Fun things to do in Kangaroo Island

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    Learn a little lizard dance

    by Quero Updated Nov 26, 2004

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    The lizard in the photo is called a "goanna," and it, like the koala and the wallaby, was introduced into Kangaroo Island in an effort to protect it from extinction. You can see goannas sunning on walkways and pavements or scuttling into the underbrush when feeling threatened.

    You wouldn't imagine a lizard to be a very intelligent creature, but here's a fact that may demonstrate that they are: Kangaroo Island gets cold, and as these are cold-blooded creatures, they have learned to place their egg nests in the mounds of termites in order to incubate.

    I saw this one at Seal Bay Conservation Park. I like the shot because in it you can see that the lizard's right front and back feet are both off the ground and casting shadows as he runs.

    Lizard dance step: right front up, left back up...

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    Fairie penguin observation

    by Quero Updated Nov 26, 2004

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    If you are in the vicinity of Penneshaw at dusk, hurry on over to the area near the pier to spot the fairie (variously called little or blue or even fairy) penguins come ashore after a day of feeding in the ocean.

    They are light-sensitive, so you will need to take a flashlight with a red filter covering the lense so as not to blind them. (That's why I made this picture a black-and-white shot.)

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    Sandboarding at Little Sahara

    by Quero Updated Nov 26, 2004

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    Little Sahara is an area of high sand dunes, which is common enough near oceans, but what is amazing is that these dunes are located a full 5 kilometers from shore!

    So, rent a sandboard and find your way inland to the most improbable desert you can imagine. We rented our boards at a small grocery along the way, the Kiawarra Food Barn.

    Sandboarding is actually harder than it looks. You'll laugh at your clumsiness and curse getting sand in your scalp and up your shorts. I still laugh every time I remember my own hours of digging sand out of seemingly every crevice....

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    Hanson Bay koala sanctuary

    by Quero Updated Nov 26, 2004

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    Besides kangaroos, what other animal comes to mind when you think about Australia? Koalas, of course.

    Koalas were introduced to Kangaroo Island when the loss of their habitat on the mainland threatened their numbers. And they are still a threatened species... except on Kangaroo Island. The population of koalas on K.I. has increased so dramatically that they are considered pests by local residents--an example of the rule of unintended consequences, it seems. Efforts to cull the koalas to a manageable level have not got very far because of the fear of a tourist backlash.

    Of *course* people all over the world would think the authorities coldhearted if they were to allow culling, because koalas are so very adorable. Cuddly looking with round eyes below tufted, furry ears, and button-like black noses; babies clinging to their mothers tummies or backs; sitting placidly in gum trees munching on leaves... what could possibly be offensive about an animal that looks like a nursery toy?

    See them for yourself at the Hanson Bay koala sanctuary. From a small parking area, walk along a short wide pathway lined with gum trees. Look up into the branches to spot the koalas. The best time to go is late afternoon as koalas are nocturnal and will begin to rouse in the early evening.

    A juvenile 'tree-hugger'

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  • Australian Sealions

    by marisa81 Written Apr 21, 2004

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    Kanagaroo Island is home to hundreds of Australian Sealions. They lay on the beach and soak up the sun most of the day, and when with a tour guide, you are allowed to get quite close to them (we were about 3 meters from the sealions). The amount of sealions that lie here daily is incredible.

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  • Admirals Arch

    by marisa81 Written Apr 21, 2004

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    This is a main attraction on Kangaroo Island. It is a beautiful rock area overlooking the ocean, and the New Zealand furseals that play below in the waves. If you follow the boardwalk around, you come to Admirals Arch. A gorgeous rock formation that has over time been eroded by water and wind.

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    Seals and Penguins

    by mikegr Written Feb 11, 2004

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    The wildlife is the real highlight - especially the seals, which can be seen at close quaters on the beach (you must be accompanied by a guide).

    For a less touristy look at Fairy Penguins than Phillip Island, Kangaroo island is ideal - the penguins walk directly beneath the observation boardwalk - no flash photography - it can damage their eyes!

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    Admiral's Arch itself

    by Quero Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Admiral's Arch was once really a cave. All that is left of it is a portion of the arching roof. The photo tells the story of what draws people to this place.

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    Admirals Arch

    by didgeridorien Written Feb 16, 2006

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    This is a large natural archway that has been formed by the elements. You can find sea lions and New Zealand fur seals there.

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  • Paul's Place

    by katnipper Written Jul 4, 2005

    Here you can hold, pet and feed dozens of native Australian animals and farm animals: including karagoos, emus, koalas and much more. Great place!! Bring plenty of film!

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    Lighthouse

    by kyoub Written Feb 8, 2005

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    A road leads to wild and remote Cape du Couedic, where there is dramatic cliffs and this lighthouser where lonely men once stayed watching the sea for ships.

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    Admiral's Arch

    by Kate-Me Written May 15, 2003

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    This is the attractive rock formation called Admiral's Arch. Very popular for making 'frame' photos.

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    Don't miss the seals

    by Kate-Me Written Apr 5, 2003

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    You really must go to see the seals. You're not allowed to go up to them, but you can still see them at quite close range on their beach.

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    Kelly Hill Caves

    by Kate-Me Written Mar 9, 2003

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    The Kelly Hill limestone caves are quite attractive and well worth a look if you like Tourist caves.

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