At Exceptional Kangaroo Island, we are not just about wildlife and landscape tours. Our motto is good food, good wine and wildlife in the wild.

Our chef Chan Thornley prepares delicious condiments and dressings to complement the fresh local produce on our menu. We take pride in the consistency, freshness and presentation of our meals which are prepared in a way you can easily replicate at home. Not fussy, just simple fresh food well presented and enjoyed outdoors which makes it taste even better.

Chan Thornley, chef at Exceptional Kangaroo Island.

We started with a desire to provide immersive wildlife experiences interpreting behaviour, ecology and life history. This is best done working with small groups and the business implications went something like this: if you cater for small numbers and want to survive you must charge a premium. If you charge people a premium you better look after them very well so they get value for money!

Luckily in the years we have been in business our creative farming community has diversified their offer to the point now we can source many of our ingredients from our friends and neighbours.  These include: honey; locally caught fish; potatoes; olives and olive oil; a range of wine; bread from the local baker; free-range eggs and the options continue to evolve. We relish (yes pun intended) in showcasing our wildlife and fabulous food as they complement each other very well.

Wines are chosen to match our food and style – small producers who focus on quality not quantity but large enough to export so you can enjoy some at home. Wines include Lake Breeze from Langhorne Creek, and local wines False Cape, and Islander Estate Vineyard.

If you have special food requirements (allergies, cultural code or other preferences) please provide exact details when booking. For example if you are “vegetarian” we need to know that means – if we know what you can or cannot eat we can best meet your needs. 

Our tours include fresh-roasted boutique coffees, loose-leaf teas and home-baked treats as part of an Aussie tradition inherited from the English – a “cuppa” or morning tea. We are happy to share our recipes for Anzacs, Lamingtons and other snacks here.