Blogs from Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia, Oceania

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The first thing we noticed in Adelaide was the cold weather and the news is it will get worse with a cold front approaching. I’d booked us into a beach front apartment in Glenelg for the next few nights before we drive down to Cape Jervis to catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island. The apartment was right on the boardwalk not far from the wharf. This is Mums first time staying in Glenelg, thankfully she got to see the wonderful sunset over the water our first night as I didn’t think we’d get the chance to see it with the weather expected. Mum and I both love a good Zoo and Adelaide Zoo has two big attractions - Wang Wang and Fu Ni. The only live Panda Bears in Australia. I was fortunate enough to do ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Kangaroo Island March 11th 2018

Today we drove back to the south coast to have a look at the giant sand dunes at Little Sahara. Being old and risk averse we were definitely NOT going to do anything silly like sand boarding or tobogganing! We walked from the car park to the building on-site where a young man told us that we needed to sign-in. Of course we got to talking and he asked if we were going to ride the dunes. We said ‘no, of course not, we’re old and risk averse’. Then he says ‘you’re not old, I had an 82 year old here yesterday ...’ So of course we paid our $37.00 to hire a toboggan and signed the waiver form and off we went into the dunes. I successfully completed three runs and had a ball. Steve ... read more
Steve zooming down Little Sahara
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Head plant

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Kangaroo Island March 10th 2018

This morning we headed back to the Dudley Peninsula at the eastern end of KI to visit the Cape Willoughby Lighthouse. Yes, another lighthouse! This lighthouse also has a tour available so we timed our arrival to coincide with the 11.30am tour. Although this is not a REAL lighthouse (according to Mick) it is taller than the Cape Borda Lighthouse and more traditional in stature, being tall and circular rather than short and square. Ranger, Megan, explained that lighthouses were built having regard to the local terrain and materials. Her lighthouse is tall and round and built from granite because Cape Willoughby is a granite outcrop that is not as elevated at Cape Borda therefore granite is the building material that is available and it has to be tall so that the light projects far enough ... read more
Cape Willoughby Lighthouse
DeVille Lantern
View from Cape Willoughby Lighthouse

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Kangaroo Island March 8th 2018

This morning we headed off to the south coast of the island with our main aim being to see the Australian Sea-lion colony at Seal Bay. We took the guided beach tour with parks ranger, Lauren. Almost as soon as we moved away from the visitor centre we saw a Tamar Wallaby and before going much further we were seeing sea-lions in the sand dunes. Lauren told us that sea-lions move up from the beach overnight into the sand dunes to stay warm because they have hair like us rather than fur, so they are not as well insulated from the cold as fur seals. The other main differences between fur seals and sea-lions is that sea-lions have external ears and they have bone in their front flippers. Having bone in their front flippers makes them ... read more
Seal Bay snoozing
Sea Lion romp at the beach
Time for a snooze

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Kangaroo Island March 7th 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 ... read more
And his friend just down the path
Grass Trees
Rocky River

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Kangaroo Island February 10th 2018

After a wonderful night’s sleep we had a huge full breakfast - included in our tour, and might I say what a wonderful tour this has been? Sealink tours, brilliant. At the very civilised hour of 10.15, the man who delivered us here last night picked the six of us up and took us to our first stop, Clifford’s Honey Farm, where the rest of our mob, and 6 extra day trippers from Adelaide, joined us. Dave Clifford is older than us, was a farmer but found he loves bees and when the wool prices dropped he concentrated on making the bees a business. There are over 30 bee keepers on the island, and Dave has over 300 hives which he moves around to different areas of the island. Over here they have native bees but ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Kangaroo Island February 9th 2018

Up with the larks again! 5.30am alarm so we can shower and have some cereal (that we bought in the local Coles yesterday) before being at the bus station across the road at 6.15am!! This touristing is a hard gig! We were put on a huge coach with 54 people for the drive down to Cape Jarvis, which takes a couple of hours. The scenery reminded of the New England area of NSW, golden yellow in colour rather than green, although the vineyards in the McLaren Vale area were green. They had some of their vines covered in netting to keep the grapes 🍇 safe - must cost a fortune to do that, and taking them on and off would be such a hassle. I didn’t cover my vines this year and I only have five! ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Kangaroo Island February 1st 2018

'Islands in the Stream' sang Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, but Kangaroo Island is a piece of land across the somewhat less lyrical 'Backstairs Passage', as the stretch of water between Cape Jervis and the port of Penneshaw on KI, is rather unusually known. KI is actually the third biggest island off the mainland of Australia, after Tasmania and Melville, off Darwin and somewhat surprisingly, is named after the large numbers of a certain animal that roam the island, namely............kangaroos! By the way, that isn't a quiz question! In truth though, the kangaroos on KI aren't the same as those in the rest of the country, having evolved differently over time w" ith thicker and furrier coats than their mainland cousins. And no wonder too, cos it was blowing an absolute hoolie during all our time ... read more
Penneshaw 2
Kangaroo
Wallaby

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Kangaroo Island November 11th 2017

Besties. Beasties. Beaches. That sums up this past week. Besties are our family and friends that have shown us so much hospitality. Beasties are the wildlife we have seen, mostly on Kangaroo Island. Beaches are the many special places we have seen along Australia’s south coast. As of Sunday evening we shall be on our own heading into The Outback and we shall miss trusted guides that know where they’re going. Our first stop Friday on Kangaroo Island is the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery. Fine oils and creams are produced here. At the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary we begin with some Italian style pumpkin and spinach Foccasias before we go searching for koalas that roam free in the sugar gum tree forest, and we were not disappointed. We also saw a roughly 20 cm goanna, a ... read more
Koala and baby
Goanna
Admiral's Arch

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Kangaroo Island April 21st 2017

Our Kangaroo Island adventure finally arrived. Our guide Tim made it a very memorable day!... read more
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