Highlights of Kangaroo Island
March 8, Our arrival in Adelaide was warm and sunny. Although we did not see much of the city prior to catching our small plane to Kangaroo Island, Drew Kluska our Australian travel host did give us a short tour of the city. The architecture was very Veiux Carre/New Orleans-like.
We boarded Emu Airlines for the third largest island in Australia, Kangaroo Island. The isolation and preservation of the island's species makes it a wonderful classroom for Australia indigenous animals, kangaroos, wallabees, sea lions, koalas and echnids. We were met by our host, Graeme Weaton, and driven to his homestead (now a B&B) and 4,000 acre working sheep ranch. Lyn, his wife, greeted us at the door of the Stranraker Homestead. The house was originally built in the early 1918's by Graeme's family and was constructed of local limestone quarried on the property. The walls are 16-18 inches thick and the ceilings are 18 feet high capped by a tin roof. It took the Weatons 4-6 years to complete the extensive remodeling and decorating of the house in the late 1990s.
We lunched in a grove of eculyptus watching the koalas watching us. Then we took off for the Sea Lion Center controlled by the island park service. The sea lions were all over the beach and we sat for an hour and just watched them frolic and perform for us.
Returning from the saltbed we discovered one of Australia's most elusive creatures the
echnid. They remind me of little porcupines playing possum.. We also had
multiple occasions to watch the wallabees feeding. Although we did see kangaroos on
the island, our pictures did not do them justice. Imagine a wallabee 4-6 feet
The island is filled with birds. Early morning they are noisy especially the galanas that resemble bluish and pink parrots. We spent hours amusing ourselves by watching them twirl and play on the wires and trees behind the ranch house. After our four days on Kangaroo Island, we once again boarded Emu Airlines for a trip to the famous Ayers Rock.
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