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.