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Published May 11th 2016
A lot has been said and written about Kangaroo Island but this is what I have to say – this great island is truly remarkable. Kangaroo Island is Australia's 3rd largest island after Tasmania and Melville Island. Located southwest of Adelaide you can reach Kangaroo Island via ferry from its departure point in Cape Jervis.
Sealink transports passengers and vehicles to Kangaroo Island and vice versa. The journey takes about 45 minutes to reach Penneshaw in Kangaroo Island. When you come to KI on a Penneshaw Market Day, held every first Sunday of the Month, you'll get to enjoy a special return ferry fare from SeaLink.
From the standard fare of $98 return per person it will only be $41pp on a Penneshaw Market Day. But be sure to read the terms and conditions of the special fare - Click Sealink for more information.
We went to Kangaroo Island on a Market Day to avail ourselves of the special fare originally. But since our itinerary would make it hard for us to be back to Penneshaw to catch the 5.30pm ferry trip back to Cape Jervis we then decided to just take the standard fare and catch the last ferry at 7.30pm on the same day. Please note that the special fare allows you only to board the 10am to 5.30pm trips. Although there are guided package tours, we decided to bring our car to the island with us so we could do a self-drive tour of KI. The vehicle fare cost is $196 return. We took the first trip to Penneshaw at 9:00 am and arrived 45 minutes later.
Our fist stop was to the Penneshaw Market which is just walking distance from where the ferry docked. There were only a few stalls but still I found their products to be of good quality and in fact suited to be known as world-class. We bought a bottle of KI's famous honey and olive oil and had a perfect Pho beef noodle soup to start our day.
Our second stop was Seal Bay Conservation Park. Please note there are entry fees to the park. We paid $16 each to get to the boardwalk vantage point and it was really beautiful, a world-class attraction. You can see the cute seals as you walk down the boardwalk. And there are several interpretive displays to provide you with lots of information about the seal colony in this area. If you want to know more about the different guided tours at Seal Bay, click here.
The Flinders Chase National Park has most of the best known attractions of Kangaroo Island. And there are plenty of things to see and do while in the park. Flinders Chase National park is a picture of abundant nature forest and wildlife. As we made our way to the visitor centre we spotted a cute koala clinging to the eucalypt. An entry fee of $11 for adults is essential to enter the park. For more info please click here
I was impressed at how the boardwalk has been conveniently set up at this wonderful place. As you walk down the wooden trail that leads to the Admiral's Arch you'll be captivated by the coastal scenery and the wild ocean pounding constantly into the limestone cliffs. It will sweep you away into a different world. As you go further down, interpretive displays are nicely put in place to give visitors some valuable information and then as you scan the rocks you'll spot those adorable and cute fur seals lying comfortably underneath.
The remains of what used to be a Cave and its Stalactites, has formed an Arch
Then we stopped by this abandoned building which used to be a storehouse of all the supplies for the light-keepers and their families. Back then, everything from food to fuel was supplied to them once every 3 months as the place was extremely isolated. But what struck me the most is the depth from the storehouse down to the jetty. I was trying to imagine when goods were hauled via a flying fox. I could barely picture a cliff hanger. The remains of the jetty can still be seen. And this heart-shaped coastline is just awesome. At this point, you can see the Remarkable Rocks from afar.
When I saw the rocks on top of each other, I couldn't help but wonder how exactly did they all end up like that? Well, this is nature at its best. There's something beautiful everywhere you look; truly remarkable.
We had a very memorable road trip to Kangaroo Island. Even though there was a lot of long distance driving involved still it was well worth it. We visited the above attractions all in a day and followed a strictly calculated itinerary and still had enough time to catch a glimpse of Kingscote Fisherman's Jetty before boarding the 7.30 pm ferry.
But of course, we wish we could have stayed longer on Kangaroo Island as there are still plenty of attractions that we missed. We will surely be back. Kangaroo Island is a world class attraction: a must visit when in South Australia.