Community Support

CommunityLink Program - For Kangaroo Island-based organisations only

SeaLink’s commitment to the Kangaroo Island community spans over 30 years and we are passionate about its future.

SeaLink strives to support the community wherever possible and given the remote location of Kangaroo Island, our support is primarily in the form of sponsored ferry travel. This assistance helps to ensure a quality of life that may not be possible in some cases.

In 2019 our SeaLink CommunityLink Program supported over 50 Kangaroo Island community and sports associations, charities and events, and donated over $200,000.00 in ferry travel.

How does CommunityLink work?

CommunityLink is only available for Kangaroo Island based organisations. Submissions for 21-22 are now closed and will reopen in February 2022. 

General Enquiries

SeaLink receives many requests for travel, financial, prizes and gifts support, however, our priority is to support Kangaroo Island to assist with the development and growth of its community.

If you are seeking sponsorship which will support the Kangaroo Island community please complete our general support application form. Please read the SeaLink Sponsorship Conditions & General Information carefully before submitting your application.


Proudly Supporting

The following partnerships:

Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife (FNPW)

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is the charity partner of Australia’s National Parks. They are a non-government organisation with a mission to protect Australia’s ecosystems and native wildlife for generations to come.

FNPW funds projects that support the permanent preservation of Australia’s unique natural environment. Since its founding in 1970, FNPW has funded over 600 scientifically-based Australian conservation programs. Find out more.

Humans of Kangaroo Island Film & Literature Festival 2021

The idea behind Humans of Kangaroo Island was to re-connect community members after the 2019/20 bushfires, get to know each other on a different level and close the gap COVID-19 created shortly after the fires with the restrictions slowing down our disaster recovery process.

The Film & Literature Festival is coming to Kangaroo Island from the 8th - 10th October 2021 to showcase local talent and celebrate resilience and courage. the three-day event will bring visitors and locals together to raise funds for a worth initiative. Film screenings will be shown Friday and Saturday, with tickets from $25 per adult and free screenings on Sunday. Bookings and registrations essential.

Botanic Gardens of South Australia

The South Australian Seed Conservation Centre, in the Adelaide Botanic Garden, helps to protect South Australia’s threatened plant species from extinction, while supporting the restoration of habitats around the State.

Following on from the devastating Kangaroo Island bushfires of 2019/20, SeaLink partnered with the Seed Centre to help fund a series of field trips by our specialist Seed Conservation Team to locate some of KI’s most unique and endangered plants, collect their seeds, and bank them at the Botanic Gardens in Adelaide. This is will help prevent extinction and ensure the ongoing survival of these threatened plant species.

Children's University (CU)

SeaLink is proud to be the first ‘moving’ public Learning Destination for Children’s University (CI). CU members who travel on SeaLink’s ferries will be encouraged to download and print a SeaLink KI Ferry Activity Booklet (download here) before they travel, and complete the activities in the booklet during the ferry crossing. When they have completed the tasks in their booklet they will take it to the SeaLink Café Crew, who will stamp their PASSPORT TO LEARNING.

CU is a program that engages children and young people in exciting out-of-school learning opportunities to increase their chances for educational achievement and rewards them for taking responsibility for their own learning. The program operates in the UK, Australia, NZ, Asia & Africa. Find out more.

The following events:


Kangaroo Island Oats WILDROO Ultra Tril Marathon - Date To Be Confirmed

The WILDROO offers runners the option of a 30K or 60K race distance. The course route starts and finishes in the quaint township of Penneshaw. A sunrise hill climb transports runners to the top of Dudley Peninsula providing panoramic ocean views to mainland South Australia. 

Register here with 1908 Sports Management.


New Shoots Music Festival - Saturday 20th November 2021

The fantastic lineup will include Spiderbait, Killing Heidi, Angie McMahon and more. Licensed all ages. Camping available. Please note, there are no late-night ferries after the concert so it is recommended to book accommodation. See the News Shoots website for festival details.

Travel Offer: Use the promo code NEWSHOOTS21 to save on passenger fares when attending the New Shoots Festival! Simply use the promo code to receive $50 return adult fares (save $48), $50 concession fares (save $30) and $36 child fares (save $16). Available for travel from 18th to 25th November 2021. For sale from 20th May to 20th November 2021. New bookings only. New Shoots festival ticket must be produced at check-in at Cape Jervis. Available as a return fare from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw.

Book tickets now!

SeaLink Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival February 2022

The SeaLink Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival is held in February each year over three days. The Carnival features two race meetings, a casual smaller affair on the Thursday and KI Cup Day on the Saturday with the feature race being the Dudley Wines Kangaroo Island Cup.

Hundreds of visitors from the mainland flock to the island, many making a long weekend or short break holiday out of their stay.

If you are interested in more information on our 2022 KI Cup Day Packages, please register your details here and we’ll send it to you when it is released.

