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Published October 6th 2011
Arriving at the seal bay visitors' centre, you could be at any seaside location. However, a pleasant stroll along a well made boardwalk will bring you to the beach lined with gently lolling about sealions and their pups.
Males lift their heads and roar at each other, mums suckle their young along the beachfront and some calves bodysurf and dive in the waves. We were expecting a few, but there is usually around 150 sealions relaxing along the shore. The mothers leave their young for around 3 days whilst they go out fishing along with the males. With not much else to do after a heavy swim, there is much relaxing, sleeping and the occasional tussle on the beach.
Many stretch up in yoga like poses and others roll about tumbling in the waves. You can walk along the boardwalk where you will view them from around 50 metres away (quite close enough for a good view).
Seal bay is open to the public from 9-5pm (check for seasonal changes and these times a subject to extreme weather changes).
Guided tours last around 45 minutes and depart at 45 minute intervals from 9am (last tour at 4.15pm). During SA school holidays additional tours are put on. Also during SA school holidays a twilight tour is run for 1.45 hours.
Boardwalk tour: Ad $15, Conc $12, Ch $9, family $41 Guided tour (includes boardwalk and lookout): Ad $30, Conc $24, Ch $18, family $82.
Twilight tour: Ad $60, Conc $48, Ch $36, family $165
Alternatively a Kangaroo Island Pass is available which allows unlimited entry over 12 months to seal bay tours, Kelly hill caves, cape border light station, cape willoughby light station, flinders chase national park: Ad $64, Conc $51, Ch $39, family $174 companion cards accepted).