Seal Bay Conservation Park
Seal Bay Conservation Park
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • S & W
    Melbourne, Australia87 contributions
    Recommend a visit to the Australian fur seal colony
    The facilities are outstanding with an easy to navigate board walk, information centre, and small gift shop. The park rangers were friendly, informative and very tolerant fielding many many questions from my children and I on the beach with the seals. The seals stole the show with their snoozing and frolicking in the waves, and pups nursing. Would highly recommend.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 12, 2023
  • Wesley C
    Tucson, Arizona9,878 contributions
    Up Close Seal Encounters
    Seal Bay Conservation Park opened in 1967 & is located on the south coast of Kangaroo Island about 49 miles from Penneshaw. Has a 300 ft boardwalk through the dunes with many viewing platforms. Take the guided tour down to the beach for close up encounters with the seals!!! Seal Bay is the 3rd largest seal colony in Australia and is a natural setting with no enclosures or cages. The park covers 24.6 sq miles and gets 100,000+ visitors per year. Was awesome to see -- highly recommend it.
    Visited November 2022
    Written January 31, 2023
  • Alsonin
    16 contributions
    Lazy seals
    It was the start of a 41deg day but the walk to the beach and the information from the guide was amazing. We even saw one lazy seal still asleep up in the dunes. There were a few pups missing their Mother but a few young ones were enjoying frollicking in the waves.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 24, 2023
  • ITRT
    38,566 contributions
    Sea Lion Colony
    This was a highlight of our Kangaroo Island tour. The third largest bay is home to Australia’s sea lion colony. There is a wheelchair accessible boardwalk with a few viewing platforms. We saw many sea lions lying om the beach enjoying the sun’s rays and some who found shade under the boardwalk. The area is designated as a conservation marine park to maintain a safe environment for the seals. You are not allowed to walk on the beach unless you are with the park’s guides. Besides the seals, the views are fantastic.
    Visited December 2022
    Written March 7, 2023
  • Judith
    Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand17 contributions
    Boardwalk experience for sea Lion viewing
    We had an excellent boardwalk experience visiting the sea lions. Ticket purchase was efficient and helpful. We chose self-guided boardwalk to be flexible based on incoming rain. The visitor centre has excellent informative panels which make good reading before and after the sea lion viewing. We had a clear view of the sea lions and spent a long time watching them play in the sea, feed, play in groups. Rain arrived as we left!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 7, 2023
  • Sam&Marida&Summer
    14 contributions
    Guided Tour
    We did the guided tour rather than the boardwalk to get a more up close experience. With only 8 in our group it was not overcrowded and relaxed. After a walk down the tour path you enter the beach area and are allowed around 10m short of the Sea Lions to get some photos and discuss and ask questions of the tour guide. You are on the beach around 30mins and get to see the Sea Lions in their natural habitat without the feel you are encroaching on them. Would reccommend the extra cost to get that much closer.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 24, 2023
  • m h
    Seminole, Florida6 contributions
    Amazing... Book it!
    Amazing close-up encounter with beautiful wildlife. If you've spent the time and money to come to Kangaroo Island, spend just a bit more for the guided tour. Informative, passionate tour guide gets you within 30 feet of these endangered, lovely sea/land creatures. One of the highlights of our visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2023
  • bushwalkergirl
    Dorset, United Kingdom67 contributions
    Self guided tour disappointing
    Paid $17 each to walk to a viewing platform where we saw seals resting on the beach. The following day we went to Flinders Chase NP, paid $12.50 each for the entrance fee and saw twice as many seals at Admirals Arch, plus other attractions, such as Remarkable Rocks. I can only assume that the rave reviews for Seal Bay come down to paying $38 per adult for a guided tour. I was disappointed with the self guided experience for the cost.
    Visited February 2023
    Written May 7, 2023
  • Abbey H
    6 contributions
    Guided tour is a must-do!
    The guided tour was sooo great! The whole park is beautiful, but getting to go on the sand and see the seals up close was extra special. Definitely recommend booking a guided tour, then enjoying views from the lookout and broad walk after! The info centre/gift shop is awesome too.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 18, 2023
  • JLW
    63 contributions
    Up close with seals
    We did the guided tour and what an experience! We thought seeing the seals sunbathing by the paths on the board walk were great but stepping onto the beach we got within 10m of the seals. Such a magical experience and one we will remember. Our guide was lovely and provided us with lots of interesting information on the seals.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 23, 2023
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34MarkR
Adelaide, Australia27 contributions
Jan 2020
We took the guided tour, This tour takes you onto the beach and you get to within approx 10m of the seals. There were lots of young pups playing in the surf when we were there. Our guide was very informative and answered all questions we had. Highly recommend the guided tour, it is worth the extra money to get really close to these wonderful animals in a pristine and natural environment.
Written January 22, 2020
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jedsmum4
Brisbane, Australia12 contributions
Nov 2021
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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Mike255100
Melbourne, Australia248 contributions
Jan 2021
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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SteveTheChocolate
Blairgowrie, UK66 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Really good start to our trip on Kangaroo Island. There is a fee of $17 per person to go on the boardwalk down to the shoreline to view the seals. The boardwalk is very easy to manage with seating at regular intervals but if only takes 7-8 mins to walk down. The viewing platform at the bottom gives you a good view of the bay and there were plenty seals to loom at including one we found immediately below our feet. There is a guided tour on the beach for a few of $45 per head but we didn’t take that one opting for the boardwalk. Really enjoyable walk and experience.
Written February 29, 2020
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nauj63
South East England, UK784 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
A ‘nice’ if not remarkable way to spend an hour. The self-guided boardwalk ‘tour’ does its job albeit the ‘front desk’ sales people make sure you understand that this particular option does NOT allow you to enter the beach !! To do that is $37. From the boardwalk, it’s a circa 10 mins stroll down to the beach viewing area. If you’ve not seen wild seals before, there are enough down below you to keep you entertained. If however you’ve seen colonies in other Continents, this experience is good but somewhat underwhelming...
Written March 9, 2020
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Foowashere
Adelaide, Australia93 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
The guided walk was an experience not to be missed if somewhat expensive for families.
We felt it was rather more pitched at adults than the younger members of the party - there were ten of us - 6 adults and 4 children under 11.
The guide did not really adjust his presentation to the range of ages and missed out on encouraging the children to be curious.
This needs to be considered by the organizers. The young are the ones who are inheriting the earth’s problems and giving them more attention should be top of the list - as well as remembering that it costs families a lot to afford a tour like this. The setting was magic and the information provided about the seals and their habits and habitat very thorough and interesting for adults.
Written December 20, 2020
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Melanie S
11 contributions
Jan 2022
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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walkasone
Brisbane, Australia956 contributions
Jan 2022 • 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, Australia141 contributions
Dec 2021 • 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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pumpa11
sydney94 contributions
May 2021
We drove off the ferry at Penneshaw and went into the Tourist Info to buy tickets for the Seal Bay Guided tour. We were told that there was no concessions for pensioners. When we arrived at the attraction there was a big sign with all the costs, including one for a concession price, so very disgruntled and mislead. The tour was ok, but the tour leader seemed bored and distant, had to be prompted to give information. So in hindsight i would have paid just the admission to see the seals from the platform area, not the beach, or see them close up at the Western end of the island in the national park, they are close up at all the major seaside landmarks there and paid nothing..
Written June 16, 2021
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