Campervan Hire Kangaroo Island
Campervan Hire Kangaroo Island
Campervan hire to Kangaroo Island can be tricky. Not all mainland campervan hire companies will let you take their campervan to Kangaroo Island. Check with the hire company before booking your campervan hire. So far I have not found a Campervan Hire Company on Kangaroo Island, there are car hire companies.
Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island, 150 km (2hrs 20min) long and 90-57 km (20min) wide with a population of around 4500 people. If you don’t plan your trip you may run out of time to see everything you want. Kangaroo Island’s roads have improved over the years. There are still many roads that you cannot take you hired campervan on. Campervan hire companies will only let you take your campervan on sealed roads, and are not to be driven at night outside town.
To get to Kangaroo Island you will need to drive your campervan to Cape Jervis to catch one of the Sealink ferries. Ferries depart 4 times a day everyday (except Christmas day) booking is essential. The journey takes about 45minutes.
You will arrive at Penneshaw from here all major tourist attractions are connected by a sealed road. While the roads are sealed it is advised that you reduce you speed in your campervan hire to ensure a safe journey.
Kangaroo Island is 1/3 national park, you will see a lot of wild life. Wildlife is most visible during winter, summers best viewing times are dawn and dusk. With so much of the island being national parks it is hard for some people to believe that the island also has a rich farming community, vineyards’ (don’t forget to check out a cellar door for a wine taste), and a special Bee the Ligurian Bee which produce great honey. Because Kangaroo Island is so remote it does not have a lot of the pest the mainland has so please check the quarantine regulations before going.
What to See and do in you Campervan Hire
Kangaroo Island as you would expect is great for surging, scuba diving (the island has around 60 shipwrecks), fishing, snorkelling, swimming, sailing and bush walking. The Island also has much more to offer, Flinders Chance National Park has the Remarkable Rocks, The Admirals Arch and the first light house to be built in South Australia. Camping is permitted in the National Park for a small fee. At Seal Bay you can take a 45min beach tour among the many Australian Sea Lions, or there is a 800 metre board-walk that looks out over the beach to observe the seal.
Parndana (central Kangaroo Island) is a farming community that a lost of people use as a base, doing day trips from here to the various tourist attractions. Emu bay, you can join the dolphins. Kingscote (the Capital), is known for the lively little penguins along the rocky coast. Just a short distance from Kingscote is Reeves Point, South Australia’s first European settlement. American River is a fishing village and a great place to bird watch. Along with the number of camp grounds in the National Parks, Holiday Parks the Kangaroo Island Council have Camp ground at most of the tourist locations
There is far more to do and see when you take a campervan hire to Kangaroo Island that you will want to go back again and again. A weekend Campervan hire special may just give you a taste of how beautiful it is.