- A protected area for sea lions was first proclaimed at Seal Beach in 1954
- Organised tours commenced in 1955
- In 1967, the reserve was re-dedicated as a fauna reserve under the Fauna Conservation Act 1964 along with the inclusion of two prohibited areas intended to protect the breeding area from interference
- In 1971, an aquatic reserve in the waters adjoining the Seal Beach foreshore was proclaimed
- In 1972, the reserve became the Seal Bay Conservation Park – which it remains today
- The reimagine engagement process will kick off during June 2020, finishing in September 2020
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.
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 was considered 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 as part of the Reimage KI engagement.
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 at Seal Bay.