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About Kangaroo Island

Beautiful.  Wild.  Something for everyone!

Kangaroo Island is like no other place on Earth.  Kangaroo Island's diverse landscapes are home to Australia's most unique wildlife family.  Peaceful rivers, majestic sand dunes and rugged bush tracks, provide hours of outdoor action for the whole family!

It boasts an array of amazing locally produced food and wines, as well as strong arts, sports and historical communities, bringing together various festivities throughout the calender year.

The Island is also scattered with different styles of accommodation, designed to suit any budget, or fullfil any luxurious desire!

Kangaroo Island truly is the perfect setting for any romantic getaway, extended holiday, or action-packed adventure!

Getting to Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island lies 15 kilometers off the mainland of South Australia and is easily accessible by sea or air. 

Regional Express Airlines operates flights from Adelaide Airport. The short 30 minute flight lands at Kingscote Airport, 13 kilometers from Kingscote. As Kangaroo Island does not have a public transport system visitors need to hire a car or arrange a tour with one of the many operators on the island.

Sealink operates a ferry service from Cape Jervis on the mainland to Penneshaw. While you can drive yourself, coach connections are available from Adelaide, Cape Jervis, Penneshaw, American River and Kingscote. The ferry trip is a comfortable 40 minutes.

Most tourist attractions on Kangaroo Island are on or within a few kilometres of the sealed roads. A 4WD is not necessary, with care you can enjoy all the island has to offer in a 2WD. If you choose to hire a vehicle it is important to check the restrictions as some mainland hire companies will not insure vehicles on the island. There are three hire companies on the island, Budget, Hertz and Flour Cask Bay 4WD Hire. We recommend you book early if you need a hire car. 

Visitor information

The Visitor Information Centre is located in Penneshaw and can help you with itineries, directions, bookings and recommendations. There is also a printed guide to Kangaroo Island which can be found at most tourism businesses, and a KI App which will give you all the information you need at your finger tips with news updates  and special offers from local businesses. The App is free to download. 

More about Kangaroo Island

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