I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published January 14th 2019
These ones don't roar
It took four days to reach Seal Bay on South Australia's Kangaroo Island's south coast. Admittedly we travelled by cruise ship from Melbourne via Port Lincoln and Adelaide.
Our cruise liner anchored off-shore at Penneshaw where a ship's tender transported us ashore to a waiting coach for the one hour drive to Seal Bay, home to the third largest sea lion colony in Australia.
The Golden Princess at anchor of Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island.
We were only a small group, about 16, all looking forward to our up close and personal encounter with nature.
Access to the beach itself is only available with a paid guided tour via a descending boardwalk. There is a self-guided 900 metre boardwalk above the beach which is suitable for wheelchair-bound adventurers. A lesser charge is made for this option.
There were rules to observe when on the beach. Stay within your tour group and don't approach the sea lions closer than ten metres. We were told that they can use their flippers as feet and can have a good turn of speed if aroused.