Kangaroo Island, with its copious natural resources, is the third largest island off the Australian continent after Bathurst and Melville islands (which lie off the Northern Territory coast). Located 112 kilometres southwest of Adelaide and 13 kilometres offshore from Cape Jervis on Fleurieu peninsula, the island is 145 km long and 57 km in width.
How to get here:
SeaLink operates Sealion 2000 and Spirit of Kangaroo Island, two large, luxurious vehicle and passenger/car ferries, between Cape Jervis and Penneshaw. There are four departures daily, with additional services during peak times. Bookings are necessary. Travelling time is a comfortable 45 minutes. Mainland coach connections are available between Adelaide and Cape Jervis. Island connections are available between Penneshaw and Kingscote.
Reservations: Ph.13 13 01
Regional Express (REX) operates a 30-minute flight from the main terminal at Adelaide Airport to Kingscote Airport (KGC). The airport is located 13km from the Island’s capital, Kingscote.
Reservations: Ph.13 17 13 or (08) 8553 2938
Airport Shuttle Service
A shuttle bus operates between Kingscote Airport and the main town of Kingscote. Bookings are necessary.
Kangaroo Island Transfers: Ph: 0427 887 575
The winters between June and September are mild and wet, the summers usually warm and dry. Tempered by the ocean, particularly on the coastline, maximum temperatures in summer rarely exceed 35 degrees Celsius. Average temperatures in August range between 13 to 16 degrees and in February, the hottest month, between 20 and 25 degrees. Between May and September the island receives 2/3 of its annual rainfall, varying from 450 mm in Kingscote to around 900 mm near Roo Lagoon on the top of the central plateau. The wettest month is July.
Average Annual Temperature: 11.6 – 19.1 °C
Average January Temperature: 14.9 – 23.6 °C
Average July Temperature: 8.4 – 14.6 °C
Annual Rainfall: 485.1 mm
Average Annual Windspeed: 14.7 – 17.7 km/h