Through The Lens: Kangaroo Island Landscapes (& Tips)

Exploring and photographing the diverse Kangaroo Island landscapes


(Fisherman’s Jetty, Kingscote)

Kangaroo Island is a location I had inexcusably neglected during the decade I lived in Adelaide.  But a recent and temporary return, with a newfound photography passion, has motivated me to explore the the nearby attractions of the place I once called home, through new eyes.  I recently returned from five days on an island that may be small – it is only 155km long – but is overflowing with unique and protected wildlife, rugged and diverse landscape and activities and highlights to attract all types of travellers.

As someone who feels energised by being in the great outdoors, loves replacing urban jungles with vast and open countryside and is a keen photographer,  I felt spoiled for choice for things to see and do on the island.  I recently posted that one of the highlights of a visit to Kangaroo Island is the opportunity to see wildlife thriving in it’s natural environment.  And it’s not just the wildlife itself that is a highlight, but the landscape it calls home.

The Kangaroo Island landscape is as diverse as the wildlife that populates it.  The unpredictable and changeable weather provides even more variety and can create multiple scenes of the one location.

My camera loved it!  Here are some of my favourite locations, conditions and time of day for capturing the beautiful Kangaroo Island landscape:


Sunrise at Kingscote

TOP TIP:  The sun conveniently rises over the jetty, providing a number of different foregrounds for those who set their alarms early enough.  But you only have a small window of opportunity with the rising vibrant colours.  So give yourself enough time to compose your shot by either setting your alarm early or visiting the location the day before.


Sunrise at Kingscote – taken near the Jetty


Sunrise at Kingscote – taken from Chapman Terrace near the tidal rock pool

The Natural Formations

TOP TIP:  Don’t be alarmed when a busload of tourists arrives at Admirals Arch, disrupting your sunset.  These bus tours need to return to Kingscote or Penneshaw and don’t like competing with the nocturnal wildlife on the roads – so they don’t stay long!


Sunset at Admirals Arch, Cape du Couedic (Flinders Chase NP)


Sunrise at Remarkable Rocks, Flinders Chase NP


Afternoon at Remarkable Rocks, Flinders Chase NP


TOP TIP:  Some of the highlights of KI are only accessible on unsealed roads.  If you are renting a car, check the fine print – not all cars are insured or suitable for these roads


Countryside approaching Stokes Bay (North Coast)


Duck Lagoon

Atmospheric Cape du Couedic

TOP TIP:  Don’t be deterred by an approaching storm.  The unpredictable and changeable weather can create unexpected photo opportunities


Dusk at Cape du Couedic, taken from the Admirals Arch walkway


Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, Flinders Chase NP

The Coastline

TOP TIP:  Visiting Kangaroo Island outside the peak summer season will often result in having idyllic coastlines completely to yourself


Stokes Bay, North Coast


Stokes Bay, North Coast


Vivonne Bay, South Coast


Hansons Bay

Sand Dunes

TOP TIP:  Hire a sand board for a bit of fun and adventure!



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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at


  1. Great shots!!
    Kanaraoo island is beautiful!
    Hansons bay is my fave! very clear water!

  2. I think the ‘best jobs in the world’ competition should actually be called ‘best competition in the world’! Best of luck – I’ll be following the final stage with interest!

    You will LOVE Kangaroo Island! Best advice I can give is to make the time to chat with the locals – they know the island better than anyone. Also, if you are driving, take your time after dark – wildlife floods the road and sadly, not all of them make it to the morning. It’s a great time of year to go because it’s out of the busy summer tourist season, so you will have many places to yourself.

    I look forward to hearing about your trip and let me know if you want any additional information. I am planning one more post on KI, something along the lines of ‘suggested itinerary for photographers’ that will also include some travel planning tips, so look out for that in the coming week or two.


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