Kangaroo Island Excursion (III)

Monday five weeks ago we headed early in the morning to the nearby Remarkable Rocks, before the tourist buses from the mass tourism approaching. It’s definitely a quite outstanding rock formation, and even it is made from granite the harsh weather conditions will degrade it eventually, just in a slower pace. When we arrived there at the first visitors of the day the wind was pretty strong, as long as you couldn’t find any shelter from it. Climbing that rocks is a bit hard, even as granite has a lot of friciton, but there might be something like nothing for the fingers, except some tiny cracks. At two smaller side boulders I had more luck and did some moves, but due to the strong wind, it was definitely a bit of an unpleasant crag. Further on we headed to the nearby Admirls Arch, which is a perfect place to spot Australian fur seals. The population is slowly recovering, also due to the adjacent marine protection area, were fishing or any other marine activities are forbidden. The seals were hunted for their thick fur. It is so designed that no water will touch their skin, contrary to the nearby sea lions. Well in this circumstances I can definitely understand why they never get cold. The Cape de Couedic lighthouse is just nearby and was at this day in maintenance, but still nevertheless not available for the public. So we just did a short walk around through the sturdy bushes. This coastline was prone to several ship accidents. And even once you made it to the shore after the ship drowned, it was definitely a nightmare to find a way through that bushes to the next settlement. At weirs cove there’s a nice view down the cliffs. This was once the supply spot for the lighthouse crew, which consisted of three families…and by the time being didn’t spoke for several months to each other…gossip as usual. And as the supplies just arrived once every three months or so, that might be a hard time. We had our lunch break near rocky river campground and then a walk around rocky river to the platypus pool. Unfortunately, during the afternoon, there were no platypus as they typically hide during the day. And we hadn’t time to wait until dusk…we could have had a look the day before, but weren’t aware of that. The platypus is the other egg-laying mammal, but it’s not endemic. It was transferred from mainland a few decades ago, in order to protect it from extinction. As the walk took longer than expected we skipped Cape Borda on our way out of the Flinders chase national park. We headed instead to snelling beach. It was very nice, but the water was definitely very cold for a swim. So it was a great refreshment, and my first swim in the Southern Ocean, or Great Australian Bight…depending on your definition of both. Further on we stopped at Stokes Bay Beach. This beach has a nice and shallow swimming lagoon, but as I already had my swim for today, I didn’t opt for another one. Surprisingly there were limestone rocks at the beach, contrary to the granite ones in the south. So I couldn’t resist to do some easy moves with this large jugs at the sandy beach. It was still 90km to drive back to the ferry in Penneshaw. We had a bit more than one hour and not too much traffic. Nevertheless, we were a bit short in time. In the end we were 5 min before departure time at the wharf…exactly when the ferry already departed ahead of us. Jojo told me that they tried to call us, but she gave her HK landline number…ehm, yes that makes perfect sense ๐Ÿคฃ. Well now we had to wait 2 hours for the next one. The sailing during sunset wasn’t too bad and we reached in the evening again mainland Australia. During our trip at kangaroo island we saw the following 13 different animals (except flies…that doesn’t count๐Ÿ˜†):

  • Kangaroo
  • Wallaby
  • Sheep
  • Cow
  • Koala
  • Alpaca
  • Emu
  • Monitor lizard
  • Bees
  • Echidna
  • Australian fur seal
  • Pelican
  • Dolphin

And in the end we haven’t seen penguins and platypus.

Coastline near remarkable rocks shortly after sunrise
The boulders laying on top of a dome…
…and it looks like a magic hand had put them down there
Looks a bit like the head of an Eagle?!? The red stuff is bacteria, which grows on top of the rocks
At this smaller side boulders…
…I had some fun…
…doing some moves
Maybe you should tell Alex Honnold…just in case…I mean ๐Ÿ˜
Admirals arch, nice tufas, but harsh weather and bad smell…
…due to the perfect place to spot Australian fur seals.
Not really open door policy at Cape de Couedic lighthouse
These two islands are under marine protection, so that marine animals can recover
Stunning view at Weirs cove…I wonder, if you’re able to get down to the beach from the landside at all…I mean without doing abseiling
Koalas are not endemic to KI, but were relocated, as people were afraid of their extinction on mainland…probably true, if you see all the recent bushfires
But also KI is prone to bushfires. This is just one remains from the last large bushfire a few years ago.
A large monitor lizard was chasing for food…and suddenly scared us, as it suddenly appeared.
That’s the only platypus we saw ๐Ÿ˜†
Lovely snelling beach…
…clear water, but cold as the baltic sea. I now know why the seals have this fur ๐Ÿ˜….
SCNR these limestone jugs ๐Ÿ˜
The coastline near Penneshaw.
Lovely sunset at the ferry on the way back to mainland.

A short video from Jojo with impressions from KI

Finally my boarding pass for the ferry

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