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Western Kangaroo Island Caravan Park and Camping Ground

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by Lesley Mitchell (subscribe)
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Published October 20th 2011
At the western end of Kangaroo Island, right next to Flinders Chase National Park, lies the Western KI camp grounds.

Upon arrival, it seems like a quiet place with little to offer. However the lack of distractions may be the very thing that makes this the perfect place for a holiday.

The pace is laid back and relaxed. We were welcome to cruise around and find our own camping site. We settled on one under the trees, just a little sun and shade, set up the deck chairs and began to relax.

Watch your sandwich
The children came running back excitedly to tell us there was a koala sleeping in the overhead tree, whilst they were staring up at the tree, a wallaby hopped up and latched on to their jackets.

Cape Barren geese wander about snorting and thumping gently and then a miniature piglet came running past (all of about 20cm long). They children were delighted and soon ran off to make friends.

You may even find yourself sharing a cup of tea
There are walking trails and you can purchase a small stock of supplies in case you forget something. The prices reflect the isolation, so bring most of what you need with you.

The first night we stayed here, I couldn't believe how loudly the man in the caravan next to us was snoring. Unable to sleep, I got up in the middle of the night, only to discover some Cape Barren Geese snorting loudly underneath our sleeping awning.

The next morning, Dot the kangaroo set her sights firmly on our rubbish bag, grabbing it and wrenching wildly with both paws, I grabbed hold of her and a tussle ensued. Eventually we compromised, she got the corn leaf and I got the bag back (with a few holes in it).

If you like all the creature comforts, this may not be for you. However, if you don't mind animals sharing your life, a few spiders in the bathrooms and showers that don't stay hot for too long, you'll be quite at home.

The trick with the showers is to turn the hot on full blast for a few moments - this gets the furnace going and if it goes cold, turn it off and do again to restart the heater.

Check your shoes for spiders before you pop them on and don't leave food or rubbish around outside.

Echidna Watching
You'll be rewarded with a peaceful, back to nature experience, magnificent night skies and the fun of a communal kitchen if you're wanting company.

From here it is an easy drive to many attractions including Flinders Chase national park, some terrific bush walks, the remarkable rocks, admirals arch and Kelly hill caves.

If you wish to venture a little further, it's about a 35 minute drive to Little Sahara , Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action and Vivonne Bay and the Eco Adventures Raptor Domain.

Camp sites and powered are available from $35, cabins are cute and cosy and you can even rent a tent if you didn't bring your own.

Your Hosts are: Ty, Chris and Regina Beckwith
Postal: PMB 192
Flinders Chase Service
Via Kingscote, K.I. 5223

Telephone: 618 8559 7201
Facsimile:   618 8559 7298
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Why? Camp with the kangroos, sleep with the koalas
When: Anytime, however its better when the weather is fine
Where: Flinders chase, kangaroo island, south australia
Cost: From $35 for powered sites
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