If you’re looking for big name brands and bargain outlets, you’ve come to the wrong place.
Kangaroo Island shopping is all about supporting the craftspeople, producers, artisans and farmers who are the backbone of the local economy. If you like your souvenirs handmade with character and charm, your pantry stocked with gourmet delights bought straight from the farmgate and your home adorned with striking one-of-a-kind artworks, you will relish the retail opportunities on KI.
Souvenirs with style and substance
Popular with locals and visitors alike, the monthly Kangaroo Island Farmers’ Market in Penneshaw brings all the best bits of the island together beneath the blue pop-up stalls. Fresh produce, home-baked sweets and preserves, jovial locals and boutique wines are all regular features of the KI market, held on the first Sunday of every month. The island's best dairy farmers rub shoulders with seafarers alongside 4th generation grape growers and many others who make a living off the land. An easy stroll from the ferry terminal, the farmers’ market is a great way to start or finish your holiday on Kangaroo Island with tonnes of free samples, cooking classes and a beautiful view across the bay.
Address: Foreshore, Lloyd Collins Reserve, Penneshaw
Buzz into the golden building that appears to be painted in honey and pick up a sweet souvenir. The rare and prized Ligurian bees at Island Beehive collect nectar from native flora around Kingscote on Kangaroo Island, producing raw organic honey of varying flavours, with pure honeycomb and delicious creamed honey also available for purchase. In summer, the Stringy Bark trees lend a dark, smoky hue to the honey, while the wintery Cup Gums introduce a light caramel taste. Take a BEE-hind the scenes peek at how the honey is made, plus free tastings tempting you to take home a swag of goodies for yourself and sweet-tooths back home.
Address: 59 Playford Highway, Kingscote
Keeping an age-old industry alive, the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery produces fragrant Eucalyptus oil, popular for its aromatic and therapeutic properties. Emu Ridge is the only commercial Eucalyptus distillery in the state – a change of pace from a time when there were around 100 Eucalypt stills operating on Kangaroo Island alone! Learn about the fascinating “bush technology” that goes into producing the oil on a guided tour before browsing the extensive range of local art and craft, Rookery Wines at the adjoining cellar door and, of course, Eucalyptus products. Gift packs available to take home include essential oils and burners, French milled soaps and natural beauty products.
Address: Willsons Road, MacGillivray
This vibrant mauve farm situated just moments from the beach in Kingscote boasts a dozen different varieties of lavender, some lending themselves more towards the culinary scene and others better suited to aromatherapy, soaps and cosmetics. With a cafe, shop and processing room on site, you can enjoy the fragrant and calming lavender flowers straight from the source. If you're visiting KI from May to September, indulge in Devonshire Tea with lavender jam and ice cream at the farm before ambling through the gift shop filled with scented candles, home-made lavender edibles, soothing beauty products and an array of other Emu Bay Lavender products.
Address: 203 Emu Bay Road North Coast