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Should I stay in two locations?

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Should I stay in two locations?

Hi, I am going to Kangaroo Island with my family - husband and 2 kids aged 15 & 17 in January 2014 for 10 nights. Is there a central location that we can stay at for the whole time which is near a good beach or is it better to go to two locations on the island? If so, where would you suggest. I have noticed there are mixed ideas on this. My kids love the beach so if we went to two locations they would have to both be near good beaches. Thanks.

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1. Re: Should I stay in two locations?

I would go to two locations. It is a large island and there's a lot to do, so shifting bases would save you a lot of driving.

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2. Re: Should I stay in two locations?

Hi,

Absolutely but not at the same time.

Cheers,

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3. Re: Should I stay in two locations?

Hi,

You can just stay in one place on KI as its very easily get around the island with a car without a problem. You may be more suited to renting a house on the beach on KI. We stayed at Kingscote which was very handy for us. See my TR link below..

tripadvisor.com/…20620773

I would suggest looking for accommodation first before deciding.

stayz.com.au/accommodation/sa/kangaroo-island www.wotif.com.au

Edited: 18 July 2013, 16:53
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4. Re: Should I stay in two locations?

Would stay in kingscote especially for that long. The island is not that big and with the amount of tune you are spending overall will give you enough time. We rented a house in kingscote which gave us good space, easy access to supermarket, restaurants, shops but still gave us time to do relaxing drives in all directions without compromising on venues

Edited: 19 July 2013, 22:22
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5. Re: Should I stay in two locations?

Thanks for the advice. If we rented a house to Kingscote are there nice beaches nearby?

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6. Re: Should I stay in two locations?

I would rent a house in Emu Bay .. Kingscote is just down the road so easy to provision but Emu Bay has the lovely beach.

It's central and yes you can drive back but I have to say that if you want to make the MOST of the Island and be able to see Remarkable Rocks at Dawn or Dusk (optimum time) I would stay a night down the Western End. It's not ideal to be driving back from the Western End to Kingscote after a long day in the park so you could just split your trip and cover the eastern/central/ south western end in the first few days and then perhaps pack up the car to spend one night down the western end. ?

PS at the western end you won't find a beach near the park, the attraction is that youll be in the bush and surrounded by Kangaroos and wallabies. I think that Emu Bay and perhaps a stay at Westerk KI Caravan Park Cabins or the Wilderness Retreat would be a great family holiday. At one location you'll have the beach and the other you'll have the animals.

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7. Re: Should I stay in two locations?

I agree with TW_Yachtgal. During a 10 day trip you are likely to want to be heading down the western side of the island on more than one day, and you'll save up to 4 hours of driving by staying closer, and driving at dusk means driving slowly.

I'd avoid staying in Kingscote itself. It has no redeeming features that I can see, except as a supply point. There is a bit of history, but nothing that you can't see while there for supplies.

Emu Bay and similar areas are nice, but don't underestimate the drive to civilisation. Just down the road can still be an hour or so, round trip.

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8. Re: Should I stay in two locations?

would also take into consideration as to what you consider long/short drives. We live in southern nsw so nothing for us to drive 3 hours or longer just for a dental/medical appointment. Often drive to Melbourne and back in the day so nearly 8 hours in the car so for country residents driving is usually not an issue. However I know city people that think half a hour drive in the country is tedious and long. So for me when I go on holiday is somewhere that I don't have to drive and can walk.

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