The Bulletin’s story on the expensive Sealink ferry to Kangaroo Island

On January 5th I wrote this post about how extraordinarily expensive the sealink ferry to Kangaroo Island is. On January 9th The Bulletin published this story on the same topic which included the following gems:

SeaLink boss Jeff Ellison makes no apology for the price-gouging. He says that unlike the Bass Strait service, seen as part of the national road network, SeaLink gets no government subsidy, and is over-slugged by Adelaide for using piers. “I’d like nothing more to lower the prices but we can’t afford to.”

The island is divided about who to blame. Pengilly points the finger at SA state transport minister Pat Conlon who, he says, could “halve the price with the stroke of a pen” and release subsidies, while other islanders say the ferry company “sets the prices it wants because it can”. For his part, Conlon’s press secretary Matt Clemow said he “didn’t know it was so expensive down there”.

Ah – the power of scarcity value! And there’s nothing like a govt subsidy if you can get one, particularly if you have a monopoly.

NB: you can fly to Kangaroo Island from Adelaide. The cheapest way to drive around Kangaroo Island is probably to fly from Adelaide and pick up a hire car on the island, if a hire car company exists on the island. (I wonder if the Sealink ferry company has bought up all the hire car companies on the island?)

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7 Responses to The Bulletin’s story on the expensive Sealink ferry to Kangaroo Island

  1. Susana says:

    Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit
    my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over
    again. Regardless, just wanted to say great blog!

  2. This is strange. Airfare is cheaper than ferry charges. Thanks for providing the info. People will now take a note of it.

  3. John Whythehighcost says:

    I recently wrote to the General Manager of Sealink abou the overly expense of visiting Kangaroo Island for the day with overseas visitors but no response yet. Another point to mention is that Sealink takes no responsibility for cancelled services. For this they charge a additional $30 per head for cancellation insurance. Plus fees to go to Seal Bay, fees to enter Flinders Chase National Park, fees to do a Koala walk at Hanson Bay plus lunch costs and entry fees for other sights on the island. Adds up to a pretty ridiculous sum.

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  5. Bec says:

    Try living here. Never get to leave unless you save up like a grand. Car. Ferry. Hotel. Food. Clothes cause you havent gone shoppin in 6months and you hardly know whats in season. Buy all of the things you cant buy over here…which is everything. Id like to go to the cinema and watch the latest Star Wars but not for $800 I dont….This place sucks

  6. reshma says:

    Yes, the expenses are too high.
    and a ticket to watch nature (gift from GOD) everywhere..
    why doesnt the government take some step ? and there is no way but sealink to go to KI, this is ridiculous, government should start a ferry service , i think then the prices will get low.

  7. Pete says:

    Kangaroo Island Sealink Ferries extraordinarily expensive.Totally out of question to go there often .At around $400 return for a couple with a car…

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