SeaLink Kangaroo Island is part of Kelsian Group Limited. What started as single twin-hulled ferry service travelling to and from Kangaroo Island, has since grown to be Australia’s largest integrated land and marine, tourism and public transport service provider transporting over 200 million customers each year. Kelsian Group also has established international operations in London and Singapore.
With around 9000 employees, we are one of Australia’s most experienced and diverse multi-modal transport businesses operating around 4000 buses, 120 ferries and 24 light rail vehicles.
SeaLink Kangaroo Island
- SeaLink Kangaroo Island began in the 1970s when a Kangaroo Island businessman formed the company Philanderer Ferries. In 1989 the ferry operation was purchased by Malaysian company MBF and renamed Kangaroo Island SeaLink
- In 1996, a group of South Australian investors and staff members purchased SeaLink from MBF, returning it to South Australian ownership
- Since this purchase in 1996, two new ferries were specially built for the Kangaroo Island service, making the journey faster, more comfortable, more reliable and safer
- In peak periods SeaLink can operate up to 12 services a day, each way. Ferries travel across Backstairs Passage from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw in approximately 45 minutes
- SeaLink is also the major freight service provider between the Island and the mainland with freight ranging from livestock and grain to dangerous goods, including fuel and gas
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