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Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge
Lot 201-216 Scenic Dr, Kangaroo Island, SA, 5221

Nearby Attractions

Enjoy Kangaroo Island tours and attractions

Kangaroo Island, one of Australia's great wilderness destinations, is best known for its magnificent coastal views, unique landscapes, uncrowded beaches and fascinating wildlife. 

Located on a waterfront hillside with beautiful views over Eastern Cove, Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge is the perfect destination for experiencing the many attractions, tourist activities and things to do in this magnificent region. 

Below are just a few of the more popular things to see and experience. Our staff are always happy to offer more recommendations and assist with tours as well as travel arrangements.

  • Seal Bay

    Seal Bay

  • Islander Estate Wines

    Islander Estate Wines

  • Dudley Wines

    Dudley Wines

  • Remarkable Rocks

    Remarkable Rocks

  • Admirals Arch

    Admirals Arch

  • Clifford’s Honey Farm

    Clifford’s Honey Farm

  • Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari

    Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari

  • Rebuild Independence Project

    Rebuild Independence Project

Seal Bay

Seal Bay sits just west of the Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park along the south coast of Kangaroo Island. It is easily accessible via Seal Bay Road, a sealed road that runs south off of South Coast Road. 

The main draw of the area is the Seal Bay Conservation Park. This seaside park is a great place to view the largest colony of Australian sea lions and watch them play on the beach, bask in the sand and swim in the sea. To get to the beach, visitors must walk along an 800-metre footpath that winds through stunning cliffs and sand dunes. 

There is also a visitor centre on-site that was built in an environmentally friendly manner. It is powered by solar energy and fresh rain water runs through its taps. Inside, visitors can learn about the history of sealing through interactive displays. The visitor centre also has a sheltered area, where one can enjoy a picnic as well as use public toilet facilities. 

Just east of the conservation park is the protected Bales Beach Aquatic Reserve, which is also located in the Seal Bay area. Access to the reserve is allowed by way of Bales Beach, which is a sandy beach with a stunning backdrop of cliffs. Sea lions can be spotted here and offshore there is a reef system that’s home to numerous marine life.

Islander Estate Wines

Discover the taste of French winemaking expertise married with the incredible natural environment and ideal grape growing conditions of Kangaroo Island. The Islander Estate Vineyards was established by renowned Bordeaux winemaker Jacques Lurton after falling love with the natural beauty of Kangaroo Island and recognising the region’s enormous viticultural potential. 

As the third largest island in Australia, Kangaroo Island offers near perfect growing conditions of wine grapes, including a cool, semi-dry climate that allows for slow ripening. These are significant factors in producing The Islander Estate Wines. 

Jacques established a modern, 70 tonne winery on-site at the vineyard at Kohinoor Hills in the centre of the Island in 2000. Today, Islander Estate enjoys a five-star Halliday rating for its outstanding, cool climate wines. 

Join us at our intimate Wine Tasting Room to experience The Islander Estate range. Centrally located at Cygnet River, take part in a guided tasting before relaxing with your favourite wine on the deck. The Tasting Room is open six days a week (closed Wednesdays) from noon to 6.00 p.m. For a special experience, contact us for information about private vineyard tours. The Islander Estate Vineyards wines are also available from fine wine merchants nationally or direct via the Islander Estate website.

Dudley Wines

Dudley Wines is a family-owned and family-run business on Kangaroo Island. Jeff Howard is a fourth generation Kangaroo Island farmer. He and his wife Val were looking for a new challenge to complement their life on the land as woolgrowers and beef cattle producers. 

Kangaroo Island’s cool climate combined with the limestone soils of their farm, Porky Flat had for years been suggested as a likely place for grape production.  So in 1994, Jeff and Val decided to take the plunge with a small, two-acre planting of Shiraz. Dudley Wines now has around 20 acres of varieties in its two vineyards on the Dudley Peninsula.

Remarkable Rocks

No Kangaroo Island holiday would be complete without a trek to one of the island's signature landmarks, Remarkable Rocks. It took 500 million years for rain, wind and pounding waves to create these aptly named granite boulders, which are now part of the Flinders Chase National Park. 

