D'Estrees Bay is one of many places on Kangaroo Island named by the French explorer Nicolas Baudin.
The bay extends from Point Tinline in the south west to Point Reynolds in the north east, with the beach being sandy and accessible for most of the bay's length.
The northern area of the bay has been subdivided into several allotments of 8 hectares (20 acres) each, many with a frontage to the bay, and accessed by a private road (available for public use). There is a small number of permanent and holiday homes in the area, which has no shopping facilities. There is no mains water, and limited mains electricity availability has led to some dwellings being erected with solar generated electricity.