Driving On Kangaroo Island
There are nearly 1,600 km of roads on the Island. The major roads between Penneshaw, American River, Kingscote, Parndana and Flinders Chase are sealed. The remainder are unsealed and require reduced speed and caution - particularly on corners and when approaching other traffic. Kangaroo Island has a small permanent population so it is impossible to keep the whole road network constantly maintained. From time to time some of the unsealed roads will be corrugated and in poor condition. Always carry a spare tyre in your vehicle.
Fuel is available from Kingscote, American River, Island Beach, Penneshaw, Parndana, Vivonne Bay and KI Wilderness Retreat near Flinders Chase National Park. LPG is available at Kingscote and Penneshaw. A full tank is recommended before heading out on a full day of touring. Fuel stations have limited hours, some closing at 6pm.
People drive at different speeds, based on their ability, safety comfort zone or desire to see the Island at a relaxed pace. Please give consideration to other road users. Keep left and allow faster moving traffic through. If stopping to sightsee, ensure that your vehicle is not parked on the road, just around a corner or over a hill from oncoming traffic.
Please be aware of agricultural vehicles, particularly when approaching blind corners or on undulating, narrow and unsealed roads. These vehicles are often longer and wider than anticipated and require care when approaching and overtaking. Approach vehicles displaying 'oversize' signs with caution - you may not be able to overtake immediately. Keep a safe distance behind trucks so that the driver can see you. Remember that if you can't see the mirrors, the driver can't see you.
Kangaroo Island wildlife is precious and protected - and active at night! Native animals are blinded by bright light. Slow down, dip your lights and take time to observe the wildlife. During the day, be especially careful not to hit goannas basking on the warm roads.