I spent my first weekend down under on the wonderful Kangaroo Island. The island is just off the mainland of South Australia, below Adelaide. It’s known for its diverse wildlife and nature reserves, including Flinders Chase National Park and its kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and many bird species. Sounds just my cup of tea and a great way to relax after such a long flight.
We had a beautiful little cottage “Tucked Away” behind the beach at Brownlow to set our base and plan our itinerary. Feeling the pressure of jet-lag (well me anyway) we decided to stay pretty close to home within the Kingscote district on the first day.
We set off fairly early to Emu Bay Beach to have a look around while we waited for the lavender farm to open. From a quaint little shop Emu Bay Lavender has an exclusive range of products all made on site – soaps, Body, home care, Crafts & Culinary delights. For me it was all about the ice cream. Lavender ice cream is a bit of an acquired taste but is absolutely delicious. From there we headed to Island Pure Sheep Diary to get some cheese via my favourite attraction of the day the duck lagoon (complete with rusty old car). Yes this is listed as an attraction.
Lucky enough to have several days on the island we were able to mix up seeing the attractions with spending the rest of the day at the Kangaroo Island Gourmet Cup. We didn’t win a penny but had a great day regardless and good food to boot.
The following morning we set off very early to go to Flinders National Park at the other end of the island. We started our day with a trek through the forest to catch sight of wild kangaroo’s and koala’s eating their breakfast before heading off to Admirals Arch and the Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse. This place was teeming with Australian and New Zealand fur seals that were playing on the rocks and in the surrounding waters, it was great to watch.
On our way back we had lunch at Rustic Blue Gallery and Cafe, a beautiful garden oasis, great food and full of unique Australian arts and gifts. New pair of earrings for me. Before reaching Seal Bay we decided to get off the road, relax a little and take in the surrounds of Vivonne Bay beach. it was so nice coming from a cold climate to suddenly feel the sand between your toes and dip in the sea – heaven.
Our last day was another full itinerary, up to Stoke Bay for breakfast (cafe was closed on Mondays), then onto the Wildlife Park to feed the Kangaroo’s, Wallabies. I got bitten by a duck as I was trying to throw food in it bowl, luckily it didn’t break the skin. We stopped for a lazy wonderful lunch looking over the Two Wheeler Creek vineyard.
Off to the afternoon raptor show at Raptor Domain. This was indeed my favourite attraction so far and I was the first to jump in the air when they asked if anyone wanted to hold the Nellie the Eagle, boy she was heavy at 4.5 kgs but well worth it. Last stop was of course for more ice cream, this time to Clifford’s Honey Farm. Another excellent example of great local produce.
I would highly recommend a trip to Kangaroo Island if you like wildlife, rugged coastlines and great food it is well worth the trip !