Roads and Travel on Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is quite easy to get around, with good quality bitumen roads connecting the major towns and attractions across the island.
Please note as of January 2020 there is restricted entry to the far western part of the island, particularly Flinders Chase National Park which is closed due to bushfires.
Make sure your petrol tank is full before you arrive. Distances are greater than you think. There are petrol stations at Penneshaw - 24 hours by outdoor payment terminal, Kingscote and Pandana. Also Vivonne Bay.
(Currently there is no fuel available in American River).
From Penneshaw (Sealink Ferry terminal) across to Kingscote (passing American River and the Kingscote Airport) you will be on sealed roads.
Plus the two major roads connecting Kingscote to the western end are all bitumen. Running off those roads Seal Bay Road (south side of island) and the Stokes Bay Road (north side of island) are both sealed also.
Most other roads are dirt roads. These 'dirt' roads are generally quite accessible even for standard family vehicles, particularly to the more popular beaches and attractions. After heavy rains they can be closed or become very slippery so need extra care.
WILDLIFE and SPEED
The speed limit across the island is mostly 100km/hr outside townships and well signposted.
We suggest that cruising along at 80km / hr is generally a good idea for people unfamiliar with the Island and especially unfamiliar with the erratic nature especially of the kangaroos and wallabies.
Particularly at dusk and sunrise, you will find many animals on the move, from Kangaroos to Echidnas to Wombats and a host of other gorgeous wildlife.
Travelling that little slower gives you much more chance of stopping in time if an animal comes out of the bush unexpectedly. If you see a Kangaroo near the road brake rapidly but safely (in a straight line) as there usually are more about to cross the road. Most accidents happen by the driver not controlling the car. Swerving is often a big mistake as you lose control, particularly on dirt roads.
We regularly drive these roads and by driving slower we have only hit a couple at very low speeds in the last 10 years, meaning they bounce away basically unharmed, and our car does not sustain damage.
The added advantage is being able to see more as you drive if that little slower.
Hitting a kangaroo will do much damage to a vehicle. Some stand up to 5ft to 6ft tall and weight over 100kg. So hitting a kangaroo at that speed can completely destroy a car and risk serious injury to your passengers.
We love our wildlife. And we also love seeing our Sunrise on Falie guests return home safely, happy and relaxed at the end of the day. Please do keep slow and enjoy our beautiful island.
The Island is much bigger than most visitors expect so keep this in mind when planning your day.
MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE
Mobile phone coverage is best with Telstra. Other service providers cover main towns. Parts of the Island do not have phone coverage.
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