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    KANGAROO ISLAND QUARANTINE LAWS

    by balhannah Updated Dec 15, 2012

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    Favorite thing: As Kangaroo Island is remote and without pests, legislation forbidding or restricting the importation of some items to Kangaroo Island applies, so do the right thing, or cop a large fine!

    This is more for locals, not tourists.....
    No rabbits or foxes allowed, can't imagine a tourist having one on them!
    Grape vine cuttings and soil in which grapevines have grown are not to be brought onto the Island without prior inspection and approval
    Weed invastion....Ensure vehicles, caravans, trailers, camping gear, hiking boots etc are free of mud and weed seeds prior to travelling.
    Aquatic pests....Clean your boats and gear prior to coming to the Island. Particular attention should be paid to boat surfaces (hull, propeller, rudder, anchor etc) and gear (including nets, wetsuits, life jackets, fishing tackle etc.).

    Honey products and bee-handling equipment are not allowed
    To keep the Islands seed potatoes free of disease, any potatoes brought to the Island must be in new packaging. Peels and unused potatoes must be disposed of to ensure that regermination is not possible.

    You can buy potatoes from the supermarket for cooking, and a jar of Honey if you desire.

    For further information, contact the Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board, Phone (08) 8553 4300

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    WILDLIFE BABIES

    by balhannah Updated Dec 14, 2012

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    KI Kangaroo

    Favorite thing: A lot of people come to Kangaroo Island to see the abundance of wildlife on the island.
    You can come here when the weather is good, or perhaps when you are most likely to see babies.

    So what time is the best to come to see what?
    Between December-February (Summer) is when the New Zealand Fur Seals give birth to their chocolate brown pups, and the Australian Sea-Lion breeding season begins with pups born from January to June
    The Heath goannas lay their eggs in termite mounds which act as the perfect incubator, and Koalas, wallabies and kangaroos give birth to tiny young, which are naked and blind, not attractive at all!

    If you come between March - May (Autumn), you may see the Black swans begining their courtships with wing-raising, neck-stretching and loud trumpeting. I was here in May and never saw this.

    In Winter {June - August}, Koalas emerge from the mother's pouch and begin to ride on her back.
    Kangaroo and wallaby joeys start to emerge from their mother's pouch to feed, they are so cute!
    Hopefully, you may see the Ospreys spectacular courtship fights.
    This is the time to come and see the Southern right whales passing by on there way from Antarctic waters to the Great Australian Bight to calve.

    September-November (Spring) is when the wildflowers are out, Cape Barren geese nest, and Platypuses lay two eggs in a burrow up to 65 feet long.

    So, as you can see, every season there is something different to see on Kangaroo Island.

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    PARNDANA - ABOUT THE TOWN

    by balhannah Written Dec 12, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Parndana was a disappointment to me! This small town is located approx in the centre of the Island and is known as ‘Scrub Gum Place'' - a typical Australian country town. I guess that is why there are gum-nuts on the town entrance sign.
    As Parndana isn't located on the coast, this is the area where you see farmers working their land and Sheep grazing.
    Parndana is home to the Soldier Settlement Museum that tells you about the lives of the returned soldiers who were responsible for almost doubling the area of agricultural land on the Island.

    Only 3kms away, is the Parndana wildlife park, being an Aussie, I didn't bother going there.
    Parndana itself was dead, although it does come alive in November when Shearers from Australia and overseas compete in one of the richest shearing events in the world. Inside the Parndana Hotel, is the 'Shearers' Hall of Fame."
    Perhaps there are more visitors in late winter/early spring when the wildflowers come out?

    One important building in town was the LAUNDROMAT, open and ready for customers.

    Located on the Playford Highway

    Fondest memory: Website for the wildlife park......
    http://www.parndanawildlifepark.com/

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    HOW TO GO TO KANGAROO ISLAND

    by balhannah Updated Dec 10, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Kangaroo Island, a beautiful island well worth visiting, but how to go about visiting it.
    Well, there are quite a few different ways.

    #1 ...As we had our own car, we caught the Sealink Ferry across from Cape Jervis at the bottom of Fleurieu Peninsula. The trip across to Penneshaw is only 45mins.

    #2...Go as a foot passenger on the Ferry and hire a car on the Island.

    #3 .. By Plane. Regional Express (REX) operates the 30-minute flight from Adelaide to Kingscote Airport (KGC). The airport is located 13km from the Island's capital, Kingscote. Shuttle transport to Kingscote is available.
    Departs from the Main Terminal at Adelaide Airport.
    Reservations: 13 17 13 or www.regionalexpress.com.au

    #4...Tours. These range from one day tours to much longer, departing from Adelaide.

    A Sealink Bus departs from Adelaide at 6.45am and 3.45pm to link with the Ferry at Cape Jervis.

    Fondest memory: Check out these sites......

    http://www.sealink.com.au/about-kangaroo-island/getting_there_and_around/
    http://www.tourkangarooisland.com.au/tours/default.aspx
    http://www.sealink.com.au/kangaroo-island-ferry/timetables/

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    KANGAROO ISLAND KANGAROO

    by balhannah Written Dec 10, 2012

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    Kangaroo Island Kangaroo

    Favorite thing: Kangaroo Island Kangaroos I have seen in wildlife parks, so I was quite happy to see them in the wild on their homeland.
    Kangaroo Island kangaroos are known as Macropus fuliginosus. To me, they are easy to spot as they have a very distinct face compared to other Kangaroo's. They grow to 2 metres in height and are the slowest moving of all Kangaroos. This is believed to be because of lack of predators on the Island. Breeding is in spring through summer, when they give birth to one Joey.
    We saw the Kangaroo eating grass on the side of the road in Flinders Chase National Park. They eat grass, sedges, leaves and inhabit open grasslands and timber areas.