Or you may want to consider taking a self-drive or touring or caravan holiday allowing you more time to explore the island.


Kangaroo Island Marathon - Saturday 21st May 2022

The Marathon course is located in the spectacular Flinders Chase National Park and this year will take on a whole new set of sights for runners after the devastating bushfires in December 2019. Runners will be inspired by deviating and undulating trails, an exposed coastal section with views of the powerful Southern Ocean, a loop that travels by historic landmarks such as Cape de Couedic Lighthouse and Admirals Arch, and a zig-zag boardwalk leading to the iconic Remarkable Rocks.

Now in it's sixth year, this event is set to be a special one for participants. Sign up for the full marathon, half marathon or 10k event to be part of this iconic race in one of the top marathon locations in the world!

Register here with 1908 Sports Management.

The following community organisations: 

Kangaroo Island Football League (KIFL)

KIFL is an affiliated member of the SANFL. There are 5 teams (Kingscote – Hounds, Dudley United - Eagles, Parndana - Roosters, Western Districts – Saints and Wisanger – Panthers and each week during the season they host A Grade, Reserves and Colts grade teams. Given the small population of Kangaroo Island, it is difficult to field full teams and SeaLink’s ferry travel sponsorship assists volunteer players to travel from the mainland to play. SeaLink’s sponsorship also enables team players to travel to compete in SA country football carnivals and to attend development opportunities. SeaLink also co-sponsors the ‘Club of the Year’ Award with the SAFC.

Kangaroo Island Netball Association (KINA)

SeaLink is proud to be a sponsor of the Kangaroo Island Netball Association. Our sponsorship enables past and volunteer players to travel to Kangaroo Island to play in matches and importantly allows for Kangaroo Island based players and umpires to travel to the mainland for academy visits, country carnivals and player development opportunities.  SeaLink also sponsors the ‘SeaLink Star Volunteer Award’ each year where volunteers from each club are nominated. 

kangaroo island community education

Kangaroo Island Community Education (KICE)

KICE was formed in 2005 as a multi-campus school from the three KI Area Schools – Penneshaw, Parndana and Kingscote. KICE has approximately 700 students located across the island. SeaLink’s sponsorship assists students who can be disadvantaged by the issues associated with living in a remote and isolated community. With the assistance of ferry travel, SeaLink supports hundreds of students every year to take up various opportunities on the mainland including sporting carnivals, performing arts, music cultural excursions and Careers Week. SeaLink also plays an integral role in mentoring and influencing the development of young people through the Virtual Enterprise program.

Kangaroo Island Dolphin Watch

KI Dolphin watch is a research program monitoring wild dolphin populations around our coastline. The program involves Kangaroo Island school students and community members collecting data about local dolphin populations, their behaviours and their habitatThe organisation uses non invasive photographic techniques to identify dolphins and their group structures with the ultimate aim of protection and conservation. Find out more.

SeaLink proudly supporting Rebuild Independence Group

Rebuild Independence Group

Rebuild Independence Group (RIG) is a community-based, non-profit organisation founded in 2013 with the mission of rebuilding the Schooner Independence, the first vessel built in South Australia. They have successfully raised enough money to build a boathouse at American River on Kangaroo Island. They now need to raise $20,000 to produce detailed boat plans that will comply with the strictest "survey" standards and will enable Independence to carry fare-paying passengers when finished.

Kangaroo Island Country Education Fund

Kangaroo Island Country Education Fund (KICEF)

The Kangaroo Island Country Education Fund was established to provide financial assistance and support to local youth to help them achieve their post high school education, training and vocation aspirations. It is recognised that the cost of rural students pursuing their post high school goals is often much greater than students in metropolitan areas and that sometimes these costs can be prohibitive. KICEF raises funds annually in order to provide financial grants to students who need an extra helping hand

SeaLink proudly supporting the Royal Flying Doctor Service

Royal Flying Doctor Service 

The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world. Using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology, we deliver extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to those who live, work and travel throughout Australia.

Great Southern Football League Womens

The Great Southern Football League Womens (GSFLW) is part of one of South Australia's strongest country football competitions, based around the Fleurieu Peninsula region. Clubs include Encounter Bay, Goolwa/Port Elliot, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Mt Compass, Myponga/Sellicks, Strathalbyn, Victor Harbor, Willunga and Yankalilla.

SeaLink are proud to support GSFLW Round 2 with a visit to Kangaroo Island for the “SeaLink Kangaroo Island Challenge Cup” on Saturday 20 March 2021 with Yankalilla FC vs Goolwa/Port Elliot FC at the Dudley United Football Oval in Penneshaw from 12.00pm. Come and try sessions on the day. Find out more.

South Adelaide Football Club

The partnership between SeaLink Kangaroo Island and the South Adelaide FC will promote the community involvement that both organisations play in assisting the young people of Adelaide's southern suburbs, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island in particular to meet their full potential. Find out more.