35°59' S, 137°19'
Size & Location
Covering an area
of 750 hectares (1 800 acres) both land and sea,
Seal Bay is famous for its large colony of rare Australian Sea
Lions. It is illegal to fish near here as the coast is an aquatic
Reserve. It can be accessed from the South Coast Road.
It is estimated
that this park represents 10 percent of all the Sea Lions in the
From 1803 it is
recorded that there were numerable seal colonies on the South
Coast of Kangaroo Island. Incredible numbers of seals were killed
by clubbing for their fur skins and oil for lighting.
here is remarkable also, as since the first half of the century,
Australian Seal Lions and New Zealand Fur Seals were being killed
haphazardly for shark bait.
A sanctuary was
proclaimed in 1954 and the surviving colony of seals continued
to inhabit the coast and breed. Increasing numbers meant that
for personal protection guided tours are now offered along the
Getting so close
to the seals is a special treat and one never to be forgotten.
There are thousands of photo opportunities and although the inhabitants
are relatively tame, can become threatening if disturbed.
Tolerating human incursion into their domain the Seals have adapted
well to tourists and will seem to pose for a photograph.
There are restricted
areas on the beach to minimise disturbance to both the Seals and
their nurseries/ breeding areas.
The Ranger Station
at the car park above the beach provides information on the Australian
Sea Lion and New Zealand Fur Seal's living habits.
The full length
of Seal Bay is a Conservation Park. Remember that swimming
and fishing are prohibited in the Aquatic Reserve.