Spirit of Kangaroo Island

Spirit of Kangaroo Island is a vehicular ferry operated by Kangaroo Island SeaLink on the 18 kilometre Cape Jervis to Penneshaw route across Backstairs Passage along with the Sealion 2000. These two ferries provide the main form of transport to Kangaroo Island operating up to 10 trips daily.

Name: Spirit of Kangaroo Island
Namesake: Kangaroo Island
Owner: Kangaroo Island SeaLink
Builder: Austal, Fremantle
Yard number: 117
Launched: 2003
Homeport: Port Adelaide
General characteristics
Type: Catamaran
Length: 50.6 m[1]
Beam: 17.8 m
Draught: 2.5m
Ramps: 1 rear ramp
Installed power: 2 x 1119 kW V12 Caterpillar
Speed: 17.8 knots
Capacity: 243 passengers and 53 cars

She was built in 2003 by Austal, Fremantle.[2][3]


  1. Our Ferries Kangaroo Island SeaLink
  2. Austal adds Australian vehicle passenger ferry to order book Austral 7 March 2003
  3. Austral's Firsts for Sealink Austral 26 March 2004
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