Regional Express (Rex) provides regular daily flights (30 mins) from Adelaide (ADL) to Kangaroo Island, Kingscote (KGC). A 15 kg (33 lb) luggage limit per person applies; any excess may be uplifted or stored at Adelaide Airport for a nominal fee. Southern Ocean Lodge is a 50-minute drive from the airport.
Private charter flights are available from Adelaide to Kingscote or to Snug Cove, an exclusive private airfield just 30 minutes drive from the lodge.
SeaLink operates regular 45-minute ferry transfers between Cape Jervis on the mainland and Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Cape Jervis is a picturesque two-hour drive from Adelaide. The lodge is a 90-minute drive from the ferry terminal.
Many mainland car hire companies have restrictions regarding their vehicles being driven on Kangaroo Island, and/or boarding the ferry. It’s best to check terms with the operator. A good option is to hire a car on the island; Budget and Hertz operate both at Kingscote Airport and from the ferry terminal at Penneshaw.
Cell phone reception is limited on Kangaroo Island.
A Mediterranean climate, Kangaroo Island typically has hot, dry summers with temperatures around 60-80°F from December through February. Cool, mild winters last from June to August with temperatures around 50-65°F; wildlife is most active during this time. Spring (September-November) and fall (March-May) are true shoulder seasons with temperatures ranging from the upper 40s to 80s.
Dress is smart but casual at Southern Ocean Lodge. Comfortable walking shoes, a windbreaker, and a warm top are recommended year-round, with additional layers and warm socks and gloves suggested for the cooler months. Hat, camera, sunscreen, and a keen sense of adventure are a must!
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