Onboard SeaLink's Ferries

SeaLink’s two modern, air-conditioned car and passenger ferries, Sealion 2000 and Spirit of Kangaroo Island take just 45 minutes to cross Backstairs Passage between Cape Jervis and Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Up to 12 ferry departures are offered each day.

Both ferries are twin-hulled catamaran ferries complete with air-conditioned lounges, comfortable lounge or café style seating, a licensed café serving great cappuccinos and fresh snacks, outdoor viewing decks, wheelchair access, disabled toilets and baby change facilities.


SeaLion 2000

SeaLion 2000 is the larger of SeaLink's 2 car and passenger ferries and can accommodate up to 378 passengers and 55 cars or 42 cars and 4 coaches. To take a virtual tour of the SeaLion 2000 ferry, navigate around the Google Virtual Tour below.

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Spirit of Kangaroo Island (SPOKI)

The Spirit of Kangaroo Island ferry is a car and passenger ferry that can accommodate 243 passengers and 53 cars or 8 semi-trailers and 18 cars. To take a virtual tour of the Spirit of Kangaroo Island ferry, navigate around the Google Virtual Tour below.

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Licenced cafe

On board Cafés offer a selection of cakes, freshly prepared light meals, snacks and ice creams as well as hot and cold drinks.


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Half the fun of a trip to Kangaroo Island is going on the ferry!

Keep the kids entertained with a Busy Nipper activity pack for $3.50!

Choose from 4 great designs.

Activity bags contents include colourful stickers, easy-peel-off sticker scene, 8 drawing and puzzle sheets, stencil set and a pack of non-toxic crayons. Packs are suitable for ages 3-10.

Upgrade to a Kids Treasure Chest which includes a Mount Franklin Juice or Water and Cheese & Biscuit or a muffin for $7!

Please feel free to bring your pram or capsule onboard for the comfort of you and your little one. Our friendly crew will also be happy to warm milk or baby food for you.

Both ferries are also equipped with baby change facilities.



A range of tourist information and brochures are available onboard for your information. There are also a number of large TVs throughout the ferry lounge areas for your enjoyment.

In the warmer weather sit on the top deck and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Keep look out along side the ferries for dolphins!



 If you are unlucky enough to suffer from seasickness, we have compiled a list of hints for you to assist in preventing symptoms and help make your journey more comfortable. View or download SeaLink's Seasickness Tips here.


Wheelchair Access

SeaLink ferries are wheel chair and disabled friendly. An electric wheel chair can be provided to board passengers as necessary. Please enquire.


Safe Travels

To ensure you have a safe and comfortable journey with us, please view or download SeaLink's Safe Travels document.


SeaLink's Ferry Facts

  SeaLion 2000 Spirit of Kangaroo Island
No. Passengers 378 243
No. Vehicles 55 cars or 42 cars and 4 coaches 53 cars or 8 semi-trailers and 18 cars
Engines 2 x V12 Caterpillar 1078Kw 2 x V12 Caterpillar 1119Kw
Hull Steel Aluminium
Length (metres) 48.8 50.6
Width (metres) 16.0 17.8
Generators 2 x Perkins 6 cylinder 2 x Caterpillar 6 cylinder
Commissioned 1998 2003
Built By Tenix, Fremantle WA Austal Ships, Fremantle WA