodkas and a premium gin. All the products are handmade in small batches using hand-crafted copper pot stills. Products are available from KIS, local restaurants and outlets, or via the internet. Visit the rustic cellar door for tastings, espresso coffee, T-bar teas and the popular afogatto, using their own liqueur and handmade honey ice cream. Open Wednesday–Sunday 11am–5pm, open daily during public and school holidays, closed Christmas Day. Art-lovers have a choice of galleries to visit in and around Kingscote if they want to embrace the thriving local art culture. At Fine Art Kangaroo Island, Fleur and Fred Peters present an outstanding and welcoming art space. The finest local artwork, deeply inspired by the Island, is superbly displayed in a renovated 1885 heritage building – the back drop for Deb Sleeman’s newly-installed contemporary art sculpture. This award- winning gallery represents professional and emerging new talent in a diverse range of media and styles, catering to everyone’s price points, with professional packing and freighting available. Open daily 10am–5pm, extended by appointment; closed Tuesday. Neil Sheppard painting at Shep’s Studio Ask a local. What I love about Kingscote and districts... “It’s not just Kingscote I love – it’s the whole Island. I am a proud Islander. I love the biodiversity of the birds, animals and plants, the heritage of the Island and the fact it’s a sanctuary for Ligurian bees. The climate is moderate, the people are friendly, there is great fishing off the jetties and it’s so lovely to see the sun rise and set over the ocean.” Peter Davis, Kingscote resident.