My work as a liaison officer for an environmental organization in America takes me to wildlife and sanctuaries around the world. On my trip to Kangaroo Island, I brought along my husband who is also my official photographer whenever I explore the wildlife. It was an awesome adventure with my travel partner, something we would always cherish as we explored the land of sunshine and open spaces for seven days. Apart from working for my cause about wildlife and conservation animals, I also get to enjoy the scenes and its people. The excitement begins when we alighted from our 30 minute flight via Adelaide to get to Kingscote Airport, the main town of Kangaroo Island, Australia.
It was a bright sunny day when we arrived at Kingscote the Southern part of Australia. First, we applied for a national park pass to visit every park on this island, and then we rented a 2 WD vehicle to easily get around. At the park we hired a tour guide to give us information about the history and important facts about the island. The first attraction we explored was the Flinders Chase National Park; it is a great environmental park that lies along the western part of Kangaroo Island. I admired its great boulders and rock formations, it’s so iconic! It also offers an impressive journey to the Admiral’s Arch, with a magnificent view of the kangaroos trailing around the park.
We checked out the Weirs Cove, which consists of two islands on top of steep cliffs with pounding waves. The seals were worth the visit as they roll and laze around the rocks. I had the great opportunity to see a wild echidna (a spiny ant-eater) at the Remarkable Rocks. My husband keeps clicking away at its breathtaking views and awesome wildlife. I took videos of every animal I saw. The Lighthouse at Cape du Couedic provides a good backdrop, simply astounding! The rest of the afternoon was spent by taking a romantic stroll along the beach as we enjoyed a great view of the sunset.
The next two days were spent exploring the Exceptional Kangaroo Island Tour, we had Jane and Roger as our tour guides to explore this informative attraction. Even if it seems remote from all the other attractions, inside we saw lots of wildlife animals’ not just kangaroos, there were wallabies and koalas that freely roam around there too. I saw rare birds in its abundant bird sanctuary, a great number of them were Australian pelicans. All animals roam free in their natural habitat. I am impressed when I learned how they are well taken care of by the nature conservation workers in Australia. The view from the coast was spectacular as we strolled along the Seal Bay Conservation Park, the seals were so relaxed and like being photographed. They are preserved, conserved and kept healthy in their natural surroundings.
We saw huge bucks of kangaroos, koalas and echidnas at the Lathami Conservation Park. It was fun watching the eagles soar high at the edge and cliffs of the Stokes Bay. We had a close up encounter with a group of hooded plovers and black cockatoos at a beach in the Western River Cove. These birds are commonly found along the coastlines in Australia. After the tour we were treated by our guides in their home for a great lunch of grilled Australian beef, salad and fresh fruits. Aside from making our tour memorable, they were great cooks in the kitchen and very hospitable as well.
On the fourth day we head out to visit the Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures. It is a two hour boat tour where we get to swim with the dolphins, and snorkel the clear waters of the reefs in Kangaroo Island. The waves were bouncy but we held on and play along with the dolphins, it was so much fun when we snorkeled and saw a variety of tropical fishes on the ocean floor. Afterwards we head to the next attraction called the Vivonne Bay; I immediately fell in love with this white sand beach along with its serene waves and crystal clear waters. This beach was so clean and has a good café that offers tasty snacks. I felt relaxed to see a picturesque view of the coastal scenery and its quiet surroundings.
Later in the afternoon we went to the Pelican Feeding and watched an Australian guy sitting along the Kingscote wharf who feed the pelicans with the fish he catches. He puts on an entertaining show as he scoops the fish from his pail and gives each pelican their share. He also gave educational information as to why the pelicans should be preserved and conserved. I admire the guy so much for his worthy cause. Before I left I handed a considerable donation to keep up with his enduring work for the environment. After this, we bought real honey and souvenirs at the Island Beehive. Inside we saw how honey is processed and made into locally made honey products. The honey ice cream was the best! As the evening comes, we checked out the Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre where we had the great time to appreciate these black and white nocturnal creatures. They were so cute each time they walk and play around their habitat. We were advised not to use flash on our cameras as this intimidates the penguins.
The next day we head off for a dive at the Kangaroo Island Dive and Adventures. After being all suited up, my husband and I enjoyed diving up to the drift waters and marvel at the leafy sea dragons we met under the Australian shore. It has more than hundred fish species, thick clusters of corals, and other sea creatures. We get to swim and play with the dolphins as well as the seals and giant sea turtles. It was fun exploring the reefs from this side; most of the areas were untouched. We took underwater shots of its rich marine life. We briefly toured these northern coastal shores on board a Kingscote Jetty before heading back to our hotel.
Our sixth day on the island was spent exploring the Paul’s Wildlife Sanctuary. We met the owner and he toured us around this wildlife zoo. Once inside we got the chance to feed and hug the cute koalas perched on a tree and also feed the baby kangaroos (joeys) and emus. We have photographs with black tiger snakes wrapped around our necks; it was my first time to get close to one. I also had pictures with the colorful parrots on its avian center. It was fun feeding the ducks and the chickens, as they kept chasing me around their fenced habitat. My husband got busy taking photographs of kids riding the ponies at the pony ride area. We found more wildlife interaction at the Raptor Domain. Here we get to interact with owls, and other birds of prey. It was the best animal experience ever!
Our last day was spent visiting the attractions at Penneshaw, the second town in the Kangaroo Island. First we passed by the Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Center, where we were given maps, pamphlets, and tourist information for every attraction in Penneshaw. We saw amazing sites and seals at the Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari. Then we stumbled on some great wine and pizza at the Dudley Cellar Door, we enjoyed the winery and great meal on its back deck. From its observation deck we had a great view of the Cuttlefish Bay. Afterwards we head to the Sunset Winery, where we had a chance to explore its winery grounds and enjoy the wine tasting offered by its resident winemaker. They offered a great lunch of prawns, cheese, steaks and olives. We purchased their aged wines at their shop inside the winery. It was a great way to end our tour of the Kangaroo Islands.
We went back home with amazing shots of the wildlife in Kangaroo Island. I can not wait to get back there and enjoy its rich wildlife and scenic attractions.