Australia’s third largest island, Kangaroo Island sits a mere 15km from the shores of South Australia on the mainland. Spanning 155km in length by 55km in width, and covering some 4,500 sq km, Kangaroo Island offers the best of the mainland on a smaller scale. Boasting twenty-one national and conservation parks, Kangaroo Island has established itself as a premiere destination for nature lovers. How do I get there?
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Kangaroo Island’s vast, ever-changing landscape and endless horizons beg to be explored. A tailor-made itinerary of guided experiences offers guests a first-hand encounter with abundant wildlife, roaming freely in its natural environment.View all experiences here.
Wonders of Kangaroo Island
One of the most essential experiences of Kangaroo Island is the half day guided tour of the magnificent Flinders Chase National Park, a wild and rugged wilderness boasting an array of remarkable attractions.view details
Seal Bay is home to Australia’s third largest colony of Australian sea lions. Join the lodge naturalist guide for an exclusive tour through the sand dunes and on the beach with these wild animals. Just one of KI's many privileges.view details
Coastal Clifftop Walk
Take a scenic walk starting right on the lodge’s doorstep and venture along the plunging limestone cliffs of Hanson Bay. Look out across the ocean and realise Antarctica is next stop on the horizon.view details
Soak up the history of the early island settlers at Grassdale, a historic property nearby to the lodge. Watch as local wildlife including shy-by-day kangaroos and wallabies venture out to graze, glass in-hand.view details
Venture to Hanson Bay Sanctuary to experience a very different kind of nightlife - the sights and sounds of Kangaroo Island after dark. Spot koalas at their most active and encounter kangaroos and more up close.view details
A place of wild beauty, Kangaroo Island is pounded by the Southern Ocean and blessed with dramatic coastal vistas free of development. Bordered by sheer limestone cliffs, sheltered coves and stretches of sugar-white sanded beaches, the sense of place about the island is enhanced by its fascinating history of wretched shipwrecks and of stoic farmers privileged with few comforts save the stars in the clear night sky.
Against Kangaroo Island’s stunning natural backdrop, several food and wine producers have created a distinguished epicurean community. Fresh seafood, local produce and wines from the acclaimed South Australian wine regions of the Coonawarra, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, and Clare Valley combine to create a feast for the senses. Read about our Dining Philosophy.
A destination for all seasons
A destination with year-round appeal, Kangaroo Island’s climate is as dynamic as the scenery: from season to season the island yields fresh perspectives. A Mediterranean-style climate produces warm summers and temperate winters. Daytime temperatures range from 25-35°C in summer and 14-18°C in winter.
The warm summer season is a time of rebirth; golden pastures and enchanting wildflowers provide a nursery backdrop for the newly born koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, fur seals and sea lions.
Daytime temperatures range from 25-35°C in summer.
Autumn is the season of transition on Kangaroo Island. More than one third of the island is covered by national and conservation parks and autumn rains provides wildlife with fresh water and new vegetation ahead of the winter.
Daytime temperatures range from 19-25°C in autumn.
Kangaroo Island enjoys exhilarating winters with wildlife at its most active. Guests witness the spectacular drama of a winter storm unfold with panoramic views of white-sanded beaches pounded by the wild Southern Ocean.
Daytime temperatures range from 14-18°C in winter.
Springtime on Kangaroo Island is the best time to see birds and wildflowers. Seasonal produce is in abundance and dining at Southern Ocean Lodge is a refreshing menu of new season vegetables, seafood and lamb.
Daytime temperatures range from 18-23°C in spring.
Flights from Adelaide (ADL) to Kangaroo Island Airport (KGC) take 40 minutes.
QantasLink is the exclusive carrier and operates flights on most days from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island. A minimum of 60 minutes is required between connecting interstate flights with other airlines.
From other capital cities
All major Australian commercial airlines operate domestic services to Adelaide, including Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar. Adelaide is also an international gateway with flights to Europe via the Middle East and Asia or the US via New Zealand – a perfect way to start or end an amazing Australian adventure.
Private charter flights are available from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island Airport. Flights can be arranged to/from other cities on application.
Guests travelling to Kangaroo Island Airport by private air charter require private transfers. Please enquire for rates and more information.
- Airport lounge
An exclusive airport lounge is available to Southern Ocean Lodge guests departing Kangaroo Island Airport. The private lounge features ample space to relax pre-flight, locally sourced refreshments, a business desk with device charging capability and a restroom.
- Airport transfers
The lodge operates airport transfers for guests, which are included in the tariff and connect with scheduled flights to and from Kangaroo Island Airport. Private transfers between Southern Ocean Lodge and Kangaroo Island Airport may be arranged subject to availability for an additional charge. Connections with charter flights require a private transfer at additional cost. Please enquire for rates and more information.
For self drive excursions, SeaLink operates regular 45-minute ferry transfers between Cape Jervis on the mainland and Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Cape Jervis is a picturesque two hour drive from Adelaide.
- Car hire
While island experiences are included in the tariff, hiring a car can be fun and allows guests to explore Kangaroo Island at their leisure. Many mainland car hire companies have restrictions about their vehicles being driven on Kangaroo Island, and/or boarding the ferry. It’s best to check terms with the operator. Another option is to hire a car on the island; Budget and Hertz operate both at Kangaroo Island Airport and from the ferry terminal at Penneshaw.