Kingscote is the ‘capitol’ of Kangaroo Island and a major fishing and tourist centre. Kingscote is a port town that also has beaches and other recreational opportunities. Lots of fun can be had at Kingscote. Most visitors will stay a day or two at Kingscote and will be happy with that decision.
The South Australia Company established its colony at Kingscote at Reeves Point on 27 July 1836, as South Australia's first official European settlement, the first settlers having arrived on the Duke of York.
The history of the area is displayed in the museum in Hope Cottage, located to the north of the town. Hope Cottage was one of the three earliest houses built in Kingscote, circa 1850, together with the adjoining cottages of Faith and Charity. (Faith has been subsequently demolished).
The Old Mulberry Tree at Reeves Point was planted in 1836, and still bears fruit. Reeves Point has been placed on the Australian Heritage Places List. There is plenty of evidence to suggest heritage factors are important in Kingscote
It is also home to a colony of the smallest penguins in the world, the little penguin. It is South Australia's oldest European settlement.