How to get to & get around Kangaroo Island

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How to get to and from Kangaroo Island


Kangaroo Island airport is located approximately 13km from the Kingscote (the main town on the island).

Regional Express (Phone 13 17 13) has flights from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide.

Ferry ServicesFerry service

Kangaroo Island SeaLink has four departures daily, with additional services during peak times. Bookings are necessary. Travelling time is a comfortable 45 minutes. Mainland coach connections are available to/from Adelaide and Goolwa to Cape Jervis. Island connections are available to/from Penneshaw to American River and Kingscote. For more information and reservations, phone 13 13 01 or visit their website.

DrivingDriving here

You can drive your own car to Kangaroo Island. There is a car carrying ferry service available from Jervis Bay (refer to information above).

Enter your current location (or your desired location) into the box below to find out how to drive to Cape Jervis where you can catch the ferry across to Kangaroo Island.

How to get around Kangaroo Island



This is a big island and you will either need a vehicle to get around or be on a tour. There are nearly 1,600 km of roads on the Island. The major roads between Penneshaw, American River, Kingscote, Parndana and Flinders Chase are sealed. The remainder are unsealed and require reduced speed and caution

Fuel is available from Kingscote, American River, Island Beach, Penneshaw, Parndana, Vivonne Bay and KI Wilderness Retreat near Flinders Chase National Park. LPG is available at Kingscote and Penneshaw. A full tank is recommended before heading out on a full day of touring.

You can bring your own vehicle from the mainland by ferry or you can hire a vehicle from Kingscote, Penneshaw or the airport. Four-wheel drive vehicles are not necessary. With care, you can enjoy all the Island has to offer in a conventional vehicle.

Please note that some mainland car hire companies have restrictions on bringing vehicles over to Kangaroo Island and on driving on unsealed roads. Please check with your car hire company.

Hire care companies available on the island

Phone (08) 8553 3133

Phone (08) 8553 2390

Phone (08) 8553 7278

Bus ServicesTours

A number of companies provide tours around Kangaroo Island. Refer to our "Things to Do" section for more information about these companies.