Getting to Kangaroo Island from Adelaide is easy by ferry or plane. It’s a 25 minute flight from Adelaide or a 1.5 hour drive from Adelaide through the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula. (we suggest allowing 2 hours).
Kangaroo Island Connect (KIC) offers transport from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island by car hire, bus transfers or a driver (including car rental). Kangaroo Island Connect is the only car rental company that allows you to leave a car at Cape Jervis and then pick up another car on the Island.
KIC operates the fast passenger ferry service between mainland, Cape Jervis, South Australia and Penneshaw Kangaroo Island.
This is the fastest, most comfortable and cheapest ferry to Kangaroo Island with each crossing taking only 30 minutes. Taking your car on the alternate car ferry costs as much as three days car hire on the Island, is slower and is a freight boat so loading and disembarkation are also time consuming.
For short trips its best to jump on the KIC fast ferry rather than taking your car or hire car over on the alternate car ferry.
You can fly to Kangaroo Island in just 30 minutes from Adelaide with REX (Regional Express Airlines). and Qantas. The flight saves you journey time, but you still have to get to the airport and leave time for check in, security and boarding. You will also miss out on the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula and opportunity to visit the McLaren Vale wine region on your way to Kangaroo Island.
The Kangaroo Island Airport is in the centre of the Island but is about 15 km from Kingscote. There are no taxis or uber on the island. Transfers can be arranged from the airport but are quite expensive. Hertz and Budget hire cars are available at the airport.
If you a flying your own aircraft consider the Johnson Airstrip (YJOH). KIC is happy to leave a hire car for you at the Johnson Airstrip near American River.
Getting around Kangaroo Island
KIC offers the cheapest car rental on Kangaroo Island. Simply pick up your car at the ferry terminal at Penneshaw.
There is no public transport on Kangaroo Island, so the choices are;
Book your hire car on Kangaroo Island before you arrive. If you would like a driver we can put you in touch with someone suitable.
Take your own car on the ferry (better for longer trips to defray the car costs on the ferry)
Book a tour which will take you to the hot spots but can be quite expensive.
Self Drive Packages from Adelaide
Simply pick up your KIC Car in Adelaide use it on the mainland for as long as you like, leave the car at Cape Jervis, jump on the fast ferry and pick up another car on the Island at Penneshaw. Pick up another KIC car at Cape Jervis for the journey back to Adelaide.
Kic car/ferry packages allow you to efficiently combine a South Australian touring holiday with a visit to Kangaroo Island.
KIC’s South Australian self-drive packages are cheaper and more flexible than all the other options.