Seal Bay Conservation Park Tours
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Kangaroos aren’t the only Aussie creatures that call Kangaroo Island home—you’ll also find one of the largest sea lion colonies in the world here. Seal Bay Conservation Park is dedicated to protecting and preserving the endangered animals, and gives you the chance to admire wild sea lions in their natural environment.
Seal Bay is the only place in the world where you can get up close to Australian sea lions on the beach. Follow boardwalks to beachfront viewing platforms on a self-guided tour, during which you’ll likely see sea lions bathing and fishing in the shallow waters, and interacting with their pups.
Seal Bay is one of the most-visited attractions on Kangaroo Island and is included on the majority of island tours. Visit with a guide to learn more about the seals and the park’s ongoing conservation efforts; tours take you right down onto the beach for an even closer look at the seals, although interaction with the seals is prohibited.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Seal Bay Visitor Centre is free to visit and has informative displays, restrooms, and a gift shop.
- There’s no café or restaurant at Seal Bay, but cold drinks are available to purchase. The nearby Bales Bay Picnic Area has plenty of picnic benches and barbecues.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes and suitable outdoor clothing, and bring sunscreen, a hat, and water.
- The Seal Bay boardwalk is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
Seal Bay Conservation Park is located along the south coast of Kangaroo Island. It’s a 45-minute drive from Kingscote or a 1-hour drive from Penneshaw via the South Coast Road. There’s no public transport to the sanctuary, so it’s best to join a tour unless you have your own transport. Planes fly from Adelaide to Kingscote airport in 30 minutes or you can ride the 45-minute ferry to Penneshaw from Cape Jervis on the mainland.
When to Get There
The park is open daily from morning until early evening; last entry is one hour before closing. Tours run frequently, with at least one tour per hour, however tour numbers are limited and it can get busy during the summer months—plan to arrive before 11am or after 1pm to avoid the biggest crowds. The summer months of December, January, and February are the best time to see new-born seal pups.
Wildlife Spotting on Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is renowned for its wildlife-watching opportunities. Head to the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary to watch wild koalas, kangaroos, and wallabies in their natural habitats, or visit the Penneshaw Penguin Centre to see Little Penguins. In the Flinders Chase National Park, look out for dolphins, whales, and New Zealand fur seals as you visit the natural wonders of Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks, or set sail on a whale-watching cruise around Hanson Bay (May-September). There’s also the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, home to kangaroos, wombats, and koalas.
Address: Seal Bay Conservation Park, Seal Bay, SA 5223, Australia
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Seal Bay Conservation Park
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Kangaroo Island lies off the coast of South Australia and is renowned for its natural reserves, coastal scenery, and native wildlife. This shore excursion visits three of the island’s most popular attractions in just one day, with port pickup and drop-off included. Take in the views from Remarkable Rocks, spot New Zealand fur seals at Admirals Arch, and admire sea lions at Seal Bay Conservation Park.
Experience the thrill of an up-close encounter with wild kangaroos, koalas, and fur seals in their natural environment on this full-day tour of Kangaroo Island’s best bits. Hop aboard a 4WD for a custom-made itinerary, taking in highlights like Seal Bay, Cape Willoughby, and Dudley Peninsula. This small-group tour has a participant limit to ensure a personalized experience.
Experience the best of Kangaroo Island on a full-day tour with convenient round-trip transport from your accommodation or airport location. In addition to navigating, your guide provides commentary about the island’s landscape, as well as points out wildlife that’s easy to miss without a trained eye. Stops on the itinerary include Stokes Bay, the Cygnet River Valley, and Seal Bay Conservation Park. Morning tea and freshly-prepared lunch are included.
Explore Kangaroo Island without the stress of planning on a full day tour with convenient round-trip transport from your Kingscote accommodation. In addition to navigating, your guide provides commentary about the island’s diverse wildlife, which many travelers find easy to miss without a trained eye. The day’s itinerary includes seal watching at Seal Bay, lunch at Flinders Chase National Park, and photo opportunities at Admirals Arch.
Explore the diverse scenery and wildlife of Kangaroo Island on this convenient, two-day, personalized small-group tour (maximum of six passengers). Australian wildlife is unique, but it can be difficult to spot without an expert guide. On this trip, you’ll have the chance to see kangaroos, koalas, cockatoos, and many other incredible animals. You'll also have the chance to observe sea lions on the beach and visit the Dudley Penisula Lighthouse. Morning and afternoon tea is included, with an optional BBQ lunch.
KI Ride offers guided motorbike adventure tours which take in the highlights of beautiful Kangaroo Island. Experience our wild places and winding roads up close in an adventure of a lifetime! Local tour guide Luca knows all the island’s best-kept secrets. The 3 day/2 night dirt road adventure tour, departing Adelaide, has flexible accommodation and meal options, and can be tailored to your riding skill. The ride is predominantly on well-maintained dirt roads – with the occasional beach adventure! Let the throttle out and see where the road takes you!
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Seal Bay Conservation Park?
The best ways to experience Seal Bay Conservation Park are:
- Kangaroo Island Shore Excursion Scenic Trail Tour
- Kangaroo Island 4wd - Best of KI
- Kangaroo Island Luxury Small Group 'Island Life' Full Day Tour
- Kangaroo Island Scenic Trail Tour
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