To facilitate tourism on Kangaroo Island in a eco-friendly way, maximising each persons experience with as little impact on the environment as possible.
Sincerely, Gary and Kerry
The camp ground is set in 4 acres of bushland and is part of a 100 Acre plot, set beside a lagoon, named by the French as Discovery Lagoon, giving the campsite its name. In summer the lagoon dries out, but rainfall permitting fills in the winter. Many migratory birds flock here at this time as they search for prime nesting sites and the lagoon comes alive!
The site is often visited by native wildlife such as wallabies, they love the fresh grass around the site and have been known to visit the campers in the camp kitchen on an evening. There are echidnas here too, if you are lucky you may see the rare albino echidna who frequents the site along with Kangaroos & Koalas to mention a few!
Being totally off the grid the campsite has solar power for lighting etc & gas supplying the amenities and camp kitchen etc. However, from 1st September 2023 powered sites will be available.
The shower block has male & female showers & toilets – they also have hot water sinks with mirrors and power boxes for charging your mobiles & other devices etc – unfortunately, there are no hair dryers or heating elements allowed due to being off grid – sorry ladies!
Attached to the shower block is a small laundry with a washing machine (cold water washes only) coin operated, $1 & $2 coins accepted. There is an area beside it set aside for campers to hang their wet clothes.
The campsite has a large camp kitchen which boasts 2 gas BBQ’s, 2 gas rings, with pots, pans & kettles provided for the campers use, there is also a fridge with freezer compartment and ample seating & tables. The sink situated under cover beside the camp kitchen has hot water and washing liquid provided for the campers use. A herb garden wall extends around the entrance, stocked with chives, parsley & nasturtium’s feel free to use them when you’re cooking – fresh is always best! There’s also aloe vera for the days when you may have had just a little too much sun!
There are also picnic tables scattered around the site for campers use.
The caravans sites all have drinking water supplied, are spacious and flat and from September 2023 powered sites with drinking water are available to book.
The tent sites are also spacious and flat without water.
Discovery Lagoon at night becomes a magical place with the milky way illuminating the sky and stretching out above you as the wildlife serenades signals the end of the day, sit back relax.
Come and experience the magic, here on Kangaroo Island.
A short history of Discovery Lagoon
Discovery Lagoon was named by the French when they landed on Kangaroo Island in the early 1800’s.
At this time, the lagoon was an important watering hole for the local people, who brought their farm animals here to drink. The lagoon was said to be thriving and the area teaming with freshwater flowers.
However, one year there was a particularly bad drought and in desperation the locals began digging in the centre of the lagoon in the hope of reaching fresh water stored they thought, beneath it.
This was to prove to be the lagoons downfall as the water they came across was brine and it killed all the trees and vegetation in and around the lagoon. The water which filled the lagoon each winter originated in the hills and there was no hidden water store beneath its surface.
Since then, the hole they dug has been resealed and the lagoon has been slowly recovering. Small trees have reappeared and are growing within the confines of the lagoon, it is hoped that in time it will eventually return to its former glory.