Discover Kangaroo Island
The natural wonder that is Kangaroo Island sits just 16 km off the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Our island showcases some of the best things about South Australia in a relaxed, remote and totally unspoiled environment.
Here you can meet unique wildlife, taste delicious produce, see spectacular scenery and enjoy quite literally some of the best beaches in the world… all to yourself.
On Kangaroo Island you can cuddle a koala, feed a kangaroo, meet wallabies, emus, echidnas, wombats and so many more unique Australian wildlife in a completely untouched environment.
Our beaches have received many global awards including Best Beach in the World in 2017. And once you’re here, it’s easy to understand why. Crystal clear waters meet pure white sand and plenty of the time, there’s not another soul in sight.
Kangaroo Island is the third-largest island off mainland South Australia at 155 km long (95 miles) and 55 km wide (35 miles) and you can reach it by plane from Adelaide in just 30 minutes. The island can also be accessed by ferry. Ferries depart daily from Cape Jervis which is just a 90 minute scenic drive south of Adelaide city centre.
Transport Options to get to Kangaroo IslandThere are two ways of getting to Kangaroo Island from mainland South Australia, by plane or boat.
Flying to Kangaroo Island
The 30 minute direct flight from Adelaide Airport is run by two airlines, REX airlines (please not REX will stop flying from 30 June 2020) and Qantas Link. Over the Christmas and New Year period Qantas Link provides direct flights from Melbourne. There are also luxury, private chartered flights available through Platinum Aviation and Chinta tours, as well as Kirkhope Aviation should you be flying from Victoria.
If you are arriving internationally you should know that both international and domestic terminals are located in the same building.
Specific flights coincide with set touring times, please contact our staff if you would like advice on what may be most suitable.
Ferry to Kangaroo Island
There are two ferry services travelling to Kangaroo Island from Cape Jervis daily. It takes approximately 2 hours to reach Cape Jervis from Adelaide CBD by car. Both services take around 45 minutes from the mainland to arrive in Penneshaw. Additional sailing times are available during peak seasons but have been known to book out ahead of time. Please be aware that during winter or in the event of extreme weather ferries have the potential to be cancelled last minute.
The Sealink ferry has the option to bring your own vehicle, however, if you have a hire car it is vital to check the fine print regarding insurance when travelling to Kangaroo Island. Many care hire companies will not cover vehicles on Kangaroo Island, those taken on ferries, driven on dirt roads or night time driving, which is often necessary on the island. For convenience, cars can be left in a lockup facility at Cape Jervis for a fee and picked up upon return.
It should be noted that unfortunately, ferry arrival times do not coincide with same day touring times and location. However, we can still offer transfers to take you to your selected accommodation to commence touring the following day. If you choose to travel by ferry to the island please discuss with our friendly staff the best option for touring times.