David enjoys breakfast at the b&b.
David relaxes in a b&b on Kangaroo Island before heading out to the best spot to get the bite.
Kangaroo Island is an unspoiled wilderness with 18 conservation and national parks. It is Australia's third largest island with a land mass of 4500 square kilometres, home to an extraordinary array of plant and animal life, some of which has vanished from the mainland. It is also where around 40 ships sank to their watery graves.
The island's coastline is made up of towering limestone cliffs, superb clean beaches, rocks which have been carved by wind and water, quiet inlets, caves and coves. It is a haven for bushwalkers and anglers, sailors and snorkellers and people who want to see fairy penguins, pelicans, kangaroos, wallabies, echidna and possums in a natural environment. Seal Bay, a sandy beach and dune area, is where wild Australian sea lions rest and nurse their young, so you could be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of them wallowing and sunbasking.
A wonderful place to stay is Kings at American River. Margaret and Ian King have lived there for more than 40 years and have added a private wing for visitors to their ranch-style home. They accommodate just one couple at a time in a private and secluded area off the main part of the house. It has a bedroom with ensuite bathroom and a living room with views across the bay. There is a pool, courtyard, conservatory and undercover parking. A delicious cooked breakfast is included in the tariff, and for other meals, Margaret and Ian can recommend various restaurants in the area.
Ian has a commercial fishing licence and is the island's marine safety officer, so if you fancy a trip on his seven-metre Seafarer Victory, you'll be in good hands. He can take you on a half- or full-day charter and is happy to pass on his angling tips. Lines, bait and tackle are provided, and you'll be taken to the best spots to get the bites, passing some great scenery on the way.
King George Whiting is one of the world's sweetest-eating fish and it is plentiful in the local waters. There is a limit of 20 whiting per person, and if you are staying with the Kings, Ian will clean and freeze your catch until you leave.
Kangaroo Island, 16km off South Australia's coast.
accommodation and breakfast is $170 per couple per night.Kings Fishing Charters
half-day trips start at $275, including boat, skipper, bait and fishing equipment. They operate year-round.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
More informationKings b&b and fishing
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