Following our very jolly time in McLaren Vale, we headed down to Victor Harbor for a couple of nights before catching the ferry over to Kangaroo Island. Sick bags were at the ready as it was a rough crossing but thankfully it only takes 45 minutes.
Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island after Tasmania and Melville Island. You could fit two Lewis and Harris’s into it (these are Scotland’s largest islands not children). With KI having only 4,700 residents, it means each resident has almost a square kilometre to themselves.
We did not have the best of weather for two of the days unfortunately but made the most of it adjusting our head gear accordingly!!!
The wild life was as spectacular as we had been led to believe. I decided not to bore you with more photos of kangaroos and koalas (of which we saw plenty) but ringing the changes this time with photos of seals, pelicans and my favourite little bird, the common blue wren. The 85 microchipped platypus managed to allude us at their waterhole though – wrong time of day apparently! Sadly too late to make a difference to this little starfish that was washed up at Emu Bay. [For those of you who do not know the Starfish Story, do please Google it for inspiration.]
The Remarkable Rocks were just that and Admirals Arch even on a bad day was Awesome. We cycled over 50 kilometres (there and back) to get to these iconic sights within the Flinders Chase National Park. So glad we have electric bikes as the terrain was very hilly. During some of the descents we reached speeds of over 50 kms an hour which was exhilarating and scary at the same time. With no bull bars to protect us against kangaroos I decided the best course of action was to scream “yeah ha” at the top of my lungs into the wind – and just go for it.
We did some bush walking and bush camping but the only bush tucker we tried was KI local honey. Coming over to the island we had to throw out our Woolworth’s own label honey but the Organic Stringy Bark Honey we bought as a replacement is pretty good! We would have bought a bigger jar but were told that we’d have to discard it when we cross into Western Australia next month so not much point really. Mike seems pleased with his purchases don’t you think? No wine tasting this week but the island is renowned for its award winning gin and since stocks were getting low I did some gin tasting instead at Kangaroo Island Spirits (KIS). Their Wild Gin is delish and as the label says “You’ll never forget your first KIS”!!!
Last, but by no means least, the beaches here were to die for. If we had gone onto unsealed roads we would have been able to visit many more of the beautiful bays but Browns Beach and Emu Bay were magnificent. Schools are back after the mid term holiday so it meant we had the place to ourselves. Shame though as the “grandies” (as they call grand children out here) would have loved it!