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Kangaroo Island Ferry FAQ

kic is modern, fast, simple cheap and most importantly fun!

Please email us at info@kic.com.au or call us on +61 419 100 100

Please email us at info@kic.com.au or call us on +61 419 100 100

  • Flexible tickets can be booked for an extra $5/ticket. This allows two changes up to 6 hours before sailing. Without a flexible ticket, changes will be charged an admin fee of $10
  • No changes can be made unless you have booked a flexible ticket

Children below the age of 14 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian travelling in the same cabin as the children.

Kic has only adult or child rates. There are no complicated promotions or concessions- we offer the cheapest possible ticket for everyone at all times.

We suggest you book in advance to ensure you reserve a ticket on your desired ferry, but we do also accept last minute walk-ons if there are seats available.  An eftpos machine is the only facility available for payment in this instance.

We don’t have a standby list for full sailings. However if you arrive early and there are seats available on an earlier ferry then you can use your tickets on the earlier sailing.  We recommend you call us on +61 419 100 100 to check the availability and amend your booking.

kic is a low cost, modern and fast ferry service. We do not have any facilities at any of the ferry piers but we do have a great café and bathrooms onboard the ferry.

Cape Jervis

Short Term

If you’re staying on Kangaroo Island for less than 72 hours you can park at the short term car park above the ferry pier at Cape Jervis. This is often very busy and unsecured. We recommend the long term car park located at the kic Service Centre, 3 km north of the ferry pier. There is a shuttle bus from the kic Service Centre to the pier.

Long Term

Safe, secure short and long-term parking is available at the kic Service Centre, 3 km north of the ferry pier. Stop here 30 minutes before your ferry departure time and catch the shuttle bus to the ferry pier.

  • Parking – $5 per day
  • Shuttle bus transfers between the kic ferry and Service Centre – $5/person
  • No booking is required for the car parking or shuttle bus


There is 48 hour car parking by the ferry pier. Parking is very limited in Penneshaw and fines will be issued if you do not obey the parking signs. We are working to establish a long term car park.

  • Be ready to board the ferry 15 minutes before the departure time.
  • Prepare your tickets (either printed or visible on your phone).
  • You may need to provide identification for travel.

  • Dogs and cats are permitted on the ferry with extra $5, but not allowed in vehicles except the back of the Triton ute. No other animals are allowed without prior consent.
  • Cats taken to Kangaroo Island must be de-sexed and micro-chipped as required by Kingscote Council.
  • All pets must be on a secure lead or in a pet cage provided by you.
  • Passengers with pets are only allowed on the lower outside deck of the vessel.
  • Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their animal’s waste.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs, assistance dogs and service dogs, including those in training, are permitted inside the vessel.

  • As a passenger only ferry, we have limited space for baggage.
  • All baggage must be secured in the baggage racks or stowed by the crew while we are sailing.
  • Carry-on bags can be stored under your seat or at your feet – no baggage is allowed in the aisle.
  • All baggage and personal items are transported entirely at the risk of the ticket holder. kic will take all care but no responsibility for your items.
  • Restrictions apply for dangerous goods(including but not exclusive to fuel, large Batteries, Corrosive substances – acids, dive tanks, insecticides, pesticides, flares, methylated spirits etc).
  • Book excess or oversized baggage.(eg surfboard etc) call +61 419 100 100 to check on space availability. These will be charged at $10/Item.

Maximum Baggage Sizes:

Carry on – Height 600mm, Length 400mm, Depth 300mm

Stowed – Height 800mm, Length 500mm, Depth 400mm

Unfortunately the ferry does not have safe, suitable access for wheelchair or mobility impaired passengers at this stage.

Kangaroo Island Travel FAQ

Kangaroo Island has four distinct seasons. The winters between June and September are mild and wet, the summers are warm and dry. Tempered by the ocean, particularly on the coastline, maximum temperatures in summer can reach 40 degrees Celsius with the average around 30 degrees. Average temperatures in August range between 13 to 16 degrees and in February, the hottest month, between 20 and 40 degrees. Between May and September the island receives 2/3 of its annual rainfall, varying from 450 mm in Kingscote to around 900 mm near Roo Lagoon on the top of the central plateau. The wettest month is July.

