Visitors to the wild, western end of Kangaroo Island will have more accommodation options thanks to a $133,000 Regional Development Fund grant.

New arrivals: Two new cabins rolled off the Sealink ferry last week. The crowds watched on as the wide load slowly left the ferry and drove onto KI. Photo: Anne Christie.
New arrivals: Two new cabins rolled off the Sealink ferry last week. The crowds watched on as the wide load slowly left the ferry and drove onto KI. Photo: Anne Christie.

Visitors to the wild, western end of Kangaroo Island will have more accommodation options thanks to a $133,000 Regional Development Fund grant.

The Western KI Caravan Park and Wildlife Reserve will use their grant funding to boost capacity and provide value-add service to the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail.

The expansion of facilities at the tourist park will include an upgrade to their current office and retail facilities, construction of a new wastewater management system and the purchase of two luxury South Australian built Kookaburra Wagtail Cabins.

These two cabins recently arrived on KI via the Sealink ferry, with much skillful reverse and forward manoeuvering on and off by the truck driver.

The upgrades will result in increased occupancy capacity from 200 to 300 people per night. An additional eight jobs will be created during construction, with another three ongoing positions created within two years.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said, “Tourism is the biggest economic driver on Kangaroo Island, which is why we need continued investment in local infrastructure projects to support initiatives with attract new visitors.”

Mark and Fiona Jago, Owners Western KI Caravan Park said, “We were one of the first tourism operators on the island to offer visitor packages targeted to the new KI Wilderness Trail.

“Our proposed upgrades and expansion will further allow us to create more and new visitor experiences for trail walkers as well as caravaners and campers.”