The sea lions are at Seal Bay Conservation Park on Kangaroo Island (the island is Australia’s third-largest island and a short 45-minute flight from Adelaide).
The sea lions spend up to three days at sea hunting for food, then they enjoy a rest period lolling around the sand dunes soaking up the sun or surfing the waves. In winter they wander up to the scrub and take refuge under the bushes.
The sea lions are protected by law and you will be advised by a National Parks Ranger whether you can watch them from a boardwalk over the dunes, or whether you can go down on to the beach. They look cute and cuddly – but the males can be very aggressive and it’s best to watch them from a distance.