Average Annual Temperature: 14 – 22 °C

Average January Temperature: 20 – 32 °C

Average July Temperature: 10 – 18 °C

Nearly 1,600 kilometres of roads crisscross Kangaroo Island. Many of them, particularly the major routes connecting Penneshaw, American River, Parndana, Flinders Chase and Kingscote are sealed and in good condition. Drive below 60 kilometres per hour on unsealed roads.

Kangaroos, koalas and wallabies are more active at dawn, dusk and overnight. If you’re travelling at these times, take extra care to protect the wildlife. If you do come across something, slow down and let it pass. Be alert during the daytime too. Lizards and goannas love to lie on the warm roads.

If you really only have one day, that’s okay – take a tour or book one of our hire cars.

But we recommend longer to enjoy so much more that the Island has to offer. You can see the things to do on Kangaroo Island in our “create your own trip” section of our website.

Don’t miss our interactive map with suggestions of things to do shown under the ‘Create your own trip’ section of the website.

  • Wildlife in their natural habitat – koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, seals, native and sea birds
  • Talk to friendly local people and like-minded visitors
  • Enjoy good food and wine – cafes, takeaways, restaurants, pack a picnic, wine tastings
  • Walk on a near deserted beach

Children of all ages will love Kangaroo Island! The beaches, the wildlife, fun activities such as sandboarding and horse riding. They won’t find a McDonalds, but there are plenty of food choices that will appeal.

Include Hog Bay Beach, Island Beach, Vivonne Bay Beach, Pennington Bay, Emu Bay, Stokes Bay.

Kangaroo island has both surf and calm water beaches in abundance.

Hanson Bay, Vivonne Bay, Pennington Bay and D’Estrees Bay is best on a howling north westerly. It has to be the best surf break in South Australia.

Emu Bay, the rock pool at Stokes Beach or Hog Bay Beach in Penneshaw

Western River Cove beach. There are loads of tall cliffs for shelter and a gentle swell rolls past.

A stroll on Pennington Bay.

Island Beach for sure: it’s millionaire’s row.

  • South Coast – Hanson Bay, Vivonne Bay, Pennington Bay, D’Estrees Bay
  • North Coast – Snellings Beach, Emu Bay, American River, Eastern Cove,
  • Jetty fishing – Vivonne Bay, Kingscote, American River, Penneshaw, Emu Bay
  • River fishing – Chapman, Western, Harriet, and Middle rivers

* Remember to take care with rips, surf etc when swimming or surfing on Kangaroo Island

Visitors must notify the Kangaroo Island Council if they are bringing a dog or cat to the island. This is per Council By-Laws 5 (dogs) and 6 (cats). To notify the council, simply call Customer Services on 8553 4500. Permission MUST ALSO BE OBTAINED if wanting to take a pet to one of our pet friendly properties.  A bond may be applicable for your pet’s holiday.

  • Kangaroo Island’s remoteness and isolation has created a special environment and many of Australia’s pests and diseases are not found here. Please help us keep it that way.

    The island depends on primary industries and nature-based tourism as a major part of its economy and the introduction of just one new pest or disease could have devastating consequences.

    There are some items that you cannot bring to Kangaroo Island, which are listed below. Please dispose of any prohibited items before travelling to Kangaroo Island. Severe penalties apply.

    You cannot bring

    • Bees, bee handling equipment and honey products (yes that means no jars of honey!). Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary to the only Ligurian bee population in the world. Help keep this species pure and disease free.
    • Potatoes for consumption or planting. Unwashed or dirty potatoes may carry disease, which could devastate the island’s seed potato industry. Please leave them behind. Washed or brushed potatoes in new packaging are permitted for consumption only. For more information contact: Primary Industries and Resources SA 08 8553 4949 or 1300 666 010.
    • Foxes, rabbits and declared weeds. The introduction of these pests would create an environmental disaster. For further information contact: Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board on 08 8553 4300 or www.kinrm.sa.gov.au
    • Residual plant material, camping equipment and hiking boots. Make sure they are free of soil before visiting Kangaroo Island.
    • Aquatic pests are a major threat to marine environments. Please clean your equipment carefully before leaving for Kangaroo Island.
    • Vine cuttings from interstate must be inspected and certified. Help keep our vineyards disease free.

