With its magnificent coastline and a landmass of 4,405 sq. km. with lots of trees and abundant wildlife, almost 150 km. long, (a good one-third of which is protected) Kangaroo Island in South Australia is a paradise that offers you plenty of opportunity to see some of Australia’s ever-present wildlife – seals, dolphins, penguins, koalas, pelicans, and of course, Kangaroos!
Kangaroo Island has fresh seafood to die for and is home to Australia’s 18 top-notch homegrown wine labels. Not to mention the boutique gin distillery, honey farm and much more.
Sail to Kangaroo Island in Utmost Comfort
A ferry trip to Kangaroo Island is the easiest and cheapest way to get there if you have a weekend to spare. The wildlife spotting happens as soon as you board the high speed catamaran Kangaroo Island Connect (kic) ferry from the mainland. Our new ferry has luxury touring coach type seating with large front and side windows for great views of the sea’s attractions, and also snoozers’ cabin and kids’ cabin. The trip to the island across Backstairs Passage is just 30 minutes long.
We also provide the cheapest passenger services to and from Kangaroo Island. Our ferry crossings are provided every day from Cape Jervis, American River and Penneshaw.
Car Hire for the Island
There is no public transport in Kangaroo Island. Without your own wheels, you may get quite exhausted to traverse the wilderness of the island on foot or bike. Kangaroo Island Connect (kic) offers car hire for the convenience of avid travelers to the island. We have 5-seater Mitsubishi ASX and 7-seater Mitsubishi Outlander that you can pre-book with Kangaroo Island Connect for a hassle-free exploration of the island.
If you book your transport to the island with the kic ferry, you can collect the keys to your car and complete the paperwork on the ferry, making your life so much easier so you can get off the ferry an enjoy your holiday immediately.
Reasons to Explore Kangaroo Island
If the name itself wasn’t enough to book a ferry trip to Kangaroo Island or KI, as the locals call it, here are some compelling reasons why you should be packing to Kangaroo Island for your next wilderness experience.
Sea lions are one of the key attractions of the island, and you can watch them frolicking in their natural environment at the Sea Bay Conservation Park. Admiral’s Arch at Cape du Couedic offers a gorgeous backdrop for some ever memorable photographs. Get your camera ready to capture the Fur Seals swimming and sunning themselves on the rocks perched over the sea.
Where Animals Rule
Animals are everywhere on Kangaroo Island, also sometimes described as a veritable, open zoo without fences, due to its rich flora and fauna, and Australia’s native wildlife. But if you prefer the animals to be roped off for your convenience, then head to Parndana National Park where you can hand-feed kangaroos and koalas, and stroll through their aviary.
Live the Wilderness
The dolphins don’t mind the curious swimmers like you getting up close and personal with them. The waters off Kangaroo Island are excellent for snorkeling and cruising. Kayak in the calm and meandering Harriet River for a few kilometers to experience the positivity of the region’s wilderness, teeming with a variety of exotic bird species.
It’s a Destination for all Seasons
Kangaroo Island is a year-round destination where you won’t have to bout the crowd for a spot on the gorgeous beaches or get a glimpse of kookaburras and echidnas. And if you don’t see them in the wild on KI, then you just weren’t looking! Winters could be a bit chilly but then you have the great chance to see the whales swimming off the coast.