We went on a day trip to Kangaroo Island though after the trip we felt a day wasn’t enough to explore all the wonderful places the island has to offer. Nevertheless, we tried our best to maximise the time we had and visited a few of the top places of interest. Firstly, Kangaroo island is accessible only by SeaLink Ferry that cruises to the island 5x daily. SeaLink Ferry Terminal is located in Cape Jervis which is about 1.5 hours from Adelaide City. You can check out their ferry schedules here.
Every 1st sunday of the month, they have this Special Market Day fares for the Penneshaw Market Day. Passengers get to enjoy half the normal price fare. The return fare per person is only $42 on a Penneshaw Market Day. However, please note that the special fare is only applicable to the 10.00 AM (Cape Jervis to KI) ferry schedule and with a return on or before the 5.30 PM ferry departure schedule. You can find more information on the market day schedule from here.
Here’s a quick run down of the SeaLink Standard Ferry Fares:
You can save a few dollars by booking online.
These were the highlights of our day trip. Please note that bringing in your car to the island would be a convenient way to get around from one landmark to the next. Otherwise, you can book a bus tour to take you to the famous spots. SeaLink also offers bus tours to KI check it out on their website.
Our first stop was at the Penneshaw Market. I’ve always been a fan of local produce and certainly, KI products are one of those worth buying. We bought jars of honey and virgin olive oil. We also did some food tasting and had a tasty beef pho noodle soup to start our day.
Seal Bay Conservation Park
We took the boardwalk tour at the Seal Bay Conservation Park for $16 per adult. As you walk through the boardwalk you’ll get to enjoy an over the top stunning views of the coast and the sea lions resting on the sand dunes. It was amazing! If you want to know more about the facilities and tours at Seal Bay visit their website.
Flinders Chase National Park
We proceeded to Flinders Chase National Park to see more of KIs iconic landmarks and for breathtaking coastal views.
Admiral’s Arch is a rock arch formed by amazing forces of nature.
Cape du Couedic Lighthouse
The imposing lighthouse built in 1909.
Ruins of Weirs Cove Storehouse
A short distance from the lighthouse is Weirs Cove storehouse in Flinders Chase National Park used to be a place where fresh supplies are offloaded by boat for the lighthouse keepers and their families. Through the interpretive display it was narrated that prior to 1907 building materials for the lighthouse and supplies were brought in by a steamship, transferred to small boats and then landed at the base of the cliffs, before the goods were carried up a 90 metre steep cliff. In 1907 a jetty and flying fox were constructed to winch goods up the cliff. Everywhere you look the views were amazing!
Another amazing geological feature is the Remarkable Rocks -a naturally sculptured rock formations on top of a granite surface. The boardwalk is wheelchair accessible which is great!
Fishermen’s jetty at Kingscote
And finally, we stopped by the Fishermen’s Jetty at Kingscote and took off the 7.30 PM(last trip)ferry from KI to Cape Jervis and drove back to Adelaide for another 1.5 hours. I assure you, you will really enjoy Kangaroo Island!