Kangaroo Island I

We had a long weekend last weekend because of the Adelaide Cup, a horse race that is also a state holiday, meaning everything was closed and we had no school.  Instead of sitting around in Adelaide, Oscar and I decided to go see Kangaroo Island.  We rented a caravan/camper van thing from a road trip company called Wicked Campers; and by camper van, I don’t mean a Winnebago – I mean exactly what the words mean – a van that has been converted into a camper.  It had a full kitchen in the back and storage/sleeping space where the middle seats would have been.  It was also stick shift and non-4WD, which made driving around the Island a bit more interesting than we had expected.

Road to Cape Willoughby

You’re probably wondering what Kangaroo Island is.  Kangaroo Island is a South Australian island roughly the size of Delaware, just off the coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, about a 45 minute ferry ride from Cape Jervis, which is about an hour and a half bus ride from Adelaide (googlemaps it if you need a visual).

Our Camper

It was “discovered” by the British explorer Matthew Flinders in 1802, who named it Kangaroo Island because of – you guessed it – all the kangaroos he found on the island.  After its discovery, an unofficial community of sealers inhabited the island until South Australia became a state in 1836, with the establishment of the first European settlement in South Australia called Kingscote on Kangaroo Island.  The island was almost immediately seen as a haven for Australian animals and plants that needed to be protected, so over a quarter of the island is preserved through national parks and conservation centers while over half has been left untouched.  There are about 4,000 permanent residents that live on the island, mainly on the eastern coast.  Apart from the wild areas, the island is mainly agricultural land, grazing land and wineries – so the population is not very dense.  Again, like Delaware.

Ok enough with the history lesson.  There really is not much to do on Kangaroo Island other than hiking and bushwalking – so that’s basically what we did.  We saw all the places we could get to: Penneshaw (where the ferry takes you to),

Cape Willoughby/The Sun Finally Came Out!

Kingscote and Reeve’s Point, Cape Willoughby Lighthouse, Pennington Bay, Prospect Hill, and American River on the east and south-east coasts; Flinder’s Ranges with the Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch, we hiked to Sandy Cove Bay, drove to Seal Bay and Vivonne Bay (ranked “the best beach in Australia”) on the south-west coast.  And, I even tried my first oyster…which might also be my last oyster.  We couldn’t get see a lot of things we would have liked to see because there is only 1 major road and only 2 secondary roads that are sealed.  All the other roads on the island are unsealed and since we didn’t have 4WD, we just could not pass some of the roads.  But we definitely saw the highlights, and the whole island was absolutely beautiful (there will be more pictures coming…just too many for one post!):

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