Upgrades to Cape Willoughby

$5 mil­lion will be invest­ed to reju­ve­nate Cape Willough­by and cre­ate anoth­er must-see des­ti­na­tion for the east­ern end of Kan­ga­roo Island.

The pro­posed redesign will include the entire precinct – and will deliv­er upgrades to her­itage accom­mo­da­tion and day vis­i­tor facil­i­ties, a new café and vis­i­tor cen­tre, new walk­ing trails and a view­ing plat­form over­look­ing Devil’s Kitchen’. Cre­at­ing an extend­ed vis­i­tor precinct has also been made pos­si­ble through the pur­chase of land sur­round­ing the for­mer Zest and Thyme café site.

A focus of the upgrade will be ensur­ing the precinct offers a con­tem­po­rary her­itage expe­ri­ence, through upgrad­ing the accom­mo­da­tion in the light­house cot­tages and enhanc­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ties for her­itage inter­pre­ta­tion at this icon­ic location.

The fund­ing will also be used to kick­start a design process for a mul­ti-day trail from Pen­neshaw to Cape Willough­by, which will be done in part­ner­ship with Kan­ga­roo Island Tourism Alliance, who have been lead­ing the dis­cus­sion to devel­op this con­cept, Kan­ga­roo Island Coun­cil and oth­er local stakeholders.

This is a wel­come invest­ment for the east­ern end of the Island and sup­ports rec­om­men­da­tions by the Reimag­ine KI Com­mu­ni­ty Ref­er­ence Groups for the West­ern KI Parks and Seal Bay who high­light­ed to need to cre­ate addi­tion­al attrac­tions across the island to bet­ter dis­perse vis­i­tor num­bers dur­ing peak periods.

The Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment is con­tribut­ing $4 mil­lion to the con­struc­tion of the new vis­i­tor precinct at Cape Willough­by through the Region­al Recov­ery Part­ner­ships ini­tia­tive, with the South Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment com­mit­ting a fur­ther $1m.

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National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia