Monday 28th March
East end of the Island
We woke to a beautiful clear blue day with a few small white clouds in the sky. A great day for exploring.
After a late breakfast (cooked by our host), we headed out to Cape Willoughby to visit the lighthouse.
Buying a "National Parks Kangaroo Island tour pass" allows us to do all the tours and visit the sea lions and seals as much as we want. First a guided tour of the Lighthouse.
Kevin looking down and Anne taking a rest inside the lighthouse.
The panorama from the top of the lighthouse
From the lighthouse we headed back up the road to Antechamber Bay and Chapman's River
Then we headed west cross country towards American River, stopping for lunch at Pennington Bay.
Heading North we drove through American River travelling along dirt roads to Kingscote.
Looking over Nepean Bay.
We stopped and walked around Kingscote, then decided to drive south to the honey farm.
We visited Clifford's Honey Farm and bought a small bottle of honey which we will need to finish before we cross into WA. We also sampled honey icecream - it was delicious.
travelling further south we came to D'Estrees Bay.
From there we decided to head back for tea. As we ate our dinner we watched the sun set behind the hills.
Tuesday 29th March
Penneshaw to Seal Bay to Parndana
After a hearty home cooked breakfast we said farewell to Blue Ray Lodge, drove into Penneshaw for fuel, then headed down the highway to Seal Bay. We booked in for the 10:30 beach tour.
then we went on to Vivonne Bay
before we returned to the Seal Bay area, visiting Bale Beach on the way.
At Seal Bay we used our KI tourist pass again to go on the 2:30 beach tour to see the sea lions. There were only 4 in the group however the sea lions were not as active as earlier in the day.
After visiting the sea lions we found our way to our new accommodation in the heartland (centre of the island) - Ficifolia Lodge, Parndana.
We are in a small 2 bedroom unit and quite comfortable.
Wednesday 30th March
South Coast and West End
It rained during the night and kept raining on and off during the morning but was dry most of the day.
An early departure so that we could join the first sea lion beach tour. This morning there were 6 in the group.
Some of the flora beside the path
As we walked down the path with our guide we saw quite a few sea lions sheltering in the dunes.
We had difficulty accessing the beach.
One set of stairs was blocked by a Sea Lion and the other had Sea Lions under the stairs.
We stood on the beach and watched the activity- young pups searching for their mothers; a few playing in the surf; other sea lions were huddled together for warmth because it was windy and raining.
After enjoying our time with the sea lions, we returned to the car and were soon back on the road heading west to Kelly Hill Caves. We reached the caves in time for the first inspection of the day 10:30am.
We drove into the Koala Walk place but decided that we would rather spend time in Flinders Chase Park so headed further west. We had to register at the Visitor's Centre before we drove to Admiralty Arch to see the Fur Seals.
The sea was very rough, the spray was creating a haze.
Vegetation on the cliffs
Next stop was Remarkable Rocks. It was truly remarkable because we ended up being the only ones there. It was remarkable also in that as we were leaving the big tourist bus arrived.
Back to the Visitor Centre Cafe for lunch. After lunch we decided to take the platypus walk but after walking about 2 kms we still had not reached or sighted a river so we turned back, got in the car and drove back to Ficifolia Lodge.
The only animals we saw on our walk to find platypi were geese.
Thursday 31st March
North Coast and West End
First port of call today was Cape Borda Lighthouse where we walked to the cliff top lookout, took a tour of the lighthouse and saw kangaroos and a wallaby up close while we had morning tea.
Mother kangaroo with her joey
The lone wallaby
After an informative "private tour" (we were the only ones on the tour) we drove back along the red dirt road and onto visit a couple of North Coast beaches.
The first beach was Snellings Beach - a pretty beach nestled at the bottom of the hills.
This house has absolute beach frontage. We wondered if it would go the same way as the tractor.
The next beach along was Stokes Bay.
We thought that this was the beach until we discovered this sign.
So we followed the arrow along the path through the rocks to the sandy beach.
Our final stop for the day was to our favourite place on Kangaroo Island, Seal Bay. A farewell visit to the sea lions.
On the way back up the path from the beach we spotted a wallaby in the bushes.
As we were leaving the park we were fortunate to spot an echidna foraging beside the road.
Friday 1st April
Kangaroo Island to the Mainland
After 5 nights on this pristine island, the weather has been cooler but mainly fine with only one short shower while we were with the sea lions one morning.
An 8:30am start driving to Penneshaw for our return 45 minute ferry trip to Cape Jervis.
We called in at Pennington Bay as we had time to spare.
The water at the jetty at Penneshaw was crystal clear and a beautiful turquoise.
When we reached Cape Jervis, Kevin drove the car off the ferry
and we were soon on the road the Victor Harbour where we will spend the next 2 nights in the Victor Harbour Holiday Park in a brand new studio cabin.