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Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide

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  • 16 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Travel from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island, one of Australia’s most popular wildlife destinations, on this activity-filled day trip by ferry and coach. On the island, discover its natural attractions and local animals, from Vivonne Bay and Seal Bay Conservation Park to the Remarkable Rocks, Flinders Chase National Park, Admirals Arch and more. Spot wallabies, echidnas, fur seals, koalas and, of course, kangaroos.
  • Full-day tour to Kangaroo Island by coach and ferry, from Adelaide
  • Take a guided walk among Australian sea lions with a National Parks Ranger at Seal Bay Conservation Park
  • Enjoy a 2-course lunch
  • Walk along the coast at Flinders Chase National Park, one of South Australia’s top national parks
  • Snap photos of the sculpture-like rock formations named Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch

What's Included

  • Lunch
  • Travel by air-conditioned coach with expert commentary by local driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Seal Bay Guided Beach Walk
  • Flinders Chase National Park including the iconic Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch
  • Visit Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Adelaide Central Bus Station Franklin St
    83 Franklin St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

    * Please call SeaLink on 131301 at least 2 days prior to your tour to provide your accommodation details for pickup (If required) * Otherwise please check in by 6.30am at the Adelaide Sightseeing counter inside the Adelaide Central Bus Station, 83-85 Franklin Street, Adelaide

Start time

06:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Your day trip begins with pickup in Adelaide by coach for the drive across the Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis, where you catch the ferry for a cruise across Backstairs Passage to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Upon arrival, board another coach for your tour of the island.

Then begin your Kangaroo Island experience at Seal Bay Conservation Park to witness Australian sea lions lazing on the beach; take a coastal walk with a National Parks ranger for an up-close look at the colony. After your visit to Seal Bay Conservation Park, you will enjoy a delicious two course lunch.

After lunch, visit Flinders Chase National Park on the rugged southwest coast of the island to walk among the granite boulders known as the Remarkable Rocks. See the rock archway known as Admirals Arch, admire Cape du Couedic and watch long-nosed fur seals as they play and relax.

Throughout your tour, hear about the history of Kangaroo Island and learn interesting facts about the animals from your knowledgeable guide. When your time on the island is up, head back to the ferry landing, watching for more kangaroos along the way, for your ferry ride back to the mainland.


This morning enjoy your scenic coach transfer to Cape Jervis to meet the ferry for your 45 minute trip to Kangaroo Island. On arrival into Penneshaw, meet your coach and driver to begin your tour.

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Seal Bay Conservation Park

At Seal Bay, you will be taken down onto the beach by a Parks Interpretive Officer to see the Australian sea lions close-up - swimming in the surf or basking in the sand.

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Please bring light jacket and sun protection
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:What is the pick up location?

A:We offer pick ups from most hotels. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.

Jul 2019

Q:Where is the meeting point?

A:The meeting point for this tour will be at Adelaide Central Bus Station (85 Franklin Street).

Jul 2019

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour from Adelaide?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips

