Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide : 2018-2019 Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide
5 tourkangarooisland.com.au There’s something special about getting to an island. Whether travelling by car, coach, ferry or plane, your adventure starts as soon as you leave home. GETTING TO KANGAROO ISLAND By ferry Kangaroo Island’s vehicle and passenger ferry service, SeaLink, operates daily (except Christmas Day) between Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula (two hours’ drive south of Adelaide) and Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Operating two large vehicle and passenger ferries, SeaLink has at least four departures daily, with additional services during peak times. The ferry crossing takes 45 minutes, with the spray of the ocean signalling the beginning of the adventure. Bookings are essential. By coach Mainland coach return connections are available twice daily to/from Adelaide to Cape Jervis, to meet up with SeaLink ferries. Goowla/Victor Harbor coach transfers are also available three times a week. By air Regular daily flights service Kangaroo Island from Adelaide Airport. In just 30 minutes you can be at Kangaroo Island (Kingscote) Airport, 14 kilometres from the main town of Kingscote. Rex Regional Express offers daily flights to and from Kangaroo Island. QantasLink operate flights from both Adelaide and Melbourne. Flights from Adelaide operates three times per week year-round, increasing to five times during the peak summer season through to Easter. Flights from Melbourne operate three times per week during peak season through to the end of January. GETTING AROUND KANGAROO ISLAND By car You can travel in the comfort of your own vehicle from the mainland via the SeaLink ferry, or you can pick up a Budget or Hertz Rent-A-Car from Kangaroo Island Airport (Kingscote) or Penneshaw. Limited numbers of cars are available for hire on the Island so advance bookings are recommended. A 2WD vehicle is fine to use when driving around the Island; however, some visitors prefer to use a 4WD vehicle on the unsealed roads. If you’re hiring a vehicle from the mainland, it’s best to check your hire car company’s policies regarding Kangaroo Island, as restrictions can apply. The major roads between Penneshaw, American River, Kingscote, Parndana and Flinders Chase are sealed, well-maintained and well-signposted but the remainder are unsealed and require reduced speed and caution, particularly on corners and when approaching other traffic. Kangaroo Island has a small population, so it’s impossible to keep the whole road network constantly maintained. Unsealed roads may be corrugated and in poor condition but this is part of the remote rural Australian experience. You’re encouraged to always carry a spare tyre in your vehicle. Fuel is available from Kingscote, Island Beach, Vivonne Bay, Parndana, Penneshaw, and KI Wilderness Retreat (near Flinders Chase National Park). LPG is available at Kingscote. It’s 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). Kangaroo Island wildlife is precious, protected, and often active at night! Many of the roads are flanked by thick bushland. Animals can (and do) cross with little warning and, in the case of larger animals, at speed. Play your part by driving with care, especially at dawn, dusk and at night – for your sake and theirs. Native animals become blinded by bright light. Slow down, dip your lights and take time to observe the wildlife. During the day, be especially careful not to hit goannas basking on the warm roads. Everyone’s very friendly on the roads and it doesn’t take long to get caught up in the local tradition (dating back to horse and cart days) of waving at passing cars. To look like a local, just raise your index finger when driving. The ‘Kangaroo Island Wave’ is a tradition visitors have embraced wholeheartedly. Electric vehicles can be hired on Kangaroo Island and charged at charge points located in Kingscote, Parndana, Penneshaw, American River and Kangaroo Island (Kingscote) Airport. Look for the orange ‘C’ symbol on the main and town maps. GETTING HERE & AROUND Cape du Couedic Drive on left in Australia You must not drive if your blood alcohol level is 0.05 per cent or higher, nor are you permitted to use a handheld mobile phone when driving. For your safety and enjoyment slow down, relax and enjoy the country pace of Kangaroo Island.