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Hidden Treasures of Kangaroo Island

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by Jenny Rossiter (subscribe)
Writer, photographer, educator, explorer of places new, with a passion for adding fun back into life.
Published December 31st 2013
Explore off the beaten track
Hidden Treasures of Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is a place of great natural beauty. The beaches, long-standing lighthouses, Seal Bay, Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch are all wonderful locations to visit.
Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island highlights
On my second trip to Kangaroo Island I was keen to see more of its hidden treasures.

Rustic Blue is a great place to visit early in your island holiday. The beautiful photographs on the walls may even suggest new must-see destinations to add to your itinerary.

Rustic Blue
This place is a treasure trove! Here you will find art, crafts, gorgeous gardens, native animals, unusual gifts, a cafe and movie memorabilia.

Coralie and Smiley have created a beautiful environment in which to showcase their works of art, photography and jewellery. Displays of clothing, home wares and jewellery by 30 other talented artists adorn their renovated shearing shed.

Rustic Blue
Rustic Blue gallery
Once you have enjoyed a good browse or stocked up on presents for special people OR hunger overcomes you, the cafe provides a short menu of interesting choices which can be enjoyed inside or overlooking the gardens.
 


Rustic Blue Cafe
Rustic Blue Cafe

Rustic Blue
Rustic Blue Cafe

Rustic Blue Cafe
Rustic Blue Cafe

 

Kangaroos lounge under the large spreading trees. Metal birds may eye your food from their garden vantage point.
Rustic Blue garden art
Rustic Blue garden art
photograph © J D Krohn

 

Time ticks slowly here and you know the wildlife will not steal your food as you savour the peace and beauty of this oasis.

Movie-buffs and motorbike enthusiasts will take pleasure in the presence of the Triumph Bonneville America used in the filming of December Boys featuring Daniel Radcliffe and Jack Thompson.

Triumph Bonneville America
Triumph Bonneville America used in the movie December Boys filmed on Kangaroo Island
 

Driving on the Main South Coast Road you will come to Rustic Blue 8kms after leaving Vivonne Bay. Big red flags announce the entrance.


Sea Spray Café
Sea Spray Café is a pleasant lunch stop with views overlooking the sea at Penneshaw.
Sea Spray Cafe
Hopeful Seagull at the Sea Spray Cafe

Sea Spray Cafe
The view from Sea Spray Cafe



The decorating was quirky, attractive and comfortable. There was plenty to browse with stunning art work by Neil Sheppard adorning the walls.

Sea Spray Cafe, Neil Sheppard
Art by Neil Sheppard

 

One of my travelling companions is the guitarist in the Buzzrays. I could have asked for a little pre-lunch entertainment. The inviting lounge area of the Sea Spray Cafe included table games and a guitar!
Sea Spray Cafe lounge
Sea Spray Cafe lounge

 

Our party enjoyed our coffee and BLTs. The staff were friendly and helpful. They even brought additional sauces to accompany our potato wedges, when asked.
Sea Spray Cafe
Sea Spray Cafe

 

Sea Spray Cafe is located at: 52 Thomas–Wilson St, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island.
 

Stokes Bay
No matter how many brochures you read about Stokes Bay, the magic remains to be discovered by each brave explorer that ventures through the rocks.
Stokes Bay
The path to Stokes Bay
photograph © J D Krohn

 

Stokes Bay is reached through a short rocky hike through the cliffs.
Stokes Bay
Nearly there!
photograph © J D Krohn

 

It is a moderately challenging trek that requires some agility and head-ducking, but my parents (in their 80's) rose to the challenge and were rewarded with the beauty of calm clear water lapping the sandy beach.
Stokes Bay
Stokes Bay
photograph © J D Krohn

Stokes Bay
The crystal clear waters of Stokes Bay
photograph © J D Krohn

 

Stokes Bay is on the north coast of Kangaroo Island and is a 45 minute drive off the Playford Highway.
Stokes Bay
Beautiful Stokes Bay
photograph © J D Krohn

 

Fridge Doctor
I suspect Fridge Doctor is pretty good at breathing new life into old fridges.
The Fridge Doctor
The Fridge Doctor

 

Fridge Doctor is also an awesome gardener. I am a great admirer of the clever juxtaposition of man-made art in nature.
 

A quick foray into his garden revealed an outdoor bath in a Bali hut. Nearby a scarecrow motorcyclist was answering a quick call of nature.
The Bali Hut at Fridge Doctor
The outdoor bath and conveniences

Fridge Doctor's garden
Fridge Doctor's garden

 

Bright sea shells, birdfeeders and totem poles adorn the gardens. I liked the Mexican inspired colours of a cactus garden in a wheelbarrow.
The Mexican garden
The Mexican garden in a wheelbarrow

 

You might even spot the Old Woman who lived in a Shoe.
Fridge Doctor is near Island Beehive, Kingscote.
 

Lover's Lane
Not far from Island Beehive, Kingscote, my eye was captured by the street sign 'Lover's Lane'.
Lover's Lane
Lover's Lane

 

I turned the car in to the tree-lined lane. Unlike the majority of other dirt roads on KI, this one was quite rough.
Lover's Lane
Lover's Lane

 

I will leave you with this view and the opportunity to explore this hidden treasure on your own, or even better, with a special someone!
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Your Comment
A fascinating glimpse of Kangaroo Island. Welcome to writing on Weekend Notes Jenny.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|10544) 1441 days ago
Lovely place Kangaroo Island. We went at the end of May and early June for our Honeymoon but sadly a lot of things were closed. We want to go again during the warmer months.
by soupson (score: 2|133) 1441 days ago
Stokes bay looks like a fun place to explore.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11560) 1441 days ago
I love Kangaroo Island. Must get back there in the future. I love the Remarkable Rocks.
by Coffee Break With Belinda (score: 2|351) 1441 days ago
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