This is a naturalist's delight and is well worth visiting early in the morning or in the evening to see the full extent of the prolific bird life. A stroll along one of the prescribed trails will make you aware that this is a habitat of many species of water birds.
Approx 19 km's from Seals Bay turn right into Seagers Road for Murray Lagoon. Follow the graded road to the entrance to the Lagoon area. As you enter you will find a small picnic spot under the trees. Following the road will take you to the National Parks Ranger's Office where you can obtain local information about the area.
These rare sea lions are protected by law. Under the guidance of a National Parks Ranger, you can walk on the beach to within a few metres of the resting sea lions, or alternatively view them from the boardwalk. Beach tours run regularly throughout the day.
The SteamRanger's Cockle train operates every Sunday of the year and every day during school holidays. The liesurely round trip takes approx. 2 hours and runs around Encounter bay between Victor Harbor and Goolwa (via Middleton and Port Elliot.
Before setting out for the day, check Seal Bay guided tour times with the Visitor Information Centre or National Parks.
Depart Kingscote along the Playford Highway to the Airport intersection, then follow the Birchmore Highway to Seal Bay. Allow 45 minute to reach Seal Bay.
From American River and Penneshaw travel past the Kingscote Airport, turning left on to the Birchmore Highway. Allow 55 minutes from American River; 1 hour 5 minutes from Penneshaw to reach Seal Bay.
To access Granite Island, travel across the 630 metre long wooden causeway by Horse Drawn Tram or take the short walk and watch people from all walks of life fishing from the causeway.
Due to the large colonies of penguins that live on the island, Granite Island was declared a Fauna Sanctuary in 1969 then later dedicated a Recreation Park! Penguins return from the ocean every evening to feed their young, a sight that Anne and I love to watch at every opportunity.
Island facilities include public amenities, a restaurant, kiosk and a souvenir shop.
Flinders Chase National Park is one of Australia's largest, covering 74,000 hectares, and is considered to be one of South Australia's most significant due to its natural state, wildlife, and lack of introduced preditors.
Situated within the National Park, and probably the most isolated spot on the island, you will find the Remarkable Rocks.
No stay on Kangaroo Island is complete without a visit to the Seal Bay Conservation Park. Seal Bay is a large sandy beach and dune area where Australian sea lions rest and nurse their young. A large car park is located adjacent to the Visitor Centre.
A breeding colony of sea lions can be seen resting in the sun after feeding at sea for three days. Others ride the waves onto the beach. It is well worth a visit to the lookout before commencing the guided tour.
The Remarkable Rocks are a cluster of huge, weather sculptured granite boulders perched on a granite dome that swoops 75 metres to the sea. It is recommended that you park your vehicle, and approach the Rocks along a very sturdy board walk that will take you from the car park and right onto the rocks.
It can get very windy on the exposed coast so I would advise that you take a warm jacket!
A visit to the many attractions at Cape du Couedic will allow you to discover a natural arch that has been sculptured by the Southern Ocean over millions of years! Admirals Arch is now a home to a large colony of New Zealand Fur Seals, which can usually be seen playing in the many rockpools and surf around the bluff.
Well a wallaby at least! Kangaroo Island has a wealth of flaura and fauna that allows visitors to observe them at close quarters. Like the seals at Seal Bay and many wild animals of Australia, they should be treated with respect when approached. Kangaroos and Cape Barren Geese congregate at Rocky River to feed and some of these kangaroos can be hand fed.
The unusually shaped Cape Borda Lighthouse was eastablished in 1858. It stands on a cliff and is an impressive 155 metres above the ocean on the far wesern end of the island at the northern end of the Flinders Chase National Park.
There is a small cemetery locates nearby and a cannon stands beside the lighthouse which was used to warn ships of danger if they came too close to the coastline.
The Cape Borda Heritage Museum sits within the grounds of the lighthouse and it reflects the early days of the settlement and the history of the lighthouse.
Guided tours of the lighthouse and heritage museum are conducted by National Parks and Wildlife staff. There is a small coffee shop where light refreshments can be obtained.
Flinders Chase National Park is one of Australia's largest, covering 74,000 hectares, and is considered to be one of South Australia's most significant due to its natural state, wildlife, and lack of introduced preditors. Here you will see many of the animals and birds you have come to see. At Rocky River it is possible to view koalas in the nearby trees. If you have the time, and are suitably prepared, inquire at the Ranger's office about the various hikes available.
Granite Island is home to 1800 Penguins that are managed by the South Australian National Parks & Wildlife Service. The Little Penguin is the world's smallest penguin species, and is well known to most visitors to Australia's southern coastline.
Standing approximately 35cm (14 inches) and weighing about 1.2kg (2.5 pound), the Little Penguin is much smaller than it's Antarctic cousins and it is the only penguin species known to breed in Australia.
Most penguins return from the sea after dark and they can often be heard calling from out in the water, usually coming ashore in small groups, pausing briefly before heading off to individual burrows. Due to their movements on land, penguins are often mistakenly thought to be nocturnal. They do in fact feed at sea during the day, returning to the colony at night to rest. We are observing them 'returning home' at night.
Much communication occurs as the penguins return from the sea - calls from the sea, calls when on land, greeting and communication with other birds, territorial disputes and so on.
Granite Island Penguin Tour bookings are essential!
Penguin walks occur at dusk nightly.
The Head of Bight is located 78 kilometres west of Yalata and 20 kilometres to the east of Nullarbor Roadhouse. As a vantage point to view the Southern Right Whale the Head of Bight is impossible to beat. Between June and October of each year up to 100 Southern Right Whales frequent this area of the South Australian coastline to breed and give birth to whale calves. From the main viewing platform Southern Right Whales can be observed at close quarters displaying a variety of behaviour including tail slapping, breaching, blowholing and rolling belly up.
The spectacular Bunda Cliffs stretch for 200 kilometres west of the Head of Bight. These cliffs are 70 metres or so in height and are the remains of an ancient ocean bed that was subject to geological uplifting millions of years ago. Something remarkable to ponder is the fact that as you drive across the Nullarbor you are in fact driving accross the floor of an ancient sea bed. On blue sky days such as this, the sight of these cliffs are truly hypnotic and awe inspiring.
This area is bound to give the serious photographer some good holiday snaps so bring your camera!
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