Seal Bay Conservation Park, Seal Bay

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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  • Loved this experience! We had a wonderful time here, it was great to be so close to these seals. Many babies, and young males playing with each other. Our guide was really good, and you could tell how...  more »
  • Visiting Seal Bay was an incredible experience. We did the guided tour which was great. It was windy the day we went so many of the sea lions were up on the hill so we got very close to them. We saw a...  more »
  • We booked for a tour at Seal Bay, and it was worth it. Mind you our walk with Kate, the guide, went for about 100 meters before we came to a stop - seal lions over the path and you just don’t walk pas...  more »
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  • Highly recommend a visit to Seal Bay. There are two ways of visiting the facility. The first is self-guided and the cheaper of the two options. However, you can only visit the paths as far as the few lookouts they have. It is not always guaranteed that you will see Seals. They second option is with a guide in which case you get to visit the beach with the seals. They also educate you and answer questions along the way. I highly recommend the second option. Not only did we get up and close to seals and their pups but we got to ask all of our questions. We walked out knowing more about seals than we ever expected!
  • The walk is gorgeous. Such friendly courteous staff and the Sea Lions are adorable. A definite must see when visiting Kangaroo Island
  • Nice visitor centre but food was not available. We could have made coffee. Gentle sloped board walk. Plenty of sea lions. Possible to take guided walk but we did not as we had already seen them in New Zealand. Must visit location when you visit KI. As you need to avoid driving in dawn and dusk, check tour times and time your visit. Have printed map with distance and driving times written as internet connection is patchy. This will help to modify your plan to get back in time. Good idea to keep packed lunch and cool drinks with you to free up time to look for a place to eat.
  • Knowledgeable staff and a great boardwalk to view sealions. Wide selection of souvenirs, sensibly priced. Shame there's no cafe.
  • Great area to visit in KI. The tour guide was fantastic and informative. I liked her real care for the seals and the environment. The place is beautiful to watch seals in their natural habitat. Well setup with a nice gift shop and clean bathrooms. There is an area to watch the seals if someone unable to go down the stairs.
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