Where is the airport, I asked just as we touched down in our little thirty seater flight from Adelaide to Kingsport Airport. As the plane whipped around at the end of the runway, I saw a little building and runway technician waving us in. Thought applaud the professionalism, I’m pretty sure the pilot could have pulled the plane into the only parking spot all by himself. But, safety first!
We spent the morning touring while spotting kangaroos, wallabies and koalas as they ran wild all over the island. How cool are kangaroos, right? We also spotted an elusive Echidna. After being told how rare it was to see them, we proceeded to encounter about four in that same day! I guess you could say I’m quite the Echidna Whisperer.
Bringing the conversation to how amazing the world is, we head to some big ancient rocks (not their technical name). The Remarkable Rocks seem so out of place, and yet majestically sit along a cliff-side on this tiny island in South Australia. Each molded uniquely and set along a beautiful backdrop of crashing waves, as if placed there by the universe simply to inspire. We all had a go climbing some of the smaller ones. It’s too often we are not allowed to climb on natural wonders – but where’s the fun in that. Always stay young at heart. Also, If it’s lasted billions of years, I’m confident it can outlast us humans.
Seeing the seal colonies was an interesting experience. Probably the most memorable moment of the experience was the beautiful (sarcasm) smell that wafted through the rocks and caves. I really can’t describe to you this smell – it was tragic to anyone that’s a little bit squeamish. So tragic that you must experience it – as if a right of passage to prove your worth on a natural place like Kangaroo Island. A mix of sea water, bird droppings and seal waste, all coming together in a cauldron of stench. Apart from that however, the seals are mighty adorable.
I was lucky enough to see the island from a little four seater chopper. This island is surrounded by a natural cliff barrier. It’s beautiful. The waters here are luminous with shades of blues and turquoise. Not only that, but watching the powerful waves – the same waves that formed these cliffs – crash along the rocks was surreal. The raw power of mother nature never ceases to amaze. It is also fascinating how different places and objects seem from alternate vantage points – as if you’re seeing something for the first time.
We had one more encounter with the sea lions. We were able to head right down on the beach and walk among with, with a park ranger leading in front. As I ignorantly asked why these seals laid around all day in such a lazy way, I was swiftly schooled on their actual routine. Apparently seals will head into the ocean and spend on average, three days and nights feeding and subsequently generating milk for their young, as well as traveling non-stop. After those three days are up, they return to their beach and rest for a similar amount of time. I now don’t think that seals are living the lazy life anymore – especially since their feeding routes are patrolled by the fierce Great Whites. Yes, there are Great Whites around Kangaroo Island.
I love this island, so natural and seemingly untouched. It also always helps to have guides like Craig and his Wife Janet from. They love the island and love what they do – and it shows.