How to get to Kangaroo Island
Sealink, the spirit of Kangaroo Island.
Getting to Kangaroo Island by Ferry
Kangaroo Island Sealink operates ferries to and from the island, running between Cape Jervis (on the Fleurieu Peninsula) and Penneshaw. There are three ferries that run daily, while others operate depending on season. Daily ferries depart Cape Jervis at 09:00, 10:00 and 18:00 and depart Penneshaw at 08:30, 10:30 and 19:30.
There are two ferries that make the 45-minute journey across the Backstairs Passage, both of which are modern with air conditioning, lounge–style chairs and toilets. There is also a licensed café on-board and an outdoor viewing deck for those that want to feel the breeze through their hair.
Ferries can accommodate both passengers and vehicles with a maximum length of four metres. Larger vehicles are also allowed to board the ferries but must pre-booked ahead of time. It is also advisable to buy a ticket beforehand if arriving with a smaller vehicle in order to guarantee a spot.
Passengers that are travelling without a vehicle can make use of Kangaroo Island Sealink's shuttle service. Shuttles run from Adelaide and Goolwa to Cape Jervis and from Penneshaw to Kingscote and American River.
It is recommended to check-in at least 30-minutes before ferry departure time. There is a café, free Wi-Fi and tourist information counter at both piers for the use of passengers before and after boarding a ferry. If you are travelling without a vehicle there is a luggage van that will bring your bags on and off the ferry as well as keep them secure throughout the journey. Those travelling by car should be sure to lock all of their belongings inside before proceeding to the passenger deck.
Getting to Kangaroo Island by Air
Regional Express is currently the only airline that offers flights to Kangaroo Island. Flights depart from Adelaide twice daily (once in the morning and once in the evening) and arrive at the island's only airport; Kingscote Airport. All aircrafts are Saab 340 aircrafts that can seat up-to 36 passengers.
The journey from Adelaide Airport is just 30 minutes, with Kingscote Airport being located around 7.5 miles from Kangaroo Island's main town. Over 60,000 visitors arrive on the island by air from Adelaide each year. It is highly advisable to book well in advance, as flights are often full in the high season.
There are no taxis or public transport options at the Kingscote Airport but it is possible to hire a car from one of the onsite agents. Passengers can also arrange for private transfer through a tour company or through their hotel or resort. Other facilities at the small airport include a coffee machine, a confectionary machine, toilets and telephones.
Regional Express also operates two flights a day from Kingscote Airport back to Adelaide Airport; one in the morning and one in the evening. Booking a return flight can often save visitors a bit of money as well as a lot of headache.