Kangaroo island

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 09:07
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Hi,
Has anyone takrn their caravan/camper trailer to Kangaroo Island, how did you find the conditions of the roads especially the ones into the National Parks, we have been told by some not to take the caravan but I think some of that advice was because of the cost, not sure.
Any advice would be appreciatted.
Regards
Denis
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Reply By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 09:35

Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 09:35
We didn't take our camper over but the roads are OK. The main connector along the centre of the island and to major spots is sealed. The dirt roads have a bad reputation due to the small ball bearing like rubble surface. Drive carefully on the dirt and you'll be fine. We enjoyed the Western KI Caravan Park. It is just outside the Flinders Chase National Park and has heaps of amazing wildlife.
Kingscote Caravan Park was a bit crazy for campers. They squeeze far too many into tight spots.

If you are travelling with a van you might consider storage at Cape Jervis then using cabins on the island. You can do the whole island in three to four days comfortably from a central base like Kingscote or American River.

Kingo
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Reply By: oldfart1953 - Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 09:40

Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 09:40
Hi,
We haven't been to the island yet but have done a fair bit of research, as we are planning to get there later this year. Mainly dirt roads, but in good condition be a problem for your van (we are taking ours). There are two caravan parks (no free camping that I'm aware of) on the island, one at each end ....so make your base & travel out from there.
Use this link www.sealink.com.au & you will get timetable & fares (not cheap).

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Reply By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 10:28

Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 10:28
Denis
We took our caravan(17') over last year. Not a problem. We stayed for a week. Spent a few days at each end of the Island and radiated out and back each day. A lot of the roads are dirt but usually reasonably well maintained. There were some patches of corrugations but not a lot. We stayed at The West KI caravan park and at American River. The latter is a council run unsupervised camping area with toilets and hot showers. Be aware that because of the problems involved in getting caravans on and off the ferry there is a length limit on them. Sorry I can't tell you what that is. I met a guy in Adelaide travelling around Oz in a 23' van with a tribe of kids and he was told his van was too big to go on the ferry.
I hope this helps.

teege
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 14:51

Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 14:51
They take full size semis Teege.

Cheers,
Peter
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Follow Up By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 16:05

Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 16:05
Peter
Yep, but we're not talking about semis. From what I could gather the problem is the angle created by the drop down ramp when it hits the roadway. The hitch on a long caravan sits too low and they can't manoeuvre it across.

teege
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Follow Up By: Krakka - Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 10:48

Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 10:48
Yep, you're correct teege, length isn't the problem so much as the angle created.
Krakka
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Reply By: Mr Dino - Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 13:21

Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 13:21
Thank you all so much for your replies, just what we wanted to know so now we can start planning the trip for around October.
We have a 13 foot caravan so the ferry will not be a worry.
Regards
Denis
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Reply By: taswegian - Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 20:27

Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 20:27
HI,

Went to Ki 2007 on the ferry that leaves from Wirrina cove to kingscote, a longer trip but prices are a LOT CHEAPER than the one from Cape jervis. The western park is very good, there are places on the east side to camp out.GREAT PLACE NICE PEOPLE.


Cheers,

Taswegian..
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Follow Up By: nosh - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 08:22

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 08:22
Hi Tas,

That ferry is no longer running. Apparently not cost effective.

cheers
nosh
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Follow Up By: Mr Dino - Wednesday, Mar 25, 2009 at 13:16

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2009 at 13:16
Thanks nosh,
we spent ages trying to locate information on this ferry on the net the other night, so now we know the answer, ta

Regards
denis
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Reply By: tazbaz - Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 22:58

Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 22:58
KI - hardly worth the effort!
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Follow Up By: Krakka - Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 10:52

Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 10:52
Why?
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Reply By: benq - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 16:20

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 16:20
hi there, we just come back from K I. we had no problem with the van on the ferry, it is 6.5 metres with the draw-bar. a little costly perhaps. ($538) two people and Hilux. ( they even put it on the ferry for us since we are not too handy with that kind of thing.We stay at Western K I caravan park and it was great. stay 6 nights get the 7th free. Plenty to see if you like nature. For a 4X4 no problem with the gravel roads. We entirely enjoy it and could have stay a couple more day but for the booking on the ferry. Need to take all your food and so forth.
Hope you have a great time .
Regards
Gerard and Christine
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Follow Up By: Mr Dino - Wednesday, Mar 25, 2009 at 13:14

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2009 at 13:14
thanks Gerard and Christine,

Regards
Denis
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