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    CAPE WILLOUGHBY

    by balhannah Written Dec 14, 2012

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    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.

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    ROAD TO CAPE WILLOUGHBY

    by balhannah Written Dec 14, 2012

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    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.

    Beautiful pink weed Road to Cape Willoughby Road to Cape Willoughby Road to Cape Willoughby The grass IS this green!
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    LASHMAR CONSERVATION PARK -THE BEACH

    by balhannah Written Dec 14, 2012

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    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.

    Lagoon @ Lashmar c/Park Lashmar Conservation Park Beach Lagoon @ Lashmar c/Park Lagoon @ Lashmar c/Park Lagoon @ Lashmar c/Park
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    LASHMAR CONSERVATION PARK

    by balhannah Written Dec 14, 2012

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    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.

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    FIREBALL BATES TRAIL

    by balhannah Written Dec 14, 2012

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    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.

    North Terrace, Penneshaw Penneshaw Hotel Penneshaw home
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    ARTWORK IN PENNESHAW

    by balhannah Written Dec 14, 2012

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    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.

    Penneshaw oval entrance Penneshaw caravan park entrance Locak Kindergarten
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    PENGUIN'S & TOURS

    by balhannah Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    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!

    Penneshaw Fairy Penguin @ Penneshaw Penneshaw Penguin area Penguin burrow
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    IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE EXPLORERS - 3

    by balhannah Written Dec 13, 2012

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    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.

    Contemplation Seat
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    IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE EXPLORERS - 2

    by balhannah Written Dec 13, 2012

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    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.

    Frenchman's rock dome Details on Frenchman's rock Replica rock Original Baudin's rock @ Info centre
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    IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE EXPLORERS

    by balhannah Written Dec 13, 2012

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    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.

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    PELICAN FEEDING @ KINGSCOTE

    by balhannah Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    I read there was Pelican feeding at Kingscote Wharf. As I had been to Pelican feeding before, I wondered should I go or not. One other in our group hadn't, so the decision was made to see them being fed. I was so glad that I went!

    On the wharf, there was plenty of free parking. A few cars were here, but not many. Nearer time, we saw some Pelicans flying in, they knew it was close to feed time. We went over to where there was a wooden stand beside the water and waited. A busload of tourists came, and so did the man who was to feed the Pelicans. The show was about to begin.

    Sitting down on the stand, we listened to the "Pelican man" giving a funny and informative talk about the Birds. Once they saw the bucket of Fish, watch out, they flew so close over our heads we could feel the breeze, thankgoodness we felt nothing else!
    First he fed the Seagulls, and then the Pelicans. Well, this was so entertaining as he was a real comedian, he really made this much more than just feeding Pelicans!
    Everybody was laughing and enjoying themselves.

    WHATEVER YOU DO - DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW - IT IS GREAT!

    This happens daily at 5pm on the Kingscote Wharf near the small Fisherman's Jetty behind the Kangaroo Island Marine Centre at the waters edge.

    It is advertised as free, but it isn't!" A donation is asked for, which I didn't mind paying as the show was worth it, it just shouldn't be advertised as free when it really isn't.

    WHERE....Kingscote Wharf
    COST.......$5 DONATION
    Have the correct money, as no change is given.

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    OLD CAPE WILLOUGHBY LIGHTHOUSE

    by balhannah Written Dec 13, 2012

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    If you are interested in Lighthouses, then to see the old cape Willoughby Lighthouse, you will have to visit Hope Cottage Museum.
    In 1974, the Lighthouse which was originally called The Sturt Tower after the explorer Captain Charles Sturt, had been pulled to bits and was destined for the scrap merchant.
    The Lighthouse dated back to 1872, when it was installed on Tiparra Reef in St Vincent Gulf, then later at Cape Willoughby, replacing a simple reflector lantern. The National Trust came to the rescue, acquiring the many pieces, including 600 lenses and the four metre copper dome.
    Volunteers rebuilt the Lighthouse, and it is now on display at the Museum.

    Museum open daily 1-4pm
    Admission Adults $5

    Old Cape Willoughby Lighthouse
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    HOPE COTTAGE MUSEUM

    by balhannah Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    Hope Cottage Folk Museum is right in the town of Kingscote. As this was the case, we went for a look.
    Part of the Museum is located in the historic Cottage itself. The Cottage belongs to the National trust now, and is one of the Island's most historic homes. The pioneering Calnan brothers built it in the 1850s with the proceeds from a gold-mining expedition to Victoria. Inside, it is fitted out with furnishings of the era and many old photos of the families.
    Other buildings in the Museum are a 50's style garage and office, complete with old cars and motorbikes. Farming implements, old boats, washing machines, clothing, and much more were on display. There was even a photo of the Karatta, the old Ship which used to be the only way to reach Kangaroo Island.
    I thought it was quite good. It was very cheap.

    ADMISSION IN 2012......$5 Adults
    OPEN......
    1pm-4pm daily September-July (extended in January 10am-4pm)

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    KINGSCOTE

    by balhannah Written Dec 13, 2012

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    Kingscote, being the biggest town on Kangaroo Island, is where you will find the "most" of everything. I found a huge souvenir shop with lots of different souvenirs and general gift shop items for sale. We found more Cafe's here than elsewhere, so stopped at one for a bite to eat. I can't remember the name, only the food was good! A Foodland Supermarket is where we went to buy the few groceries we needed. I noticed there was plenty of accommodation and some very nice Hotels which did meals.
    Kingscote is situated beside the ocean in a very nice position which gives good views.

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    REEVES POINT @ KINGSCOTE

    by balhannah Written Dec 13, 2012

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    A short drive from the main part of Kingscote took us to Reeves Point, the site of the first official European settlement in South Australia. The area was full of historic sites spread around the park, just follow the walking paths and they will lead you to them where interpretive signs will explain the significance of each point. The old mulberry tree, the first well, the old jetty, quarry sites, the German row, the landing site, the bullock track and the old post office are all here.

    Casuarina trees give shade to this lovely area where you can come for a picnic, as there are shelter sheds, gas barbecue, tables, seats, playground and toilets.

    OPEN ALL HOURS

    Reeves Point Site of old Post Office Reeves Point Old Mulberry tree @ Reeves Point Details about the old Mulberry tree
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