Getting here is easy. Hop on a ferry from Cape Jervis to Kingscote, Kangaroo Island. Prefer to fly? Take a 30 minute flight from Adelaide Airport.
Ferry or flight
Less than two 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.
If you're not taking the ferry, you can fly. Regional Express (REX) provides daily direct flights, taking just 30 minutes from Adelaide to Kingscote Airport.
Qantas has introduced flights to Kingscote direct from Melbourne and Adelaide starting December 2017.
- Melbourne to Kingscote, starting 17 December: Friday, Sunday and Tuesday.
- Adelaide to Kingscote, starting 4 December: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Schedule subject to change and government and regulatory approval. Find out more on the Qantas website.
Take yourself, and your car, across to Kangaroo Island on the SeaLink ferry.
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.
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.
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.