About Kangaroo Island

Sea-lions basking on white beaches, koalas dozing in lofty eucalypts, pelicans soaring over shimmering lagoons...

Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness - a place that has offered protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape. Kangaroo Island (or ‘KI' as the locals call it) is also big and surprisingly diverse.
If you traverse its 155km length you'll find soaring cliffs, dense bushland, towering sand dunes,
wetlands and massive arcs of bone white beach.
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Getting to Kangaroo Island

By Ferry...

Kangaroo Island SeaLink operates two large, luxurious vehicle and passenger ferries, between Cape Jervis (approx. 2 hour drive from Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula) and Penneshaw KI. There are four departures daily, with additional services during peak times. Bookings are necessary. Travelling time is a comfortable 45 minutes. Mainland coach connections are available to/from Adelaide and Goolwa to Cape Jervis. Island connections are available to/from Penneshaw to American River and Kingscote.
For more information & to book, please contact the 
Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre
+61 8 8553 1185 OR Toll Free 1800 811 080
info@tourkangarooisland.com.au

By Air...

Kangaroo Island is also serviced daily by air. The 30 minute flight operates between the main terminal at the Adelaide Airport and Kingscote KI Airport (which is located 14 kilometres from Kingscote; the main township on KI).

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Getting Around Kangaroo Island

 A Big Island - As the third largest island off the coast of mainland Australia, Kangaroo Island is more than a day-trip destination. 

At 155 kilometres long and up to 55 kilometres wide, it covers an area of 4,416 square kilometres. 'We didn't realise the Island was so large' is frequently stated by visitors soon after their arrival. You can bring your vehicle from the mainland by ferry or you can hire a vehicle from Kingscote, Penneshaw or the airport.

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Organised Tours

 There is a huge range of tours available on the Island. 

Tours enable you to sit back and allow someone else to do the driving, and your guide can provide great Kangaroo Island knowledge. Coach tours are available or, alternatively, more personalised four-wheel drive tours. Most tours will pick-up from your accommodation, ferry terminal or the airport. Alternatively fully escorted touring from Adelaide is available.

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Regions of Kangaroo Island


Dudley Peninsula and Penneshaw:  Incorporating Antechamber Bay, Brown Beach, Baudin Beach, Island Beach, American Beach.

American River:  Incorporating Pelican Lagoon, Muston, Red Banks. 

Kingscote:  Incorporating Cygnet River, Brownlow, Kingscote, Nepean Bay, Western Cove, Wisanger.

North Coast:  Incorporating Emu Bay, Cape Cassini, Stokes Bay, Snelling Beach, Middle River, Western River Cove, King George Beach.

Pardana and Heartland:  Parndana is the hub for the heartland of Kangaroo Island. 

South Coast:  Incorporating D'Estrees Bay, Murray Lagoon, Seal Bay, Vivonne Bay, Hanson Bay, Flinders Chase, Macgillivray, Karatta.

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Wildlife & Environment

Kangaroo Island is the place where you can quietly ‘go bush' and see native Australian animals and birds as they were meant to be seen. In the wild.

Kangaroo Island is a true wildlife sanctuary. Owing to its isolation from the mainland, the Island has suffered less from the impact of European settlement and retains more than half of its native ‘old-growth' vegetation - a vast area of some 2,250 square kilometres. Similarly, the Island has been spared the damage done by foxes and rabbits, ensuring the integrity of native bushland. Result? Animal and bird populations have thrived. Today, more than one-third of the Island is declared Conservation or National Park and it has five significant Wilderness Protection Areas. So Kangaroo Island continues to be a special and protected place. Enter and be amazed...

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Attractions & Tours
Attractions & Tours
National Parks
National Parks
Wildlife Spotting
Wildlife Spotting

Food & Wine

Take the road less travelled...
and discover food and wine at nature's pure heart

Take a trail to surprising places on wild and welcoming Kangaroo Island where you can taste the unexpected and wondrous in food and wine. The Kangaroo Island Farm Gate and Cellar Door Trail introduces you to producers and products at their source. It invites you to enjoy the rich fruits of Kangaroo Island producers' labours in your own time in a natural unspoilt environment. Farm gate and cellar door locations are listed separately and alphabetically. Each has its own specialities and personality. The three listed itineraries cover three areas, each about a day's drive (but you're welcome to take two). The Dudley Peninsula, Central and South Coast, and Kingscote and surrounds trails are a suggested guide to a variety of sensations and connections with locals. Choose your own, guided by the listed farm gate and cellar door venues, and mix in a splash of art, scenery and natural delights.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT KI FOOD & WINE

Rich History

A Wild Island with Wild Stories

Islands across the world have more than one thing in common. They share a frontier bound by water and a history and culture of ingenuity, borne out of their inherent isolation. Kangaroo Island's history is no different; it is full of interesting and compelling stories. Be sure to travel through time at one of the many museums and history - inspired attractions dotted across the Island.

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Lighthouses
Lighthouses
Modern Settlement
Modern Settlement
Early History
Early History


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... need some help booking somewhere to stay?

While all Kangaroo Island accommodation is suitable for exploring the Island, particular regions of the Island afford different advantages. Whether you are arriving in the evening and need accommodation close to the ferry port, you prefer to be close to shops and restaurants or if you really want to get away from it all and stay in a more secluded area, there is a region on Kangaroo Island to suit everyone. Need some help with your bookings ... then call us now on ...

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Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre

Visit with our friendly staff at Kangaroo Island's only Accredited Visitor Information Centre and let us help you customise an itinerary as unique as you are to get the most from your time on Kangaroo Island.

Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre - Howard Drive, PENNESHAW SA 5222
Open: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Weekends & Public Holidays 10am - 4pm, Closed Christmas Day.

TOLL FREE: 1800 811 080