Hostel in Kangaroo Island, Australia

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Get to know Kangaroo Island (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Kangaroo Island. To help you make friends with Kangaroo Island before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Kangaroo Island is purely breathtaking with all of its amazing beaches, wildlife, and geological formations. If you are taking a trip here, make sure that you get a hostel for at least three days to get around the entire island and enjoy it, given that the island is one hundred fifty-five kilometers wide -- larger than you would think.

The easiest way to get to Kangaroo Island to take one of the ferries that leaves from Cape Jervis on the mainland and arrives into Penneshaw. From here, they offer shuttles into the main town on the island, Kingscote. Given that Kangaroo Island is an island, there are quarantine laws that apply, so make sure you check the list of what you can and cannot take there to preserve the integrity of this spectacular place.

Once you have your hostel, you have a few options to see the island. There are a multitude of companies that run tours on coach or four-wheel drive during the day so that you can easily get to and see the places you want to see. The other option is to hire a car, which you may want to do on the mainland before you get to Kangaroo Island. Some of the things that you won't want to miss are the Flinders Chase National Park on the west side of the island, which contains the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch rock formations; Seal Bay on the south coast, which is home to quite a large number of seals; the little penguins arriving at sunset into Kingscote and Penneshaw for the night to go to their burrows; the Cape Willoughby Lighthouse; and all of the spectacular beaches that line the coast. There are hiking trails if you are interested in doing this, too -- just ask at your accommodation for details.

Hostels in Kangaroo Island are mostly located in Kingscote and Penneshaw, although there are several that are quite isolated and farm-type stays. For your food and basic supplies, you would need to visit Kingscote, as this is where most of the island's local businesses -- including pubs and cafes -- are located.

Written by local enthusiast for Kangaroo Island hostels

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FAQ about Kangaroo Island Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Kangaroo Island. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Kangaroo Island. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

There is exactly 1 Hostel in Kangaroo Island, Australia. compares the prices for this hostel so you can get the best price on any major booking site. compares prices for 1 hostel in Kangaroo Island, Australia.

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Your Packing List for Kangaroo Island

Your Packing List for Kangaroo Island

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Kangaroo Island and Australia.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Kangaroo Island Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Kangaroo Island, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
1 Total number of hostels
Most Kangaroo Island hostels are located in
Parndana East
7.9 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Kangaroo Island - from the Community

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