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6 culinary experiences to try on your next trip to Kangaroo Island

Main course: freshly shucked oysters and sparkling wine on a larger-than-life vineyard backdrop.

Just off the coast of the ‘Festival City’, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is on many travel wishlists – and with good reason. While Kangaroo Island is known to be a sanctuary for wildlife and natural beauty, the Island also doesn’t fall short of surprising gastronomic delights.

So, after you’ve explored everything Adelaide City has to offer, simply hop on a short ferry ride or flight and let your tastebuds (and this guide) take the lead on your next trip to Kangaroo Island.

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Kangaroo Island is home to some of the most fertile farming country in Australia, so it’s safe to say you’ll be indulging in nature’s finest produce. And, if you’re like us and food takes centre-stage in all trip-planning quotas, then you’re in luck. Below, we’ve curated our top six experiences – where satisfying our tastebuds is top of mind – that you need to add to your next Kangaroo Island itinerary.

6 food experiences to try in Kangaroo Island 2023

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Small group wine tour, from $365, Trip Advisor

If you’re a self-proclaimed sommelier, then there’s nothing that fills your glass more than sipping premium wines and a behind-the-scenes peek inside world-class wineries. Cool-climate wines from Kangaroo Island reflect the Island’s unique growing environment – and during this full-day tour, you’ll be able to visit five local wineries, learn about their history, and taste their wines (of course) all on a gorgeous backdrop of lush vineyards.

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Seafood Platter & Wine Tasting at Bay of Shoal Wines, $140, Red Balloon

A delicious seafood platter paired with premium Bay of Shoal wines while indulging in larger-than-life sea views? Sign us up. Satisfy your tastebuds with Spencer Gulf prawns, smoked chilli mussel pate, hot-smoked salmon, and more with this deliciously mouth-watering experience.

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Blend Your Own Gin masterclass, $130, Red Balloon

If gin is your spirit of choice, then blending your own unique bottle to take home is a must when visiting Kangaroo Island. In this two-hour-long masterclass in Australia’s first boutique distillery on the Island, you’ll explore a vast selection of botanical distillates to find one that suits your preference and taste.

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Remarkable Adelaide to Kangaroo Island (five-day tour), from $2525, Luxury Escapes

If you’d rather have your entire Kangaroo Island (and Adelaide) trip planned out for you, this five-day tour operated by AATKings is for you. Taking the stress out of trip planning, this tour will see you exploring the beautiful coastline of Kangaroo Island while also enjoying the wonders of the unique Kangaroo Island Brewery, delectable wines from Islander Estate Vineyard, delicious honey ice-cream from Island Beehive, as well as sweet lavender jam and scones from Emu Bay Lavender Farm, just to name a few. This tour is made for serious foodies.

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Oceanview Eco Villas (2-nights for 2 people), $5040, Red Balloon

Stay at one of the Island’s premium eco-luxury accommodations nestled atop the stunning coastline. This fully-hosted retreat is located on a rural 500-acre property, and your two-night stay includes a daily three-course gourmet dinner and breakfast served in the comfort of your own villa. If you’re looking for your chance to unwind and reconnect with nature – this is the experience for you.

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Shucking Experience, $129 per person, The Oyster Farm Shop

Located in American River, The Oyster Farm Shop is a must for seafood lovers – precisely, those who love indulging in salty gems. Learn how to shuck your own oysters in a secret bar within The Oyster Farm Shop while overlooking the picturesque bay of American River. If you love a hands-on experience when travelling, we’d highly recommend giving The Oyster Farm Shop a visit.

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