Kangaroo Island, cuddly Koala’s
Kangaroo Island is in the very south of Australia about an hour and a half from Adelaide, we travelled across on the ferry, which thankfully was a calm crossing as we had heard bad things about it!
We had booked accommodation in Kingscote, the capital of Kangaroo Island. Now if this is the capital it really makes you wonder how small the other towns are! There really isn’t much to Kingscote, other than amazing sea views from most areas, a fair few cafe’s and pubs and various different hotel/motel accommodation, all in all about 30 shops in total.
We stayed at the Kangaroo Island Seaview Inn 10mins walk from the centre. All the 20 rooms have wonderful seaviews, the room we stayed in had enough room for 4 people which I believe all the rooms do.
The 1st night was ate out, in the car! We went to the chippy and took our dinner to the edge of the sea front, great views and great food.
We headed to Parndana Wildlife Park, where we were able to feed Kangaroo’s and wallabies and stroke the very sleepy Koala’s.
The Kangaroo’s were so gentle and actually held onto us as we fed them, they were really laid back.
The Koala’s lived up to their sleepiness and didn’t do an awful lot!
The park has recently been taken over so there is a lot of updating needed as it was looking a little tired in places.
At the park there was also lots of Cockatoo’s, even talking one’s, peacocks a plenty, deer, goats, echinda’s, a crocodile, lots of different birds and even 2 huge Cassowaries, different to the ones we saw in the Daintree River area.
We then headed to the opposite side of the island to the Flinders Chase Visitor centre where we had a little wander round, but it was all very confusing as to where we could go without having to pay to drive round!
Heading back we stopped off at Vivonne Bay which is down a dirt track, but it opened up to the most gorgeous coastline with the waves crashing over the rocks.
In the one day we pretty much covered north to south, we didn’t leave much to do on our second day but we popped to Stokes Bay and Emu Bay.
We got to Stokes Bay and there didn’t seem to be much there, then we noticed a sign that pointed to the beach …………… the sign was on the edge of the rocks! So we followed the sign and low and behold there was a passage through the rocks which lead to a gorgeous secluded beach.
The only problem was the flies………………… they are a bloody pain in the beep beep beep!!!! So out came the Fly Flap dance again!!!
Next we headed to Emu Bay where en-route Ian, Mr Eagle eye spotted a Koala in a tree, I saw 1 by the side of the road but sadly it was nowhere to be seen when we turned round, but this little fella sat there and posed for me, even turning to face the camera!
As you can guess I took quite a lot of pictures, we’d only ever seen them in either a conservation centre or in a wildlife park so this was great to finally tick him off the list. We’ve now seen as far as we know all the main Australian animals in the wild.
Emu bay is the only beach you can drive your car on to, we didn’t we parked in the car park, just incase!!!
Again it’s a beautiful beach but the bloody flies spoil it, I’d have liked nothing more than stretching out on the sand, reading a book and catching a few rays, but nope the flies spoil it totally!
Tomorrow we leave Kangaroo Island and get back on the mainland and head towards our main road trip, The Great Ocean Road.