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Ferries to Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island can be found in the state of South Australia, around a hundred and twelve kilometres from Adelaide and about fourteen kilometres from the mainland at its closest point.

After Melville and Tasmania, Kangaroo Island is the third largest island in Australia and covers an area of more than four thousand square kilometres. Attracting over a hundred thousand visitors annually, the Island is one of South Australia's most popular tourist attractions for both domestic and international visitors.

The Island is made of six unique regions. The biggest town and commercial hub is Kingscote where you’ll find a number of shops and a range of accommodation options as well as nearly half of the Island’s population. Penneshaw and Dudley Peninsula in the east is where the ferries dock and therefore the entry point for most of the islands visitors. American River in the north east is known as an interesting little town, Parndana runs across the centre and is commonly referred to as the heartland of Kangaroo Island while the West End is the place to go for wild, rugged and natural beauty. The North Coast is a contrast of sandy coves and stunning views while the South Coast is one of the most popular destinations on the island, not least due to the fact it houses one of Australia’s finest beaches.

Getting to the island is relatively simply by ferry with daily crossings on offer from the ferry company Kangaroo Island Sealink. Their two large catamarans sail across Backstairs Passage between Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula and Penneshaw on the east side of Kangaroo Island. The trip takes just forty five minutes running four times daily in each direction with additional services put in during busy periods.

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Kangaroo Island reviews

  • "Great trip"

    All was on time and had an enjoyable journey. Many thanks.

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    Punctual on time and disciplined boarding and deboarding.. Friendly staff and appropriate announcements.

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  • "Smooth and efficient"

    Very straightforward trip. Staff were all very friendly and helpful.

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  • "No complaints "

    We were Lucky and had no rough water, so we didn't get seasick. We enjoyed the trip with the ferry. Silvia from Switzerland

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