Island information

Here are some general items of information for visitors to Kangaroo Island.
The information below is based on that collected from various third parties and was accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing.

Kangaroo island, the third largest island off the coast of Australia, is 155km long and 55km at its widest point and cover 4500sqkm with 509kms of coastline. It takes approximately two hours to drive from Penneshaw to the western-end of the Island.
The ferry terminal at Cape Jervis is 110kms from Adelaide (two hour drive) and the crossing to Penneshaw takes 45 minutes. Passengers should be at the ferry terminal at least 30 minutes prior to departure.

Getting around

Please note there is virtually no public transport on the Island, however the local council has (from March 2014) begun operating a limited bus service which may prove useful. For details visit

The SeaLink shuttle bus operates twice a day between Penneshaw and Kingscote via American River to connect with morning and evening ferry services.

Alternatively, you can bring your own vehicle on the ferry, or hire a car on the Island through Budget (08 8553 3133) or Hertz (13 30 39).

REX Airlines (13 17 13) flies into Kingscote airport from Adelaide airport daily. If you need a transfer from the ferry terminal or the airport to your accommodation then KI Transfers can help (0427 887 575).

Caution on the roads

We urge caution on all island roads, especially unsealed roads. Please be aware that kangaroos, wallabies and possums are nocturnal and are often present on all island roads between sunset and the morning. Avoid driving between dusk and dawn, but if you do drive during wildlife active hours, exercise caution.

How long should I stay?

The KI Visitor Centre recommends staying on the island for a minimum of three days to give you a good taste of what there is to see and do. Five days will show you the sights but a week days will allow you to truly unwind and discover the magic of this nature wonderland.


Penneshaw Fuel (BP) Unleaded, Premium Unleaded, Diesel, Auto Gas. Open daily 7.30am-6.30pm (open later in peak seasons). Gas bottles. Fuel available 24hrs by credit card swipe.

Island Beach
Carey’s Store (Mobil) Open daily through School Holidays & Long Week-ends 9am-5pm.Winter months open Mon, Thu & Fri. 9am-5pm, Sat & Sun 9am-12.30pm.


Mobil Station Unleaded, Premium Unleaded, Diesel & Auto Gas. Open daily 7am-8pm.
Country Cottage (Mobil) Unleaded & Diesel. Open daily 7.30am-8pm.
Caltex Station Unleaded Premium Unleaded, Diesel, Gas. Open daily 7am-8pm.

Post Office (Davo’s Deli) Unleaded and Diesel. Gas bottles. Open Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-12pm, Sun 8am-5pm.
Seddon Motors Unleaded, Premium Unleaded & Diesel. Gas bottles. Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 9-12.

Vivonne Bay 
General Store, Unleaded, Premium Unleaded & Diesel. Open Daily 9am-6pm.

West Area
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat Unleaded & Diesel. Open daily 7am -7pm.

Important Please remember if departing Kangaroo Island on a late ferry service that the nearest open petrol station will be Aldinga, 64km north of Cape Jervis, heading to Adelaide. You may need to fill or top up your tank before leaving the island!


Telstra 3G coverage is generally available throughout the Island. Limited Optus coverage is available. Public phones are located at Vivonne Bay General Store and at Flinders Chase Visitors Centre.

Banking and ATM cash machines

Penneshaw Business Centre/Post Office: EFTPOS, Agent for ANZ, Bank SA and Commonwealth Bank. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-midday
Penneshaw Hotel ATM: Open daily 11am to approx. 9.30pm.
Penneshaw IGA ATM: Open daily 8am-8pm.

American River
General Store: EFTPOS, Agent for Bank SA, (No AMEX or Diners accepted). Open Mon-Sat 7.30am-6.30pm, Sun 7.30am-6pm.

Bank SA: ATM Bank Open Mon-Thu 9.30am-4pm, Fri 9.30am-5pm.
ANZ Bank: ATM Bank Open Mon-Thu 9.30am-4pm, Fri 9.30am-5pm.
Elders Rural: Bank Open Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm.
Aurora Ozone Hotel: ATM Open from early breakfast until late evening.
Queenscliffe Hotel: ATM Open daily 9am-9.30pm.
Kingscote Post Office: EFTPOS, Agent for Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Savings & Loans and Bendigo Bank. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

Parndana Hotel: ATM Open Mon-Fri & Sat 10am to closing, Sun 11am to closing.
IGA Store: EFTPOS, Agent for Bank SA. Open daily during summer 8am-7pm, winter Mon-Sat 8am-6.30pm, Sun 8.30am-5pm.

Vivonne Bay
General Store: ATM EFTPOS. Open daily 9am-6pm.


Penneshaw IGA: Open daily 8am-8pm.
Kingscote Foodland: Open Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 8am-7pm, Thu 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm.
Parndana IGA: Open Mon-Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 8.30am-5pm.

Emergency and other services

Police/Ambulance/Fire: 000

Police: Non-urgent assistance 13 14 44 (08 8553 2018)
Hospital: 8553 4200 (Kingscote)
CFS Bushfire Information Hotline: 1300 362 361
Doctors: 8553 2037 (Kingscote)
Dentist: 8553 3117
Vets: 8553 2485
Kennels: 8553 9032
Local Council: 8553 4500
SES: 13 25 00

Internet services

Gateway Visitor Information Centre: use of computer and Wi-Fi
Isola Pizza: open daily 5pm-8pm, use of Ipad and Wi-Fi

American River
Post Office: open Mon- Fri 9am-5pm, Wi-Fi
All Seasons Kangaroo Island Lodge: open daily 7am-10pm, Wi-Fi

Kingscote Public Library: open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.
Aurora Ozone Hotel: open daily 6am-11pm.
Chocol Art & Coffee Shop: Wi-Fi



If you are planning on bringing your dog or cat to Kangaroo Island, please visit the KI Council website at for full details of Council By-Laws on dogs and cats.

No pets are allowed in National Parks, Conservation Areas or Protection Areas.

Honey, potato and feral animal restrictions

Kangaroo Island is a bee sanctuary and is free of many of the mainland’s pests and diseases. Penalties apply for bringing honey products and bee-handling equipment to the Island.

The island's seed-potato industry also enjoys disease-free status. Potatoes brought to the island must be in new packaging. Peels and unused potatoes must be disposed of to ensure that re-germination is not possible.

There are no foxes or rabbits and these are prohibited on the island, as are declared weeds.

Further information

The Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre , situated in Penneshaw on the left side of the main road leaving the town, is open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat, Sun & public holidays 10am-4pm. Closed Christmas Day Phone 08 8553 1185 or 1800 811 080 or email: