Seal Bay Conservation Park, Seal Bay

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Home to the third largest sea lion colony in Australia, Seal Bay Conservation Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations on Kangaroo Island, offering a rare nature-based experience with no enclosures or cages confining the animals. Experienced guides can take you into the heart of the sea lion colony, where you can learn how these endangered creatures fish, surf, rest, interact with their pups, and defend their territory. To protect the precarious colony, visitors can visit the beach, where the sea lions rest with their young, as part of a guided tour only. You can take unguided walks along the park's boardwalk at any time. Make Seal Bay Conservation Park a centerpiece of your Kangaroo Island vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Kangaroo Island vacation generator.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Great to see them in natural habitat. We need to do what we can to preserve these beautiful creatures. Go visit, a must see!  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Rarely, you have opportunity, so close to the sea lions. The Rangers explain much about the animals and make sure you let them their space.
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  • August 5, 2017
    A place that is essential if you're going to kangaroo island. I was delighted to see the sea lions in their environment and spend some time at the beach with these fantastic animals.
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  • The tour is worth it. You can get quite close to the fur seals and you learn a lot about them through the guide. Highly recommend!
  • We did the guided tour so that you can walk on the beach AND do the "unguided"/boardwalk and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G... my girlfriend and I got some great shots up close and personal with the Sea Lions! 😍
  • Did the unguided tour and came early before the masses of tourists arrived. So we had plenty of time and calm to observe those amazing animals. Definitely worth it and also bring some binoculars to see the sea lions on the beach.
  • Overpriced for what it is. You can see seals at Admirals Arch and the cost of entry to the Park is much cheaper than Seal Bay.
  • Guide was very patient with my 4 year old asking lots of questions. Guided tours were really good as you could get quite close to the seals especially if they sleep under the platform to the beach.

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Although most of Kangaroo Island remains relatively underdeveloped in a commercial sense, you'll find lodgings that include everything from spacious suites to economical hostels in communities like Penneshaw and Kingscote. The most expensive accommodations on the island, private cottages and beach houses near the water generally require a two-night minimum stay. For something more flexible and less expensive, consider one of the local campgrounds, many of which offer powered and unpowered sites, as well as cozy log cabins ideal for couples and families with kids.
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