Owner of Stowaway Kangaroo Island luxury accommodation lodges Carly Bussenchutt, knows a thing (or three) about Kangaroo Island. Having a long family history and lifelong love affair with this South Australian jewel, Carly loves to share her top tips for an indulgent island getaway. From secluded beaches to wildlife-filled walks and long, locally produced lunches – Carly is your secret weapon when it comes to planning the ultimate Kangaroo Island holiday.
Life’s A Beach
While South Australia is rather spoiled with beautiful beaches, Carly knows which one deserves the gold medal.
“Hands down Stokes Bay. Just down the road from the Stowaway lodges, walk through a secret cave to one of the island’s most secluded beaches. Hit the surf or just laze in the natural rock pool. There is nowhere else like it and it is only enhanced by the brilliant little café which serves the best salt and pepper squid I have ever tasted.”
A Big Day Out
What’s an island for if not adventuring? Make your first foray a special occasion and head out on a food and wine tasting extravaganza.
“Without fail, if we are looking for a special day out we do a drive to the Dudley Peninsula (via the one of a kind KI Spirits for a handcrafted gin, of course), home of the spectacular Dudley Wines cellar door. Their friendly staff, great wine, and fabulous local food always make for a wonderful day out,” Carly says “…and don’t forget to call past American River on the way home to pick up a dozen fresh oysters for dinner!”
Walk With Nature
Kangaroo Island is renowned for its abundant wildlife, and the isolation of the island means they are a little less frightened of people than mainland critters. To get up close to some endangered species, all you have to do is take one of the islands many walking tracks.
“My favourite walk has to be down into the Lathami Conservation Park, mainly because it is home to the Glossy Black Cockatoo. I still get goosebumps when I see these endangered birds flying across the ravine. If you keep your eyes peeled you might even find yourself the
ultimate souvenir, a Glossy Black tail feather!”.
Pack yourself a bag full of locally made and sourced treats and set off for a picnic. While you are spoilt for picturesque locations, Carly has some insider trading.
“I love Western River Cove, a scenic drive along the coast from the Stowaway lodges. The beach is nearly always empty and there is a great picnic area overlooking the river.” Carly says. A little-known tip? Once your picnic lunch has settled, strip off for a dive in the waves. “The beach is also great for a dip, it’s a bit of a locals secret.”
Walked yourself sore the day before? After an adventure of discovery, sometimes the best recovery is one where you can indulge your palate. Luckily Kangaroo Island has some truly gorgeous epicurean delights waiting to be tasted. Do it justice and give yourself a long lunch experience, with Carly on hand to point you in the direction of a few of her favourites.
“The Enchanted Fig Tree at Snellings Beach is my number one foodie destination,” Carly says. “Amazing local produce presented in a nine-course degustation menu all while sitting in an actual fig tree – I am not kidding! It is a truly amazing experience and is super romantic as you will likely be tucked away in your own little branched off nook. Wonderful.”
Kangaroo Island operates on its own version of ‘island time’. The pace is slower, people don’t hurry and shops and businesses close early. However, fret not, if you fancy a night out on the town, you definitely have options, Carly assures.
“As luck would have it, Table 88, a fabulous wine and tapas bar is only just down the road from the Stowaway lodges. It is the perfect place for a relaxed evening out, taking in the gorgeous view over Stokes Bay and enjoying some unique KI food and drink. Apart from your hot tub, there is no better way to enjoy a KI sunset.”
Obviously, there is so much more on offer on the Island. We’re always on hand to help you with enquiries or to give you insider knowledge. Whether it comes to food and drink, the best walks, secret local beaches or even helping when it comes to opening hours – your stay at Stowaway Kangaroo Island has all bases covered. Get in touch with us today if you fancy a luxury South Australian escape.
Love Carly xx