Victor Harbor

The International Student Center likes to organize little field trips for all us foreigners, the first being to Port Adelaide, which if you ever go to Australia, do NOT go to Port Adelaide.  About 200 international students descended upon the Adelaide train station a couple weeks ago to go to Port Adelaide, which the ISC advertised as being a lovely little coastal town with a market on the wharf, lots of little cafes and boutiques to browse and some beautiful beaches to soak up the sun and a dolphin tour to finish the day…yadeeyadeeyada.  After a 45 minute train ride, we all get off and start walking toward the wharf.  It’s not exactly the most happening town (despite their ad campaign) – we walked about a mile past boarded up bars and other shops before we got to the wharf, where there were about 2 restaurants, no sandy beach and the market on the pier was basically a giant yard sale in a warehouse.  And the dolphin tour didn’t look too promising.  The kids I was with – Oscar, Matt from William and Mary, and David from Canada – and I wandered in the warehouse for a bit before refunding our dolphin tour tickets and high-tailing it back to Adelaide.

Victor Harbor

Needless to say, our expectations for the trip to Victor Harbor, which the ISC advertised as being a lovely little coastal town with lots of little cafes and boutiques to browse and some beautiful beaches to soak up the sun…yadeeyadeeyada, were not too high.  However, there was an added bonus to this tour: it included a stop to Urimburra, a wildlife park full of Australian wildlife where you can feed kangaroos and hold koalas.  So at 8:45 am, we were on a bus toward Victor Harbor with a stop at Urimburra along the way, our expectations about as high as the ground below us.

Urimburra, though, was AWESOME.  There were kangaroos hopping around everywhere.

Kangaroo 7

You could buy kangaroo feed at the entrance for $1, which we did and the kangaroos just bounded on over to get some food.  They literally ate out of the palm of your hand!  We also saw koalas lounging in the trees, crocodiles, wallabies, wombats, what we think is an albino peacock, and a parrot that had an Aussie accent.

After a little over an hour at Urimburra, we all got back on our buses to head toward Victor Harbor.  Victor Harbor was MUCH better than Port Adelaide.  It was beautiful.  When we got off the bus, we were so hungry we just stopped at the closest cafe we could find.  Oscar, David, and Matt all got fish and chips – a fair-sized portion of fish with a handful of french fries.  I, on the other hand, got the Mega Beef Burger, just because it sounded big and I was absolutely starving and kind of craving a burger.  The name was right, this thing was the biggest burger I have ever seen.  It was about 8 inches from bun to bun with hamburger (obviously), bacon, a fried egg, lettuce, tomato, and mustard.  The guys didn’t think I could finish it but by the time they’d finished joking about the thing, they looked back at my plate and it was gone. HA.

After lunch, we wandered over to the coast, where there was a bridge over to Little Penguin Island.  There’s a horse-drawn tram that can take you over the bridge to the island where supposedly 2,000 penguins frolick at night.  We walked all the way around the island and marveled at the beautiful coastline, but didn’t see any penguins.  The views, though, were fantastic:

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