Kangaroo Island Excursion (I)

Saturday five weeks ago we organised our excursion to Kangaroo island. The evening before I picked up Jojo and we slept in the car. The last time I was in Adelaide I slept in a hostel, this was at these days when you could still afford a hostel, but directly next to that hostel was a nightclub with a loud bass until 5 o’clock in the morning, and at 6 o’clock the alarm clock rung. That’s my memory for Adelaide πŸ˜‰. Now the night was pretty chilly compared to the humid and hot nights in the northern NT, so quite a change, but still more comfortable than in hostel with a nightclub next to it. After less than one hour we were out of the city and in the countryside south of Adelaide. The landscape is so green and absolutely different to what I’ve seen the weeks before, that’s a bit challenging to recognise all of that. With a few stops along the road we arrived at Cape Jervis after about an additional hour and right in time for the ferry to Kangaroo island. The ferry is pretty expensive, and the transfer of the car is twice as expensive than the rental fee for four days. On the other hand, the daily rental fee for a car on the island is equal to four days in Adelaide. In all cases is pretty expensive, but without an own car you’re going exactly to nowhere on the island. The last time I went to Adelaide we skipped Kangaroo island, so that was the reason, why this was still on my todo list. On the ferry I had a short chat with a woman, who was visiting with her mother her daughter and little granddaughter, which were supposed to live on the island. She told me that her parents emigrated from Graz about 60 years ago, which explained the accent of her mother πŸ˜‰. Her mother then just greeted me in German 😊. After about 45 min and some waves in between we arrive at Penneshaw. Kangaroo island, the third largest island of Australia after the islands of Tasmania and Melville, was abandoned after the last ice age by the indigenous people. Hence, when the first European people arrived, they found an empty island but full of endemic species. The first European hunted mainly for whales, sea lions, and the fur of seals…until they almost got extinct. All of them still suffer from these huntings, which are already 200 years ago. After arrival on the island we made our way via unsealed roads to Cape Willoughby lighthouse. Unfortunately we didn’t realise that there is a penguin colony in Penneshaw coming ashore each night. So we missed to watch thatπŸ˜”. The roads are in a very good shape and not corrrugated at all. Even as our car looks like a 4WD, it’s just a bloody 2WD SUV. Surprisingly it was the sheapest on stock in that size, and with flatten the back seats it has a nice flat sleeping area. Much better than I thought. Cape Willoughby is supposed to be the most windiest point of Australia…which I can definitely confirm. Here, the rough southern sea strikes the southern shore, and there’s nothing in between here and Antarctica. Unfortunately, the whale watching season was already over at the end of October, and we couldn’t spot any. Contrary to the outback, here all fields are fenced in tiny areas…just similar to Europe. But in a dead-end side road we were able to find a small hidden spot for staying overnight.

Passing wine yards on the way out of Adelaide
Driving along the lovely coast…
…until it gets pretty rough.
Hopefully the ramp is closed properly…but the locals even crossing in that tiny boat at this kind of weather.
Want to perform some geometric exercise 😏?
Beautiful turquoise water in Penneshaw
Green hills with a view back to mainland Australia
Old whale bones infront of Cape Willoughby lighthouse
That’s the reason for the name of the island
The southern ocean is striking the shore of Kangaroo island

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