I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published October 6th 2014
I visited Browns Beach twice while on Kangaroo Island and while I never stayed long either time, it came through with two memorable wildlife experiences. However if you're not lucky enough to see the local fauna like I did, you'l find it to be a beach with lots of facilities, but perhaps a less dramatic setting than most of its neighbours on the island.
Browns Beach from the picnic area
The first time I visited Browns Beach, it gave me the first seal-sighting I'd had on my trip, with one swimming in the shallows out from the picnic area. When I went back a week later, at the end of my stay on Kangaroo Island, I was again rewarded with seals, as this time there were three of them in the same place. To get a closer look, on my second visit I walked out on the rocks and watched them from only a few metres, until they started getting too close. I'm sure one of them was only young.
Three seals were swimming just beyond the rock pools on my second visit
Another tourist follows my lead
I spent a lot more time exploring on this second visit and that included having a look at the rock pools. Here my companions and I discovered tiny mussels and sea sponges.
The rock pools at Browns Beach
The end of the beach down near the picnic area is full of seaweed (my feet actually sank in the thick pile of it) and the space is not as pretty as ones like Pennington Bay, but is much easier to access, with only a short set of stairs down to the sand. There are shells on the beach or kids to collect (and adults too, of you're into that kind of thing - I know I found an impressive one over at Emu Bay).
You wade though seaweed here, not just water
Browns Beach can be found near the small town of Baudin Beach and as is great for a day trip but you can also camp here, as it's one of six council-run camping grounds on the island. Facilities include picnic tables, toilets, showers, water and a shelter with a BBQ. While there are no fees for day visitors, camping costs $15.00. There are no bookings, so it's first come, first served, and you pay in the box on arrival.