It began when SeaLink built a new terminal in Cape Jervis in 2005. Now SeaLink is creating its “Backstairs Passage book-end”, a $4 million state-of-the-art passenger terminal on Kangaroo Island with work beginning tomorrow, Friday 15th March.
Providing visitors an exciting sense of arrival, SeaLink is contributing $2.5 million to the Penneshaw Terminal on top of the $2.4 million it invested in the Cape Jervis terminal in 2005.
“Kangaroo Island is one of the nation’s greatest tourism treasures alongside Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbour,” SeaLink Travel Group Chairman Giuliano Ursini says.
“Our visitors and Kangaroo Island residents deserve the best and this new terminal will blow everyone away. This is our gift to the community and our way of supporting a major Australian icon by developing essential infrastructure which will ensure that Kangaroo Island remains one of Australia’s most loved and popular tourism destinations.”
Mr Ursini says SeaLink ferries crossing Backstairs Passage, between Kangaroo Island and the mainland; carry more than 200,000 passengers a year to Kangaroo Island. The new terminal’s cutting edge, ecological design - with its use of local stone as well as Australian timbers – will provide the perfect welcome to one of the nation’s greatest natural assets.
The state-of-the-art, energy efficient terminal includes a café, a ‘last-stop-shop’ featuring Kangaroo Island gifts, wine and produce, an elevator (only the second one on the island), visitor information services, luggage storage and check-in areas.
There’s even a covered air bridge over the water.
An undercover tour and shuttle bus passenger waiting area has been provided in the 645 square metre building along with modern amenities including friendly restrooms and facilities for the disabled. Environmental features include cross ventilation design, solar panels, rainwater harvesting for re-use and energy efficient windows.
Mr Ursini said today’s travellers expect high-quality facilities and SeaLink’s investment in modern infrastructure will ensure South Australia continues to attract more visitors.
“We must keep developing our product, service and facilities to maintain and grow our position in the highly competitive world of tourism both nationally and internationally,” Mr Ursini said.
“This is a major project that will create many local jobs on the island and mainland. It is wonderful news for both the residents of Kangaroo Island and visitors alike.”
The State Government has supported and welcomed SeaLink’s initiative, contributing $1.2 million through the Regional Development Infrastructure Fund and $300,000 from the SA Tourism Commission’s Tourism Development Support Program.
South Australian Minister for Tourism, Leon Bignell says:
“When tourists come from around the world to enjoy our first class tourism experiences, they expect first class facilities, and this magnificent new terminal will really raise the bar for visitors to Kangaroo Island.”
Tourism Australia has also welcomed the new terminal.
“SeaLink has a long and strong association with Kangaroo Island and it’s great to see this continual investment in the customer experience. Kangaroo Island is a world-class Island that features heavily in our global marketing campaigns and this type of infrastructure is vital if we are to deliver on the promise,” Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew Mr McEvoy said.
Work on the new Penneshaw terminal is expected to be completed late in 2013, in time for peak holiday trade.
SeaLink’s two modern ferries, Spirit of Kangaroo Island and SeaLion 2000 make the crossing between Cape Jervis and Penneshaw in as little as 45 minutes.
Information on local Kangaroo Island products that may be stocked at the new Penneshaw Terminal include:
• Bay of Shoals Wines
• Chapman River Wines
• False Cape Wines
• Rookery Wines
• Spring Road Wines
• The Island Estate Vineyards
• Two Wheeler Creek Wines
• Woolybud Wines
• Dudley Wines
• Ferguson Seafoods
• KI Abalone Farm
• KI Fresh Seafoods
• South Rock Lamb
• KI Pure Dairy
• Clifford’s Honey
• Emu Bay Lavender
• Emu Bay Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery
• Fryar’s Free Range Eggs
• Ildoura Wild Fruits
• Island Good
• Island Beehive
• Kangaroo Island Home-made Honey Lamb
• KI Lavender Farm
• KI Olive Oil
• Katham Spring Eggs
• KI Kitchen
• Latitude 35
• Andermel Marron
SeaLink Travel Group
SeaLink Travel Group, established in 1989, is a South Australian success story. As well as operating ferries to Kangaroo Island in South Australia, it runs ferries between Magnetic Island and Townsville in Queensland and owns Australia’s iconic Captain Cook Cruises on Sydney Harbour. SeaLink also operates 4WD, coach touring and charter businesses in Adelaide and on Kangaroo Island, wholesales to the trade, operates retail travel agencies in Adelaide and Sydney, a ski holiday transport and packaging business to the Victorian Alps, Vivonne Bay Lodge on Kangaroo Island and manages the Adelaide Central Bus Station facility.
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