Kangaroo Island: Remarkable Rocks

Our first trip ‘Down Under’ took place in the Spring of 2009. There it was Fall. We had landed in Auckland, NZ after a 14 hour flight and then continued on to Sydney. And so began our first Australian adventure.

Following a 4 day stay in Sydney we flew to  Launceston on the island of Tasmania the start of a week long drive along the eastern coast to Hobart. From Tasmania we flew to Melbourne and then drove the Great Ocean Road to Adelaide.

Adelaide is home to our good friends  Kathy and Kari whom we met here in Kelowna. They spent a year in Kelowna when Kathy was on the teacher exchange program and taught in the same school as Ellen.

Adelaide is a beautiful city especially the coastal suburb of Glenelg where Kathy and Kari live. But touring of Adelaide would have to wait.  A weekend trip to Kangaroo Island would come first.

After a 2 hour drive and about the same on the ferry we landed on Kangaroo Island. Kari described our accommodation as being highly rated. Upon arrival the ladies were somewhat dubious. We made it work.  

An event that I will never forget was the pelican feed. We had driven to a nearby fish shop. All manner and size of fish were displayed for sale. Out back above a narrow beach were 2 grandstand style risers. They were empty as was the beach. A bus arrived and the risers began to fill. Then a stocky man wearing a brimmed Aussie hat, rubber gloves and waist high waders appeared. He was carrying a large plastic bucket.

A whistle and they started to arrive, gulls first, followed by huge white and black pelicans. My guess at the time was that between 25 to 30 pelicans flew in,  all of them calling out and  gathering around the man with the bucket. The audience was captivated.

Over the next half hour the bucket filled with fish guts was emptied. What a show the pelicans put on as they scrambled and grabbed for any morsel they could reach. When it was over the risers emptied, the bus filled and drove off. It was again quiet except that the man came out with a second bucket. I alone, was treated to another pelican feed. My camera was so busy.

Our tour of the island continued. We visited many interesting places and  interesting sights. Clearly this island was affected  by the wind. High sand dunes, low lying plants, evidence that fire had quickly moved through  the scrubby forest and waves that relentlessly pounded the shore all play a part in making this a very special eco system.

Along one part of the drive we came across many termite colonies, their outer surface covered with crusted mud as protection  from the wind and sun. We encountered a colony of Fairy Penguins, also known as Little Penguins but we did not see a single Kangaroo.

The display of ‘Remarkable Rocks’ was perhaps the most impressive sight. They are the signature landmark of the island and a ‘must see’ for any Kangaroo Island holiday. These naturally sculpted boulders are balanced precariously on a granite outcrop. Evidence shows that these rocks were formed by rain, wind and pounding waves over a period of 500 million years . They are part of Flinders Chase National Park.

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  1. Judy Grimes September 13, 2020 at 9:43 am #

    More beautiful pictures, Stu. Your pictures always make me feel like I am there!

    • Stu Dale September 19, 2020 at 2:52 pm #

      We really enjoyed our trip to Kangaroo Island. For me and my camera it was a blast.

  2. Sheryl Korsch September 13, 2020 at 12:48 pm #

    What an AWESOME Trip and AMAZING Sights on your Australian Visit!!! Thank You for Sharing, Stu! 🙂

    • Stu Dale September 19, 2020 at 2:53 pm #

      Yes it was an amazing trip. So many things to see and photograph. I hope we are able to travel that way again.

  3. Alan FLYNN September 23, 2020 at 10:59 pm #

    Another interesting journey Stu and great shots. We have been to Australia five times and enjoyed every moment. Perhaps if we did not have family there we may not have gone.
    I climbed Uluru in the early 90’s and have photographs and a video recording. You are no longer allowed to claim the rock.



    • Stu Dale September 24, 2020 at 7:58 am #

      Thanks for commenting Alan. We might not have been to Australia had it not been for friends who live there. Hopefully we’ll get there again when the COVID crisis is over.

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