City Insider: Kangaroo Island

Ever wish you knew the inside scoop before visiting a new destination? Now you can! We’ve reached out to our favorite locals and tour guides from all over the world for their insider tips. In the City Insider Q&A, they’ll let you in on the spots that should be on your must-see and do list!

Name: Rob Ellson

Website:  Exceptional Kangaroo Island

Occupation: Senior Guide

Born in: Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Lives in: Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Short bio:  A fourth generation Kangaroo Island resident, Rob Ellson grew up in the main town of Kingscote. He served as managing editor of the local newspaper, The Islander, for 11 years. Six years ago, Rob decided on a change of pace and started work as a tour guide. When he’s not showing people around his island home, he’s normally on the water, in the water or under the water . Rob enjoys fishing, windsurfing, sailing, water skiing and diving.

Ready to explore? Here’s Kangaroo Island, South Australia according to Rob Ellson:

Best way to the airport: Exceptional Kangaroo Island tour vehicle

Best way from the airport: Exceptional Kangaroo Island tour vehicle

Favorite 5 star hotel: Southern Ocean Lodge

Favorite budget hotel: KI Seaside Inn

Favorite fine dining restaurant: Restaurant Bella,Kingscote

Favorite casual restaurant: Penneshaw Hotel

Favorite cafe: Flinders Chase Cafe

Best museum: Kingscote National Trust Museum

Most popular local food: Anything seafood. There’s lots to choose from.

Best “locals only spot”: Pennington Bay

To live like a local, you must have this experience: Walk along a beach at sunset

Local fruit: Try the native berries

Local drink: Coopers Pale Ale for the boys, any one of the sauvignon blancs for the girls

Best souvenirs locals can buy: Kangaroo Island honey and eucalyptus oil

11 places visitors must see:

  1. Seal Bay Conservation Park
  2. Remarkable Rocks
  3. Admirals’ Arch
  4. Weirs Cove
  5. Hanson Bay
  6. Vivonne Bay
  7. Emu Bay
  8. Stokes Bay
  9. Kingscote
  10. Lathami Conseration Park
  11. Grassdale Conservation Park

Biggest tourist trap: Doing a one day visit to the Island – it’s 100 miles long, you need two days minimum.

Best websites: Start with our website (Exceptional Kangaroo Island) and we have links to other great sites.

Best travel tip for your city: Let us do the driving. You will spend less time looking for things to do and more time doing them.

Johnny Jet

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Johnny Jet

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