Kangaroo Island, Adelaide
Kangaroo Island is the third largest island off the Australian mainland. It is seven times the size of Singapore. It was uninhabited when it was discovered in 1802 by Matthew Flinders and about a third of the island still has native vegetation, which makes it an excellent place to see native wildlife in its natural habitat.
The ferry company, Sealink, organise one and two-day tours to Kangaroo Island. The two day tours are essentially combinations of two of their one day tours, with an overnight stop in between. We stayed on the island for two nights and took two one day Sealink tours. It was winter, and the weather was not great, particularly on the second day, but it really was a highlight of my Australian trip.
The 'Seal Bay Discovery Tour had four stops:
- Clifford's Honey Farm, where we learned about bee-keeping and had the opportunity to taste the honey made by their pure-bred Ligurian bees;
- Seal Bay, where we visited the largest breeding colony of Australian Sea-lions in Australia;
- Raptor Domain Birds of Prey, where we saw a presentation of free flight birds of prey including, owls, eagles, falcons, and kookaburras, and had the opportunity to hold some of the birds;
- Pelican Feeding at Kingscote, with entertaining commentary by John, who feeds the pelicans every day.
A lunch of soup and a main course of chicken with sausage and vegetables was provided at the Vivonne Bay Bistro.
The next day we took the Remarkably Wild Tour, which made the following stops:
- Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery, where eucalyptus oil is distilled using traditional methods;
- Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, where we had a close encounter with some koalas, and had the opportunity to feed hand-reared kangaroos;
- Flinders Chase National Park;
- Remarkable Rocks, granite boulders which have been scoured into strange shapes by the elements;
- Admirals Arch, another spectacular natural rock formation, that is home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals.
We should also have gone to the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, but the weather had turned bad so we only drove through, but we did see some koalas in the wild.
A delicious lunch of calamari followed by fruit meringue was provided at the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat.
This island is about 155km and 55km wide. 3rd largest island of Australia which was discovered in 1802 by Matthew Flinders. Part of the island is conserved in National park and thus, making an ideal place to see wildlife.
Clean waters off kanger island are excellent for fishing and diving sites (abt 50 shipwrecks).
Traditional industries are wool, cereal crops and fishing. And of course, tourism is also an important industry on the island.
Places to visit on de island itself:
1) Seal Bay
2) Flinders Chase National park
3) Remarkable Rocks
4) Cape du Couedic Lighthouse
5) Admiral Arch
6) Rocky River
I took a day tour starting from 7am till 10.30pm.
Tour route is like this:
-Take a 2 hr coach from Adelaide to Cape Jervis (port).
-45mins of ferry ride to reach the island.
Total cost: AUST$181 per person.
Seal bay is part of Kangeroo island tour. It was certainly a very good experience in getting up close and personal with the seals.Watching them dashing along the waves as they come on shores.
I was there in July..and it was ...freezing cold at the beach!!
Oh, not to forget to obey the instructions from the rangers!
KANGAROO ISLAND- Australia's third largest island, 13km off the mainland and serviced by ferries from Glenelg and Cape Jervis. A southern shoreline exposed to the pounding of the Southern Island and a north coast of protected inlets, bays, unspoiled beaches and crystal clear water. Home to colonies of sea lions and fairy penguins on the southern coast. The island is occupied and has a small farming community producing speciality foods. Fishing is excellent and seafood is plentiful.