Visiting Kangaroo Island from Adelaide
By Viator, August 2013
Sitting a little to the south and west of Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is just off the mainland. It’s easy to get to Kangaroo Island whether or not you have your own transport. Coach transfers run from Adelaide and Cape Jervis, the closest point on the mainland. From there it’s as easy as walking (or driving if you have your own transport) onto the ferry for a quick 45 minute trip across the Backstairs Passage to Penneshaw.
Once on the island its entire 155km length is your playground. Much of the island is declared protected and conservation is a huge part of many of the businesses and attractions on the island. Start your trip by seeing the natural wonders of the island. Admiral Arch and the Remarkable Rocks in Flinders Chase National Park are windswept sandstone sculptures and are prime viewing positions for the sea life around the islands – colonies of New Zealand fur seals, dolphins and migrating whales are a joy to watch. The Cape Borda Lightstation also sits within the park and guided tours explore the history of the structure.
Continuing on the nature theme, pop into the wildlife sanctuaries that dot the island. The Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary has a self-guided koala walk that allows you to see koalas in their natural habitat. The Seal Bay Conservation Park shouldn’t be missed. Taking advantage of the local colony of the rare Australian Sea Lion the park takes visitors on tours down amongst the seals daily.
For something a little different visit Kingscote. The commercial hub of the island, Kingscote is the oldest European settlement in South Australia. Historical monuments, preserved buildings and a 177yr old mulberry tree are just some of the connections to the past to explore.
Tours & Tickets
Picture yourself watching sea lions basking on white beaches, pelicans flying high over shimmering seas and sleepy koalas in eucalyptus trees. Get an up-close ... Read more
Duration: 2 days / 1 night
Travel to Kangaroo Island for the day to take a small-group wildlife safari by 4WD. You’ll see koalas, kangaroos and sea lions on Kangaroo Island, South ... Read more
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)
Explore Kangaroo Island on a two-day small-group wildlife safari by 4WD. You’ll see koalas, kangaroos and sea lions on Kangaroo Island, South Australia’s ... Read more
Duration: 2 days (approx.)
Combine wildlife and wine-tasting on a five-day tour of Adelaide and Kangaroo Island. Visit wineries in the Barossa Valley wine region, take a scenic drive ... Read more
Duration: 5 days (approx.)
Take a nocturnal wildlife-spotting tour and discover why Kangaroo Island is an ecological haven for all kinds of Australian animals. You’ll see some of the ... Read more
Kangaroo Island, Australia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)