For further information on Biosecurity on Kangaroo Island, contact Primary Industries and Resources on 08 85532 4949 or the Hotline on 1300 666 010

Allow 2 hours driving from Adelaide to the ferry terminal at Cape Jervis or you can catch the kic coach from Seaford Railway Station direct to the Cape Jervis ferry pier.  View our transfer timetables on here.

Then a short 30 minute crossing on Kangaroo Island Connect’s fast ferry to Penneshaw ( about 1 hour to American River)

Kic Car Hire Information FAQ

kic cars can be driven on roads maintained by the Kangaroo Island Council (or similar council roads on the mainland) or main roads maintained by the SA state government.

    Kic cars can be driven on private roads under the following conditions; 

  • The private road is the entrance to a tourist facility, park or retail outlet
  • The entrance road is properly formed, surfaced and maintained and is suitable for public access

Kic cars cannot be driven on farm tracks, across country, on beaches and across streams or water over the road

To avoid disappointment it is highly recommended that a rental vehicle be reserved in advance. Bookings can be made in conjunction with your ferry booking online at www.kic.com.au.

  • Please see our interactive map under “Create Your Own Trip” for local fuel station addresses and pin’s. Fuel is available from Kingscote, Island Beach, Parndana. Penneshaw, Vivonne Bay and KI Wilderness Retreat (near Flinders Chase National Park). It is advisable to fill up before heading out on a full day of touring and be aware some fuel stations have limited hours. However, fuel is available 24 hours a day in Kingscote and Penneshaw (via self service). Your kic car will come with a full tank of fuel and you need to refuel it before returning the car.

To ensure the safety of children in our vehicles, Kangaroo Island Connect has child safety seats for infants (reversible) and toddlers (boosters) and they must be reserved in advance during your booking.

For your peace of mind, simply add a child safety seat to your booking online.

No, Everyone has a more up to date GPS on their phone through many map apps. We recommend Google Maps or our interactive map under “Create Your Own Trip” is a great resource for local activities on Kangaroo Island.

Kic requires car and van drivers to be over the age of 21 with full driving license.
Campervan drivers must be 25years old with a full license and at least 2 years of driving experience.

Kic will accept the following driver licenses which must be held for at least 12 consecutive months:

  • A driver license issued by any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand.
  • A driver license issued by any United States, territory, or possession.
  • A valid driver license issued by a country participating in the 1949 Geneva convention on Road Traffic or the 1943 Convention on the Regulation of Inter-American Automobile Traffic.
  • Any renter must carry a driver license written in Latin/Roman characters. Any customer carrying a driver license not written in Latin/Roman characters must also present an International Driving Permit that is written in English.
  • International driving permits serve only as a translation, and are valid if presented in conjunction with an official driver license of the issuing country.
    • Restrictions:
    • Individuals with Learner’s Permits, Provisional or Probationary licenses may not operate Kangaroo Island Connect vehicles.
    • Kangaroo Island Connect is unable to rent a car to anyone with a suspended, revoked, expired, cancelled or surrendered driver license.
      • Temporary licenses:
    • A temporary license issued as a replacement for a lost license or due to a change of address is accepted and will be checked for validity.
    • A temporary license issued as a beginner’s permit for the purpose of learning to drive is not accepted.

At the start of your rental, a hold will be put on your credit card for total rental charges plus an additional authorisation of $400 that must be available at time of pick up (i.e. if your rental charges total $100, a hold of $500 will be placed on your card).

Charges will be processed after completion of the rental and if applicable the unused portion of the authorisation will be released. Kangaroo Island Connect will send an electronic message to your bank on the day you return your vehicle requesting the release of any holding amounts. Depending on your bank, this may take 7 – 10 working days to release.

Please check with your bank for more information.

kic rental cars are kept at each Service Centre.  A shuttle/coach transfer between the kic Cape Jervis Service Centre and kic ferry pier is available.  Kic staff will pick you up from the Penneshaw ferry pier if needed.

yes, we have a key box available at the rear of the building in Penneshaw. Please ask our staff about this service.

Yes, kic car rates include 300km average daily allowance.  Any excess kilometres over 300 kilometres is charged at $0.40 per kilometre.  If car is hired for more than one day, 300km is multiplied by days hired (ie. 3 days hire allows 900km in total, extra is only charged if over the total limit of kms are used)


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