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Project Overview

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. It is the only place in the world where you can see Australian sea lions – an endangered species – at close quarters in their home environment.

The majority of visitors to Kangaroo Island visit Seal Bay and along with Flinders Chase National Park, is one of the island’s top attractions.

It is timely – in light of the opportunity to reimagine the connected parks and wilderness areas of western Kangaroo Island to also consider what could be reimagined at Seal Bay to integrate all of these locations into a world-class, cohesive and authentic Kangaroo Island experience.

Reimagine Engagement Program

This once in a lifetime planning opportunity to reimagine the visitor experience for Seal Bay involved community and stakeholders in a wide-reaching and collaborative process. In June 2020, this comprehensive engagement program began with input received from approximately 600 people and two Community Reference Groups were formed (Western KI Parks and Seal Bay) with membership comprising a representative cross-section of interests and businesses on the island.

Following the Reimagine KI engagement process, two community framework documents have now been released, one for Western KI Parks and one for Seal Bay, that summarise the community vision, guiding principles, opportunities and ideas for future-focused, quality visitor experiences within Kangaroo Island parks. To find out more visit Reimagine KI.

The recommendations from the community reference documents, along with ecological considerations and feasibility studies, will help inform future upgrades in Parks.

Acknowledgement of CountryAcknowledgement of Country

The Department for Environment and Water acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Nations of the lands and waters we live and work upon and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge and respect the deep spiritual connection and the relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to Country.

The Department works in partnership with the First Peoples of South Australia and supports their Nations to take a leading role in caring for their Country.