About Seal Bay

With its unspoiled wilderness and stunning beauty, it is no surprise that Kangaroo Island (KI) is consistently in South Australia’s top ten tourist destinations, as voted on Trip Advisor. And no trip to KI is complete without a visit to Seal Bay.

Seal Bay has been home to an Australian sea lion population for thousands of years, and offers one of the most exceptional nature-based experiences in the world.

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 about these endangered animals. If you prefer, you can set your own pace on the wheelchair accessible 900 metre (return) boardwalk which meanders through the dunes to a number of viewing platforms.

Australian sea lions are unique to South Australia and Western Australia. They are an endangered species – their total population is about 14,700. Seal Bay is the third largest colony of this magnificent, wild creature.

This is the only place in the world where you can see Australian sea lions at close quarters and walk on a beach where pups play, bulls fight for supremacy and resting mothers suckle their young.

At Seal Bay you’ll have incredible views of the extraordinary coastline and sea lion colony, you’ll walk through an untouched dune system, and onto a pristine sandy beach. You will be given unique insights into how these endangered animals fish, surf, rest, interact with their pups and defend their territory.

Seal Bay Ecotourism

Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation, as defined by Ecotourism Australia.

The aim of our ecotourism practices at Seal Bay is to educate visitors about the importance of conserving the endangered Australian sea lions, while fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of the environment. Through our sustainable business and interpretation methods, we hope to inspire people to become custodians of our Australian sea lion population for generations to come.

What is ECO Certification?

The ECO Certification program was developed by Ecotourism Australia to address the need to identify genuine nature and ecotourism operators in Australia.

The ECO Certification program assures travellers that certified products are backed by a strong, well-managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences.

Seal Bay was awarded Advanced ECO Certification by Ecotourism Australia in 2017, which is the highest level of certification that can be awarded. This signifies our continual commitment to the conservation of our natural surroundings and facilitation of exceptional and sustainable tourism experiences for visitors where they can learn about the importance of the environment and its protection.

What is climate change?

Climate change is a change in the pattern of weather, and related changes in oceans, land surfaces and ice sheets, occurring over decades or longer. According to the Australian Academy of Science, “Earth’s climate has changed over the past century. The atmosphere and oceans have warmed, sea levels have risen, and glaciers and ice sheets have decreased in size. The best available evidence indicates that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are the main cause. Continuing increases in greenhouse gases will produce further warming and other changes in Earth’s physical environment and ecosystems.”

In its latest findings, the world’s leading body for assessing climate change – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - reports that human influence on the climate system is clear. Information on the latest climate change science is available on the IPCC website.

Climate change is and will continue to affect our state and our community in a number of different ways. Find out more about how climate change is affecting South Australia and see climate projections for the state.

Preparing for climate change

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) plays a key role in helping South Australia prepare for climate change and is responsible for state-wide policy, the administration of climate change legislation and for the delivery of climate change programs. One of our priorities is to ensure that the impacts of climate change are considered in the development of public policy across all of government. 

The Hon Ian Hunter MLC is South Australia’s Minister for Climate Change.

South Australia’s Strategic Plan includes the vision that South Australians think globally, act locally and are international leaders in addressing climate change. This is underpinned by the following goals:

  • we reduce our greenhouse gas emissions
  • we adapt to the long term physical changes that climate change presents
  • we reduce our reliance on cars in the metropolitan area, by walking, cycling and increasing use of public transport
  • South Australia has reliable and sustainable energy sources, where renewable energy powers our homes, transport and workplaces
  • we aim for zero waste – recycling, reusing and reducing consumption all we can

Find out more