Sealink, departing the port of Cape Jervis from the mainland, and arrives at the port of Penneshaw on the Island. Booking in advance are required especially if you are going with vehicle, there are a daily ferry to Kangaroo Island
Cape Jervis is where you come to catch the SeaLink Ferry. The ferry service operates daily (except Christmas Day) between Cape Jervis (two hours south of Adelaide) and Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island.
I booked online, so just turned up at Cape Jervis about half hour before hand, went inside and had my piece of paper exchanged for a ticket, then waited to be called onto the Ferry. Only the driver and car could go in the car, so I walked on as a passenger.
SeaLink operates two large, modern vehicle and passenger ferries, SeaLion 2000 and Spirit of Kangaroo Island. Inside, they are great. We found there was plenty of comfortable seating, good viewing and a kiosk. The day we crossed, the trip was smooth and comfortable.
Just 45mins and we had covered the 16km journey and were ready to drive off the ferry at Kangaroo Island
FERRY TIMETABLE.. http://www.sealink.com.au/kangaroo-island-ferry/timetables/
ONE-WAY........$46 On-line or $48
RETURN..........$92 On-line or $96
Child (3 - 14yrs) $22/$24 one way
More information on fares...http://www.sealink.com.au/kangaroo-island-ferry/fares/
We took this tour from Cape Jervis, driving from the southern suburbs to be there at 8.30 to board the 9.00am ferry.
By booking a combined ferry and coach tour ticket there was a small discount on the cost of the crossing.
There are tiher options eg coach to and from Adelaide or Victor Harbour, land content only for those staying on the island and even a flight from Adealaide one or both ways.
The crossing takes about 45 minutes, and on the day we went was absolutely smooth but I understand this varies considerably!
The driver was informative, and as a local resident had local insights. He was fortuantely free from the lame sense of humour and inane jokes beloved by some coach captains.
The tour was only in English, but there was a short pamphlet about the island availabale in other languages.
Ferries to Kangaroo Island depart from Jervis Bay, about 100 kms south of Adelaide. When travelling by car, pre-booking is recommended. Sealink, the ferry company, also offers packages and island tours.
Ferry timetables and booking: http://www.sealink.com.au/
If you travel by rental car, check with the company if they allow taking their car to Kangaroo Island. Some companies do not allow this.
The most popular way to get to Kangaroo Island is by the ferrie which leaves from Cape Jervis (45min travel time) or Wirrina Cove (120min travel time).
I'd recommend going by ferrie because it's an adventure in itself and a fun way to get to your destination.
Reservations: 13 13 01 or www.sealink.com.au
Reservations: +61 (0)8 8598 2000 http://www.kiferries-sa.com
You can also travel vie air which travel from Adelaide Airport and lands in Kingscote Airport which is around 13kms from the islans capital but there are shuttle busses that will take you there.
Flight Reservations: 13 17 13 or (08) 8553 2938 www.regionalexpress.com.au
Flight Reservations: 1800 339 629 or (08) 8234 4988 www.airsouth.com.au
Shuttle Transfers: 0427 887 575
There are some items that are quarantine to the island.
- Bees and honey products (Kangaroo Island is a bee sanctuary)
- Potatoes for consumption or planting
- Declared weeds
After a lot of research I found some really good prices to get to KI. Unfortunately the only way to get to KI from Melbourne was to fly to Adelaide, take the coach to Port Jervis and then the ferry to Penneshaw. Pretty round about...but it was the cheapest I could find. I first looked at www.webjet.com.au for cheap flight tickets. I found that Jetstar was the cheapest to get to Adelaide, but it leaves from Avalon. So the next thing I checked up was www.sunbusaustralia.com.au for bus tickets to Avalon from Southern Cross. It is much cheaper even when added up to travel this way when compared to flying from Tullamarine. It is also cheaper to go to Jetstar website and book tickets rather than going through a travel agency. You'll end up saving their processing fee.
I also booked the coach and ferry (www.sealink.com.au) and ended up saving $2 each way by booking online (every cent is worth saving!).
It's important to research the cheapest option for you and the above was the best option for us.
It's really expensive to take your car to Kangaroo Island. Renting one there is expensive to and there's hardly any public transport. So the best way to get around is a tour, you'll see a lot and get a bit extra to. I went with Daniels Tours, see my accomodation tip.
The easiest and quickest way to get to Kangaroo Island is to take a REX (Regional Express) flight from Adelaide to Kingscote, the island's capital. Expect to pay about 100 Australian dollars for a return ticket. The little turboprops take half an hour for the trip, which tends to be much smoother than the ferry crossing, which has to traverse one of the world's roughest stretches of water.
We rented a car in Melborne and drove to Cape Jervis where we drove it onto the ferry.
After we arrived in Kangaroo Island we drove for miles and miles.
That said, you have to shop around for a rent car company that will permit you to take it to the island.
It may have gotten better since there are now more sealed roads there but it is still best to check to make sure.
There are 3 rental car companies in Kingscote so that is another option.
Ferry to Kangaroo Island by kyoub
It takes about 45 minutes to get to Kangaroo Island aboard the Sealink from Cape Jervis. It is very nice inside with movies, gift counter, and snack food bar. You can set inside in comfy seats or go outside for the crossing.
Bring your vehicle from the mainland on KI SeaLink ferry or hire from Penneshaw, Kingscote or the Airport.
WARNINGS & DANGER!!
Know where you're going and make sure you have enough in the tank before your journey. You don't want to be stuck here in the middle of nowhere asking for help!! Remember the island is HUGE, don't UNDERESTIMATE!
Fuel stops @ these locations only - Kingscote, American River, Island Beach, Penneshaw, Parndana, Vivonne Bay and KI Wilderness Resort.
Only main roads are seal. Drive with care on unsealed roads - reduced speed especially on corners.
Alternatively, coach tours or more personalised 4WD tours are available.
UP FOR CHALLENGE?! Biking or hiking could be fun, but THINK TWICE!! Remember this is a BIGANTIC island.
Best way to get your vehicle and yourself across, with approx 50 minutes sailing time. DON'T catch the ferry if you're very vulnerable to sea-sick, otherwise you'll just have to hang on to the deck railing. It can get quite rough out there! Alternatively, go by air from Adelaide to Kingscote Airport (about 30 minutes).
Check the best time for your departure prior to getting the tickets.
One way fare:
AUS$16 Child (3 - 14yrs)
**Additional charge for vehicle.
The best way to see K.I. is in a four-wheel-drive.
Many of the secondary roads are not paved, so a bicycle tour is only for the fanatical. Distances are too far for walking, and a bus tour is... well, I don't know about you, but I *hate* being herded around and rushed from place to place and made to wait while people buy junky knick-knacks and t-shrits that say "My grandma went to K.I. and all I got was this crummy t-shirt."
Travel with a tour that does 4WD or rent one yourself for use on the island. You'll be much happier that way.
Hiring a car is essential in the island, and its easy getting around with your own vehicle as some of the sights are hard to reach with public transportation