Seal Bay Conservation Park

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Seal Bay Conservation Park
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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OzAlexis
Sefton Park, Australia46 contributions
Couples
With boardwalk and outlook options available at the more inexpensive end of the scale, you really benefit from the guided tour on the beach close to the sea lions. At a little under $40 per person you get about a 45 min tour with a well informed and passionate guide who is able to answer every question put to them.
Recommend going at the first booking fir the day (9:15)
Takes under an hour to reach from Kingscote via car.
Written March 2, 2021
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Melanie S
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Definitely worth spending the money for the guided tour which takes you down to the beach so you can watch& take photos of the seals from about 10m away (so as not to disturb them) and receive information form the guide along the way. After doing the guided tour you can then also walk on the other boardwalk to the viewing area at your leisure. If its a warm day the seals will all be on the beach so you will not see much in the dunes along the boardwalk, but on a cool day they will be more likely to be in both areas. It was a hot day when we went & we only saw 3 seals in the dunes area around the board walks. Most were on the beach & swimming in the shallows. Special experience to see the seals & pups in their natural habitat. Definitely recommend booking the day before to ensure the time slot you want in busy times.
Written January 29, 2022
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Jennifer B
Brisbane, Australia59 contributions
We took the 45 mins guided tour to walk on the beach at a close but safe distance from the sea lions at Seal Bay Conservation Park and would highly recommend it. Our guide, Bree was very knowledgeable and informative explaining the feeding, mating and restorative behaviours of these endangered animals. She also talked about the consequences of our actions and litter on them and their habitat. There were probably around 30 seal lions on the beach ranging in age from juveniles around 12 months old to the large lumbering males. Pups were playing tag just like young kids. It was a privilege to be in their company in such a spectacular setting, with gleaming green and blue waters with the backdrop of a rugged and dramatic coastline.
Written April 6, 2022
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jedsmum4
Brisbane, Australia12 contributions
Seal bay is now only accessible if you pay -
$11 pp to walk on the boardwalk behind beach as a self guided tour or
$35 pp to do tour on the beach with a guide. I don't mind Nat Parks caring for this special place and animals in this way and also generating some income. Last car is admitted to the park at 4 pm (sun sets at 8pm at time of visit) so we could not access either seal option but we'd seen plenty of seals up at Admirals Arch so all ok. We had a day Nat Pk pass but I'm not sure if you need one as well as paying the above fees. I researched online and rang SA tourism prior to our departure to SA for info on Seal Bay and still I'm uncertain. It's all a new reopening after the fires and perhaps info will be more accessible as time goes by.
Written November 21, 2021
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walkasone
Brisbane, Australia956 contributions
Friends
Seal Bay is a conversation park and you do need to pay to either do the self guided tour or guided tour (requires advance booking). The self guided tour on the boardwalk was sufficient to see heaps of seals but you can’t get into the beach. It was a rainy day and there were still seals so anytime would be a great time time go. Saw a heap of mothers and their young.
Written January 6, 2022
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Bob_the_cat13
Cairns, Australia124 contributions
Couples
Can’t rate this experience high enough. We paid for the guided tour which allows you access to the beach as well as the self directed walk along the boardwalk and the lookout… getting down on the beach and up close to the seals was amazing. We had a small seal slide down the sand dunes behind us which was a lot of fun. Our guide was super friendly, the group itself is no more than 8 people so you have ample opportunity to ask questions and interact if you wish to. I would highly recommend it… the alternative being the self directed boardwalk is ok too, but you are a fair way from the seals. The seals are also more active in the morning, so go early !!

I note on other peoples reviews comments about the toilet… be aware you are in a national park, so the toilets will also be compost style and will always have an odour to them.
Written January 1, 2022
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701David
Fitzroy, Australia818 contributions
The Seal Bay Park is quite beautiful on the wild coast of Kangaroo Island. We witnessed a lot of seals and their cubs lazing on the beach and within view from the viewing platform. Halfway through our visit we realised that a large seal was actually under the platform a metre under us. I realise that these experiences need to cover coast but I did feel it's an expensive exercise, particularly for families. This includes the tour on the beach with a ranger. Good experience but the model needs to be reviewed to get more tourists through the gate.
Written May 30, 2022
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Gessf
Adelaide, Australia53 contributions
Seal Bay is always absolutely breathtaking, regardless of whether you take a tour or just the boardwalk. I am glad that in the years since I first visited, the visitor centre and toilet facilities have improved. However, like so many other tourist spots on KI there was no food facilites available. If people are travelling to Seal Bay from Penneshaw or Kingscote (over an hour away), there needs to be some kind of cafe here. There is nothing else close so people really need to be warned to pack a thermos of coffee and a sandwich, otherwise it can be a really long trip, especially with kids.
Written April 24, 2022
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Mike255100
Melbourne, Australia233 contributions
Seal Bay is the home of a large sea lion colony.

Ideally, you should book a tour in advance, but we were lucky as one was just leaving.

The guided tour is $37.50 per person. A ranger takes small groups down to the beach and talks about the animals.

It was a beautiful day, and we enjoyed the experience. I was surprised to see how fast they can move - at least for short distances. They can rotate their rear flippers and then walk on all fours. There were a couple hundred at this colony, and they live here year-round. Most operate on a three-day cycle. Three days out at sea eating and three days on the beach resting.

The guided tour also gives you entry to the boardwalk ($16.50 if done separately), allowing you to see a different part of the beach.

We felt the tour was worth it.
Written January 24, 2021
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portmagpie
Adelaide, Australia244 contributions
If you go to Kangaroo Island make sure to include Seal Bay in your Itinerary.
Our family arrived on Kangaroo Island ,5 days after the terrible bush fires and whilst half the Island was closed we managed to get to Seal Bay.
We all enjoyed the guided tour and the information given by the lovely girl who took our group. After explaining about the area and the seals we all went towards the beach to a viewing area to look at the seals. Most were laying about enjoying the sun, but the highlights were mothers trying to entice their baby's into the water and others who were surfing in on the waves.
At the information centre there is a small cafe for drinks and ice creams etc.
There is also a boardwalk that allows people to walk see the seals if they do not wish to do the guided tour.
Written February 21, 2020
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