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Emu Bay
South Australia
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View of Emu Bay and jetty from the picnic area.
Population 2034 (shared with other localities in the “State Suburb of Kingscote”) (2011 census)
Established 1882
Postcode(s) 5223
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACST (UTC+10:30)
  • 124 km (77 mi) south-west of Adelaide
  • 13 km (8 mi) west of Kingscote
LGA(s) Kangaroo Island Council
Region Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island
County Carnarvon
State electorate(s) Finniss
Federal Division(s) Mayo
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
198.1 °C
389 °F
11.6 °C
53 °F
488.9 mm
19.2 in
Suburbs around Emu Bay:
Investigator Strait Investigator Strait Investigator Strait
Wisanger Emu Bay North Cape
Wisanger Wisanger Bay of Shoals
Footnotes Coordinates
Adjoining localities

Emu Bay (known as Maxwell from 1882 to 1941) is a locality in the Australian state of South Australia on the north coast of Kangaroo Island located about 124 kilometres (77 mi) south-west of the state capital of Adelaide and about located about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) west of the municipal seat of Kingscote.

It is a small town of 97 allotments

A small jetty dates to 1918. Originally 109 metres (358 ft) long, it allowed ketches such as Karatta to tie up to load cargoes, while a nearby fresh water well serviced horses which pulled wagons down to the bay. Until the 1930s, grain, stock and merchandise were taken to and from Kangaroo Island from this jetty.

Emu Bay is also the location of an unusual geological formation named Emu Bay shale.

The coastline from Cape D'Estaing at the west end of the bay known as Emu Bay to Point Marsden in the locality of North Cape in the east is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register as a site of “geological and outstanding palaeontological significance.”

Emu Bay is located within the federal division of Mayo, the state electoral district of Finniss and the local government area of the Kangaroo Island Council.


Emu Bay
Emu Bay from the jetty, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
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