Autumn into winter (March through August) is the best time to visit for virtually no crowds of people; hiking and beach-bound adventures give you the feeling that you have this slice of the country to yourself.
With rooms named after local shipwrecks—more than 80 have been recorded here since 1836—the windows overlook the landscape and the bay from any spot in the suite.
Wonders of KI Tour: Drive 30 minutes to Cape du Couedic lighthouse at Flinders Chase National Park. The active, sandstone tower opened in 1909 after some of the island's worst wrecks happened at Flinders Cove. Next head down to Admirals Arch and the fur seal colony before stopping at Remarkable Rocks (pictured). 500-million-year-old granite boulders warped and eroded into bizarre shapes afford one of the island's best views.
Bay of Shoals Wines: Winery tours are growing more popular on the island; thanks to the temperate climate, some vineyards grow right along the shore. The vineyard overlooks the Bay of Shoals and Reeves Point—South Australia's first settlement. Today the winery produces 16 styles of wine that come from vines that grow just 30 meters from the water—thought to be the closest to the sea anywhere in the world.
Stay: Rates at the Southern Ocean Lodge start at $990 per person and include all dining, open bar with premium wines and spirits, in-suite bar, selected guided Kangaroo Island experiences, and island airport transfers; 931/924-5253 or southernoceanlodge.com.au.