Visitor Information

Map of Kangaroo Island Ferry & Airport

Visitors can choose to arrive by

sea or air, however you'll need
a car to get around the island.

Travelling to & around Kangaroo Island

Book a Ferry  |  Book a Flight  |  Hire a Car  |  Driving on KI

You can choose to arrive on Kangaroo Island by either ferry or air. You'll need to either hire a car or bring your own vehicle over on the ferry, as there are no taxis or public transport here. It's important to pre-book all your travel arrangements, including flights, ferry, car hire and accommodation. Hire cars can be collected from either the Kingscote Airport or Penneshaw Ferry Terminal by prior arrangement only. Transport to and from Kangaroo Island at peak times (including Christmas, Easter, long weekends and school holidays) sell out fast. So, book well ahead during these peak times!

Vivonne Bay is conveniently located with easy access to all the most popular South Coast attractions. Once you arrive on the Island, it's a 40 minute (40km) drive from the Kingscote Airport or a 75 minute (100km) drive from the Penneshaw Ferry to Vivonne Bay. Once you've booked your stay, we'll email you through a welcome pack, day trip planner and directions to Serenity Cottage. 

Download a map or get more information:

Book a Ferry

SeaLink, Kangaroo Island's vehicle and passenger ferry service operates at least four times a day (except Christmas Day) between Cape Jervis
(2 hours drive south of Adelaide) on the mainland and Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island.
Book online in advance and remember to check-in
30 minutes prior to your scheduled ferry departure.
The crossing is a comfortable 45 minute journey.
Food, drinks and toilets are available on board.
Check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure.
More info:

Sealink Ferry Kangaroo Island
Sealink Ferry Kangaroo Island

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Penneshaw Ferry Terminal
Penneshaw Ferry Terminal

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Sealink Penneshaw Ferry Terminal
Sealink Penneshaw Ferry Terminal

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Sealink Ferry Kangaroo Island
Sealink Ferry Kangaroo Island

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Book air flight to Kangaroo Island

Book a Flight

Both Regional Express Airlines and Qantas offer 30 minute flights from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island.
The Kingscote Airport's new upgrade will provide greater access with some direct flights from Melbourne via Qantas – ideal for time-poor Australian and International travellers.

As the small, regional airport is located 14 kilometres south of the main township of Kingscote, it's imperative that you pre-book your car hire with Budget or Hertz before arrival to avoid being stranded at the airport. 

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Kangaroo Island Passenger Transfers

Passenger Transfers

There is no taxi service or public transport on the Island, however Kangaroo Island Transfers provides a door-to-door passenger transfer service from airport, ferry, and both private and holiday homes. They meet all scheduled daily flights and service all areas of Kangaroo Island by prior arrangement.
They also provide tour connections, specialised mini tours, wine tours, and general around island passenger transfers to suit all tourists, local and corporate needs.


Hire a car on Kangaroo Island

Hire a car

Make sure you pre-book your hire car prior to arrival. Vehicles can be collected from either the Kingscote Airport or the Penneshaw ferry terminal by prior arrangement only.


© Kangaroo Island Transfers

TIP: Check the insurance implications of bringing a hire car over to Kangaroo Island on the ferry. There may be limitations regarding driving on unsealed roads and driving between dusk and dawn when our wildlife are most active.


Budget Rent-A-Car

Allow all their vehicles on unsealed roads.
​No insurance cover for driving between dusk and dawn.


Call +61 8 8553 3133


Allow their 4WD vehicles on unsealed roads
or take extra insurance for a standard car.
​No insurance cover for driving between dusk and dawn.


Call +61 8 8553 9144

Driving on Kangaroo Island

Heading over to Kangaroo Island on the car ferry? Or picking up a hire car on the island? Be sure to watch this short video.

Expect the unexpected!
Stay safe and protect our wildlife by avoiding driving between dusk and dawn.