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.

The Hotels in Kingscote are both classic century plus holiday resort hotels.

The War Memorial in Kingscote is located near the wharf.

The Anglican Church is very old but undated. The United is old and the Catholic modern.

A visit to Kangaroo Island will most likely determine a stopover at Kingscote. Delight in the ‘near’ remoteness.

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Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course