Seal Bay Conservation Park, Kangaroo Island

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Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
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. To visit Seal Bay Conservation Park and other attractions in Kangaroo Island, use our Kangaroo Island trip tool.
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  • Visited Seal Bay last week (November 2021), very impressed with the fabulous visitor centre and there are 2 options to view seals: guided tour on to beach, or boardwalk only. We chose the boardwalk.....  more »
  • Seal bay is now only accessible if you pay - $11 pp to walk on the boardwalk behind beach as a self guided tour or $35 pp to do tour on the beach with a guide. I don't mind Nat Parks caring for this....  more »
  • By taking the guided tour down to the beach you get to have close encounters with seals (we had a seal pup come up to us and lay down about a metre away) and excellent information about seals and...  more »
  • My family just did the platform experience and loved it but I really wanted to get closer to the seals so so I did the guided walk. Guaranteed seal viewing from the platform but would highly recommend paying the extra $10 or so to do a guided walk down onto the sand. You get to get up nice and close to the seals (great photo opportunities) and the knowledge from the guides makes it also really interesting. I absolutely loved it! Was a great start and definitely the highlight of my day and possibly the whole trip. They have a small automated coffee machine where you can purchase coffee, toilets and a small gift shop. We were lucky with beautiful weather but bring wet weather gear if it rains.
  • It’s a must doing while in Kangaroo Island! Even though the beach tour takes around 20-30minutes, it’s worthy to pay $10 more, rather than just staying on the platform. We cannot approach the sea lions too much, but it’s a great experience. People with cameras or binoculars could bring them to have a closer look. Early morning tours(8:30am-10am) are better, because it’s less people and quieter.
  • Undoubtedly the stars are the sleeping sea lions on the beach. The board walks give a good view of the shore and the sea lions. Everything is very well maintained. There is a small fee to pay to get in but it's well worth the admission fee.
  • Two adults pay $71 and a family (2+2) pays close to $90 for less than 10 minutes at the beach with a large group of people not so close to a small group of sea lions. If you end up going I strongly recommend 12x binoculars and/or 200mm camera lens. I rate 2 stars instead of one because the animals are really cute. Also, I understand there might be a reason for dry toilets but the male toilet at the time of my visit was a horrible experience.
  • It's okay. You'll definitely see seal's. But it's not cheap. Would instead recommend going out to admirals arch if you have the time.

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