A fantastical food experience is waiting for you.

120 years ago, a small fig tree was planted on Kangaroo Island and the first settlers gathered around it to enjoy its sweet fruit. Today, it is monstrous! Its twisted limbs and sparkling leaves have become a magical dining location known as the Enchanted Fig Tree.

Photo :: Duy Dash

After weathering two fires and a global pandemic, the venue will reopen this summer for a unique dining experience named Gastronomo. The space exudes magic like no other and features guest chefs Simon Bryant, Duncan Welgemoed and Emma McCaskill.

Created by special events legend and LifeTime Private Retreats owner, Nick Hannaford, you can expect a full sensory dining escape. “Gastronomo brings the magic of outdoor dining to its guests, artfully combined with a touch of theatre, new tastes and hopefully a few surprises along the way.”

Photo :: Duy Dash

Over a five-month season, you can enter a culinary world of local food and drinks featuring Kangaroo Island Spirits’ famous gin, a wine list boasting only Kangaroo Island drops, plus a selection of SA’s best craft beers. Gastronomo goes a lot deeper than satisfying your tastebuds; it will encourage real human connections, not just Gram-worthy moments. “Our guests will be invited to ‘go dark’ on social media while they experience the true magic at the Fig Tree.”

Gastronomo opens from 11 December 2020 and SeaLink has jumped on board to provide accommodation and travel packages.

Photo :: Dean Wiles

Challenging times

In 2018, part of the Enchanted Fig Tree was damaged by fire, and again in 2020. When they thought their run of bad luck was over, COVID-19 closed their doors again.

With the community showing their love left, right and centre, one exceptional display of support has come from SeaLink, who has made exploring the island and the Enchanted Fig Tree even easier with their amazing transport and accommodation packages, as well as their Road to Recovery Tours. Head to sealink.com.au to check them out.

Hayley xx

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Hayley Pearson

Hayley Pearson

Co-Creator and Writer for Adelady, she still gets goosebumps that she’s combined her creative passion with sharing the best of her stunning home state.

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