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Discover Kangaroo Island on a food and wine, wildlife or self-drive tour

Just a short ferry trip from the South Australian mainland, you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away when you step onto Kangaroo Island. 

Known as Australia’s Galapagos, Kangaroo Island (or KI as the locals call it), is the third largest island off the coast of Australia. The island has more than 4,500 square kilometres of incredible geology and 500 kilometres of stunning coastline. The thriving local food and beverage scene make it a fabulous adventure for gourmands. Plus, it’s the best place to see native Australian wildlife up close. You can expect to see koalas, kangaroos bounding everywhere, and sea lions lazing on the rocks. Kangaroo Island is a magnificent place for a getaway.

How to get to Kangaroo Island

Whether you are arriving from around the world or from across Australia, getting to the island is easy. Kangaroo Island from Adelaide takes less than four hours. SeaLink’s car and passenger ferries operate regular services each day from Cape Jervis, 110 kilometres south of Adelaide. The drive from Adelaide to Cape Jervis is picturesque, as you journey south through the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula with its delightful coastal towns and green valleys.

The ferry trip takes just 45 minutes from Cape Jervis, arriving in beautiful Penneshaw. Its stunningly blue water, white sandy beach and terraces of holiday and residential houses look down over the bay.

Kangaroo Island South Australia, SeaLink
Travel to Kangaroo Island © SeaLink

Touring South Australia’s gem

There are so many things to do on Kangaroo Island, one trip won’t be enough. Opt for a self-drive holiday and take your car on the ferry. You can follow an itinerary or take things slow and decide as you go.

Or, if you’re looking for an easy holiday planned for you, a self-drive package or tour would be best. SeaLink offers a large range of self-drive packages and tours to choose from. Whether you are into food and wine, wildlife and fauna, hiking and adventure or simply want to indulge in all that KI has to offer, SeaLink has the right package for you.

There are multi-day tours that vary in length, offering travellers flexibility in how long they wish to remain in paradise. From a three-day island getaway to a 12-day Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Murray River package. The opportunities are endless.

While you’re in the area, why not combine your island travels with some of the other famous South Australian regions? Take to the Barossa, McLaren Vale and the Murray River where great wine, spectacular sights and natural wonders await. Or, a cruise on the majestic Murray Princess paddle wheeler. With three, four or seven-night cruises available, you can customise your adventures to suit your travel itinerary.

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SeaLink Kangaroo Island
Discover the wonders of KI onboard a SeaLink tour © SeaLink

KI accommodation

There’s a great array of accommodation to choose from on the island, ranging from hotels, motels, cabins, apartments, glamping and family eco-tents, caravan parks and holiday houses, so you are bound to find something to suit your style and budget.

To book your Kangaroo Island adventure and find out all about how you can combine a Kangaroo Island holiday with other great South Australian regions, call 13 13 01, visit or your travel agent.

Kangaroo Island Map