Kangaroo Island Driving Trips

A unique experience

Kangaroo island is large and with so much to see, plan to explore Kangaroo Island by car.

Picnic in Flinders Chase National Park, South Australia

Sealed roads link the major towns. Unsealed tracks take you to secluded spots where you’ll discover deserted surf beaches, camp sites, rugged cliff tops, sheltered coves and breathtaking ocean views.

Kingscote and Emu Bay

Base yourself in Kingscote, Kangaroo Island’s largest town.

Take the North Coast Road to swim with dolphins at Emu Bay. Enjoy fishing charters and catch a sightseeing tour.

If you’re in a four-wheel-drive, drive it on the beach.

Flinders Chase National Park

Flinders Chase is huge with top attractions like Admirals Arch, Remarkable Rocks and Seal Bay.

Follow the Playford and West End highways. Get there as early because later in the day it gets busy with tour buses.

Koala Avenue and Kelly Hill Caves

The koalas are literally lined up for you on ‘Koala Avenue’, not far from Flinders Chase National Park. Further east along the South Coast Road take a tour of Kelly Hill Caves.

Vivonne Bay and Seal Bay

Turn off the South Coast Road to Vivonne Bay and Seal Bay.

Vivonne Bay, one of Australia’s best beaches is gloriously long with amazing, turquoise water.

“Surf” the massive Little Sahara sand dunes then drop in to Seal Bay to walk among the colony of sea lions.

Penneshaw and American River

Forty minutes from Kingscote along the Playford Highway and Arramore Road, the SeaLink ferry docks in Penneshaw.

After dark visit the Penneshaw Penguin Centre, in the morning take Hog Bay Road to the oyster farms and fishing charters at American River. (Please contact the tour operator as some tours may not be running at certain times of the year).

Nearby, climb the hill at Pennington Bay for brilliant beach views.

Audio tour

Experience Kangaroo Island at your own pace, with a self-drive audio guide. Narrated by a fifth-generation islander, you’ll get more than just the facts.

Please drive under 60 kilometres (37 miles) per hour on unsealed roads to keep yourself and the wildlife safe.

Car hire and fuel

Take your car on the ferry or hire one on Kangaroo Island. A two-wheel drive car is fine but you can see more in a four-wheel drive (4WD).

Hire a car in Kingscote, Penneshaw and at the airport.

If you are booking a mainland hire car, restrictions may apply because some Kangaroo Island roads are unsealed.

Fill up with fuel before you head off each day because many petrol stations close around 6pm.

Things to do

Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.

What's on

There are plenty of events in Kangaroo Island. Here are some ideas you might like.

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