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Published: September 29th 2010
So.... Stupidly early on Thursday morning we were picked up from our hostel by Tony (who looks like your steroetypical Aussie surfer bloke!) together with 11 other explorers & we headed off to Cape Jervis to catch the ferry over to KI
. Once over there we stopped briefly for supplies (chocolate & ginger beer) before heading to Pennington bay for a brief walk on the beach & a scramble up the rocks. Some even got their feet wet, albeit accidentally! This was the beach Flinders landed on thinking it was mainlamd Australia & the Island is named after the creature that saved his crew from starvation! We next climbed up Prospect Hill (where Flinders found out he wasn't on the mainland) - over 500 steps to the top, there were a lot of red faces at the summit! After this it was off to the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus distillery where they make Eucalyptus & emu oil. Here we also saw an orphaned Tammar Wallaby with his foster mum - he was soooooooo cute!!! We also bought some honey from the endemic Ligurian bees. Then we stopped fort lunch at the Woolshed - an old shearing shed the tour company owns &
View from Prospect Hill
This is the narrowest point of the island.
uses as accommodation/base camp. Lunch was a tasty BBQ with fresh salad (all prepared & cooked by us).
After refreshments we headed off to Flinders National Park & the Remarkble Rocks for more rock scrambling & amusing photos 😊 Next stop was Admiral's Arch & the New Zealand fur seal colony, the latter were very smelly!!! We watched the seals & some pups but failed to see sunset through the arch due to some misplaced clouds 😞 After sunset we drove to Vivonne Bay to see some little penguins & heard one calling to his mate - such a pretty song! Then back to the Woolshed for supper of pasta in tomato sauce & a campfire complete with marshmallows, timtams (= penguin bars!) & failed didgeridoo playing! I had great fun sitting next to Tony during the drives in the dark spotting loads of Eastern Kangaroos, Tammar Wallabys & Brush-tailed Possums crossing the road 😊
Up bright & early the next morning to go sandboarding! Luckily Tony was up even earlier cooking us bacon, eggs & pancakes for breakfast! 😊 Whilst we failed to stand up on the boards we both had fun at Little Sahara sledging down the dunes
& I went down forwards a few times - including a running jump onto my belly! That was fun! I also participated in the 'Rolling Down the Hill & Running to Tony' race which I lost by seconds, however I was the only one who didn't cheat & my slowness in running was due to complete disorientation due to dizziness! Next up was a trip to Seal Bay to visit the Australian Sealions - we had a guided tour which took us down onto the beach & up close to the sealions, including a pup suckling. After this it was off to Raptor Domain for a bird of prey show. We met a Tawny Frogmouth, Blue-winged Kookaburra, Australian Krestrel, Boobook owl, Australian Barn Owl, Wedge-tailed Eagle & a Barking Owl. The Kestrel was sooo tiny! Like our own kestrel but in minature! Next came lunch, another BBQ with additional kangaroo this time - it tastes somewhere between lamb & beef & was very chewy.
Next stop was Hanson Bay wildlife park for the Koala sanctuary where we saw several Koalas - mostly not doing very much! & several more Kangaroos. We also tried some 'Bush Bubblegum' - tastes odd &
At the Woolshed
No, that's not where we slept!
makes your mouth water loads! We then went to Hanson Bay where we strolled along the cliff tops a short way & I scrambled down one section, climbed along & was pulled back up through a hole in the cliff by Tony - no one else seemed keen to try this though! We failed to see any Hooded Plover, not too surprising as there are only 100-200 left! We then drove to Kingscote to watch the feeding of several Australian Pelicans (& a few cheeky gulls) before supper of (fish &) chips & the ferry back to the mainland. We were dropped off late on Friday night & once again had to put up with the snoring woman in the dorm *grimace*
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