There a lot to do in the island, first, need to organize or plan which one you visit. Some of it you need to spent a few hours, and some of the sights you need a whole day tour. Most of the sights are out of the main road and you really need a time to get there. Collect a handy map at the harbor office. Its needed while driving around the island even you're using GPS, it shown on the maps the sightseeing places
Popular entertainment for all ages, John "The Pelican Man" gives a lively informative talk while feeding the birds, funny while watching the birds waiting for him to come, the bench are almost full with audience patiently waited till the show begin. He arrive with a bucket full of fish. First, he introduced himself making jokes and talk again. He start take one out fish from his bucket then start feeding the birds the Pelican gets crazy and wild. While he continued to feeds the bird, several time we taught some of them landed into our head but was never happen
As well as visiting the ruins in the park, the walk takes you past some wonderful views. Down by the Sea, the rocks were fascinating. They had been worn into shapes, were pitted and covered in bright orange Lichen. Down here, I could see the town of Penneshaw.
A little further on, I found a bay, but this one didn't have a sand beach, but rocks!
Views were out over the Ocean and to the mainland of South Australia.
Baudin Conservation Park is located 15km south east of Penneshaw. Access is via Frenchman's Terrace. Car parking is available at the start of Binneys Track.
The Bullock track also took me up the hill to the home of Harry Bate's Cottage. Harry Bates was born in 1846. He came to Adelaide with his family aboard the ship "Melbourne," on which at the age of 12years, was given the job of a Cabin boy. The family moved permanently to Kangaroo Island in 1860. Harry worked for his father on this land, then in 1866 he married and later on had a defacto relationship.
The property remained in the Bates family until 1985, when the last member of the family died without leaving a will. It was then purchased by the Government and became the Baudin Conservation Park.
Ruins of the Cottage, an interpretive sign and beautiful views are what is here.
The Baudin Conservation Park is located near Penneshaw. We could drive our car to the park entrance, from there the Ironstone Hill Hike began. At the entrance is a map and details about the hike, which was described as moderate one of 4kms, to allow 3 hours.
It is hilly, so you will need some level of fitness.
This Conservation park was a family farm from 1861 to 2001. Heading along the
original bullock track, it was uphill going to see the old farm implements and ruins, and the heritage listed 'threshing floor.' This floor was used to thresh grain until 1905. It is believed this method was used even though machinery was available at the time, because the wooden log roller was gentler on the Barley grain. The roller was anchored in the centre and drawn around and over the crop by a Horse or Bullock harnessed to its outside end.
This resulted in Kangaroo Island hand graded Barley frequently winning Show awards for the best Barley.
The Park is open 7 days a week
Still travelling on the dirt road to Cape Willoughby, we come over a rise on the road, and there before us was the Lighthouse and cottages!
Cape Willoughby was the first lighthouse to be erected in South Australia, and lights the Backstairs Passage between Kangaroo Island and the mainland. Although the lighthouse was meant to prevent Shipwrecks, still a number of ships sank off the coastline, the remnants of which can still be found in the area. I saw a notice that this area is part of the Kangaroo Island Shipwreck trail.
I didn't do a guided tour of the Lightstation, but you can and find out more about the early role of coastal shipping, colonial trading and passenger transport. The tour takes you to the top of the Lighthouse where in season, Whales can be seen.
Cape Willoughby park visitor centre has a museum with a collection of old photo's, as well as equipment that was once used at the site
The heritage-listed lightkeepers' cottages are available to rent.
I don't know if I had seen too much good scenery before coming here or what, but I was a little disappointed.
Cape Willoughby Conservation Park Visitor Centre is open 9am-3.30pm daily (except Christmas Day). 7days a week
Fees apply for the park.
The road to Cape Willoughby was a dirt road that was in good condition. The scenery along the way was of rolling green hills and farmland. After coming out from the road to Lashmar National park, we came to another pretty area, right beside the road. This still could have been part of the National Park. Water was here, whether it was part of the Chapman river, I don't know, but I do know it was pretty, especially as the ground surrounding it was covered with bright pink weed.
This was in the month of May.
I went walking and came out on a long sandy deserted beach known as Antechamber Bay in the Lashmar Conservation Park.
I had walked from where the Chapman River flowed, so I walked along the Beach until I found the estuary of the River. The River is good for canoeing along, but in the month of May, the water wasn't running into the sea at Antechamber Bay. In this area, was a pretty Lagoon where Black Swans and Pelicans were. I walked alongside the water which was so clear and calm, that I could see Fish swimming around. What a picturesque park, an ideal location for swimming, fishing and bird watching and it's just a short drive from Cape Willoughby lightstation and Penneshaw.
Heading along the road to Cape Willoughby, we saw a brown tourist sign to Lashmar Conservation Park.
Turning into the dirt road, we followed it, finding out that it was a "no through road" We saw a person camping, other than that, it was deserted, we had the area to ourselves. Plenty of parking, picnic shelters, toilets amongst the Trees, and camping amongst the bush.