It is a long drive to go to the island and by plane, it is only 20 min flight but it is more expensive.
Long day but worth it to see the island even though some attractions were off limits due to recent fires.
The water is calmer in the morning (can't really see much from the ferry so it's not like you whale watch, etc.
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A wonderful day at KI
Clare_A, Aug 2022
It was wonderful to see a koala and kangaroos despite the devastation left by the bushfires. We enjoyed seeing the sea lions too.
Back to nature after bushfires
Christine_J, Aug 2022
Viewing the Australian sea lions from the board walk as they were so close and we had a wonderfully knowledgeable guide in Adam.
Marathon of a day but worth it
Treewillia, Jul 2022
This is a very loooooong day but with gorgeous scenery and wildlife. I was envious of some people on our tour who opted to spend the night on Kangaroo Island. Not only would that have been much more relaxing, but they were continuing to tour the next day with fun activities such as visiting a honeybee farm, wine tasting, etc! The coach drivers were great… Phil provided excellent history and commentary on the way to the ferry, and Scott did the same while on the island. I know he did his best to show us the highlights just in a day, but it did feel rushed. A stop to buy some authentic souvenirs, as well as a stop for tea or dinner would have been appreciated. If this is your only option to see Kangaroo Island by all means do it. However, if your schedule has the flexibility to spend a night or two there, that would be so much better!! Regardless, make sure to dress warmly if you are visiting during the winter! I’m so glad I had a warm coat, hat and gloves!
Long day, but well worth it.
Robyn_B, Jul 2022
For this who have limited time, this is the ideal way to get an overview of the amazing Kangaroo Island. This is not a foodie/local produce tour. Instead, it is a great way to see the landscapes and natural beauty of the island, and some of its wildlife. This tour delivers what is says on the packet. It IS a very long day, and there is some limited walking involved, which some of the older tourists found minimally challenging, but not impossible. It was very easy for most people. We loved it. It is a good idea to pack snacks, because food stops are limited to a pleasant enough lunch, and the chance to purchase something for dinner at the wharf or on board the ferry, which does not cater all that well for special dietary needs (the lunch did). The guides are informative and engaged. We are very glad we did this tour.
A real experience in an untouched nature
RUDOLF_R, Jun 2022
Pure nature and wonderful nature. Observing seals so close that was a great experience! For sure we will be back again!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Brilliant day out!
Teresa_B, Jun 2022
An amazing day out! Kangaroo Island is a spectacular place to visit! The driver amazingly knowledgeable and friendly, as was everyone
Great experience!
Winston_H, Jun 2022
It was so awesome getting to see so much wildlife and getting up close with the seals, as well as holding a koala! It was also interesting seeing all the damage that the bushfires caused in 2019. The driver/guide Scott was great and seemed to really care about the island and what hes talking about :)
A day trip well spent on KI
SeeMeng_L, Jun 2022
Beautiful rustic natural landscapes of KI. Long time spent on bus between places of interests. Guides are very friendly and fun! Animal farm trip was memorable. Marble Arch landscape was beautiful. Despite the long hours we only managed to see 4 places !!
Great day out, very interesting and informative.
Sue_M, Jun 2022
Great to see the seals so close up. Lunch was delicious. Driver Scott, shared lots of his knowledge on the Island's history, as well as recent events about bush fires. Plenty of time allowed at the various stops. A little disappointed that the wildlife park visit was mostly in the dark and the $40 fee to hold a koala was extreme.
Great long day at Kangaroo Isl
John_A, Jun 2022
Remarkable rocks & Arch just fantastic!Seal Lions were good too being so close to them was awesome even if there was not a lot of them about!
Sea lions and Admirals...
William_S, May 2022
Sea lions and Admirals arch and remarkable rocks were the highlights. A shame the earlier ferry broke down and we were put on the later ferry which put the whole day behind schedule. Dave, the driver on the island did a great job reorganising the itinerary and got everything covered. Although our return to Adelaide was late it was a good day.
Not only seals but whales too.
Doreen_B, May 2022
It was a long day but being able to get so close to seals, with the bonus of seeing whales was amazing. The guide was local and very knowledgeable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A very entertaining day
Stephen_V, May 2022
Great coastal scenery. Up and close with the seals. A very well researched driver. His knowledge of the islands history , flora and fauna was incredible
2 travelers found this review helpful
Very long day, lunch...
Nancy_M, May 2022
Very long day, lunch provided was disappointing and not what we paid for. No restaurants were open for dinner. Tour was overbooked on the day. Bus drivers were excellent, very friendly and knowledgeable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fantastic day on the spectacular island
Niamh_C, Apr 2022
An amazing way to see the best parts of Kangaroo Island in a day. Dave (our tour guide) was phenomenal. It was so good to hear so much about the island from a local. From the history to the everyday life. I would highly recommend this tour if you don’t have heaps of time but are keen to see Kangaroo Island!
really well organized tour.
Cecile_G, Apr 2022
This was an excellent tour from pick up to drop off there is no denying it was an extremely long day. On the island our bus driver guide Scott provided his time and great knowledge and importantly humor to introduce us to Kangaroo Island. On reflection five or 10 minutes less at each stop and a little bit more time at the animal sanctuary might have been nice but that’s been filthy. Generally a really well organized tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great experience @ Kangaroo Island
Glenn_G, Apr 2022
Our driver, Dave, provided us with an excellent service and had done an extra mile to stay until we have left KI. WE HIGHLY recommend him and this tour.
A great experience to remember!
Tony_H, Apr 2022
The Remarkable Rocks, Seal Bay, and Admirals Arch we’re all spectacular. Even the ferry trips were memorable and the coach drivers/tour guides were great.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Great day out
Paul_A, Apr 2022
Sealions at seal bay and fur seals at admirals arch. Dave the drivers commentary. Great views of the islands from the coach, much better than a car
Great experience
SyedFarouk_S, Apr 2022
The tour guide was very informative, Seal Bay, where the sea lions put on a show, the Remarkable Rocks, nature's art work, and the wildlife sanctuary, where animals are being cared for.


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