Early morning and early evening are the most ideal times to visit Kangaroo Island Remarkable Rocks, not only to avoid large crowds, but also to enjoy the stunning sunrises and sunsets around these impressive sculptures. Many of the rocks are covered by golden orange lichen and interpretation signs describe even more details about the formation of the rocks. 

Black mica, bluish quartz and pinkish feldspar comprise most of the granite of Remarkable Rocks. These flat rocks are easy and safe to walk on during dry weather, but special caution should be taken when conditions become wet or windy. Strong winds and slippery rocks make it far easier to fall into the water. 

The wooden boardwalk leading to Remarkable Rocks is partially accessible for disabled visitors. Also, the crest's western platform provides an ideal vantage point to see the surrounding bays and the historic Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse. The equally photogenic Casuarina Islets can also be easily seen from Kangaroo Island Remarkable Rocks. 

The Flinders Chase National Park is also home to another distinct Kangaroo Island landmark, Admirals Arch, a New Zealand fur seal colony, and the Cape Borda Lightstation. Cape Borda is the nation's only square lighthouse in addition to South Australia's tallest lighthouse.

Admirals Arch

Admirals Arch is one of Kangaroo Island's most impressive and unusual natural landmarks. It took thousands of years of erosion to create this distinctive rock bridge near the Cape du Couedic Lighthouse on the island's southwest coast. The boardwalk leading to the Admirals Arch is nearly as scenic as the landmark itself. 

In addition, the Admirals Arch viewing platform is an ideal place to observe the New Zealand fur seal colony that has established itself below the landmark. These dark brown seals rest and breed on land, but find food in the water. Summer is the primary breeding season and the rock pools underneath Admirals Arch are a popular place for seal pups to play. 

Another unique thing about Admirals Arch is the stalactites, which dangle from the rocky ceiling of this former cave. The floor, on the other hand, is very smooth. Whale migration season takes place between May and October, but dolphins are frequently spotted throughout the year. Another famous Kangaroo Island natural landmark, the Remarkable Rocks, is also nearby. 

Admirals Arch is just one of 27 officially designated geological monuments situated throughout Kangaroo Island. This landmark is also the starting point of several hikes throughout Flinders Chase National Park. The Admirals Arch Boardwalk leads to the Cape du Couedic Lightstation, which has guarded the southwest coast of the island since 1909.

Clifford’s Honey Farm

Dave Clifford started out with a couple of hives as a hobby in 1973. When the wool prices dropped in the 1980s, Dave and Jenny diversified by expanding their fledgling honey industry. They opened the shop in 1993 and it has been a buzzing success ever since. 

Dave now runs an estimated 300 honey producing hives, which is increasing each year. With help from daughters Bev and Sharon as well as son-in-laws Tony and Greg, Dave can extract up to 20 tonnes of honey annually. 

The Honey Farm aims to provide visitors with quality honey, select regional produce and to provide information on the unique Ligurian bee found only on Kangaroo Island. 

Dave and Jenny are committed to upholding the integrity of this unique resource for future generations to enjoy. They employ eight people, including their daughters and husbands, two grandchildren and locals Kelly and Julie.

Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari

Tour Kangaroo Island by beginning your wildlife journey from Penneshaw with a Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari! Witness dolphins, seals, birdlife, eagles, whales and the magnificent coastline as well as being provided with informative local history, wildlife facts and geological information.

Rebuild Independence Project

The Rebuild Independence Project is a volunteer group that is re-creating the first vessel ever built in South Australia - the 45ft United States Schooner "Independence." In fact, the original Schooner was built on the banks of inlet, where now stands the town of American River. She was constructed by American sealers from Stonington in Connecticut, USA in 1803, who sailed here in their Brig "Union." The vessel is being built in the "RIG Boathouse," which is at the entrance to the American Wharf. Visit and see the interpretive display, which details the adventures and fate of the "Union" and the "Independence." Discover their association with the great explorers Nicholas Baudin and Matthew Flinders. The vessel is being built entirely by voluntary labour and will take approximately three to five years to complete. Once finished, visitors will be able to climb aboard and go for a short sail around the beautiful Eastern Cove, learning how these old sailing vessels were handled. Looking for refreshments? Our adjoining licensed water front Deck Café, which includes ample parking, looks out over the anchorage. While away, enjoy the time over a delicious lunch or coffee and watch the many birds and maybe even a seal or a dolphin.