What is the main function of Cape Jervis?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 01/21/2022

Reading time: 3 mins

Kangaroo Island is one of Australia’s wildest natural wonderlands. From Flinders Chase National Park’s miraculous natural phenomena to Vivonne Bay’s stunning white coastline, through to adventures like dolphin swimming and sandboarding Little Sahara’s giant dunes, Kangaroo Island is a natural masterpiece for all travellers to enjoy!

If you have ever been to Kangaroo Island – or have already started planning your adventure – you will know about Cape Jervis. Why? Because Cape Jervis serves as Kangaroo Island’s mainland ferry connector and consequently as the gateway to this majestic island.

But it’s not just a place you come to get out of as soon as you arrive – Cape Jervis has plenty of fun and excitement in and just around town itself, including these awesome adventures:

Heysen Trail

The Heysen Trail is easily one of the Kangaroo Island region’s most special, with sweeping peninsula views and abundant wildlife keeping you occupied for the duration of your adventure. Keep your eyes peeled for some of the region’s most famous residents, whilst taking in the vibrant ancient shrubbery and stunning coastal views as you meander at your own pace.

Morgan Beach

The uninitiated may not be aware that Australia’s southern side boasts some pretty spectacular coastline, too! It just so happens that a great number of southern Oz’s best beaches happen to be located around Cape Jervis and Kangaroo Island!

Whilst Morgan Beach may not be as famous as the island’s world-revered Vivonne Bay, it is Cape Jervis’ very own pristine coastal stretch, perfect for lazing about or cooling off in the glistening shallows.

Cape Jervis Lighthouse

Kangaroo Island and Cape Jervis’ modern history is synonymous with seafaring, with around 80 shipwrecks dotting the island’s coastline and reminding one of the historical peril of attempting to sail around the island.

This is probably why there are heaps of lighthouses in the region, with the Cape Jervis Lighthouse possibly being one of the region’s most spectacular. The lighthouse’s architecture is stunning and there is plenty of history to go with it, making it a fascinating place to learn a thing or two about such perilous peninsula seafaring…

Head over to Kangaroo Island

As wonderful as Cape Jervis is, we know you’re not going there to stay there alone. After you’ve checked out the town’s awesome experiences, it’s time to hop the ferry Penneshaw and begin your epic Kangaroo Island adventure!

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.