Kangaroo Island Australia: One of the first kangaroo island tours I did during my time in Australia was a trip to Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is just 45 minutes from the south coast of the country. It was just great and the perfect prelude to my stay in this beautiful country!
When planning a tour on Kangaroo Island, keep in
mind that there is no public transport on the island. So you have to either
travel by car or book a guided tour, otherwise, you will not get very far.
Since I did not have a car, I decided to take a guided tour from Adelaide.
After a 1.5-hour bus ride, we took the ferry from Cape Jervisnach Penneshaw, a
small town on Kangaroo Island.
Island – two days on Kangaroo Island
Overall, I spent two full days on the island. I think it
was enough to see most of what the island has to offer. But if you have time
for a longer stay, you are sure to find some more activities on Kangaroo
Island Australia! Of course, there are tons of beautiful beaches, but the
island has much more to offer. Here are my top 5 activities that I would
recommend to any visitor.
The first stop took us to the Little Sahara,
a small dune landscape of barely two square kilometers on the south coast of
the island. The dunes have been formed over the last 7,000 years by the sand
carried by the wind from the coast to the interior. The sand is extremely soft
and so white that it almost looks like snow in the sun! Although the property
is privately owned, you can visit the dunes for free. But if you want to borrow
a board or a sled – which makes the trip worthwhile! – you have to pay a fee.
However, unlike most ski resorts, there is no lift to take you up the mountain,
but you have to carry your board yourself to the top (or as far as you can go).
As I said before, the sand is very, very soft and you will sink to your knees
while running or even slip back a bit.
I would refer to myself as a good skier but was only once
or twice in my life on a snowboard. That may explain why I ended up so often in
the sand with my face! One lesson I learned very quickly was that you should
not yell if you fall – unless you want to try a handful of Australian sand.
I’ve tried several times to board the mountain before I decided to leave it to
the professionals and switch to a sled. It was much easier and more fun.
Admiral Arch is also located in Flinders
Chase National Park, just minutes from the Remarkable Rocks. To get to the
bow itself, you have to follow a wide wooden walkway that leads over the cliffs
and to the coast. While the view from the road is fantastic, I found the bow
itself a little disappointing. Similar to the Remarkable Rocks, it has been
shaped by wind and weather over the last millennia and has some large
stalactites hanging from the ceiling. Kangaroo Island Australia if you
plan your visit for the late afternoon, you will have the terrain mainly for
you, as most tourist buses have already left. However, the sun shines through
the arch in the evening, which makes it hard to see anything.
The main reason why Admiral Arch is still on my top 5 list
is that you can watch a New Zealand sea lion colony on the way! This
playful species is rather small and prefers to live on rocky stretches of
coastline, as well as around the Admirals Arch.
They were very active during our visit and it was very
entertaining to watch them play. If you are lucky, you can also see dolphins
and – between May and October – whales
Flinders Chase National Park
Flinders Chase National Park is a rugged wilderness west of Kangaroo Island Australia. The park has many of the island’s main attractions, including Remarkable Rocks and Admiral Arch, as well as many wildlife and a large number of trails. You can still see the remains of the big bushfire of 2007, which destroyed over 60 percent of the park but did nothing to change the beauty of the park.
I would have liked to explore the park even more because
based on what I’ve seen, it’s a fantastic landscape. If you can, you should
spend more time there. Pay close attention to where you are going! As I walked
around the park, I saw a big, black snake just a few feet away. Since I’m not a
big fan of reptiles, I kept my distance, but still was brave enough to take a
picture. Later I found out that it was a Black Tiger Snake, one of the
most poisonous snakes in the world.
One of the highlights in Flinders Chase National Park
is the Remarkable Rocks. It is a collection of large granite blocks on a cliff
that has been uniquely shaped by water and wind over the last 500 million
years. You can walk on the cliff and even climb the rocks to enjoy the unique
view. It may be best to come early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid
the crowds and watch the sunrise or set. The stones are covered with orange
lichens, which glow golden in the sun.
But watch out when you walk around the granite blocks that
you do not get too close to the edge of the cliff. The cliffs are often
slippery and you can easily fall. Despite the many warnings, there are always
tourists who fall over the cliff into the sea. Due to the strong waves and the
rugged cliffs, it is very unlikely that you will come back alive from the