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Published: March 9th 2018
This morning we set out reasonably early to drive to Flinders Chase National Park on the western end of Flinders Island. On our way we saw a Koala on the roadside but, where were all the cameras? In the back of the car, unfortunately. We tried to take some snaps with our mobile phones, but the quality was very poor. The koala photo did make an appearance on Facebook, but was deemed to be not blog-worthy.
We arrived at Rocky river and checked in at the visitor’s centre. Although we were already paid up we had to obtain a sticker for the windscreen to confirm that we had paid our fees. Cathy dropped Steve, Bernie and I at about the halfway point of the Rocky River Hike. We had been advised that this was a reasonably easy walk that would take us through a variety of bushland.
On our walk the kangaroos proved to be very elusive and all that we saw was their backs disappearing into the bush. There were lots of birds, but they wouldn’t sit still long enough for a photograph. The goannas proved to be more our speed sitting in the sun soaking up the
UV rays while we clicked away to our hearts content.
At the other end of the walk we rejoined Cathy and had a tailgate lunch of bread rolls, purchased from the Rabitt Warren Bakery in Kingscote this morning, salami and brie before driving back to the visitor information centre via the Platypus Waterholes. We took a short walk from the car park to the Platypus Ponds, but we weren’t lucky enough to see any platypuses. I think we would have been very, very, very lucky indeed to see platypuses in the middle of the day.
After purchasing water and ice creams at the visitor information centre we headed off to Cape du Couedic where we saw the lighthouse, Admirals Arch, the Casuarina Islets and the New Zealand fur seal colony.
A short drive around Weirs Cove took us to the Remarkable Rocks which are indeed remarkable! The rocks that we saw today are the result of a post-Cambrian volcanic event and about 500 million years of erosion so they’ve been a few years in the making. On our walk out to the rocks we saw a ginormous spider in its web ... which was OK, I can
cope with spiders. However, on our walk back from the rocks - after our toilet stop actually - we saw a tiger snake. Ugh! They do not have stripes over here, they are all black and, apparently, larger and more venomous than their mainland cousins. Thank goodness there is a raised boardwalk that keep our feet and legs safely out of snake range. I’m glad it was at the end of the walk otherwise they might not have been able to coax me out to the Remarkable Rocks because I’m quite terrified of snakes.
We made a meal at ‘home’ tonight. We stopped in at the Caltex Fish and Chip shop which is also the fish shop and bought some sardine fillets to BBQ for entree. We were too late for the supermarket so they were even able to sell us a lemon to squeeze over our sardines. We followed the fish entree with some barbecued steak and corn and a green salad. Not bad for a thrown together dinner.
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