It was a very pretty area. So quiet and peaceful, with the lovely Chapman river passing by on its way to the Sea. Canoeing and Kayaking can be enjoyed on the river.
This is another walking trail at Penneshaw of 3km which takes 1 - 2 hours. It is an easy walk which begins at the Information centre at Penneshaw which is in the old town. Along the walk, Interpretive signs tell of the history of the area.
"Fireball" Bates is known so because he had fiery red hair. You can read the story about him on my first photo.
The walk takes you around the pretty Christmas cove Boat harbour, and then past the Hotel and along North Terrace which fronts the Ocean. Along here, is Norfolk Island Pines, lawn and picnic area, Penguin rookery and wonderful seaside views. It then returns on the next parrellel road, Middle Terrace, which leads back to the Information centre. Altogether there are 22 points of interest on the walk.
If you want to remember what you have seen, do like I did, and buy the book "Penneshaw walks" from the Information centre, it cost $4.50.
As we made our way around Penneshaw, we noticed the local council had built nice limestone brick walls and added sculptures to the brickwork. It looked great!
The entrance way to the Penneshaw oval had a sculptured Eagle on the wall. The Penneshaw Caravan Park had a group of Penguins and the local community kindergarten centre some Cockatoo's.
Kangaroo Island has many colonies of Penguins.
Our accommodation at Penneshaw was just across the road from one of these colonies.
I saw there was a KI Penguin centre at Penneshaw, and that it did tours. I decided against it as I had already seen many of these "small fellows" elsewhere in previous years.
I went down the colony in daytime, and did manage to spot one in its man made burrow. Back again at night, and I could hear them crying out for their mothers to come home and feed them. While I was there, a tour group came along. As it turned out, they found one and that was all, this was in May. I heard the guide say not many were around and a Seal had been seen in the area. Seals were breeding well and gradually demolishing the Penguin colonies.
Of course, if you do a tour, you will be filled in with information about the Little Penguin which happens to be the smallest of all the world’s penguin species and the only penguin that cannot be seen on land during the daytime.......hmm.....I saw one!
Due to their small size & fear of larger predators the birds leave before dawn to feed at sea and return after dark.
Little Penguins are often known as Fairy Penguins or Blue Penguins, they are all the same.
In Kingscote, they live around the foreshore area of the town and wharf.
Breeding season is from April through to the end of November each year and is the best time to visit. During this time, the adult penguins are concentrating on family matters - mating, laying eggs or returning from sea to feed their chicks.
In December and January, the number of penguins seen moving about on evening tours declines. This is when adult Penguin's begin their annual moult.
For the month of February the Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre closes because all penguins live at sea to eat and gain weight lost during the annual moult. Penguins return to land in March to begin looking for their mates and readying their burrows to lay eggs once again.
If you are expecting Penguins to come ashore in large groups all at once to walk up the beach together, then you will be disappointed, it doesn't happen like that! They come in dribs and drabs, rather cute as they waddle along and find their burrows.
Penguins have very sensitive eyesight so white torches/flashlights cannot be used, nor camera flashes.
Red torches which provide a softer light than white are used.
If you do the Penguin tour, this is what it includes..........
"The penguin tour is preceded by an entertaining and educational aquarium tour and, weather permitting, a laser guided talk through the southern constellations, all included in the price."
* Penguin tours will not be conducted from Feb 1 to Feb 28th/29th while penguins live at sea feeding.
PRICE IN 2012....Adults...$17 Child $6 Family $40
Please check the website for all other details as times vary throughout the year, ranging from a 7.30pm start to 8.45pm.
This is for seeing Penguins at Kingscote. There is a Penguin centre at Penneshaw too!
Our third stop was at CONTEMPLATION SEAT.
This seat was sculptured by a local artist, in memory of the Aboriginal people, mainly women who were brought here by the pre-colonial Sealers, Sailors and Outcasts. The women helped the early settlers with Wallaby trapping and the treatment of the skins. They also had knowledge of medicinal and food plants found on the Island.
The names of these Aboriginal people are engraved on the steps leading to Contemplation Seat.
Next stop on the walk/drive, was at FRENCHMAN'S ROCK. This is at the White Dome which I could see when arriving on the Ferry at Penneshaw. It is a replica of the rock on which French Explorer Baudin's Sailors carved the first authenticated piece of graffiti on the Island. The original rock is at the visitor centre, I saw it there and took a photo.
This is a name of a walk or drive that you can do. We actually drove along, and stopped at the sights.
Our first one, was the TOWN WELL, which had been hand dug and lined with old Ship's timbers and Whalebone in 1888. The Well was used right up to the 1960's, this was when the town could use reticulated water from a large dam. Even though this was available, the Sorrento Guest House and the Hotel still continued to use the Well water.
It now has a Whip Hoist and Windmill and an interpretive notice-board at the site.
Hanson Bay, Australia
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3-5 Rawson Street, Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, 5223, Australia
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