Whereas our first day covered
the eastern half of Kangaroo Island, our second day, we headed to the western side of Kangarooo Island. We began our second day at Seal Bay, the A$32 guided tour ($15 unguided) admission to which is included in the Kangaroo Island Tour Pass. The guided tour is very interesting, as the guide is both well informed and dedicated. He pointed out many things during the walk to the beach and continued the narration at the beach for awhile. Then, he let people answer questions, which was also interesting.
At Kelly Hill Caves, also included in the Tour Pass (The guided tour price was recently raised to A$17.50 from the A$15 it would have cost us without the Tour Pass.), we wandered through the paved paths inside the cave. This cave system is so vast that most of it remains unexplored even today, though exploration continues each summer mostly by university students. Besides the guided tour, there is also a $65 adventure tour where you don a hard hat and coveralls and crawl through much more of the cave.
After buying some petrol (I’d not been watching the gauge, and we nearly ran out.), we checked in at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre (A$9 daily entry fee, included in the Kangaroo Island Tour Pass) and then drove to Weirs Cove, where the supplies for the Cape du Couedic lighthousewere landed. Everything was brought in by ship for many years, until a road was constructed in the 1930s, landed every three months at a jetty at Weirs Cove and cabled to the top of the cliff and then walked a bit over a kilometre to the lighthouse. Weirs Cove is interesting for the history and the vistas.
Over at the Cape du Couedic lighthouse itself, we took the boardwalk down the slope, down 73 stairs, and around the corner to Admirals Arch. We weren’t even aware as we were walking that we were walking over an arch. Eventually, this arch will erode away, leaving another island in the chain off the tip of Cape du Couedic, becoming the third Casaurina Islet. Seals and sea lions seem to love this area, though the seas seemed to be quite rough. Perhaps they enjoy the challenge, or maybe there’s more fish to eat here than other places.
We arrived at the Remarkable Rocks near sunset, so that the rocks were likely more impressive (in the late afternoon sun) than they might be during the middle of the day. The colours were impressive, but even more impressive are the strange shapes that wind erosion makes of the rocks. Another advantage to arriving later in the day is that the crowds thin out near sundown.
Our last stop on the way back to our Couch Surfing hosts’ home was at the Vivonne Bay General Store for some of their “famous Kangaroo Island burgers.” I had the “Famous KI Lamb Burger & Native Currant Jam” (A$15), and Andrew had the “Famous Whiting Burger” (A$13), whiting being a locally caught fish. Though Andrew had read rave reviews of these burgers, neither of us was impressed. They are okay, they taste good, but they’re hardly worth the prices charged. At least, that was our impression.
As I mentioned last time, driving near dusk can be dangerous, for animals will often bound into the road right in front of you. We had a few close encounters with kangaroos and wallabees, though we were driving slowly.
The return ferry ride to the mainland the next day was VERY rough, the worst sea voyage I’ve ever endured. I was still not feeling well when we arrived back in Adelaide, where we spent one more night before catching our flight to Alice Springs, our next stop…