Kangaroo Island – Raw Beauty and Many Wild Marsupials

(Location: Kangaroo Island, South Australia)

In January of 2014 I had a work trip to Adelaide, so we decided to make a long weekend out of it and tick Kangaroo Island off the list.

Our flight from Melbourne landed late afternoon, so we arranged to spend the first night in McLaren Vale. After a light lunch at Star of Greece, we checked in to the Vintage B&B (which had a lovely view of the adjacent vineyards). Dinner was Italian at Vasarelli.

The next day we drove another hour south to Cape Jervis, where we boarded the Sealink Ferry. It was quite windy, and the seas were a little roll, but luckily I made it through the hour crossing without heaving.

Kangaroo Island is quite large – perhaps a two hour drive to cross from east to west. We stayed in the middle near Seddon at the Eleanor River Homestead. It was a good 20 minutes from the nearest anything (which was an ICA that was out of meat because the delivery truck broke down), but it was AMAZING. The cabin itself was cute, but the resident kangaroos were cuter. And the night sky was other-wordly.

Our outings included:

  • Parndana Wilflife Park (highlight was Tinkerbell the baby wallaby – still in a makeshift-pouch – a.k.a. a canvas shopping bag)
  • Paul’s Place Wildlife Sanctuary (highlight was holding a brushtail possum, and getting pooped on by a bearded dragon)
  • Raptor Domain (got to hold a kookaburra, but it was really too hot that day to enjoy anything)
  • Flinders Chase National park  (highlight was the Remarkable Rocks and the seal colony near the Arch)

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