Kangaroo Island | Best Family Friendly Places to Eat and Drink

Where to Eat & Drink on Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island has some amazing family-friendly cafes and restaurants dotted around the island. The island is known for its Ligurian Honey but it is also full of suprises including the best fish and chips possibly anywhere in SA, located in one of the most remote parts of the island. 

Of course, we couldn’t cover all the eateries around the island on our travels but we can recommend the ones below as great places to stop either for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or afternoon tea.

Rockpool Cafe | Stokes Bay

Possibly the best fish and chips I’ve ever had. Located at Stokes Bay, there is a small menu plus kids menu. This is a must-stop on your visit to Stokes Bay. The fish was perfectly cooked and the chips were crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. A small wine and drinks list plus ice creams.

This amazing little eatery in a shack is amazing – it also has a casual outdoor dining with a play area for small kids complete with sandpit, blackboard, and toys. The area is fenced and there are toilets nearby, so it’s the perfect place to chill before or after your visit to Stokes Bay.

N Coast Rd & Lightburn Rd, Stokes Bay | website

Emu Bay Lavender Farm

Relax and enjoy homemade quiche, soup and super large, delicious lavender scones with jam and cream either under shelter or outdoors.

There is a lovely gift shop inside and you are likely to be treated to an up-close and personal visit from one of the resident Superb Blue Fairy Wrens.

The Lavender Scones are a must-try! They are huge and epitomise everything about a good scone. 

There are also toilets onsite.

205 Emu Bay Road Wisanger | website


Milly Mae’s Pantry

A rustic cafe with outdoor seating full of home-made organic goodies and drinks and a mighty fine coffee. There is also room for the kids to wander around the small garden looking at the home-grown veggies. 

Stop and check out the range of foodie gift items to take back to the mainland.

1 Nat Thomas Street, Penneshaw | website

Kangaroo Island Millie Mae's Pantry


The Deck Cafe on the Wharf | American River

This delightful cafe looks directly out over the river where you can watch fishermen as they set off to grab the morning’s catch. There are sweet treats, lunches and hot and cold drinks available and good coffee.

LOT 103 Tangara Dr, American River | website


Clifford’s Honey Farm

Make a stop at Clifford’s Honey Farm to learn all about bees and stock up on a range of honey, soaps, biscuits, lollies, chutney, jams and more.

While you’re visiting, take a seat outside on the verandah and enjoy the views with some of their honey ice cream. There is a great little play area for the kids with a sandpit, toys and a cubby house.

1157 Elsegood Road, Haines, Kangaroo Island | website

Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery

This is a great spot to stop for lunch or morning or afternoon tea. When you arrive, you will be greeted with some of their delicious Eucalyptus and Honey Sweets to try and shown a very short video about the history of the distillery.  The Eucalyptus and Honey Sweets are delicious and it’s worth buying a few bags to take home with you. 

This is a great place to stop with kids because there are casual dining areas and a great menu with burgers, fish and chips, hot drinks plus wines, spirits and cider and a kids menu. We stopped for afternoon tea and enjoyed a selection of cakes from the cabinet plus a tasting paddle of Cider plus a kids tasting paddle with flavoured milk, juice and water. You can eat inside or head to the outdoor deck where you will find a selection of toys for the kids to play with. 

Once you have had something to eat and drink, pick up some gifts for yourself or friends and family. They have a fantastic shop filled with Eucalyptus Oil products plus scarves, jewellery, cards, soap, art, soft toys and souvenirs.

91-703 Willsons Rd, Macgillivray | website


Wineries on Kangaroo Island

Some of the wineries on the island were hit very hard by the 2020 bushfire like The Islander Estate Vineyards. You can still visit their beautiful cellar door to taste some of their spectacular wines and enjoy a platter out on the deck while you take in the views.

8 Gum Creek Road, Cygnet River | website

Dudley Wines has a beautiful range of wines and indoor and outdoor seating where you can take in the views while you enjoy pizza or a platter.

There is a fabulous outdoor play area for the kids with a tunnel, climbing tower and boat not to mention some of the best views on the island – simply breathtaking! The winery overlooks Backstairs Passage with views across to the other side of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Golfers (or wannabe golfers) can hire golf clubs and balls and take shots from the top of the hill for fun!

1153 Cape Willoughby Road, Penneshaw | website

Kangaroo Island Dudley Wines


False Cape Wines

False Cape Wines has a selection of pies, toasties, platters and a kids menu with casual indoor and outdoor dining.

They have wine flights plus wine by the glass and bottle and it’s a great place to relax while the kids play outside on the large cubby house and say hello to the ducks across the fence. 

1054 Willson River Rd, Dudley East | website

Kangaroo Island false cape wines

Kangaroo Island false cape wines

Additional Wineries on Kangaroo Island

  • Kangaroo Island Estate Wines
  • Bay of Shoals
  • Springs Road
  • Two Wheeler Creek Wines

Kangaroo Island Spirits

Gin and Spirit lovers will rejoice at the selection of Gin on offer at Kangaroo Island Spirits. You can buy a tasting paddleboard featuring either Gin or Spirits, grab a table and settle down under the trees to enjoy!

When we visited during the school holidays there were marquees set up outside, outdoor tables and chairs plus food vans with ice blocks and cold drinks plus lunch options.

Read more about Kangaroo Island’s Top Places to Visit here

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