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Seal Bay Conservation Park

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Address: Seal Bay Road, Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8553 4463
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Seal Bay offers one of the most exceptional nature-based experiences in the...

Seal Bay offers one of the most exceptional nature-based experiences in the world. Fees are invested into ongoing research and conservation efforts and through these efforts we hope to preserve the natural habitat of a wild Australian sea lion colony for generations to come. Our tours are designed to suit a wide variety of visitors - you can stay all day if you want to! There are no enclosures or cages at Seal Bay. Instead, you will be taken into the heart of the colony where our experienced guides will teach you more about these endangered animals. Visitors given a unique insight into how these endangered animals fish, surf, rest, interact with their pups and defend their territory.If you prefer, you can set your own pace on the wheelchair accessible 300 metre boardwalk which meanders through the dunes to a number of viewing platforms.

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Sea Lions Up Close!

We took the guided tour and it was well worth it- the guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer our many questions. It was amazing to see sea lions in their natural... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took the guided tour and it was well worth it- the guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer our many questions. It was amazing to see sea lions in their natural habitat and the views were awesome! While we were there one of the pups decided to find its mum who apparently had gone to have a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Close up observation of true wild seals. The tour guide Tanya is very knowledgable and gave us a very informative tour. We saw a young pulp getting really close to the group. Just amazing. Well worth the trip

Thank Yuting Z
Washington DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I have seen my fair share of seals in Australia. What the guided tour allows better than any of the other locations is the ability to see them fairly close up. The guide does maintain a 10 metre gap between you and the animals for everyone's safety which is understandable but that is the only thing between you and the... More 

Thank Anna911
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved it!! The guided tour was fantastic and our guide was really helpful and friendly. Spectacular views all round

Thank Trudy R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our small group of about 10 was led down to the beach after all the other day visitors had moved on and we were metres away from these playful and wild creatures. The life cycle and the challenges these animals face is awe inspiring, and our guide was super passionate about how we can protect the species and their environment.... More 

Thank Rhiannon K
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This remote conservation park has world class facilities dedicated to the preservation of the endangered sea lions it protects, whilst simultaneously allowing for the privilege of walking amongst them. This is done with cleaver design, dedicated rangers and high quality science. A must see attraction on the KI bucket list, team it up with the Raptor Domain nearby for a... More 

Thank michaelavery
Highgate, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I loved walking along the beach just a few metres away from the Sea Lion and watching them interact with one another. The guided tour was very informative and interesting.

Thank Lucy H
Kristiansand, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Australian sea Lions live on this beach their entire life. Very well protected. The most important seem to take good care of the wildlife. You can not entrer the beach on your own. You park at the visitorcentre where you can by entrance until5pm)to a walk on a wooden path towards the beach. Nice overwiew to lots of sealions and... More 

Thank Beate J
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was pleasantly surprised at how good this experience was for us. The centre has been updated since our last visit many years ago. Lots of seals to be viewed up close with a knowledgeable tour guide. We were slightly time poor, so only did the guided walk, not the board walk. If you don't want to take the tour,... More 

Thank Nkwalter2014
Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was amazing to get up so close to the adult seals and their young. You can chose to follow a boardwalk down to the beach by yourself or a guided tour right onto the beach. We chose the boardwalk late in the day and had the place to ourselves. I will never forget those big beautiful eyes. Seals do... More 

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