Seal Bay Conservation Park on Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest sea lion colony, home to around 1,000 Australian Sea Lions who surf the waves to shore and – once on land – make tracks and burrow in the protected sand dunes and coastal scrub.

An excursion to Seal Bay is included in a signature itinerary at Southern Ocean Lodge, and every visit offers a different experience – as dealing with nature is never the same twice.  Southern Ocean Lodge guests share the encounter together with their own guide as part of a small group.

Around 40 minutes’ drive east along the coast from Southern Ocean Lodge, the Seal Bay experience begins at the Visitors’ Centre, where guests can learn a little about these fascinating creatures before walking along the pathway and boardwalk through the sand dunes and down towards the open surf beach. Sea lions can be spotted hiding in self-made sand-dune cubbies, basking in the afternoon sun or sliding between dunes.

Depending on the season, and the weather, the action at Seal Bay can be subdued, or during mating season, testosterone-charged! Sea lions are very territorial and while females remain loyal to the colony, males expect to fight for her.