There is no bridge to get to Kangaroo Island which is just off the mainland of South Australia, so you need to fly or go via ferry!
The easiest is of course the ferry ... so you need to book via SeaLink which departs from Cape Jervis for Penneshaw every day. There are up to 12 ferry services each day, but do check the timetable especially during busy holiday periods.
SeaLink’s two modern, air-conditioned car and passenger ferries, Sealion 2000 and Spirit of Kangaroo Island take just 45 minutes to cross Backstairs Passage between Cape Jervis and Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island.
|on board the Sealion 2000|
Both ferries are twin-hulled catamaran ferries complete with
air-conditioned lounges, comfortable lounge or café style seating, a
licensed café serving great cappuccinos and fresh snacks, outdoor
viewing decks, wheelchair access, disabled toilets and baby change
The ferry terminal at Cape Jervis is open from 8:00am thru till 7:00pm between September and April and from May to August it is open from 8.00am till 6.00pm
There is a cafe serving coffee and snacks, free WiFi, restrooms, tourist information and booking services.
Boarding the Ferry:
When you arrive at the Ferry Terminal with your vehicle you must wait in the designated area. Decide who is going to be the driver before obtaining the boarding pass. If you are towing a caravan, trailer, camper etc you will need to reverse the vehicle onto the ferry so it can be driven straight off at the other end.
|a car with a trailer & kayak is reversing onto the ferry|
On arrival at the terminal, the passenger will need to go to the Check-in Counter in the terminal with the booking number to obtain the BOARDING PASS. Do this as soon as you arrive as it will be busy if there are coachloads of passengers arriving in from Adelaide!
|foot passengers boarding the ferry|
The passenger will need to walk on to the ferry, the driver of the vehicle is the only one permitted to be in the vehicle when boarding.
|getting ready to depart|
SeaLink also advise you to take out insurance for the crossing. The Ferry can be cancelled at a moments notice due to bad weather etc and it would be an expensive journey if you did not have insurance to cover you for accommodation and or another Ferry Ticket!
Our ticket cost us $428.00 return. That included two adults, one small car and our insurance.
We found it to be a pleasant 45 min journey both ways.
|arriving at Penneshaw|
|the vehicles, trailers etc start to disembark|
Boarding the Ferry
What is available on board
Help for those that suffer from Motion Sickness
previous blog posts on this particular vacation are:
staying at Cape Jervis Station
crossing the Mighty Murray by Punt
stopping over in Mt Gambier
planning the journey to Kangaroo Island
our thoughts on staying at Cape Borda!
stay tuned for the blog posts on staying at Cape Borda, visiting the many bays, the roads of Kangaroo Island and much more!