How to get around Kangaroo Island?

Kangaroo Island Connect makes getting to Kangaroo Island and driving around Kangaroo Island, easy, affordable, and accessible. Our vehicle hire options are the best budget car hire kangaroo island and the mainland have to offer. From small economical car rentals to large 12 seat van rentals that you can drive on a normal car drivers license.

With car rental depots located in Adelaide, Cape Jervis, Penneshaw and Cygnet River (near the Kingscote Airport on Kangaroo Island) we’ve got your Kangaroo Island trip covered.



Kangaroo Island Connect provides car rental creating a seamless car hire service between; • Adelaide • Cape Jervis • Penneshaw • Cygnet River (near the Kangaroo Island Airport)

Car Hire Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is big – 155 kilometres long, covering 4,400 square kilometres and there are 1,600 kilometres of roads. You need a vehicle because there are no public buses, taxis or Uber! 

Get off our Kangaroo Island ferry, jump into a rental vehicle and you’re off on your Kangaroo Island holiday within minutes. Not only does Kangaroo Island Connect provide the cheapest ferry,  but we also provide the cheapest car rentals.

For Kangaroo Island holidays of only a few days, it’s cheaper to catch our Kangaroo Island ferry and book a car hire in Penneshaw.  A return trip on the Kangaroo Island Connect Ferry for 2 adults and 2 days Kangaroo Island Connect car hire is over $100 cheaper than bringing your own car, with no risk of your car being stuck on Kangaroo Island if you have any mechanical problems or run into one of our friendly kangaroos!

Our Kangaroo Island Connect cars can be driven on any Council-formed roads, whether bitumen or dirt, but not on dirt tracks

car rental Penneshaw

Mitsubishi ASX

From $115 per day

5 seater, automatic

This small SUV has a stylish look and drives nicely on the Kangaroo Island country roads, with a comfortable ride, good steering and plenty of power. 

Mitsubishi Outlander

From $135 per day

7 seater, automatic

If you’re on a family holiday to Kangaroo Island and need more seats or more luggage space, try the Mitsubishi Outlander. The Mitsubishi Outlander is easy and comfortable to drive on long trips.

Triton 4WD Dual Cab Ute

From $155 per day

4 seater, automatic

Feel like renting something a little different? Our Triton 4WD Dual Cab Ute is for you. Comfortably seating 4 persons, this 4WD Ute is great for those with lots of luggage, surf gear or a kayak etc.

Note:  The Triton can be used on bush tracks and non-government roads when being used on private property for work purposes only.

Small Compact

From $95 per day

4 seater, most cars automatic

Small Compact cars include Suzuki Ignis or Mazda 2 or Kia Picanto or VW Polo (manual) depending on availability on the day. Ideal for day trippers to Kangaroo Island with little or no luggage. All Small Compact cars have automatic transmission except the Polo which is a manual.

Toyota hiace van

From $220 per day

12 seater, automatic

The 12-seater high roof Hiace vans are automatic and do NOT require any special driver’s licence to operate them. All seats have seats-belts and all rear seats have child seat anchor points for the small travelers. This is the perfect people mover for young and old.

Kia Carnival

From $165 per day

8 seater, automatic

If you’re visiting Kangaroo Island with a group of friends or a couple of families and need more seats, the Kia Carnival may be just what you need. This spacious 8 seater car offers the latest technology and comfort for all passengers. Tour Kangaroo Island in comfort and style.

Hilux 4WD Single Cab Ute

From $155 per day

2 seater, manual

Our Hilux 4WD Single Cab Ute is the perfect vehicle when you have work to do. Comfortably seating 2 persons, this 4WD Ute is great when you need extra power for harder work!

car rental cape jervis

Kangaroo Island Connect is the only hire car company offering rental cars from Cape Jervis. From $68/day Kangaroo Island Connect hire cars at Cape Jervis are perfect for a trip to Adelaide, Victor Harbour or anywhere in South Australia, instead of taking your own car. It is usually cheaper than taking your own car too!


From $70 per day

4 seater, automatic

Mitsubishi ASX

From $85 per day

5 seater, automatic

car hire adelaide to Kangaroo Island

If you’re working out how to get to Kangaroo Island but haven’t got your own car to drive there, the best option is to a cheap car hire. We have car rentals between Adelaide and Cape Jervis and you don’t need to pay for the car rental while you’re on Kangaroo Island. Simply pickup another car hire on Kangaroo Island and continue your holiday.

Rent a car from our Port Adelaide hire car depot, which is 15 minutes from the Adelaide Airport. This allows the greatest flexibility on your drive to Cape Jervis to meet the Kangaroo Island Ferry. It is also the cheapest transport option if you are travelling with more than two people. See our activity map for things to do on the way to Kangaroo Island on your self-drive through the Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis. Drop the vehicle at the Cape Jervis car rental depot and don’t pay for this hire car while you are on Kangaroo Island. 

Mitsubishi ASX

From $99 per day

5 seater, automatic

Mitsubishi Outlander

From $120 per day

7 seater, automatic

Car rental additional information

  • All Kangaroo Island Connect vehicles have a 300km per day limit included with the rental. If renting more than 1 day the included km will be averaged over the rental period. Extra Kilometres are charged at $0.40 per km.
  • Vehicles are full of fuel at collection and must be returned full of fuel. Fuel is not included in the rental price and renters will be charged $5/litre for us to refuel if vehicles are not returned fully fuelled. 
  • Excess reduction* can be added to the booking to reduce the insurance excess in the case of an accident.
  • Infant car seats and Booster seats are $10 per day and must be booked in advance to ensure availability.
  • A Security bond** will be charged on the day of rental.

* Standard insurance excess for Kangaroo Island Connect vehicles in the case of any accident is $4,500. You can reduce this by paying an additional $25 per day for ‘Excess Reduction’. We do not offer a $0 excess option.

If you add excess reduction to your vehicle hire:

  • the excess is reduced to $680 in the case of an accident with another vehicle.
  • the excess is reduced to $1,000 in the case of an accident with any of the wildlife e.g Kangaroos.
  • the excess is reduced to $2,800 in the case of a single vehicle accident.

**A security bond of $1,000 is charged per vehicle. The security bond is reduced to $500 if you have added excess insurance reduction to your booking. The security bond is refunded once the vehicle has been inspected after returning.

NOTE : Additional excess insurance costs may apply to drivers under 25 years of age.