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    LICHEN COVERED ROCKS

    by balhannah Written Dec 1, 2012

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    Favorite thing: A favorite of mine were the bright Orange and much fewer Yellow Lichen covered rocks and boulders. The colour was brilliant, and so were the shapes, making for great photo opportunities.
    Plenty of rough seas have carved the rocks away to some interesting shapes. The Lichen actually does good as it extracts and recycles nutrients, crumbling rocks to create the soil other plants need to survive. Lichens are a mixture of fungi and algae.
    In Australia, there are over 3000 lichens growing, from the tropical north to Macquarie Island and Antarctica.

    I found them in plenty of places on the coastline of Kangaroo Island.

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    ENJOY THE SUNRISE & SUNSETS!

    by balhannah Written Dec 1, 2012

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    Sunrise @ Penneshaw

    Favorite thing: How happy was I that our accommodation was located across the road from the ocean, meaning I had wonderful ocean views. Across the street, was the lawned park, the Penguin colony, and beautifully coloured rocks.
    Best of all was sitting on the verandah and watching the sunrise. Ah! A beginning of another day, full of fresh clean air and wonderful sights on Kangaroo Island!
    Most of the accommodation on Kangaroo Island has wonderful ocean views

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    A CHEAPER WAY TO STAY!

    by balhannah Written Nov 29, 2012

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    On the Sealink Ferry

    Favorite thing: Kangaroo Island is very popular, so you can expect accommodation to be more expensive.
    As with most accommodation, prices vary between low, mid and high seasons.

    I happened to be looking at the Sealink Ferry site, and found a page which had accommodation and ferry package included.
    We had quite a variety of accommodation places we could choose from, ranging from low to quite expensive.
    We chose a Cottage, which happened to be wonderful!
    Booking can be done online or over the phone. For us, this was a very cheap way to visit Kangaroo Island, much cheaper than paying seperately for the Ferry and the Accommodation.

    The website also has other options
    http://www.sealink.com.au/specials/kangaroo-island-self-drive-holiday-packages/

    These are known as " Sealink's ready made self drive packages" and are really worth looking into.

    Fondest memory: http://www.sealink.com.au/kangaroo-island-ferry

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    Selecting a Tour

    by Kathrin_E Written Apr 2, 2009

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    Remarkable Rocks

    Favorite thing: In case your travel time is limited, a tour can be a good option to see a bit of the island in a carefree way. There are plenty of different tour operators, there are 1-, 2- and 3-day tours, there are expensive private tours for two or four people and there are affordable coach tours, tours starting on the island and tours that include transfer from and to Adelaide.

    Check carefully what is on the itinerary of the tour. Many involve stops at a sheep dairy, honey farm, eucalyptus oil press or whatever - places where you are expected to shop. They might be interesting to see if you have enough time but with just one or two days on an island full of natural wonders you may consider shopping or long lunch breaks at remote restaurants a waste of your precious time.

    Sealink, for example, the company that also operates the ferry from Jervis Bay, offers two different day tours. One is of the 'shopping' type (which Germans would call Kaffeefahrt) with honey farm and eucalyptus oil press. Ours, however, was a different and much better one that was sightseeing only and no shopping. We booked the tour with Gray Lines but it turned out to be a Sealink tour.

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    Native Species

    by Diceman_ Updated Feb 14, 2005

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    Favorite thing: One thing about Kangaroo Island I found interesting was that the insects were different from the mainland. The main insect at the place I stayed at in Penneshaw was probably filling the evolutionary niche of the cockroach (see picture). There were beetles that from the top looked like a oval upturned leaf, and at Cape Gantheume Wilderness Protection Area a christmas-beetle coloured variety of fly.

    There were weeds which smelled like burning rubber if disturbed, and ones which grow a few meters high if left alone (see picture).

    Animals that aren't unique to Kangaroo Island but are uncommon elsewhere in the region are Wallabies, Penguins, Echidnas, Sea Lions and Platypus.

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    Frenchman's Rock

    by Kate-Me Written Jun 4, 2004

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    Frenchman's Rock

    Favorite thing: Frenchman's Rock was one of my favorite spots on Kangaroo Island, because even at age 17, I was well on my way to being a fan of France, and this point commemmorates the meeting at Kangaroo Island between explorers Baudin and englishman Flinders on their respective missions of exploration, in 1801.
    It was a cordial encounter between the two on board one of the vessells, even though officially Britain and France were still at war.

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  • Really explore the island...

    by marisa81 Written Apr 21, 2004

    Favorite thing: Kangaroo Island is fantastic to explore,but it is a bigger island than many people imagine. I think the best way to see the island is with a local who knows their way around, or a tour group that takes a little longer to really see the cool and out of the way things on the island. (Campwild Adventures does an excellent combination of the two)

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    Paul's Place

    by Kate-Me Updated Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: One of my fondest memories of Kangaroo Island is visiting a house called "Paul's Place" where the owner takes in all kinds of animals, native and domestic, and they all practically share his semi-built house (which should be finished by now if he's still there!) and his yard. He had a real love of nature and animals.

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    Cape Willoughby Lighthouse

    by Kate-Me Written Jun 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: This was one of my favorite views of Kangaroo Island (nicely framed, as I do love taking photos of things through archways and doorways).

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