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SeaLink ferry, Kangaroo Island

How to get to Kangaroo Island by sea and air

Wondering how to get to Kangaroo Island? Getting here is easy by ferry from Cape Jervis or a 30 minute flight from Adelaide Airport. Find out more.

Flight or ferry

Regional Express (REX) provides direct flights, taking just 30 minutes from Adelaide to Kingscote Airport, 14 kilometres from the town centre. If you’re not flying to Kangaroo Island, you'll be taking the ferry.


A couple of hours' drive from Adelaide, the SeaLink ferry takes you, and your car, across the water to Penneshaw. There are three departures each day and extra services during peak times. Refreshments are available on board. Be sure to book in advance.

SeaLink ferry, Kangaroo Island

Take yourself, and your car, across to Kangaroo Island on the SeaLink ferry.


Island transport

There’s limited public transport on Kangaroo Island. SeaLink runs a twice daily coach service between Penneshaw, American River and Kingscote which connects with the ferry service. Shuttle buses providing transfers between towns can be booked. If you don’t have a vehicle, ask your accommodation provider about shuttle services from the ferry or airport.


Kingscote, Penneshaw and the airport all offer a car hire service. If you’re planning to hire a car on the mainland, please discuss your travel plans with the hire company. Some Kangaroo Island roads are unsealed and hiring restrictions may apply. 


Driving

Nearly 1,600 kilometres of roads crisscross Kangaroo Island. Many of them, particularly the major routes connecting Penneshaw, American River, Parndana, Flinders Chase and Kingscote are sealed and in good condition. Drive below 60 kilometres per hour on unsealed roads.


To get the best out of your Kangaroo Island visit, you could try one of these self drive itineraries. Get a taste of the region with the three-day Best of Adelaide and Kangaroo Island itinerary or the four-day Nature, Sea and Vines Trail. If you have more time, try the seven-day WOW Tour - Wildlife, Outback and Wine.


You can buy fuel on Kangaroo Island at most of the larger towns. LPG (gas) is available at Kingscote and Penneshaw. Ensure you have a full tank before you head off for the day and remember that most petrol stations close at 6pm. 


Drive safely

Kangaroos, koalas and wallabies are more active at dawn, dusk and overnight. If you’re travelling at these times, take extra care to protect the wildlife. If you do come across something, slow down and let it pass. Be alert during the daytime too. Lizards and goannas love to lie on the warm roads.


Take the car, ride the bus or hop on a plane. Just make sure you visit Kangaroo Island.

Kangaroo Island - refresh your spirit

Kangaroo Island’s scenery is breathtaking. Travel through bushland, to beaches, over rolling hills and around rocky cliffs. Wildlife reigns supreme with only a few towns in between.

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Kangaroo Island Visitor Information Centres

Travelling on Kangaroo Island? Get advice, maps, brochures and more with a visit to one of our Visitor Information Centres. Find out more.