Photo Gallery: Quirky Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
A goanna (rhymes with Johanna)
The 19th century Old Wisanger School on North Coast Road has been preserved for visitors.
A spelling exercise on display at the Old Wisanger School.
Inside the one-room Old Wisanger School.
Can you imagine if these rules were upheld today? Our teachers would be saints! And very hairy…(see below) #8 Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a barber shop will give good reason to suspect his worth, intention, integrity and honesty.
One day we went geocaching (the game of taking a GPS device to find treasures hidden by strangers and posted online with their GPS coordinates) and our search led us to a “fun park” of sorts. Island-resident George Turner has turned his yard into a temple for tchotchkes and opened it up to visitors.
Installation at the “fun park.”
Inside the castle at the “fun park.”
Funky reflections at the “fun park.”
Seafood cone with fish, squid, prawn, and chips with tartare sauce at Rockpool Café.
Boulders at Stoke’s Bay on the island’s north shore.
Arriving at Stoke’s Bay on the island’s north shore.
A communal beach hut at Stoke’s Bay offers some shelter from the sky.
To get to the beach at Stoke’s Bay, visitors must pass through a narrow passageway through the boulders.
The sign SAYS beware of strong rip, but that image definitely LOOKS more like “no river dancing allowed!” (according to my uncle Neill anway!)
Passing through the boulders at Stoke’s Bay.
Emu Bay Lavender Farm grows several varieties of lavender and then sells bushels of the aromatic flowers in its shop, where visitors can also sample lavender-flavored treats like tea and ice cream.
Tacos piled high at Yellow Ash & Chili Café in Kingscote.
One evening, my uncle and his wife took me out on a mission to help their naturalist friend Mike Barth track glossy black cockatoos. Barth works to protect the birds from poachers who covet their shiny plumage. Here I am geared up for the evening.
Protectors of the glossy black cockatoos!
Finally we spot a glossy black cockatoo! Since he was too far away for me to catch a shot with my camera alone, Barth instructed me to stick the lens of my camera up to the telescope viewfinder.
These aren’t glossy blacks but they sure are pretty at sunset.
Uncle Neill geared up for a night of glossy black cockatoo spotting.
Visitors can take a tour of the Cape Willougby museum and, wind permitting, the lighthouse as well.
This lighthouse Fresnel lens was used at Cape Willoughby until 1925. Today it is on display in the lighthouse museum.
A diagram shows how light passes through a lighthouse Fresnel lens.
Bridled horse skull at Cape Willoughby Lighthouse museum.
Getting blown about at the top of Cape Willoughby Lighthouse.
A bottle of rosé is an excellent accompaniment to the antipasti platter at Chapman River Wines Cellar Door.
The rug-lined interior of Chapman River Wines Cellar Door features an art gallery.
Art installation outside Chapman River Wines Cellar Door.
On the south coast of the island lies Kelly Hill Conservation Park. The park’s well-maintained hiking trails lead past natural limestone caves.
Succulents in the Kelly Hill Conservation park.
My uncle and his wife participate in a program which pairs orphaned joeys with human “parents” to be hand-raised until they are mature enough to fend for themselves in the wild. These two kangaroo joeys were recovered after their respective mothers had been killed by cars.
Joeys love a good scratch on their tummies.
Though my trip to Kangaroo island had been full of excitement and wild Australian fauna, I still had yet to spot the elusive echidna. Deflated, I decided it wasn’t meant to be. Then on route to the airport, I spotted out of the corner of my eye a prickly, russet lump in the brush…
…and there it was! My very first echidna! Next on my list of Australian curiosities to behold: the platypus.
Clouds filled in over the northeast of Kangaroo Island as I journeyed back to the mainland.
Yellow Ash and Chili Café in Kingscote.
Rockpool Café in Stokes Bay.
Chapman River Cellar Door in Antechamber Bay.
Emu Bay Lavendar Farm off Northcoast Road.
Glossy Black Cockatoo Recovery Program
Tour Kangaroo Island for tourist info.
Cape Willoughby Light Station on the easternmost point of the island.
Kelly Hill Caves and Conservation Park in the southwest corner of the island.