Kangaroo Island

We stay in the south of Australia with our posts about previous trips. This time we take you to the third largest island of Australia: Kangaroo Island (only 155km in length). We only stayed here for three days, and with our hired car we could only drive limited kilometres, but we saw quite a lot.

16355810976_43c1ec4bd3_zThe journey started in Adelaide, from where we took a bus towards the ferry at Cape Jervis. From there it is about 100km to Penneshaw at Kangaroo Island. From Penneshaw, we took our hired car and drove to the only city worth that name, Kingscote, to do some shopping. Since we were on the island for three days, we decided to visit the more accessible side of the island, the south. We stayed in a cottage at Hanson Bay, very close to the sea. Magnificent blues, the force of the waves keeping us awake at night, and we were the proud owners of a new pet 😉 16194364150_3a34843512_zthe daily visit of a wallaby was a nice variation on the sight of the sea and cliffs. Hanson Bay was also a perfect gateway to visit Flinders Chase National Park, that comprises the entire west of the island (or the West End as it is called). We only saw the most famous sights of the park, and didn’t camp or hike. The Remarkable Rocks are a must-see. They didn’t steel there name … Boulders transformed to ‘remarkable’ rock formations by Mother Nature. Another amazing piece of natural art is Admirals Arch at Cape du Couedic. We could watch the New Zealand fur seals colony for hours! On your way to the NP you’ll find Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary where you can d15759329294_55a432a5b6_zo the Koala Walk. And yes, there are koalas J  (but don’t expect hundreds 😉 ). At the time we were there, there was also a bird who liked to eat my silver earrings … And the park also looked after a joey of whom the mother died. A once in a life time – opportunity to be kissed by a kangaroo! More to the east of Kangaroo Island, there are plenty of things to do and see, like visiting the Emu Lavender Farm,  or enjoying the vistas at Vivonne Bay. Off course we had to see how little Little Sahara was. Which was actually quite spectacular! We didn’t sandboard, but we did climb the huge dunes. One thing we did not do, but most tourists do: Seal Bay. Paying to get up and close with seals on a beach is just not our cup of tea. There are plenty of lookouts and beaches which do not require massive detours from the main road, just what we liked. Perhaps the most exciting experience was seeing wild dolphins while we enjoyed a delicious pizza (Isola Pizza) waiting for our ferry back to the main land in Penneshaw. We might have missed the penguins, but we didn’t mind!

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