American River
Kangaroo Island, South Australia







Getting here is easy. You can drive here via the Sealink ferry; come by public transport; fly from Adelaide; sail in in your own boat or fly in your own aircraft to a local airstrip.

Driving: the Sealink ferry departs from Cape Jervis normally at least 3 times a day with additional services according to demand. It's a 45 minute trip across to the island. Bookings are essential for the ferry and can be made on Sealink's website. Cape Jervis is about 2 hours drive south of Adelaide and you need to arrive there 30 minutes prior to the scheduled sailing time. The ferry will take you to Penneshaw and it's about a 30 minute drive from there to American River. Leave Penneshaw on the Kingscote road (the main road) and after about 29Km make a right hand turn onto American River Road - it's well signposted.

Public transport: Sealink offer a coach service from Adelaide and Goolwa/Victor Harbour to Cape Jervis. The service from Adelaide operates twice daily leaving Adelaide at 0645 and 1545. The Goolwa service departs at 0650 daily except Wednesday and Saturday. These services link with the 0900 ferry departure and then with the shuttle departing Penneshaw for American River after the ferry's arrival. Return services depart American River at 07:30 and 18:00 arriving in Adelaide at about 11:30 and 22:40; or Goolwa at 22:00. There is no morning service to Goolwa/Victor Harbour. Times may vary - please consult Sealink for the latest information. It is important to note that there is no other public transport on the island except the twice daily shuttle between Kingscote and American River and you should consider organising some tours before arrival.

Air from Adelaide: Regional Express (REX) operate services between Adelaide and Kingscote using Saab 340 aircraft. Frequencies vary according to demand but there is normally at least 2 services each way daily. See the REX website for more information. There is no public transport from Kingscote airport. If you are not hiring a car, you should organise transport to and from the airport with your accommodation provider or contact Kangaroo Island Transfers on 0427 887 575.

Your own boat: American River is a comfortable days sailing from Wirrina Marina on the Fleurieu Peninsula or a 2 day jaunt from Adelaide SA. American River affords a safe anchorage, with protection from all wind directions. Boats can ride at anchor or secure to a mooring within several hundred metres from the wharf/boat ramp facilities. Entry to the anchorage is via a well marked channel at the western end of Eastern Cove. American River Radio monitors VHF Channels 80, 16, 21 & 74 as well as HF 2524 HF 4483. They operate weather skeds at 07.20 and16.50 on Ch 80 and HF 2524. Contact AR Radio for any local info regarding moorings, tides etc.

Your own aircraft: There is a private airstrip just to the south of American River. If you would like to land there, please contact the owners - Dean and Judy Johnson - on 08 8553 7367 or 0409 794 905 in advance.

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