Kangaroo Island, Australia – Day Two

Kangaroo Island Sea Lion suring the waves at Seal Bay

Sea Lions surf the waves to come back to shore

Whereas our first day covered

Mating Sea Lions at Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island
immature male sea lions fighting over a female

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.

Kangaroo Island's Kelly Hills Cave
inside Kelly Hills Cave
Kelly Hill Caves on Kangaroo Island

interesting striations in Kelly Hill Caves formations

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.

Kangaroo Island bird: Superb Fairywren, aka Superb Blue Wren

This Superb Fairywren was foraging as we exited Kelly Hill Caves. The blue looks flourescent, it glows so brightly.

Flying Fox channel at Weirs Cove of Cape du Couedic

channel for the flying fox used to bring up supplies at Weirs Cove

Weirs Cove, Kangaroo Island

view from Weirs Cove

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.

Walkway to Admirals Arch on Cape du Couedic, Kangaroo Island
part of walkway to Admirals Arch
Lighthouse at Cape du Couedic

Cape du Couedic Lighthouse

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.

waves splashing up and over one of the Casaurina Islets at Cape du Couedic

looking out beyond Cape du Couedic at one of the Casaurina Islets

Remarkable Rocks on Kangaroo Island

Remarkable Rocks

Remarkable Rocks on Kangaroo Island

Andrew at Remarkable Rocks

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.

Remarkable Rocks

some of the Remarkable Rocks on Kangaroo Island

Whiting Burger at Vivonne Bay General Store

the Famous Whiting Burger

The Famous KI Lamb Burger

Famous KI Lamb Burger & Native Currant Jam

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.

kangaroo on Kangaroo Island
one of the kangaroos that jumped in front our car
kangaroo hopping (actually, jumping) away after a close enounter with our car

After posing for us, he jumped away. (Why do people call it "hopping"?)

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…

 

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