Tuesday 11 March 2014
A new era has begun on Kangaroo Island with the opening today (Tuesday 11 March) of a $3.5 million passenger terminal, providing an exciting sense of arrival to one of Australia’s leading tourism destinations.
The new ferry passenger terminal complements the Cape Jervis passenger terminal on the South Australian mainland, just 90 minutes from Adelaide, built by SeaLink in 2005.
“Kangaroo Island is a national tourism treasure alongside Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbour,” SeaLink Travel Group Managing Director Jeff Ellison said. “This new terminal supports a major Australian icon and ensures that Kangaroo Island remains one of our nation’s most loved and popular tourism destinations.”
More than 200,000 passengers a year make the 45 minutes crossing on SeaLink’s two modern ferries, Spirit of Kangaroo Island and SeaLion 2000, to Kangaroo Island and the new terminal – with its ecological design reflecting the island’s unspoilt nature and wild beauty –provides the perfect welcome.
“People come to Kangaroo Island to discover the beautiful, unspoilt landscape and this building has been inspired by nature and the friendly locals who call the island home,” Mr Ellison said.
The energy efficient terminal extensively uses limestone collected from KI farms and includes a café, ‘last-stop-shop’ featuring Kangaroo Island gifts, wine and produce, lift access, rental car desk and check-in areas as well as the covered air bridge.
An undercover tour and shuttle bus passenger waiting area has been provided in the 645 square metre building along with modern amenities including family-friendly restrooms and facilities for the disabled. Environmental features include cross ventilation design, solar panels, rainwater harvesting for re-use and energy efficient windows.
The project has injected about $1.5 million into the local community with local tradespeople and products used wherever possible.
Mr Ellison said today’s travellers expected high-quality facilities and SeaLink’s investment in modern infrastructure would help ensure South Australia continued to attract more visitors.
“SeaLink would like to take the opportunity to thank the State Government and SA Tourism Commission for their support with the project and financial contribution,” he said.
Just last month, Kangaroo Island was named in the top 10 islands in the South Pacific in Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards.