22.03.2009 - 28.03.2009
Kangaroo Island, wow, my expectations of lots and lots of Kangaroo's everywhere was very much let down!! Apparently the Island is not called Kangaroo Island because they have lots of roo's unfortunately!! Instead, I found out later, it is because the founder, Matthew Flinder, killed 20 roo's to eat whilst on the Island!! Bit disppointing but the experience was definately not!! As I had previously mentioned, Kangaroo Island was a definate on my list to visit.. This was one of my more fun trips due to the fact we had an amazing group and such a great tour guide. Bob, or Bobby as I called him, was the the head tour guide of the company which was a positive and he was very confident, funny and made everything run smoothly..
The first day we saw Remarkable Rocks which where very convient for arty-farty photos and the group of 4 of us shared similar ideas on photography and were able to help each other out and get lots of photos luckily.. We also saw some New Zealand fur seals on the rocks around Admirals Arch which also gave a great photo through the arch looking at the ocean.. After those two points of interest we went for a bush walk to find some Kangaroos which was when I found out the terrible truth of the Islands name!! I had definately seen more roo's at National Parks Kate and I had stopped off at on our roadtrip!! That night we went Penguin searching in the dark and Bobby told us lots about the constellations we could see clearly (not that I remember much of it unfortunately!).. Our drive back to the camp saw us my first possum and a koala which, out of character, ran rather fast across the road.. A bonfire at camp was lit where we all had a go at didgeridoos and the German guy was very good at playing songs on the guitar that we all knew and sung along to.. People slowly drifted off to bed and towards the end we got some good, not to be repeated, camp fire stories out of Bobby!! hehe..
The next day was truly AMAZING!! Bobby made us all as many pancakes as we could possibly eat before heading to Seal Bay where we are taken down by a guide, onto the beach where all these seals are chillaxin :o) We had to be careful as to not to get too close as they are wild animals but we sat down and watched.. We were so luckily to witness a mother seal coming out of the sea after 3days of hunting and call out for her baby who came running (or flopping!) out from the bushes behind us and down towards her!! Apparently it was one of the best mornings the guide had even ever seen!! The fun didn't stop there, next we then headed out to Little Sahara where we went sand boarding!! This was the highlight of the tour for me.. We had to first make it to the top of the sand dune which wasn't easy especially with the boards, but we all made it and after the explanation by Bobby the two guys on the tour were the first to step up and they had to be all macho and try standing up on their first goes.. The first guy did it well actually but the second managed to stumble, fall off, and twist his knee rather badly!! Luckily they only carried him to the shade and left him there for the next couple hours!!! My first attempt wasn't too good either I supose, I went down with someone else but I wanted to stand at the back which found me ripping her t-shirt and on my arse have way down the dune with sand in every place you can imagine!! haha.. It was a good laugh though.. We spent the next two hours having fun and clambering back up this dune!! It was rather hot but that didn't stop me from being one of the ones who never stopped!! It was just way too fun!! Again we got some funky photos of all of us of the sand dune and another of Daniela, Charlotte, Tanja and I jumping!!
After lunch we did a final walk along the coast which was a nice finisher to the tour.. We all added an 'interesting' rock to Bobby's pile where I wrote my name on it to be different as always and so he would never forget me :o) We got some very interesting science lessons on the walk about aboriginies and how Uluru was formed and much more!! We caught the ferry and made it back Adelaide that evening..
A great, fun tour to say the least!!