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The Islander Estate Vineyards

Cath Williams
18 December 2023 | Cath Williams

Kangaroo Island Must-Do's for Summer 2023

Summer holidays are here on Kangaroo Island. Its such a stunning time of year to experience our island home & we're sharing our favourite new things to see, do, taste & sip.  

Whether it’s your first visit or Kangaroo Island is your second home, our Cellar Door Trail guides help you plan a day with something for the whole gang to enjoy - click here to explore & download our handy trail maps.


We hope we'll see you for a tasting of our new-release wines on the Cygnet River Cellar Door Trail.  Treat yourself to a premium food & wine experience.  Book here.

New in Town

Penneshaw Beach Bar Kangaroo Island

Penneshaw Beach Bar
A little piece of Greece islands in Penneshaw.  The Penneshaw Beach Bar pop-up team knows how to bring all the vibes.  It's the cafe, come ice-cream stand, and bar by the sea that the Dudley Peninsula needed.  Perfect for grabbing a bite before heading to the beach & an ice cream cone afterwards.  Open every day except Tues 7am-3pm.  Middle Terrace, Penneshaw 

<ooncake at Kangaroo Island Source Penneshaw

Mooncake at Kangaroo Island Source
Local icon chef Kate Sumner has opened her private kitchen on a hill just outside Penneshaw with stunning views for her new summer venture, Mooncake.  Serving up modern Asian cuisine & cocktails, weekends over summer.  Whether you want to call in for an afternoon drink & a serving of spring rolls or stay for an Asian feast, it is the new must-do dining experience on the island's east end.  Bookings:

Kangaroo Island Wool at Cygnet River

Kangaroo Island Wool at Cygnet River
After several years of hard work on their custom build facility, our newest neighbours on the Cygnet River Artisan Trail are open & running at full steam. They have been championing local wool for many years. Their new venture will bring visitors to KI in touch with our agricultural heritage with wool garments handcrafted on-island from the sheep to the lucky wearer. Book their fantastic immersive tour to really get under the skin (or wool) of our island's agricultural story:

Look Who’s Back for the Summer Season

The Enchanted Fig Tree, Gastronomo Kangaroo Island

The Enchanted Fig Tree
Gastronomo at The Enchanted Fig Tree experience at stunning Snellings Beach on Kangaroo Island’s North Coast. It is one of South Australia’s most memorable dining experiences from the moment you arrive. You will be invited to venture through the leafy entrance of a majestic old fig tree before it opens into a collection of natural ‘living’ rooms. Each space is decked out with stunning table settings ready for you to experience a magical feast of the senses. Open this season for lunch & starlit dinners, the season runs from 8 November 2023 until 4 April 2024. Bookings:

Sunset Food and Wine Kangaroo Island

Sunset Food & Wine 
Kangaroo Island foodies are doing a happy dance that Jack Ingram & Vanessa Chu are reopening the east end’s icon restaurant for the summer season. A modern bistro focusing on local produce, Sunset Food & Wine combines stunning views overlooking American Beach, a killer wine list & elegant dishes that are a work of art. The season runs from 15 December until early April.  Bookings:

Kangaroo Island Wilderness trail

Walk this Way
In a milestone in the recovery of Flinders Chase National Park from the devastating 2019/2020 bushfires, The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail and Kelly Hill Conservation Park have reopened their doors to visitors, offering a chance to rediscover the island’s stunning natural attractions.  Go for a visit this summer to experience the beauty of the island and learn about its ecology and geology.

Southern Ocean Lodge Kangaroo Island

Southern Ocean Lodge
We've been on a journey of recovery with our friends John & Allison, Managers of Southern Ocean Lodge 2.0 since the 2019/2020 bushfires.  It's been a privilege to assist them with planting & regeneration days. They, in turn, have helped us with our vineyard rebuild.  So, we were so excited to see their enormous task of rebuilding South Ocean Lodge completed with its reopening in early December 2023.  And we're proud to have our wines stocked in the guest suite mini-bars and served as the arrival bubbles. If you have the opportunity to treat yourself to a once-in-a-lifetime experience, this is it.




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