Kangaroo Island - Getting Here and Around

Flight or ferry

Regional Express (REX) provides direct flights, taking just 30 minutes from Adelaide to Kingscote Airport, 14 kilometres from the town centre.

If you’re not flying to Kangaroo Island, you’ll be on the ferry, in your car or on a coach. Be sure to book in advance. 

SeaLink ferry, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

A couple hours' drive from Adelaide, the SeaLink ferry takes you across the water to Penneshaw. There are three departures each day and extra services during peak times. Refreshments are available on board. 

Island transport

There’s limited public transport on Kangaroo Island. SeaLink runs a twice daily coach service between Penneshaw, American River and Kingscote. It connects with the ferry service. Shuttle buses providing transfers between towns can be booked. If you don’t have a vehicle, ask your accommodation provider about shuttle services from the ferry or airport.

Kingscote, Penneshaw and the airport all offer a car hire service. If you’re planning to hire a car on the mainland, please discuss your travel plans with the hire company. Some Kangaroo Island roads are unsealed and hiring restrictions may apply. 


Nearly 1,600 kilometres of roads crisscross Kangaroo Island. Many of them, particularly the major routes connecting Penneshaw, American River, Parndana, Flinders Chase and Kingscote are sealed and in good condition. Drive below 60 kilometres per hour on unsealed roads.

To get the best out of your Kangaroo Island visit, you could try one of these self drive itineraries. Get a taste of the region with the three-day Best of Adelaide and Kangaroo Island itinerary or the four-day Nature, Sea and Vines Trail. If you have more time, try the seven-day WOW Tour - Wildlife, Outback and Wine.

You can buy fuel on Kangaroo Island at most of the larger towns. LPG (gas) is available at Kingscote and Penneshaw. Ensure you have a full tank before you head off for the day. Remember that petrol stations operate on island time and close at 6pm. 

Drive safely

Kangaroos, koalas and wallabies are more active at dawn, dusk and overnight. If you’re travelling at these times, take extra care to protect the wildlife. If you do come across something, dip your lights, slow down and enjoy nature’s show! Be alert during the daytime too. Lizards and heath goannas love to lie on the warm roads.

Take the car, ride the bus or hop on a plane. Just make sure you visit Kangaroo Island. 

What's on in SA

There are plenty of events on in South Australia. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Things to do

Here are some helpful links for you while you’re in the area.

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